Exhibition check-in for the Calgary Fire Red MAA pre-season

Kelly Stanford score the fourth goal for Calgary Fire Red Midget AA in an exhibition game against Airdrie Lightning at Pete Knight Memorial Arena, Crossfield, Alberta.
© J. Ashley Nixon

 

Crossfield, Alberta

It was the first time for me in Crossfield; a chance to find out what lies in this Alberta community beyond the stand-out gas plant, now run by TAQA, that you can see travelling on the QE II highway. An outstanding bacon butty (breakfast sandwich) and a nice cup of tea from the friendly folks working at the Pete Knight Memorial Arena concession got the cold morning going before the on-ice action, a pre-season exhibition game between Airdrie Lightning and Calgary Fire Red Midget AA in the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL).

The first period ended with just the single goal, scored by Julia McEwen. She got another one in the second period, as did Hannah Suto. A goal by the Lightning’s Madison Black made it 3-1 to the visiting side after forty minutes.

Lightning check-in

The final twenty minutes opened up as the Lightning repeatedly made their way to the penalty box for body checking and other infractions, creating several one and two-man advantages for the Fire. Nothing malicious, just a hard physical game of hockey played well. Kelly Stanford scored a beauty, a seeing-eye bullet from the left of the posts that fired in above the goalie’s right shoulder. Teah Workman, polished off the scoring to make it a 5-1 win for the newly bubble-masked ladies from Calgary Fire Red.

Next up: The official season gets underway next weekend with some local rivalry between the Calgary Fire Red and White teams, at Rose Kohn Arena, Calgary (Sat. Oct 20, 18:00).

Please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications for more photos from the game (and a few from the community of Crossfield).

 

Posted in Alberta, Canada, Hockey, Photography, Sports, Sports photography | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Canucks in semi-final blues

Logan Jones scores for the Canucks in the Calgary City Championship semi-final versus the Hornets at Calgary Rugby Park, Sep 15, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixons

The Canucks Thirsty Thirds travelled up to Banff National Park and came back without a pass to the final: they lost 24-17. The Seconds went down heavily to a strong and speedy Saracens team, 67-12. In the Division 1 game, a well-deserved win went the way of the Hornets by a score of 33-24. No Calgary City Rugby finals for the Beavers in their 50th anniversary year but there were some stand-out sequences to scribe from the last game of the season.

The seconds were trailing by 67-5 with ten minutes to go but their passion for rugby was not dented. Courageously, the Canucks forwards put pressure close up on the Saracens try line as their defence was called for off-side more than enough times. Every player in the Canucks team put hands on the ball in multi-phase possession that culminated in Patrick Wetherup crashing through for a magnificent try. Something better to talk about over a few beers in the Calgary Rugby Union club house.

In the Division 1 tout, Logan Jones made a spectacular prop run of more than 30m to score one of the best tries of the season.

Have yourselves a good winter boys and see you in the 51st season!

For more photos from the Canucks vs Saracens and Canucks vs Hornets games please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications.

Posted in #YYC, Alberta, Calgary, Canada, Photography, Rugby, Sports, Sports photography | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where the Lurín meets the Pacific, Peru

A family has time together along the beach near the Lurín estuary on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, south of Lima, Peru Dec 21, 2015. Una familia tiene tiempo juntos a lo largo de la playa cerca del estuario de Lurín en la costa del Océano Pacífico, al sur de Lima, Peru, 21 de diciembre de 2015.
© J. Ashley Nixon

 

The River Lurín meets the Pacific Ocean in Peru just a few kilometers south of the archaeological ruins of Pachacámac to the south of Lima. It’s an intrinsically beautiful estuary and beach landscape with splendid views of off-shore islands but the scenery is marred by waste and construction rubble dumped along the water’s edge. Maybe it will be developed as a tourist resort in the future but for now, its recreational value is seen and enjoyed only by local people from the Lurín Valley and surroundings.

