Ba de ya: Fire Red dancing and skating into November

Kelly Stanford scores the second goal for Calgary Fire Red Midget AA in their Alberta Female Hockey League game against Lloydminster Elite Stealers at Henry Viney Arena, Calgary on Nov 3, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon

 

 

Viney’s Discotheque

The disco ball was rotating; the dry ice smoking. DJ McE put the song that never ends on the turntable and everyone got up and danced. Viney’s discotheque was in the groove …

Almost like that, but not quite 1978. Denise and Teresa exploited the opportunity presented by a delay in getting the ice cleaned between periods two and three to get a fine and funky dance going to Earth, Wind & Fire’s September. In the time-keepers box. Inspiring stuff. Another team anthem in the making, perhaps? Who said it was all about the kids? Who said disco is dead?

Fire Red Grooving

Prior to this pirouetting pick-up, the Fire Red team was also grooving with goals in both the first and second periods. In the second (of nine) power play of the game, Meghan Dean capitalized on a loose puck to the left of the net and squeezed it past the glove hand of Stealers goalie, Kamden Rochford.

Stanford, Maloney Fire Strikes

The Stealers almost stole a goal early into the second period with a break away move but that got shut down by some good back-checking by defence pair Katie Maloney and Jennifer Nixon. Fire Red got their chance with a break away with five minutes left on the clock. It was a slick, even-strength move down the middle of the ice by Kelly Stanford, avoiding a desperate hooking attempt by Lloydminster’s Kassidy Mannix and perfectly timing her shot, shoulder height over Rochford’s blocker. Fire Red were up 2-0. Tom Jones’ It’s Not Unusual was played to help celebrate the goal. Stanford got a punishing check into the back of the net as thanks for another attack, then before you knew, it was disco-time, which also included Maxine Nightingale’s Right Back Where We Started From (1975)

Two power plays and five minutes into the third period, Fire struck. Jennifer Nixon received the puck from a faceoff, and passed right across to Katie Maloney who delivered on target.

Final score: Calgary Fire Red 3-0 Lloydminster Elite Stealers.

Song of the match

Good grooves today by DJ McE while DJ Kitch was off spinning wheels in Palm Springs. You already know the result; here’s a link to September. You might also like September 99, a remix by English dance music duo Phats & Small that came out in, you’ve guessed it 1999. Go on, I dare you: sing Ba de ya, dancing in September falsetto like Philip Bailey.

Go Earth, Wind & FIRE!

Up Next

The Fire Red MAA play Airdrie Lightning Lloydminster at Ed Whalen Arena, Southland Leisure Centre on Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 (puck drop: 13:45).

More Action

Please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications for more photos from the Calgary Fire Red Midget AA versus Lloydminster Elite Stealers game, and quite a few others.

Standings

For latest information on the Midget AA Elite standings, please visit the Alberta Female Hockey League.

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Fire Red score four in Lethbridge‘s cathedral of hockey

Bex Alloway, Calgary Fire Red (in white) takes a tumble on the ice with a Lethbridge Cyclones player in their Alberta Female Hockey League Midget AA game at Adams Park Ice Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta on Oct 28, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Fire Red Midget AA went on their first road trip of the season on Sunday and came back home to Calgary with the points from four unanswered goals against Lethbridge Cyclones. It was a convincing performance that had some well-executed plays including moving the puck swiftly out of defence and several blocked shots. One of those, by Isobel Pettem-Shand in the third period rebounded so strongly that she chased down the ice after the puck and got a shot on net.

Skye Mathew opened the scoring for the visitors with a power play goal halfway through the first period, assisted by Teah Workman (note: goal attributed to Julia McEwen on the score-sheet). Four minutes before the break, the Cyclones almost equalized as a forward broke away and fired the puck off the cross-bar. It was the home team’s best chance of a game that was dominated by the puck possession play of the Fire. Hannah Suto scored the second goal, assisted by Kayla Ironside, and Julia McEwen with less than two minutes remaining in period one.

Teah Workman scored the third goal after a nice pass from Julia McEwen to make it 3-0 at the end of forty minutes. Workman trudged off to the penalty box for four minutes after she was called for head contact, but the Fire kept their attacking game going and Olivia Sutton scored short-handed, assisted by Julia McEwen, her third point of the game (going by the official score). Some attacks by the Cyclones towards the end of the game were all soaked up by Rebecca Boswell in net to secure her first shut-out of the season.

Final score: Lethbridge Cyclones 0-4 Calgary Fire Red.

Hockey architecture

No song of the match today as DJ Kitch was not on duty for the road trip and the sounds were not that special. What was notable, however, was the design of Adams Park Ice Centre, whose decorative front looks more like a building from the 1950s, not the date stated on the plaque inside (1992). Even more interesting was the set of concrete flying buttresses along the side walls of the arena (see photos in gallery-link below) like you can see in the gothic style of Notre Dame in Paris. Forevermore, Adams Ice Centre will be known by this author as the Cathedral of Hockey.

Up Next

The Fire Red MAA play Lloydminster at Henry Viney Arena, Calgary on Saturday, November 3 (3:15 pm).

More action

Please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications for more photos from the Lethbridge Cyclones versus Calgary Fire Red MAA game.

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Red White Clash in season opener

Skye Mathew, Calgary Fire Red, and a Fire White player clash for the puck along the boards in their Alberta Female Hockey League season opener at Rose Kohn Arena, Calgary on Oct 20, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Fire Sisters, Calgary

The Alberta Female Hockey League Midget AA season started up on Saturday with a Calgary derby at Rose Kohn Arena between Calgary Fire Red and their Fire White sisters. Twenty minutes into the game, the teams were even, no score. It remained that way through the second period as Red and White matched shots and puck possession.

Third period opens up

Just seconds into the third period the game tilted white-ways with a speculative ice-sliding shot by McCool that the Fire Red goalie, Cassidy Brown probably thought was going wide. The puck just sneaked in past her stick and Fire White was in the lead. Fire Red survived a five-on-three attack but just as the five-on-four was closing, they succumbed to a second goal eight minutes later.

It could well have been three for White when they got a penalty shot for some kind of juggling act by Fire Red in front of their own net but Brown pushed out hard and forced the shooter to hit wide of the left post. Despite a torrent of shots towards the White net, Sophie Lajeunesse held tight in the net with multiple saves. Final score: Fire Red 0-2 Fire White.

Song of the Match

DJ Kitch, with the perfect pitch and timing he is well-known for, played a nice slow version of Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down (performed by Johnny Cash) just before a difference of opinion between a couple of players in front of the Red net, in period two. The first spot, however, and Song of the Match goes to what was just a sliver of edgy, classic, urban punk played from The Clash, released in 1977: White Riot. Enjoy the vid, kids!

Up Next

The Fire Red team is on a road trip south on Sunday, October 28 to visit the Lethbridge Cyclones at Adams Ice Centre (13:45).

More action from the game

Please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications for more photos from the Calgary Fire Red versus Fire White game.

 

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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.
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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).

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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