UBC mens field hockey team adds six new players

Liam Fannin

VANCOUVER – Six recruits, all with international experience, will be joining the UBC Thunderbirds men’s field hockey team for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Three of the players, Liam Fannin, Tom Fannin and Matthew Sarmento, are from Vancouver. Balraj Panesar is from Surrey, while Saxon Coop of Great Britain and Harmen Kuijten, a native of The Netherlands, are international recruits.
Panesar is a 6-foot midfielder, who previously played with the United Brothers team in Surrey.

His debut with the Canadian national program came in December 2012 when the team played a three-game series against the United States. Panesar proceeded to train with the U-21 team and was selected to participate in the Junior World Cup in December 2013 in New Delhi, India. He left with Canada earlier this week for Nanjing, China, where he will play in the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games. The Canadians qualified for the Youth Olympics with a top-two finish at the Youth Pan American tournament in Puerto Rico in February. Panesar also played in a Three Nations series with national development team in Mexico in June.

The Fannins are twin brothers who are both members of Canada’s Junior National Team. They both spent last season playing for the second and third teams of the Wimbledon Wanderers club in England. They also suited up for the second team at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury in 2011.
Liam is a 5-10 striker while Tom is a defenceman; both played locally for the Vancouver Hawks.
Sarmento is a member of Canada’s National Team, having scored three times in 13 games for the red and white. In the past, he has also served as the captain of Canada’s Under-21 squad.
Last season, Sarmento was in Germany, playing for Grossflottbeker THGC in Hamburg, where won the Oberliga Indoor championship. Before that, the 5-8 striker was with the University of Victoria Vikes.
Coop is a 6-3 midfielder/striker who brings a wealth of experience from playing competitively in England.
He has seen time with the Reading Hockey Club’s first squad and was an integral member of its Under-18 team, which he vice-captained to a South Mercian League championship and an England Hockey National Plate victory.
As a member of Wellington College, Coop played at the Los Reyes Tournament in Barcelona three times.
Kuijten is a member of Laren A1, which played this past season in the top league in The Netherlands.
The 5-8 defenceman is interested in sciences and was selected to attend university classes in his final two years of high school.

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