Developing Communities in Peru: Manchay, Quebrada Verde, and the Lurín Valley

Where the Lurín meets the Pacific is part of a new book (with text in Spanish and English) by J. Ashley Nixon. Developing Communities in Peru: Manchay, Quebrada Verde, and the Lurín Valley (2018) (Blurb) includes a photographic collection, spanning over twenty years, that shows how these growing communities are working hard at managing their affairs, particularly with respect to building their homes, producing food and securing safe water supplies.

Follow this link to see and purchase a copy.

Posted in Cities, Documentary photography, Environmental documentary photography, Peru, Photography, Social documentary photography, Sustainable Development, Water | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Donde el Lurín se encuentra con el Pacífico, Peru

Una familia camina por la playa cerca del estuario de Lurín en la costa del Océano Pacífico, 21 de diciembre de 2015. A family walks along the beach near the Lurín estuary on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Dec 21, 2015.
© J. Ashley Nixon

 

El río Lurín se encuentra con el Océano Pacífico a pocos kilómetros al sur de las ruinas arqueológicas de Pachacámac al sur de Lima, Peru. Es un estuario de belleza intrínseca y un paisaje de playa con espléndidas vistas de las islas cercanas a la costa, pero el paisaje está marcado por los desechos y los escombros de la construcción arrojados a lo largo de la orilla del agua. Tal vez se desarrolle como un complejo turístico en el futuro, pero por ahora su valor recreativo solo lo ven y lo disfrutan los lugareños del valle de Lurín y sus alrededores.

Comunidades en desarrollo en Perú: Manchay, Quebrada Verde y el Valle de Lurín

Donde el Lurín se encuentra con el Pacífico es parte de un nuevo libro (con texto en español e inglés) de J. Ashley Nixon. Comunidades en desarrollo en Perú: Manchay, Quebrada Verde y el Valle de Lurín (2018) (Blurb) incluye una colección fotográfica de más de veinte años que muestra cómo estas comunidades en crecimiento trabajan arduamente para administrar sus asuntos, particularmente con respecto a la construcción de sus hogares, produciendo comida y asegurar el suministro de agua segura.

Siga este enlace para ver y comprar una copia.

 

 

Posted in Cities, Documentary photography, En español, Environmental documentary photography, Peru, Photography, Social documentary photography, Sustainable Development, Water | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Photography at FireStarter 2018

 

Photography at the Calgary Firestarter Tournament, Sep 14-16, 2018

A very warm welcome to Calgary and the 3rd annual Calgary Firestarter Elite Female Hockey Tournament, organized by Girls Hockey Calgary which starts up Friday, Sep 14. I will be photographing the games and featured images will be posted daily on my website photo galleries. Please contact me ahead of the tournament or visit me in the arena if you wish to purchase copies or have any special requests with player portraits and profiles.

Great Plains Arena and neighbourhood

For those of you travelling to Calgary for this tournament, you may be interested to know more about the Great Plains Arena and neighbourhood. This is a very modern arena, with fine architectural lines and bright colours. There are warm viewing areas (looking through the glass) as well as more intimate (cold) viewing at the side of the ice. It is located within the Foothills Industrial Park in the SE outskirts of the city. Don’t be put off by that name as this is a modern array of warehouses and other businesses with wide roads and plenty of free parking. You can drive a short distance to the local Tim Hortons, A&W and other eateries/coffee shops. They are close enough for you to walk there and back during the hour-plus athlete preparation time that is the norm in Elite Hockey! Another close-by business that might be of interest to visitors is the Big Rock Brewery, just a few minutes walking from the arena, where you can see some nice, modern sculpture (see photographs below), sample some good, fresh Alberta beer and have a bite to eat while you quaff your ale. You might even have time to fit in a brewery tour!

Big Rock Brewery, Calgary.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Photographs

Here is the link to some neighbourhood images on the gallery I have set up on my website to post tournament game photos starting Sep 14 (Archive/All Galleries/Sports (Featured Events/Calgary Firestarter 2018)

You can view my hockey photographs, including games at the FireStarter Female Midget AAA Tournament here.

