2015 International Bowl: Canada ready for U-19 rematch against U.S.
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Football Canada’s Under-19 National Team is preparing for their Saturday February 7 rematch against Team USA at Maverick Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. Kickoff is set for 1 PM local time (CT).
The series of games is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition.
Canada’s U-19 squad is led by the future 2016 Junior National Team coaching staff. A veteran of international football, WARREN CRANEY has served as head coach since 2014 and has been with the program during the first three U-19 World Championships. Craney has also coached at the International Bowl since its inception in 2010; from 2010-’13 with the IFAF World Team followed by the inaugural Canada-US game in 2014. Read more about the U-19 coaching staff here.
Canada’s squad features 20 players returning from last year’s International Bowl; 7 of which make their second appearance as members of Canada’s U-19 National Team in addition to 13 who played on last year’s U-18 team.
In addition, for nine of the returning players the game will mark the third time they represent Canada internationally after falling to Team USA 40-17 in the gold medal game at the IFAF U-19 World Championship July 2014 in Kuwait.
A member of last year’s U-18 National Team as well as Canada’s Junior National Team in Kuwait, receiver COLTON HUNCHAK jumped at the chance to play in the International Bowl again for many reasons.
“It’s an amazing opportunity. When coach Kamau Peterson came and asked me if I wanted to do it again, I answered yes right away,” said Calgary’s Hunchak.
“The level of coaching here is amazing – you’re not going to get this level of coaching anywhere else other than maybe at the university level. Even then, on this team you’re getting the best [from the next level] all together in one coaching staff, you’re not going to get that on any other team. And the level of competition you get in practice and in the game is just amazing.”
Canada’s head coach is happy with how his team is coming together despite a short week of preparations.
“Training camp is going really well and the guys are coming together. I’m pretty excited to see what’s going to happen on Saturday,” said Craney. “The team is really bonding and the days are pretty grueling.”
“There’s a large expectation that we put on these kids and we put them in situations where they’re immersed in football from 7:30 in the morning until 11 o’clock at night every day. It’s very difficult on them both physically and emotionally but they’re responding really well and I think it’s a sign of how well the coaching staff selected this team.”
American roster full of top prospects
Canada’s counterparts feature a lineup of players committed to big time U.S. schools such as Notre Dame, UCLA, Oregon, Michigan State and Oklahoma.
“It’s always a great barometer and challenge – last year we faced a team that included Samaje Purine who has gone on to become one of the top running backs in college football at Oklahoma,” Craney said.
Canada returns a number of key pieces who have the experience of not only playing internationally but also the familiarity of playing together. To neutralize a talent laden American squad Craney is hoping for a quick start.
“With the quality of kids that we have especially at the skill positions, I definitely think we need a quick start. I think if we can come out of the gate in a hurry our skill players will be able to make a difference for us in this football game,” said Craney.
Following a loss in last year’s U-19 game, Canada will be looking to build on momentum created last Friday following a 25-9 International Bowl win in the U-18 game.
