(ISN) – The Canadian Women’s Junior National Field Hockey Team is currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina competing against Team Chile and the power-house Leoncitas of Argentina – two of Canada’s main opponents at the upcoming Junior Pan American Championships in September.

This series marks the beginning of a heavy training phase for the Junior Women as they prepare for the Championships in Guadalajara, which also serve as a qualifier for the 2013 Junior World Cup.

“We will be focusing on the development of effective playing combinations while continuing to build on our philosophy of play,” says Head Coach Peter Milkovich.

Canada fell 1 – 2 in their first match against Argentina yesterday. They will take the pitch today determined to secure a victory. Last week, eleven of the Junior Women in Argentina competed for the Women’s Senior National Team against the Olympic-bound Team USA. While disappointed with four losses – the young Canadians gained invaluable international experience. In April, the Junior Women had a very strong performance at the USA-Canada Challenge, remaining undefeated against the USA’s U19 Squad.

It is going to be a busy summer for Team Canada. The young women will face Team Mexico from June 18 – 20 in Surrey, BC followed by a tour of Europe from July 4 – 21. Canada will be tested against strong international teams including the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Spain. The Junior Pan American Championships will take place September 10 – 23 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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LOCATION: Buenos Aires, Argentina

UPCOMING MATCHES (local time in Buenos Aires)

May 28 (4:00pm) vs Argentina

May 30 (3:00pm) vs Argentina

May 31 (4:00pm) vs Argentina

June 2 (11:00am) vs Chile

June 3 (9:00am) vs Chile


Jessica Barnett (Vancouver) – Jessica Buttinger (Waterloo, ON) – Rachel Donohoe (North Vancouver) – Shannon Elmitt (West Vancouver) – Bea Francisco (Richmond, BC) – Hannah Haughn (North Vancouver) – Karli Johansen (North Vancouver) – Caashia Karringten (Vancouver) – Anna Kozniuk (North Vancouver) – Kathleen Leahy (Victoria, BC) – Lauren Logush (Richmond Hill, ON) – Sara McManus (Tsawwassen, BC) – Mary Nielsen (Cowichan, BC) – Kendra Perrin (Vancouver) – Kim Scraper (West Vancouver) – Maddie Secco (Victoria, BC) – Natalie Sourisseau (Kelowna, BC) – Holly Stewart (North Vancouver) – Amanda Woodcroft (Waterloo, ON)


Peter Milkovich, Head Coach (Vancouver) – Nick Sandhu, Assistant Coach (Vancouver) – Mike Mahood, Assistant Coach + Video Tech (North Vancouver) – Krista Thompson, Assistant Coach (Victoria, BC) – Jessica Kenny, Physiotherapist (Aldergrove, BC)