Canada drops first match on European tour

 MONTPELLIER, France – Canada’s Fulltime Training Centre (FTC) squad lost its first match on its two-week European tour on Friday falling the French National Centre Team 25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-10.  Canada’s record is 2-1.

Allen Meek of Sherwood Park, Alta., led Canada with 17 points, and Devon Parkinson of Richmond, B.C., added nine.

“Our passing was inconsistent and lacked precision,” said Canada’s FTC head coach Vincent Pichette.  “We’ll need to be at our best next week when we face some top pro clubs which are preparing for their playoffs.”

Team Canada arrived here on Sunday for a two-week mix of training and matches.  They have four more matches next week before returning to their home base in Gatineau on March 31.

Canada’s Fulltime Training Centre team on European Tour in Montpellier, France.

Players: Louis-Pierre Mainville, Notre-Dame-de-l’Isle, Que., Devon Parkinson, Richmond, B.C.; Marc Howatson, Victoria; Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, Que.; Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary; Graham Vigrass, Calgary; Christopher Hoag, Sherbrooke, Que..; Dustin Schneider, Brandon, Man.; Jay Blankeneau, Sherwood Park, Alta.; Jonathan Sloane, Winchester, Ont.; Allen Meek, Sherwood Park; T.J. Sanders, London, Ont.

Staff

Head coach: Vincent Pichette, Gatineau

Assistant coach: Denis Gaboury, Ottawa

Head of delegation: Julien Boucher, Quebec City

Physio: Luc Campbell, Gatineau

Strength and conditioning: Nicolas Roy, Sherbrooke