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Maple Leafs open door to female players

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THE Manitoba Maple Leafs, a new female hockey organization, is starting operations in Winnipeg on Sunday and inviting new participants of any age.Headed up by Team Canada member Jocelyne Larocque and her sister Chantal, a former member of the University of Manitoba women's hockey team, the Maple Leafs program will centre on off-ice training for developing young female players.

Orientation is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Whyte Ridge Community Centre (170 Fleetwood) with one-hour sessions planned for three times a week beginning Sept. 15.

Instruction on proper off-ice conditioning, based on the Team Canada model, and nutrition, will be offered. As well, an introduction to university options available to older players will be available.

The organization is in the process of establishing a senior women's team in the Western Women's Hockey League next year. Telephone 510-9767 for more information.

Lacrosse squad wins gold

A group of Manitoba lacrosse players recently turned bronze into gold at the 2009 Midget National Box Lacrosse Championships in Brampton, Ont.

Manitoba's midget team (players born in 1993-94) won the gold medal in the B Division of the national championship. The majority of players on the team won bronze last year in the bantam national tournament in Whitby, Ont.

Manitoba posted a 4-5 record in the round-robin portion of the tournament and then defeated New Brunswick 6-4 in the final.

Goal scorers in the final for Manitoba, backstopped by goalie Justin Godson, were Jarrid Guimond with three, Tyler Grove with two and Brett Allen with one.

Rifles QB goes national

ONE minute Ryan Marsch was sitting on the Winnipeg Rifles bench, the next minute the rookie quarterback was passing his way to a major national award.

Marsch, already the Prairie Football Conference offensive player of the week, has been named Canadian Junior Football League offensive player of the week.

Marsch came into last Sunday's game, a 49-36 Rifles loss to the Edmonton Wildcats, and threw five touchdown passes, passed for 300 yards and completed 20 of 30 attempts.

Marsch said he came into the game with about five minutes left in the second quarter in relief of starter Tyler Johnson.

"I'm not too sure how that happened. I got in there and our run game wasn't really clicking much, so it was kind of on my shoulders to make the right reads and put the ball in the spots where it needed to be," said Marsch, who helped lead the Sturgeon Heights Huskies to a high school title last year and played for the under-19 Team Manitoba at the Football Canada Cup earlier this summer.

"It is really nice (to receive the personal accolades) but next week it's going to be all about our team when we face Regina."

The Rifles host Regina Thunder on Sept. 20 at noon at Canad Inns Stadium.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 12, 2009 D9

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