The Canadian Women’s Junior National Field Hockey Team is currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina competing against Team Chile and the power-house Leoncitas of Argentina – two of Canada’s main opponents at the upcoming Junior Pan American Championships in September. This series marks the beginning of a heavy training phase for the Junior Women as they prepare for the Championships in Guadalajara, which also serve as a qualifier for the 2013 Junior World Cup.
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UPCOMING MATCHES (local time in Buenos Aires)
May 28 (4:00pm) vs Argentina
May 30 (3:00pm) vs Argentina
May 31 (4:00pm) vs Argentina
June 2 (11:00am) vs Chile
June 3 (9:00am) vs Chile
“We will be focusing on the development of effective playing combinations while continuing to build on our philosophy of play,” says Head Coach Peter Milkovich.
Canada fell 1 – 2 in their first match against Argentina yesterday. They will take the pitch today determined to secure a victory. Last week, eleven of the Junior Women in Argentina competed for the Women’s Senior National Team against the Olympic-bound Team USA. While disappointed with four losses – the young Canadians gained invaluable international experience. In April, the Junior Women had a very strong performance at the USA-Canada Challenge, remaining undefeated against the USA’s U19 Squad.
It is going to be a busy summer for Team Canada. The young women will face Team Mexico from June 18 – 20 in Surrey, BC followed by a tour of Europe from July 4 – 21. Canada will be tested against strong international teams including the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Spain. The Junior Pan American Championships will take place September 10 – 23 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
WOMEN’S JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM
Jessica Barnett (Vancouver) – Jessica Buttinger (Waterloo, ON) – Rachel Donohoe (North Vancouver) – Shannon Elmitt (West Vancouver) – Bea Francisco (Richmond, BC) – Hannah Haughn (North Vancouver) – Karli Johansen (North Vancouver) – Caashia Karringten (Vancouver) – Anna Kozniuk (North Vancouver) – Kathleen Leahy (Victoria, BC) – Lauren Logush (Richmond Hill, ON) – Sara McManus (Tsawwassen, BC) – Mary Nielsen (Cowichan, BC) – Kendra Perrin (Vancouver) – Kim Scraper (West Vancouver) – Maddie Secco (Victoria, BC) – Natalie Sourisseau (Kelowna, BC) – Holly Stewart (North Vancouver) – Amanda Woodcroft (Waterloo, ON)
Peter Milkovich, Head Coach (Vancouver) – Nick Sandhu, Assistant Coach (Vancouver) – Mike Mahood, Assistant Coach + Video Tech (North Vancouver) – Krista Thompson, Assistant Coach (Victoria, BC) – Jessica Kenny, Physiotherapist (Aldergrove, BC)
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