Nanaimo’s Pete Dubenski tends goal for Team Czech Republic during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship last week. Dubenski formerly played for both the senior A and senior B Nanaimo Timbermen. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Sports Pictures)

Nanaimo lacrosse players wear national colours

Canada captures gold but locals help Czech Republic, England, Australia, Netherlands


Playing on home turf, with the expectations of victory, every game came with its fair share of challenges.

But Canada persevered and demonstrated a dominance at a whole new level in capturing the Cockerton Cup on Saturday night at Langley Events Centre, defeating the Iroquois Nationals 19-12 in the gold-medal game at the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championship.

The event involved 20 teams and took place over 10 days. There were several local connections. Senior A Nanaimo Timbermen teammates Tyson Roe and Brandan Smith both played for England, helping that team reach the semifinals. Senior B Timbermen veteran Aaron Vanderhorst, from Nanaimo, suited up for the Netherlands, Colin Jeffrey of Nanaimo played for Team Australia, and former senior A and senior B T-men goalie Pete Dubenski, from Nanaimo, represented the Czech Republic. Former senior B player Julian Kolb was a coach with team Austria.

In the tournament final, Canada seized control in the second quarter, turning a 6-5 lead into a 10-6 advantage at the half and never looked back en route to winning the championship for a fifth consecutive time. All five victories at the quadrennial event have come at the expense of the Iroquois Nationals, and for a fifth straight time, it was the United States winning bronze as the Americans defeated England 11-8.

“Relief is the best description, and excitement, obviously…” said Canadian head coach Glenn Clark. It is a long week, you put a lot into it and there is a lot of pressure representing Canada and the success they have had.”


RELATED: Canada conquers at world indoor lacrosse championship in B.C.


Vancouver Sports Pictures Senior A Nanaimo Timbermen player Tyson Roe competes during a game against the Iroquois Nationals. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Sports Pictures)

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