Social media

Please visit me for more on hockey and lots of other things on Twitter and Instagram

Great Plains Arena, Calgary.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Posted in #YYC, Alberta, Calgary, Canada, Hockey, Photography, Sports photography | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two fifty wins for Canucks over Irish

Jake Bentley sprints in for the first of his three tries for Calgary Canucks in their Division 1 Alberta Cup game against Calgary Irish at Calgary Rugby Park, Sep 8, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon

It was a packed house at Calgary Rugby Park for the final Saturday of the regular season. Junior Boys XV were out playing as were the Boys and Girls in a big sevens tournament. Plus, the Saracens, Rams, Titans and other teams were there to partake in an excellent day of rugby.

On the main field, the Canucks senior side enjoyed their high noon encounter with Calgary Irish, shooting in eight tries. Captain Jake Bentley got a hattrick as did full-back Ruaraidh Smith plus tries by Hosam Mobarak and Gabriel Kajdy. Final score: Calgary Canucks 50-12.

On Field Two at two, the Irish struggled a tad against a mobile Division 2 Canucks side that notched up their own half-century of points. Final score: Calgary Canucks 56-14 Calgary Irish

The Alberta playoffs start next week.

For more photos from these games please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications.

 

Posted in #YYC, Alberta, Calgary, Canada, Photography, Rugby, Sports photography | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Thirsty win on a Friday night for the Canucks

Action from Calgary Canucks (Div. 3) versus Calgary Irish at Calgary Rugby Park on Sep 7, 2018. Canucks prop, Darcy Gallant runs like a centre before loading the ball off to another forward.
© J. Ashley Nixon

A beautifully calm, warm (28ºC), Friday night in September. The Thirsty Thirds (Calgary Canucks 3rd XV) were hosting the Calgary Irish for the final game of the regular season at Calgary Rugby Park. Just enough smoke in the air to make the setting sun look nice on camera but without the spluttering and coughing effect for the players like a couple of weeks ago. Perfect for rugby.

The Canucks opened up the scoring with a try down the left wing by #14. In the very next play from the kickoff, winger #14 got the ball again and was making good progress down the touchline when a hard but fair Irish tackle stopped him in his tracks. He needed some attention from the athletic therapist but came back into the game after some recovery time. The Canucks got another try, again down the left wing just minutes later, scored by full-back #15.

Try number three for the Canucks came from the right winger, #11 scored after three good phases of possession by the Canucks pack. Another one was scored shortly after on the left wing by Kyle Marvin.

The Irish opened up their account when they swiftly delivered a line-out ball along the greenbacks into the hands of #13. Another Irish try followed soon after when fullback Corey Keim timed his run into the three-quarter line perfectly to score under the posts. As the referee whistled for halftime, and with both tries converted, there was emerging evidence of an Irish renaissance.

The Canucks forwards got onto the scoresheet again shortly after the break. From a penalty on the Irish 10m line, the Canucks kicked to touch, took possession of the line-out ball and #18 took the ball in a rolling maul over the line. The kick was unsuccessful.

The Irish clawed back again after a lovely breakout from defence by their full-back Corey Keim. That move progressed to a quick tap penalty 22 m out, then a nice couple of phases of Irish forward possession and a try under the posts that was converted, making it 27-21.

The Canucks #18 took the ball from a scrum 15m out and went over in a rolling maul, and with a successful conversion, the Canucks opened up the margin. But the Irish full-back was into things again. Keim picked up a loose ball on the ground from about 40 m out and ran in to score under the posts. Another good kick and the Emerald Island boys were right into the game with the score at 34-28.

In what was to be the last play of the game, Kyle Marvin saw the gap, clicked the heels of his red (and white) shoes and ran in like Dorothy on the Yellow Brick Road. The ball rattled the posts but the conversion kick went in where it matters to make the final score 41-28.

The Canucks Thirsty Thirds are in the playoffs next week!

For more photos from the game, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications.

Posted in #YYC, Alberta, Calgary, Canada, Photography, Rugby, Sports, Sports photography | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment