What Made the News in 2009...
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Back Row: Ed Collins (Coach), Chris Martin, Colin Derby, Bobby Tammen, Sean O'Beirn, Tyler Voisey, Cory
Southcott, Cory Cutler, Richard Thomsen,
Andrew Kennedy, Travis Mundy, Kevin Krilow, Matt Clarke, Jesse McAdam (Asst. Coach), Frank Geyer (General Manager)
Front Row: Jarence Purvis, Casey Henry, Spencer Ovenden, Curt Callard, Tommy Tran, Jeff Geyer
Missing: Cam Fielding, Brian Nekrash, Trent Wittal, Stu Redmond, Braden Wilkins
The Surrey Rebels would like to again thank all of its volunteers, sponsors, supporters and the Surrey Lacrosse Association for making its fourth season in West Coast Junior Lacrosse League a great success. After a less then stellar 2008 campaign, the team got off to a 6-0 start, were 9-1-1 at one point and ended up finishing 4th in league standings with a 14-5-1 record – best in team history. Unfortunately, we were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by a strong New Westminster club.
Individual highlights included Curt Callard winning the league scoring title (60 goals, 40 assists, 100 points) and Jeff Geyer winning the league goaltending title (89% save percentage, 5.46 goals against average in 736 minutes played). Two other Rebels finished in the top five scoring (Chris Martin with 76 points and Tommy Tran with 63 points), and three players were named to the WCJLL All-Star Team (Callard, Martin, Geyer). To cap off a great season, three members of the 2009 Surrey Rebels received awards from Commissioner Frazer MacDonald of the West Coast Junior Lacrosse League:
|Curt Callard - Top Scorer||Tommy Tran - Unsung Hero
||Jeff Geyer - Top Goaltender
Special thanks go out to our head coach, Ed Collins, who dealt with many medical issues during the season but kept fighting back, his assistant coach Jesse McAdam and Dennis Ewen, who took over the bench when Ed was unavailable. Thanks also go out to Brittany Williams and Vaughn Easey for keeping the guys in good repair, Tim Fielding and Mike Martin for making sure the guys made it on and off the floor without impediment, and Dan Ovenden for keeping the league in line and doing the timekeeping at home games. Dan has stepped down as Governor after three seasons, and deserves much credit for keeping the team going during the tough times. I would like to also acknowledge the work of Joe and Michelle Toneff for once again running an extremely successful pub night which netted over $2,000 for the Intermediate and Junior programs, and to Christine Geyer for running the admissions table and 50/50 at home games, and keeping a tight rein on team finances and its GM.
We have 10 players graduating to Senior for next season (Callard, Martin, Tran, Cory Southcott, Richard Thomsen, Travis Mundy, Alex Kos, Marko Konjevic, Marinko Kos and Casey Henry), and we wish them the best in their lacrosse careers. We expect all 15 remaining players to return for the 2010 season, fully expect the majority of Intermediate Rebels graduates to be out at training camp, and will be recruiting hard in the off-season to bring in free agents as well as Surrey players who took 2009 off. We expect our head coach to be back for 2010, but will likely have to recruit additional coaching staff and a full-time trainer during the off-season. It is my intention, as Governor and General Manager for both teams, to maintain a combined operation of the Junior and Intermediate and Junior Rebels programs in 2010. It will indeed be a challenge financially to operate the teams, as we expect to lose over $8,300 in direct access gaming funding, or 1/3 of team revenue, in 2010 as a result of recent provincial budget decisions.
Frank Geyer, General Manager - Surrey Rebels Junior Lacrosse Club (2009)