Shamrocks Win Game 1
It wasn’t easy but the Intermediate Shamrocks pulled out a hard-fought 12-10 win in game 1 of their best-of-3 playoff series against the visiting Delta Islanders at the Q Centre Saturday. Victoria held a 5-2 lead after 20 minutes but had to battle back from an 8-8 second period deadlock to take the victory.
Starting goaltenders were Ryan Atkinson for the Shamrocks and Brayden Maskell for the Islanders. In fact Maskell was the only goalie in evidence for the visiting team. The Rocks scored first, Thomas Vaesen getting a shorthanded marker at 2:52 as he fought off some checks to get to the front while killing the penalty. Caleb Kueber made it 2-0 for the home team at 4:32 with a bullet to the top corner. Delta got that one back on the power play at 8:03 with a hard shot from the dotted line from Mark Yingling but Victoria rattled off 3 straight to put some distance between them. First it was Jackson Boyd scoring at 8:26 from the dotted line, with Brayden Brown following up at 10:42 finishing off a series of quick passes going to the net. Boyd picked up his second of the night on the power play at 12:23 with a hard shot from well out but before the period ended, Delta’s Haiden Dickson got one behind Atkinson at 14:56. That one seemed to slip out of Atkinson’s gear and crossed the line.
The Shamrocks extended the gap with a pair of goals to open the middle frame, both goals coming with the man advantage. Brody Black connected at 3:10 with a quick stick from the side with the home team holding a 5-on-3 man advantage. At 3:38 Josh Pickford added another from inside the dotted line. Then it was Delta’s turn to go on a run. They rattled off 5 straight to take their first lead of the game. It started with Yingling’s second of the game, a shorthanded marker unassisted at 6:05. Dickson picked up his second of the contest just 36 seconds later with a quick stick in close. Yingling’s hat trick goal, on the power play, got the visitors within a pair at 9:01 as he connected from outside the dotted line. At 11:26 James Greig closed the gap to a pair from in close, followed by Delta’s 7th goal to tie the game at 14:01 off the stick Jonathan Greig. With Dickson’s power play goal at 14:20, an unassisted goal off a rebound in front, Delta had the lead for the first and only time in the game. Before the period ended, the Rocks’ Pickford picked up his second of the game, a shorthanded marker at 15:43 as he ran around on the penalty kill and found a clear path to the net.
Victoria regained the lead at 3:44 of the final period, Kueber getting his second with a hard, low shot just after the expiry of a power play. Delta replied with Dickson’s third at 6:46 from inside the dotted line but the Shamrocks got re-focused to score the next 3 goals and put the game away. Vaesen picked up his second at 8:14 with a buzzer beater on the 30-second clock from outside the dotted line. Delta got into some penalty trouble, allowing Victoria’s power play to capitalize as Luke Burton-Krahn scored at 10:59 off a loose ball pickup and a run to the net. Kueber added his hat trick goal, also with the man advantage, at 13:41 with a hard, low shot. Delta’s Yingling got his fourth goal at 16:17, also with the man advantage to close the gap to a pair and that was as close as they would get as Victoria used the clock in the final minutes.
Leading Victoria’s offense was Caleb Kueber with the hat trick and 3 assists. Thomas Vaesen, Josh Pickford and Jackson Boyd each had a pair of goals with Boyd chipping in 5 helpers as well. Singles came from Luke Burton-Krahn, Brody Black, and Brayden Brown with the latter 2 also contributing 2 assists. Ryan Atkinson was solid between the pipes to pick up the win and also chipped in a couple of assists.
Game 2 of the series is set for the Ladner Leisure Centre Sunday at 2:00 pm. Should a third game be required, it will be back at the Q Centre next Saturday, July 29 at 1:30 pm. The winner of this and 3 other playoff series will advance to the Provincials in Langley the weekend of August 4-7.
- Janice Huckin
Intermediate Shamrocks Present Team Awards
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks gathered Monday at The Duke Saloon in Victoria to present their annual team awards as well as some service awards for various volunteers.
Team Award winners were:
MVP: Jackson Boyd
Top Scorer: Brayden Brown
Most Inspirational: Jake Tomer
Top Rookie: Brody Black
Top Defensive Player: Josh Wilson
Sportsman: Brayden McQuarrie
Service Awards were presented to the following volunteers:
Bill Russell Service Award went to James Lean who has lent his expertise, time and dedication to the management of the Intermediate Shamrocks equipment.
Bob Reid Merit Award went to Leanne Lawson, team manager for the Intermediate Shamrocks as well as the game day coordinator for both the Intermediate and Jr. ‘A’ Shamrocks as a member of the executive.
The Shamrock Pride Award was presented to Mike Pires. Mike is the current head coach of the Intermediate Shamrocks but has previously played for both the Intermediate and Junior ‘A’ Rocks as well as the WLA Victoria Shamrocks. Last season he was an assistant coach for the Intermediates before stepping up to the head coaching role this season.
Congratulations to all the award winners.
The Intermediate Shamrocks are now preparing to go into the playoff round against the Delta Islanders. The series is a best-of-three with game 1 being played at the Q Centre Saturday, July 22 at 1:30 pm. Game 2 follows at the Ladner Leisure Centre Sunday at 1:00 pm and, should a third game be necessary, it will take place Saturday, July 29 at the Q Centre. Winner of this series and 3 other playoff series will advance to the Provincials beginning Friday, August 4 and running through the B.C. Day long weekend at the Langley Events Centre.
Shamrocks Bounce Saints
The Port Coquitlam Saints were looking to sweep their season series against the Intermediate Shamrocks at the Q Centre Saturday but the Rocks had other ideas as they prevailed in a 17-6 rout of the visitors.
