The Women’s National Team knew it would be an uphill battle against the Olympic-bound Team USA – and it has been. The Americans, currently ranked 10th in the world, remain undefeated in the series. Having failed to qualify for London 2012 at the Olympic Qualifier in February, Canada has shifted their focus to Rio 2016. This series represents one of the first steps in the building phase.
This week has not only provided solid international competition – it has been an opportunity for upcoming players to prove themselves on the Women’s National Team. Eight athletes made their first senior international appearances for Canada, including Jocelyn Mitchell (Kanata, ON), Caashia Karringten (North Vancouver, BC), Jessica Barnett (North Vancouver, BC), Mary Nielsen (Cowichan, BC), Kim Scraper (West Vancouver, BC), Kelly Newton (Vancouver, BC), Stephanie Gardiner (Vancouver, BC) and Shanlee Johnston (Vancouver, BC).
“I like what I’m seeing out here,” says Alan Brahmst, Director of National Teams. “We’re introducing a new style of play and it’s coming through in this series – our young Canadian team is holding their own.”
“We are looking to come out strong in the final match of the series – we are always looking to win,” says Project Lead Coach Peter Milkovich. “I expect the girls to give it everything they’ve got, every day.”
Milkovich will expect the same of the Women’s Junior National Team as they travel to Argentina tomorrow for a week of test matches against Chile and Argentina (May 24 – June 3). Eleven of the athletes currently competing for the Senior Team are also on the roster for Argentina (click here to view full roster).