It’s not pretty and there’s never an excuse for it, but it’s there. And, unfortunately, it’s been on display at the Mann Cup. Racism is the ugliness that’s rearing its ugly head and it’s got plenty of people fuming at the tournament in Victoria, B.C. Cody Jamieson of Six Nations brought the matter to light with a Tweet on Monday, but modified his comments on Tuesday by saying the words he and teammates heard weren’t reflective of all Shamrocks fans. “Wish we could say this comes as a shock, but it doesn’t,” wrote Jack Knox of the Times Colonist. “Sports, with its us-versus-them mentality, can bring out the best kind of passion and the worst form of tribalism — we all have our tribes — as pride in community slips into demonization of the other side. Add the element of race (not to mention beer sales) and you have the world in microcosm. Or maybe some people are just wieners.”
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Mann Cup: Doyle puts the ball in the net, keeps the ball out of the net as Six Nations Chiefs take 3-2 lead
Colin Doyle had a goal and 2 assists as the Six Nations Chiefs downed the Victoria Shamrocks 11-7 to take a 3-2 lead in the Mann Cup finals. The three points moved him past Josh Sanderson and Bill Wilson into sixth place in all-time Mann Cup scoring. And oh yeah, he played goalie as well. That’s right, Doyle played the final 11:04 in net after both of the Chiefs regular goalies were ejected for illegal equipment. He allowed 3 goals but made enough saves (6 in total) for the Chiefs to hang on and win.
Asked if he’d ever played goal before, Doyle responded “Monday night oldtimers in Kitchener in my hometown. But the pace of the shots was a little bit different. I was a little stressed out in there but the guys, [Stephen] Keogh and the guys really did something special to go get me a couple more and alleviate the load a bit. Having a couple burn by me there made me a little nervous. But I’m so proud of the guys tonight, they really fought hard.” READ MORE »
Manny Lewis is in Victoria enjoying the Mann Cup as part of Six Nations Chiefs’ owner Ken Hill’s entourage. You more likely remember him as Emmanuel Lewis. Even more likely is that you remember him simply as Webster, from his title role in the 1980s sitcom in which he played the adopted son of linebacker Alex Karras. Yep, Webster’s in the house. Lewis says he met Hill years ago in Atlanta, where Lewis went to university. He isn’t thoroughly familiar with the game. “It’s not a sport that I grew up on, but it’s very interesting,” Lewis said. “The sport of lacrosse is very interesting, it being created by the First Nations people. I thought that was very interesting in itself.” READ MORE »
Check out a condensed version of the action from Game 4 of the Mann Cup, where Six Nations emerged an 8-3 winner to tie the series, 2-2. The vid also includes the third-period dance between Rory Smith of Six Nations and Tory Gardner of Victoria. Game 5 is tonight.
The Six Nations Chiefs that dominated Major Series Lacrosse throughout the regular season and playoffs finally showed up at the Mann Cup championships, although there was one significant difference. Brandon Miller, who came on in relief of Evan Kirk in Game 3, got the start and was brilliant in Game 4, turning aside 47 of the 50 shots he faced to lead the Chiefs to an 8-3 win over the Victoria Shamrocks, tying the series 2-2.
Cody Jamieson led the Chiefs with a hat trick, Stephen Keogh added 2 goals and an assist and Colin Doyle had a goal and 3 assists. The 4 points give Doyle 11 for the series and 113 in his Mann Cup career, tying him for seventh in all-time Mann Cup scoring with Josh Sanderson. Rhys Duch and Jeff Shattler each had a goal and as assist for Victoria. READ MORE »
Not a lot of frills, not a lot of bling. Just hard work and a common goal: A Mann Cup championship. Yes, the Six Nations Chiefs have this same goal but since this year’s Mann Cup is being played in Victoria, the pride of the Shamrocks is more visible in its display. And when Jack Knox of the Times Colonist goes to games, he says he sees the real Victoria. “It’s the one sports team that has a long, solid, continuous tradition,” Shamrocks PA man Cliff LeQuesne told Knox. “It goes from generation to generation.” Writes Knox: “Lacrosse was always hockey’s poorer cousin. It didn’t require a lot of expensive equipment, just a stick and maybe some newspapers for padding … Forget the Inner Harbour postcards and the tea-and-flowers image we sell the tourists. The real Victoria is fighting for the Mann Cup.”
The Victoria Shamrocks took it to the Six Nations Chiefs in the opening period and made their 6-1 lead after the first 20 minutes stand up for an 8-6 win and a 2-1 lead in the Mann Cup championship series. Cory Conway ripped it up in the first period, finding the back of the net three times. All three came in the set offence as the Shamrocks found ways to create more time and space for their shooters than they had so far in the series. Conway connected twice from the high slot and once from the shooter spot. Karsen Leung buried Victoria’s sixth goal of the period in transition as the Shamrocks raced down the floor while a delayed penalty was waiting to be called. The only response for the Chiefs in the first period was Kasey Beirnes‘ first goal of the series. Evan Kirk was pulled from the Six Nations net after giving up Victoria’s fifth goal of the game and was replaced by Brandon Miller. READ MORE »
Over the last few years, Mann Cup series have seen some serious climbing up the all-time scoring charts. Last year’s big mover was Shawn Evans, whose 31 points bumped him from 56 and a tie for 50th in all-time Mann scoring to 87 and a tie for 22nd. A pair of other Peterborough Lakers moved closer to the very top of the list. Scott Evans’ 15 points took him from 9th to 5th with a total of 118. John Grant Jr. was already third among the elite group of scorers in Mann Cup history, but his 30 points leapfrogged him over legendary Geordie Dean into second place with 174 points. READ MORE »
Cody Jamieson didn’t like the goalie interference call he received in the third period of the second game of the 2013 Mann Cup. But the Six Nations Chiefs star forward didn’t get mad, he got even. Jamieson emerged from the penalty box, took a pass from Stephen Keogh and buried a bounce shot from outside for the winning goal as the Chiefs beat the Victoria Shamrocks 10-8 to even the series at 1-1.
Jamieson scored 2 goals and 3 assists on the evening, but the difference maker for Six Nations may have been young forward Kedoh Hill, who had been a healthy scratch for much of the Major Series Lacrosse playoffs and Game 1 of the Mann, but who drew into the lineup when Billy Dee Smith was unable to play after aggravating a hamstring injury.
The Victoria Shamrocks rode a natural hat trick by Jesse King in the third period to a 5-4 win in Game 1 of the Mann Cup finals Friday night. King scored the only three goals of the third—in a four and a half minute stretch culminating just before the midway point—to lead the Shamrocks to victory in a game in which they outshot the Six Nations Chiefs 44-30.
The Chiefs looked flat in the first period but came out of it leading 3-1 thanks to some timely shooting and big saves from Evan Kirk against the Shamrocks transition game. Cody Jamieson opened the scoring for Six Nations three and a half minutes into the game and Kirk made the lead stand up for almost six minutes until Ben McCullough took off with a loose ball and buried a shot in transition just as he was knocked to the floor. READ MORE »