By Jody Rice Super Fan
Sept 8,2014(ISN) – Yesterday was a day off for the Shamrocks and the Six Nations Chiefs.
I was able to connect with and get some thoughts from Shamrocks
head coach Bob Heyes and his assistant defensive co-ordinator Jordan
Sundher. When asked his feeling about games 1 and 2 Bob Heyes said.
“The series has been exciting and eventful so far”. “Game one was a lot
of getting used to they play, the heat, and the arena”. “The Six Nations
Chiefs are probably the best outside shooting team in Canada and we
had to adjust to that”. Game one’s refereeing was good”. “No complaints
about that” Heyes said referencing the first games 7-4 loss. “Game two
was a battle”. “Defence for us was awesome as was the goaltending”
said Coach Heyes praising 3rd year goaltender Matt Flindell. “Some
questionable ref calls but they went both ways for the most part”. “There
was some question about the 30 second time clock and maybe it being
run incorrectly”. “We gutted out a huge win with clutch goals by Small
then Wardle on a great feed from Ranger for the O.T. winner”. “ We are
bruised and battered but we wouldn’t want it any other way.
I questioned coach Heyes about the differences between this team and
the team he played on in 1996 against Six Nations. “This team is very
similar”. “The difference was the 96 team was built over the years with a
few imports”. “Things have changed and we have that different mix of local
and imports but it is still the same”. “Playing with pride and passion for your
teammates”. “Playing for the fans is tough, you guys (the fans) love us win
or lose but we truly play for each other “BROTHERS IN ARMS”. “Every
year each team is different, we make the most of each year and build
lifelong relationships along the way.
I asked defensive Co-ordinator and Assistant Coach Jordan Sundher for
his thoughts on game 2 of the Mann Cup series.“ It was a great game”.
“We actually won the game twice, as the Six Nation’s score clock operator
did not run the clock fairly after we got up by a goal with a few minutes left
in regulation time”. “Our defence played outstanding and Flindell was lights
out in net”. Our offence is finding ways to the net and have started cashing
in on our chances”. “Our transition game is starting to find its legs”.
“Six Nations will have a new game plan for game 3 so we will have to find
ways to continue to improve”.
My Super fan game 3 prediction is Shamrocks 9 Six Nations 7
You can follow the Mann Cup action by reading my blogs
at www.independentsportsnews.com and by viewing live at at
www.webcastsports.net Remember to login 20 before the game. 8:00pm
EST 5:00 pm PST for $11 CDN
If you are in the Victoria BC area you can watch the game live from both
locations of Brown’s Social House.
That is my view from a chair.