The Iroquois Nationals (I-Nats) released their roster for the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC) on September 11, with their first game versus Israel to take place this Thursday at 4:30 p.m., in Langley, British Columbia.
This year for the I-Nats, Head Coach Rich Kilgour along with assistant coaches Duane Jacobs, Jason Johnson, Stu Montour and Rob Williams were revealed as the chosen bench staff alongside General Manager and Ambassador Curt Styres and Director and Ambassador Gewas Schindler.
Transition will be played by Vaughn Harris, Brendan Bomberry, Jerome Thompson, Zed Williams, Brandon Goodwin, Jeremy Thompson, and Thomas Hoggarth. Defense will be played by Adam Bomberry, Brier Jonathan, Ty Logan, Tyson Bomberry, Kason Tarbell, Brayden Hill and Wenster Green. In net will be Doug Jamieson and Warren Hill, with alternates Chase Scanlan, Angus Goodleaf and Wake:riat Bowhunter waiting sideline.
But it is on the offensive note that the I-Nats have made an new additions. Offence will be headed by Tehoka Nanticoke, Miles Thompson, Lyle Thompson, Kyle Jackson, Randy Staats, Cody Jamieson and Jordan Durston.
Representing the Walpole Island First Nation, Durston scored 81 goals and recorded 112 assists in his 71-game career with the Vancouver Stealth and Buffalo Bandits. He began playing professionally during the 2016 season after making junior stops in Wallaceburg and Six Nations. He later had a year to remember with the Bandits this past season, battling to within one win of a National Lacrosse League championship.
He said that he “couldn’t be more excited,” for the oncoming championship as his name made its debut on the roster earlier this week.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be picked for this team,” wrote Durston in a statement. “It’s definitely a dream come true and I can’t wait to get going at the tournament. I honestly think the team is prepared and hungry to bring home a gold. Ever since I’ve been asked to come try out and be apart of this process all that we’ve talked about is Canada and what we can do to beat them. I’m fully prepared and I think the team is as well and I think everyone is excited to start playing!”
And as a forward, he is an asset that is hoped to be put to work.
In 18 games this season at the professional level with the Bandits, Durston had 15 goals and 47 points. He then played Major Series Lacrosse with the Six Nations Chiefs during the NLL offseason, and was in in Chatham-Kent this summer to run youth camps with Leave Your Mark Lacrosse.
He said that this is his first experience with the Iroquois.
“And they have been nothing but first class to me. It’s all new but so far its been a dream come true.”
All 72 games of the WILC will be available to stream for free on Ten Feet Sports and Entertainment TV.
CUTLINE: LANGLEY, B.C. — The Iroquois Nationals announced their bench staff and roster along with showing off their new uniform attire for this years WIL Championship to begin this week. Photo from Twitter.