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2013 Mann Cup: What they’re saying

The Six Nations Chiefs and their fans are celebrating their first Mann Cup win since 1996. (Photo: Kevin Light)
The Six Nations Chiefs and their fans are celebrating their first Mann Cup win since 1996. (Photo: Kevin Light)

Another Mann Cup is come and gone and today, the Six Nations Chiefs are celebrating. The Victoria Shamrocks, meanwhile, are wondering what might have been. It was a refreshing tournament for a variety of reasons, tops among them being the chance to see some new teams play for Canada’s top lacrosse prize. And though these teams were new, in a manner of speaking, the lacrosse was superb. Six Nations won the Cup in 6 games, its first title since 1996. The Shamrocks haven’t won the Mann since 2005 and they’ll have to wait until at least next summer to end that drought. But as the dust settles from the 2013 edition, let’s have a look at who is saying what as box lacrosse heads into its quiet season. READ MORE »


Video: Six Nations clinches Mann Cup

There’s nearly 30 minutes of highlights in this video from Friday’s Mann Cup-clinching win for the Six Nations Chiefs. The jubilation begins around the 19-minute mark and even though the video ends, the memories will last for a lifetime for the Chiefs.


Mann Cup: Six Nations Chiefs claim the crown with 8-5 Game 6 win over Victoria Shamrocks

Dan Coates plants a kiss on the Mann Cup in the Six Nations Chiefs dressing room. (Photo: Kevin Light)
Dan Coates plants a kiss on the Mann Cup in the Six Nations Chiefs dressing room. (Photo: Kevin Light)

The Six Nations Chiefs are Mann Cup champions for the first time since 1996. Six Nations scored the only 4 goals of the third period to pull away from the Victoria Shamrocks for an 8-5 win, giving them the series 4-2. Cody Jamieson had another big night, scoring 2 goals and 4 assists. He led the series in goals (12), assists (16) and points (28) and was presented with a well-deserved Mike Kelly Award for Mann Cup MVP. Kasey Beirnes contributed a hat trick. He opened the scoring when he finally connected on a quick stick after not quite finding the timing in the series. The goal came from the slot on a pass from Colin Doyle. Jamieson buried an outside shot through a screen to make it 2-0 for the Chiefs before the Shamrocks fought back with a pair from Cory Conway to make it 2-2 after the first period. READ MORE »


‘Every 30-second possession, I was just counting it down’ says Colin Doyle of his goalie stint at Mann Cup for Six Nations

Colin Doyle
Colin Doyle

Colin Doyle is rarely referred to as an unlikely hero. However, on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the 2013 Mann Cup Canadian Senior A Championship Series, the Toronto Rock captain was forced into playing out of position and strapping on the goaltending equipment as he guided his Six Nations Chiefs to an 11-7 win over the Victoria Shamrocks and a 3-2 series lead. Six Nations starting goaltender Brandon Miller (Philadelphia Wings) was ejected from the game at the start of the third period followed almost nine minutes later by an ejection of Chiefs backup goaltender Evan Kirk (Minnesota Swarm) at the amateur lacrosse championship. READ MORE »


Video: Game 5 of Mann Cup, featuring Colin Doyle in goal for Six Nations

If you’re not there or haven’t been able to watch this year’s Mann Cup, you’ve probably heard all about Colin Doyle jumping in goal for Six Nations midway through the third period of Wednesday’s Game 5. Here’s a video recapping all of Wednesday’s action, with Doyle making his entrance around the 22-minute mark of the video.


Racism rears its ugly head at Mann Cup

Six Nations players and fans say racist comments at games no longer surprise them. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)
Six Nations players and fans say racist comments at games no longer surprise them. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)

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.”


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 »


Six Nations finds a fan in ‘Webster’

Manny Lewis took in a round of golf in Victoria but is up close and personal with the Six Nations Chiefs.
Manny Lewis took in a round of golf in Victoria but is up close and personal with the Six Nations Chiefs.

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 »


Video: Mann Cup, Game 4 action

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.


Mann Cup: Six Nations Chiefs even series at 2 with 8-3 win over Victoria Shamrocks

Brandon Miller made 47 saves to lead the Six Nations Chiefs to an 8-3 win in Game 4 of the Mann Cup. (Photo: Kevin Light)
Brandon Miller made 47 saves to lead the Six Nations Chiefs to an 8-3 win in Game 4 of the Mann Cup. (Photo: Kevin Light)

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 »