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  1. 3 hours ago, ironcub14 said:

    That's brilliant. No surprise at all that Vaughan Mills will be the base of the fanbase of this team. I'm totally okay with free tickets, I'd much rather see the stands packed than anything else. The club knows it's got to hit up Yorkdale as well, and maybe Fairview. They should also hit up Wonderland lol. This game is the launching pad for this club to move forward with, I truly believe in it now.

    Think I'd hit Upper Canada before Fairview tbh

  2. 18 hours ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

    As it started to rain, we were fortunate to be out of it, as the entire opposite stand was exposed and fans mostly cleared it out and hid from the weather. Perhaps first time I have seen a main stand and two ends covered and an opposite lateral exposed, I think they have expanded capacity and taken out the roof. 


    Can confirm that those stands were uncovered 4 years ago.  Montpellier had three sides roofed then.  (I got chased into the corner by rain when I was there, too)

  3. On 4/19/2019 at 12:00 PM, Unnamed Trialist said:

    Don't be deceived by relative proximity to the coast, there really are not good beach options nearby. One cool city on the coast not far, if you have a vehicle, is Sète, which has canals, and a charming old cemetery overlooking the sea, fish restaurants; but is a sort of working-class canal city. Nimes and Arles are bigger cities within a half hour drive, both worth it if you have time.

    Another option (which I visited some years ago) to the east is Aigues-Mortes, what used to be the entrance to the inland shipping for eastern France.  The beaches in that vicinity (Grau-du-Roi) are pretty nice.  But this still requires a car.

  4. 18 hours ago, carolynduthie said:

    You can't formally commit (sign a National Letter of Intent) until November of the year before you're planning to enter, and coaches can't start calling you to formally recruituntil September 1st of your Junior year of high school (I'm sure there is a formal document somewhere for what that means for Canada, but I imagine grade 11 most places), but verbal commitments are completely non-binding and so there's nothing to stop a kid from verbally committing to a school when they're well younger than that, for example: 


    Yeah, this has been our experience as well.  The parents are very active in reaching out to the recruiters starting early (the girls I've known who got verbal commitments did so in grade 9 for soccer or field hockey).

    There are myriad ways to get around these recruiting rules (or, in the parlance of hockey in Ontario, "tampering").  A favourite is to host invitational practices or tournaments...  And by chance bump into parents on the sidelines.

  5. 19 hours ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

    A question, for @Vic and others here. What do you do at this age when you have a good tournament? Look for a NCAA team and a scholarship and go to school in the US? Or pursue a professional career, seeking chances with a pro side in the US or Europe? Even knowing that the potential income will be fairly modest, hardly anything to make a definitive difference in a person's life. I am asking because you'd imagine there are NCAA scholarship offers out there waiting, and some hard choices to be made.

    Most if not all of these girls who have NCAA in mind have been committed to their particular school since grade 9.  I know, for instance, that some Ontario EXCEL girls who would be contemporaries of this group just had their "signing party" for formally accepting their scholarship.

    I suppose you could always get an upgrade at this time if NCAA scouts poach.  Don't know if they do that or if there's an honour system in place.  But if the players have made it to the national team they've had their academic choice lined up for a long time now.

  6. 1 hour ago, Kent said:

    I don't know, but the odds are a lot higher of that than of there being nobody born in January-April. Athletes tend to skew towards being born early in the year, because when they start as a youngster they are relatively older than the other kids (for example, there is a big difference between someone who is 5 years old vs someone who is 4 years and 1 month old). That advantage lingers longer than you would expect and never really fully goes away (better players can get more responsibility on the field and as a result grow their talents more, perhaps enjoy the game more due to being more proficient at it, etc.)

    Yeah I am aware of the skew based on when the start of the year is for competitive cohorts; the question was a bit facetious to be honest.

    I did think part of what we were trying to do with LTAD was to spread that out, and give the birthdate-disadvantaged a bit more of a chance...  But clearly any such efforts are not being reflected in this squad (if they in fact exist).

    England experiences it for the months of September through December because their age categories start on Sept 1 instead of Jan 1 as we have.


