Women's Team Canada Masters History
The Team Canada National Masters Volleyball program is the first of its kind in the world. It originated in 1998-99 with the establishment of an identification program for athletes both men and women in five year intervals ranging in ages from 30 and up to 75 and up.
The women's National Masters team program got off the ground in 2003 with a mini tour in Alberta against the University of Alberta Pandas and the University of Calgary Dinos. A second tour of Alberta and British Columbia took place in the fall of 2004 with Canada finishing 4-2 including two impressive wins against the University of Alberta Pandas. They also played a three match series across Alberta against Canada's Universiade team narrowly losing the series 1-2. In 2005 the women's National Masters team played just one match which was against Canada's FISU team losing 1-3.
In 2006, Canada's masters women's team embarked on its most extensive tour of Western Canada and finished with a record of 7-4 including an impressive gold medal victory at the Thunderball tournament in Vancouver with Canada beating U of C 3-1 in the final. Tournament All-Stars for Canada were Barb Bellini, Anne-Marie Lemieux and Bridgitte Soucy (tournament MVP). In 2008, Team Canada played two matches against the U of A, losing 1-3 and 2-3. Team Canada got their revenge in 2010 playing the UofA again and winning 3-1.
Women's 50's Global Cup
In October of 2007, the first Women's 50's Global Cup took place with St. George, Utah as the permanent host. Canada finished fifth out of six teams with Russia beating Germany to win the final.The order of finish was Russia, Germany, Brasil, USA, Canada, China.
Two years later in 2009, in the second women's Global Cup, Canada took it's place on the podium beating Russia in a stirring final. Below is an edited portion of the report from the Huntsman World Senior Games website.
"On Thursday morning, if you were to take a quick glance at the Global Cup tournament brackets, it would have been easily apparent that Team Canada was a long way away from the medal stand. Knocked into the consolation bracket by Russia on the first day of bracket play, they were about as far away from the medal stands as they could get.
Canada’s day started off with a 9:00 a.m. match with Latvia, which they handled fairly easily, but that was only the beginning. At 10:30 a.m. they overcame a determined Brazilian team. By 3:00 p.m. they had dispatched U.S.A and a talented German team, placing them in the finals with, you guessed it, Russia.
Russia had waded through the brackets undefeated, leaving Canada with the nearly unbelievable task of having to beat them… twice. If they were to find themselves on the top stand, they would have to win the best of five series and then one more game to 25. And they did just that. They went three straight games with Russia to win the series. Then in a true nail-biter, went on to win the next game and the gold medal.
The elated team boisterously sang “Oh Canada” from the top of the stands with gold medals around their necks and pride in their voices. "
The Canadian team members were: Catherine Carter, Val DeRocco, Bonnie Hailstone, Monica Hitchcock, Candy Kane-Folkins, Hatsue Chow, Audrey Vandervelden, Sherry Saxton-Richards, Karin Maessen, Margaret Negenman and Denise Myhre and was coached by Hugh Bartlett and George Tokarsky.
The final order of finish was Canada, Russia, Germany, USA, Brazil, Venezuela, Latvia
The third Women's Global Cup is taking place this October in 2011 with Canada preparing to defend its title.