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2015 International Bowl, Canadian U-19 National Team Roster
|1||* Tshitenge Tshitshi Bukasa||WR||Montréal, QC||Cégep Vanier College|
|2||** Christophe Bouchard||DB||Québec, QC||Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy|
|3||* Liam Putt||QB||Caledonia, ON||Hamilton Hurricanes|
|4||Daniel Loggale||DB||Edmonton, AB||Edmonton Huskies (CJFL)|
|5||* Colton Hunchak||WR||Calgary, AB||Notre Dame Pride|
|6||* Kayden Johnson||RB||Kerrobert, SK||Univ. of Saskatchewan|
|7||Lowhya Lako||LB||Windsor, ON||Essex Ravens||Windsor|
|9||*** Jacob Janke||WR||Edmonton, AB||Glacier Wolf Pack (Kalispell, Montana)|
|10||Cole Austen||DL||Barrie, ON||York Univ.|
|11||* Marc-Antoine Pivin||WR||Sherbrooke, QC||Cégep Champlain College Lennoxville|
|12||** Brett Hunchak||QB||Calgary, AB||Calgary Colts (CJFL)|
|13||* Jakob Butler||LB||Sherwood Park, AB||Salisbury Sabres||York|
|14||Cole Christianson||DB||Ardrossan, AB||Univ. of Alberta|
|15||Curtis Puetz||WR||Melfort, SK||Univ.of Saskatchewan|
|19||Vuyani Ndhlovu||K||Sherwood Park, AB||Univ. of Alberta|
|20||* Adam Auclair||DB||Notre-Dame-des-Pins, QC||Cégep Champlain College Lennoxville|
|21||** Logan Fischer||RB||Saskatoon, SK||Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)|
|22||Tyler Sieffert||DB||Saskatoon, SK||Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)|
|23||* Shaun Robinson||DL||Halifax, NS||Mt. Allison Univ.|
|26||Liam Murphy||RB||Saskatoon, SK||Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)|
|31||** Nate Rostek||DB||Stillwater Lake, NS||Mt. Allison Univ.|
|33||Jakub Jakoubek||LB||Calgary, AB||Calgary Colts (CJFL)|
|40||** Thomas Schnitzler||LB||Saskatoon, SK||Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)|
|41||* Simon Aubin-Lavoie||DL||Montréal, QC||St. Paul’s [NH]|
|44||* Daniel Nesbitt||LB||Regina, SK||Univ. of Regina|
|50||** Cole Klughart||OL||Prince Albert, SK||Univ. of Saskatchewan|
|58||Sean Ford||OL||Etobicoke, ON||York Univ.|
|62||Spencer Roy||OL||Calgary, AB||Notre Dame|
|64||* David Singer||OL||Regina, SK||Univ. of Saskatchewan|
|66||Jon Ravn||OL||Cambridge, ON||York Univ.|
|67||Andrew Serke||OL||Saskatoon, SK||Univ. of Saskatchewan|
|69||Patrick Davis||OL||Gatineau, QC||Cégep Champlain-Lennoxville|
|71||Duncan Robertson||OL||Fall River, NS||St. Andrew’s (Aurora, ON)||Toronto|
|82||Rick LeMoignan||WR||Edmonton, AB||St. Mary’s Univ.|
|88||* Félix Laflamme||WR||Montréal, QC||Cégep Montmorency|
|90||George Saloum||DL||Calgary, AB||Carleton Univ.|
|92||Grey McKen||DL||Yorkton, SK||Univ. of Regina|
|95||** Rossini Sandjong-Djabome||DL||Longueuil, QC||Cégep Édouard-Montpetit|
|96||Eric Wicijowski||DL||Regina, SK||Univ. of Regina|
|97||Mitchell Stadnyk||LB||Sault Ste. Marie, ON||Sault Sabercats|
|99||* Jeffrey “Jessy” Kocins||DL||St. Thomas, ON||London Jr. Mustangs / Central Elgin||Guelph|
* = member of 2014 U-18 National Team, International Bowl
** = member of 2014 U-19 National Team, International Bowl
*** = member of 2015 U-18 National Team, International Bowl
Red = member of 2014 Junior National Team, IFAF U-19 World Championship in Kuwait
U-19 Coaching Staff | 2015 International Bowl
|Warren Craney||Head Coach and defensive backs||York University|
|Kevin MacNeill||Defensive Coordinator||University of Guelph|
|Joe D’Amore||Offensive Coordinator||University of Windsor|
|Brian Guebert||Special Teams coordinator and defensive line||University of Saskatchewan|
|Christopher Auger||Quarterbacks||Université Laval|
|Danny Desriveaux||Running Backs||Université de Montréal|
|Jean-François Joncas||Offensive Line||(Cégep) Champlain College Lennoxville|
|Kamau Peterson||Receivers||York University|
|Jeff Yausie||Linebackers||Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)|
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