Sun sets on the winners!
We point to Doug Fraser, from a tyke trundling around Piggy Park, flashing against CW at Mini Jamborees, through age grade squads with the green and black, to the Tate Premier Academy at UVic and now a dyed-in-the-wool Tricolour, we witness the hard slogging to get to the top, if that is your goal. Finally, we congratulate the coaching staff of the Bears; Tony Healey and Phil Mack, great job.
Now the Bears have taste of this competition, hopefully even more players will vie for spots next summer and the CRC’s can become a fiercely competitive level of skill and action. This pundit still would like to see players up against each other more than just what is basically once per year unless they get on the pitch to go hammer and tongs in the odd club game. We may not be able to get players oversees but with more intense local competition, the level of all aspects would rise, not the least being coaching, a criticism oft heard in some quarters.
CW had eleven lads and lasses and one coach wearing B.C. colours in Alberta this past week at the CRC Age Grade National Championships. There were no gold medals for B.C., perhaps a wakeup call to those involved as maybe, we have become a little complacent with the expectation of customarily finishing on top. Three silver and two bronze was the outcome. It might be added that B.C. fielded U17 players in the U18 competition, a fact this pundit cannot explain. Ontario and Alberta took the top spots, with the latter showing much improvement and providing tough opposition. Well done CW kids and stick with it!
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*Remember you need to be registered before you can grace the field. 2016 fees before Sept 9th.
* NSWT 2 RWC play Wales tomorrow @ 9:00 (PDT) I comment that in a three pool competition, it was tough that the #3 seed did not get a pool “of their own”.