  7. 17 hours ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

    I appreciate folks see Huitema as the leader, but for me she is neither the best player nor the real inspiration on the pitch, at least from what I've seen so far. I like Balata better, going forward. The two centre backs are also very strong. So is Shaw. I see as much talent in the core of our mid and back line as up front.

    I'm not really commenting on the skill surrounding her (I understand your liking Shaw, and I've been impressed as well) so much as the temperment of the team.  (As I am coaching girls this age in ringette right now, I have a bias as to how I interpret interactions between teammates)

    I see a team that reacts to Huitema's presence in a way that to me says they believe she is their leader.  She's having to accept that responsibility.  That's the development opportunity that I was referring to.

  8. 18 hours ago, dyslexic nam said:

    I know it is dwelling on the past, but watching this game, and the tourney so far, has really reinforced my belief that we should have had at least some of our senior-level players on our guys U20 team.  The experience of competing in a tournament like this is not only great experience to build for the future - it is also just a great experience in its own right.  

    Yeah, think what Jordyn will be able to bring to the senior setup with the leadership role she's assumed on this team.  Between her and Jessie Fleming the future leadership looks strong.

  9. Yeah, I'm guessing that I've lost my $50.  Unless they call those who signed up to offer a better deal, I'm just going to reallocate my money into the seat relocation at TFC. 

    I'm not a person who's going to hang out in the supporters section full time and wouldn't want to be a tourist there.  And I doubt I'll be paying $400 per seat for an unreserved bleacher seat.

  10. On 10/27/2018 at 12:12 PM, Team Canada said:

    I live in RH and could get to York in maybe 10-15 minutes so this should be a huge incentive for me to support this team (yay its close!)! -- a trip to BMO is about an hour for me by car --- would I spend at or near the same amount of money (I can park for $5 at York or $10-$15 at BMO) to see what is clearly an inferior product in an inferior setting for the difference of 45 minutes? not a chance --- I'm not even getting to the fact that my actual seats are almost 50% (?!) cheaper than York 9 seats too....

    So, the only part I'm questioning in your post is that you're paying half price at TFC!  Are your seats in the south end?  I know I'm paying about the same level for TFC that Y9 is looking for, and I am having a hard time getting my head around that (also coming from RH).

  11. Just now, admin said:

    There is a third posbility here. 

    The whole thing was intended as a casual transition from the beginning.   "Hey what about us....."   "...  here you go Sinc..."

    And in today's climate it was read wrong by the reactionary masses. 


    Can't say the thought hadn't occurred to me.  I saw the tweets first and I was actually kind of glad the two events were being promoted in the same thread.

    Honestly I'd love if there was quid pro quo, with some suggestion of interplay between the teams.  Say, Oso promoting the WWCQ tournament followed by Jessie doing a spot for the Dominica game.

  12. 12 hours ago, Olympique_de_Marseille said:

    At that point, when she made that tweet, I'm not sure the CSA had even mentioned the stream yet! Hence her frustration. I'd be too.

    Yeah I think that's the salient point.  I mean, their first game is *today*...  Christine's question about whether CSA was going to promote their tournament at all was just a couple of days ago.  

  13. 1 hour ago, Free kick said:

    Usually, when you see a red card on a hand ball in the box, its when the hand ball prevents the ball from crossing the goal line.  Like Suarez (Uruguay) versus Ghana at the world cup a few years back.  

    Yellow card?   I dont know.  Thats debateable and subjective, like most calls by the ref.  

    Yes, reading the law #12, you have to determine that redirecting the ball was DOGSO in order to award a yellow.  It was a good GSO but not an obvious goal, so I guess that's the argument. 

    And you're right that the red for handling is only if it actually stops the shot.

  14. On 8/8/2018 at 10:51 AM, matty said:

    I wonder if he or someone like him (a Canadian citizen on the fence) could sue? Not suggesting it, just curious.

    I doubt the courts would even bother with such a challenge unless the requirement was extremely high for Canadian content.  Right now it's basically affirmative action, and the response to any complainant is basically "it's not the Canadian who took your starting spot, it's the non-Canadian who is better than you who took your spot."

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