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Congratulations to the Team Alberta Pee Wee, which won the Bronze medal at the National Championships last week in Whitby, Ontario.  The team was coached by former Edmonton Rush player Jame Bowen.  The team beat Team Iroquois 11 – 3 in the game.  Congratulations also go out to Skyler and Griffin Wilson who finished first and second in scoring in the tournament.  Both players will be student-athletes at Vimy Lacrosse this school year.  Here is some video from their games at the Championships.

The Warrior kids did it the hard way.  It was a tough weekend spent in steamy Red Deer arenas for the boys, but through some very tough games they persevered.  The Warriors met their nemesis, the West Edmonton Blues, in the final.  The Blues are an exceptional team loaded with talent from the goalie on out.  They are well coached and play hard.  Add to this that the Blues had dominated the Warriors all season long and the odds were stacked against the Warriors.  It was great lacrosse to watch on both end, back and forth action, some great passes, some great goal tending, two teams of excellent lacrosse players competing their hearts out in very physical and exhausting sport.  I see some great lacrosse coming in the future based on the talent that represented the Pee Wee division at the provincials.  It was fun to be a part of and being on the winning team obviously is a little sweeter.  I will enjoy the win as I hope the boys do with the knowledge that there are lots of wins and losses ahead of them.  It was a great ride and I enjoyed the entire season.  It is always nice to win your last game and go off on a winning note.  A 9-6 win in the Gold Medal game is something to cherish.  Here is a brief video of the end of game celebration.

Highlights of Team Alberta’s 10-4 win over Nova Scotia at the Midget National Championships.

The Minor Lacrosse National Championships are under way for the Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget boys teams.  The tournament is being held in Whitby, Ontario and results can be found at the Ontario Lacrosse Festival website.  Alberta teams have been improving the last few years and are making a push to be in the top two provinces in the country.  Every year it is a battle to beat BC, Ontario and Iroquois and with some good bounces it is not too out of reach.  Alberta’s midget team met up against BC today and lost 8-3 in a game that was tight throughout most of the game.  I was able to find some highlights of the game and have posted them below.

In today’s society there has been a lot of discussion on how so many of our activities our structured especially when children are involved.  There are lacrosse practices, hockey practices, piano lessons, and the list goes on.  Very little time is dedicated to letting kids just go outside and create their own game.  Add in the Xbox and the PS3 and what you get are kids that are programmed.  Gone are the three hours shinny games and the touch football games in the field.  I live across the street from a large sports field and I rarely see an impromptu game of any sport out there.  So it was great to see a bunch of Pee Wee lacrosse players start a random lacrosse game during our team barbecue yesterday.  Just fun, no pressure and lots of passing and catching.  I think you can only get better when you just go out and play the game.

The Sherwood Park Titans Junior B team lost a tight one 12 -11 in Red Deer on Saturday against the Rampage.  The team is coached by Jimmy Quinlan, Russ Sheppard and myself.  It was a close one in the end, but after being down 10 – 4 at one point in the game it ended up being too little too late.  Click here to read the game sheet.  The Red Deer team came at us hard and with our numerous early dropped balls and bad passes, the game ended up getting away from us.  Add in the terrible time we had on special teams and the result was exactly what we deserved.  We need to play with more swagger, more confidence and a lot more determination.  Video below is an excerpt from Jimmy’s pregame talk with the boys.