Johnny Jacoby represents Canada at JPAC in Chile
Victoria forward Johnny Jacoby (Rebels Field Hockey Club) is currently in Santiago, Chile representing Canada at the Junior Pan American Championships as the Canadian men try to qualify for the 2022 Junior World Cup. Canada opened the tournament today, Aug. 21, with a 3-1 win over Mexico. Jacoby pocketed two goals in the win.
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Two loaded Canadian rosters descend on the Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile for the Junior Pan American Games taking place August 21-28. The women’s team is looking for their first World Cup berth since 2013, while the Men’s side will try to make their third consecutive trip to the big stage.
The Men’s tournament features two pools with the top two finishers from each pool advancing to semifinals. Canada opens their tournament against Mexico, followed by facing the hosts, Chile and finishing the round-robin with a tilt against Brazil. If they are successful in advancing, they will likely play against tournament favourite, Argentina, or USA in the semis.
Only the top two finishers of the tournament will advance to the Junior World Cup, scheduled for December in Guwahati, India. Canada is looking to sweep their pool, givig themselves the best possible chance to the finals. Should they qualify, Canada will look to avenge back-to-back 16th place finishes at the JWC.
As with the women’s tournament, anyone born in 1999 or later will be eligible to compete in the Junior Pan American Cup but only those born in 2000 or later are eligible to compete in the Junior World Cup. Canada’s roster is stacked with junior vets that have long been teammates in the Nextgen development system.
The coaching staff of head coach, Indy Sehmbi with assistants, Geoff Matthews and Richard Hildreth is ready for the challenge. Sehmbi is returning from his successful 2016 qualification and is looking to repeat. For both teams, it’s all about putting it together at the right time.