Name: Dwayne Gareau
How would you rate last years performance?
Last years side was disappointing. The type of team Ireland had been fielding in WCP was always filled with plenty of talent and depth. The side last year was short on both. It was a team that was still competitive, however Ireland in years past was always a favourite entering games. The side last year would have been considered an equal and maybe even an underdog entering games.
Are there any new signings or departures?
The team is rebuilt and should field plenty of skill and depth. Their was too big a drop off from the top players to the bottom end players on Ireland last year. I don't think that will be the case this year.
Who is your most important player? Why?
In a 50 minute match and with a crowded field there is always the potential for upsets and teams that are not as good winning games against a better team. A team with lesser quality that works hard can compete. Therefore you will notice that all of the top teams in the tourney will have a quality keeper. If you don't have a quality keeper you are at a huge disadvantage. Therefore I think all of the top teams will/should answer that your most important player in WCP has to be a quality keeper.
Where do you think you will finish this year?
Anytime ROI does not make the final and win it then it should be considered a dissapointment. This year will be no different. ROI will be one of the favorites this year. Anything can happen in the knock out stages, but I don't see how this side does not get through into the medal games without it being an upset.
If you could sign any player in the tournament who would it be and why?
As a player and now as a coach (in various sports) I value someone not only skilled but I love when players have a high work rate. I also enjoy playing with players I have not had a chance to play with through my lengthy time playing in Saskatchewan. By that criteria I guess I would like to play with someone like Boun from Laos or Tavis from Canada. Both guys that are WCP veterans and guys that can be difference makers in games.
Who do you think will win this year?
I think it would be foolish to bet against any of the top teams that have had plenty of success in the tourney. Therefore I would guess that it will be one of France, Laos, Poland and ROI winning it all. I would give the edge to France at the moment. They have a large core of Regina players on their team and are least affected by schedule and making sure all of their quality players are there for every game.
If you could change one thing in the tournament what would it be?
The time of the games. Obviously it is tough to do with the facility and this is something that won't happend due to the large volume of teams in the tourney, but a 50 minute game is too short for my liking.