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Team BC leaves for Alberta: “Going home with gold this time”

CanadaFootballChat.com Published on 2011-07-06 05:24 AM

Football British Columbia’s under 18 team participating in the Football Canada Cup departed for Alberta yesterday. The team will have a 3-day camp at the University of Calgary before departing for Lethbridge on the 8th. The Team opens their tournament on Saturday agasint Team Manitoba. Here area few quotes from BC players and coaches:

COACH JAY PREPCHUK (Team BC Offensive Coordinator)

On having to adjust to Canadian rules football… (Note: BC High School Football plays American rules while BC Community Football plays Canadian rules)

“I think the guys in our camp in May certainly didn’t have the trouble adjusting with it. We do have a few players that have played Community football so they know what they’re doing as far as the Canadian game is concerned.

“But really it just comes down to executing – blocking and tackling and throwing the ball properly. It is a bit of an adjustment for them but when it’s all said they’ve just got to get out there and execute. Quarterbacks have to make their reads. It’s going to be an adjustment definitely but it’s nice to have a few days in Calgary to get ready for it.”

On getting the team motivated for the start of the tournament on Saturday, July 9 versus Manitoba…

“When you start talking about a Canadian championship and winning a gold medal, a lot of that motivation has to come internally. It’s nice to have a few days in Calgary to get them in the mindset of playing football and playing competitive football and to mesh together.

“Motivation-wise I think these guys are the best athletes, they’re the best football players in the province. Usually that motivation is innate and internal and we’re hoping that they’ll be pumped up and ready to go.”

QB MICHAEL CARNEY (St. Thomas More Knights)

On being named to Team BC…

“It’s obviously an honour to represent the province especially as a quarterback. There’s not many of us so I feel pretty happy about that.”

On adjusting to playing Canadian rules football…

“It’s just a little bit of getting used to but it’ll come together with practice. The more I practice with the team, the more I practice with the rules, it’ll just jell and I probably won’t notice the difference after too long.”

On if the coaching staff has indicated to him which quarterback will start the tournament…

“I think it’s whichever quarterback’s playing best at the time will play. That’s the bottom line. We just want to win and that’s the way it should be.”

REC JUSTIN SANVIDO (Vancouver College Fighting Irish)

On being named to Team BC…

“It feels really good actually just to represent your province. I feel honoured first of all just because you get chosen from a bunch of other kids and you know you’re one of the top (players) in your province.”

On the opportunity to represent British Columbia twice in July – first at the Football Canada Cup and later on at the national flag tournament in Nova Scotia…

“I’d like to think this one [Football Canada Cup] is a lot more important because this one will get me noticed.”

On if he can help bring a winning attitude to Team BC after capturing the BC High School Football Championship with Vancouver College Fighting Irish back in December…

“I hope so. I hope I can bring energy and leadership to this team and just try to get everyone pumped up so everyone knows we’re here to win.”

QB JORDAN DEVERILL (Mt. Douglas Rams)

On being named to Team BC…

“It’s awesome. I’m really excited for this experience to play with some of the best players across the province and across Canada and being coached by the best coaches in BC. It’s going to be a good experience. I’m excited.”

On adjusting to Canadian rules football…

“It’s definitely different. It’s a little disadvantage at the beginning but we’ve had practices together, we’re going to practice early in Calgary, so I think the team will pick it up pretty quick.”

On having four of his fellow Mt. Douglas Rams teammates on Team BC…

“It’s awesome. It’s good to have tons of your guys because first of all you don’t know everyone. It’s nice to have your roots and to have other guys from your team experience what you’re experiencing.”

On if the coaching staff has indicated to him which quarterback will start the tournament…

“I’m not quite sure. I would do what’s best for the team. The coaches haven’t told me anything about who’s starting or anything. Mike Carney’s a good quarterback and so is Tyler Green. All three of us are good quarterbacks and we should all get playing time I’m sure.”

On his expectations in this tournament…

“Win gold.”

DB JORDAN PUGH (Nanaimo Redmen)

On how his background playing Canadian rules football will help him at this tournament…

“I think I’ll feel a lot more comfortable being able to play in this tournament because it’s how I play normally. It’s not going to be a different game. It’s going to be the same game I play at home.”

On if he has ever participated in a tournament of this nature…

“I’ve never been in something like this. I’m just going to bring it my all and we’ll see.”

#11 Deion Bain, veteran of 2010 Team BC. Photo: Y. Churly

DB DEION BAIN (WJ Mouat Hawks)

On his experience as being part of Team BC last year…

“It was pretty good. I just wanted to see us win gold instead of getting a bronze.”

On how having experience at last year’s tournament will help him this time around…

“It helps you prepare. You just know how it’s supposed to be.”

OL MASON WOODS (Terry Fox Ravens)

On how having experience playing Canadian rules football for a BC Community football team helped him at least year’s tournament… (Note: Prior to joining the Terry Fox Ravens in 2010, Woods played Community football with the Langley Mustangs)

“It did help out a bit but going from Community to a provincial team there’s a big speed jump so it’s not too much of a difference. But rules-wise it did help out a bit, mainly the yards difference.”

On his expectations for this year’s tournament…

“Going home with gold this time.”

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