Starting goaltenders were A.J. Jensen for the Shamrocks and Calvin Hafner for the Saints. Scoring was tight early as the first period finished with the teams deadlocked at 2-2 but the boys in green ran away in the final 40 minutes. Opening the scoring was Victoria’s Brayden Brown, on the power play at 1:22 getting in close. PoCo replied at 10:40 but Brown picked up his second at 13:30, cutting across in close. The Saints got a power play goal before the period ended, Ryan McBeth shooting from inside the dotted line to find the back of the net at 16:06. That’s how the first period went into the books.
The Saints opened the second period scoring at 3:54, Coleton Lundy scoring from outside the dotted line but the Shamrocks rattled off 6 straight before they would again solve Jensen. The goals came quickly as Liam Phillips scored at 9:31 with a quick stick, finishing off some tic-tac-toe passing in front. Brown added two more, his third and fourth of the game at 9:57 and 11:10, both from around the dotted line. Thomas Vaesen gave the home team a 6-3 lead just 22 seconds later, diving across in close. Brody Black scored at 12:18 with a hard shot from outside the dotted line making it 5 goals in less than 3 minutes. At 15:21, Riley Condon got the Rocks’ eighth goal picking up the ball behind the net and moving around to the front to catch Hafner out of position. Port Coquitlam replaced Hafner with Trace Recsky at that point and the Saints replied with a goal at 16:58 off the stick of Brayden Zunti but before the period ended, Caleb Kueber made it 9-2 for the home team on a quick stick from the side of the net at 18:44.
Hafner returned to the net for PoCo to begin the third and once again, the visitors scored first, Chase Wright finding twine on the power play at the 1:52 mark from the dotted line. The Rocks rattled off 3 more, two from Kueber with the man advantage and one from Brown between the 4:30 and 7:46 mark. Recsky again replaced Hafner between the pipes before the Saints’ Zunti scored his second of the contest at 8:31. There was a flurry of extra-curricular activity resulting in the banishment of a few players from each team as the Shamrocks finished the scoring with 5 straight. Kueber tallied at 9:51 with a quick stick followed by Black at 10:14 from outside the dotted line. A couple of defensive guys combined at 11:20 to go on a run, Andrew Michalski scoring with assists from Phillips and Brayden McQuarrie. Thomas Vaesen rounded out the offensive display with a pair, the first coming with the teams playing 4-on-f and the final goal at 16:44 diving across in close.
Leading the way for the Shamrocks were Brayden Brown with 5 goals and 4 assists and Caleb Kueber with 4 goals and 3 helpers. Thomas Vaesen added a hat trick and Jackson Boyd contributed 7 assists. Other goals came from Liam Phillips, Riley Condon and Andrew Michalski. A.J. Jensen went the distance in goal to pick up the win.
The victory gives the Shamrocks 26 points, a couple of points behind the league-leading Maple Ridge Burrards. They have a pair of road games remaining in the regular season as they travel to Burnaby Sunday to take on the Lakers and return to the mainland next Sunday, July 16 to face the Burrards. Regular season standings are still very much in limbo with the top 8 teams advancing to a best-of-3 playoff series, the winners to go to the Provincials.
- Janice Huckin
Rocks Hold Off Adanacs
The Intermediate Shamrocks dropped a 12-10 decision on the road to the Coquitlam Adanacs a month ago but rebounded and held off a late surge to come away with a 15-14 win at the Q Centre Saturday. What could be more Canadian than lacrosse on Canada Day?
The Shamrocks held period leads of 7-3 and 10-9, each period jumping ahead only to have the Adanacs score in bunches late in each period to keep the game close. Starting goaltenders were Martin Chapman for the Adanacs and Ryan Atkinson for the home team. The Rocks hit the scoreboard first, Thomas Vaesen finding twine at 2:44 in close, driving to the net. Coquitlam answered back less than a minute later, Sam Andalis going end to end after picking up a rebound in his own end to score unassisted at 3:18. Victoria looked to take charge with 6 straight goals, beginning with Jackson Boyd at 5:08 with a hard, low shot from outside the dotted line followed by his second of the night at 5:57, a shot that Chapman seemed to have but didn’t as he watched it cross the goal line. Max Wilson added a shorthanded goal at 6:52, getting in close to give the Rocks a 4-1 lead. At 13:55 midget ‘A’ call-up Patrick Dodds picked up a goal with a quick stick from the side of the crease. Brayden Brown scored at 17:34 and Caleb Kueber extended the Shamrocks’ lead to 6 goals at 18:01. It was then that Coquitlam came alive, scoring twice within 8 seconds to close the gap. Jake Govett scored at 19:30 on a bouncer from the dotted line and off the ensuing faceoff Jalen Chaster scored to close the gap to 7-3 in favour of the home team.
Coquitlam kept their momentum going with the first goal of the middle frame, Gabe Procyk getting right in front at 3:10. Victoria replied with a pair, the first at 5:40 from Dodds from in close and a shorthanded goal from Brown, his second at 8:39, after a good rag on the penalty kill and making his way to the net. Coquitlam’s power play got a goal from Beau Chetner at 12:20 and added another at even strength at 14:37 off the stick of Daniel Miller. Liam Phillips replied for the Shamrocks at 15:10 but once again, the visitors struck back with 3 goals before the period ended, two of them just 21 seconds apart. Daniel Sudiro scored at 15:24 on a run to the net, possibly within the crease and at 15:45 Procyk got his second of the game on a sub shot from outside the dotted line. Chaster added his second, on the power play before the end of the period and suddenly the home team had just a 1-goal lead.
In what was becoming a goal-fest it was the Shamrocks striking first in period 3, Brown connecting at 2:50 from way outside the dotted line. Dodds added his hat trick marker at 8:36 with a quick stick from the side of the net and that opened up a 3-goal lead for the home team. Not for long, however, as Coquitlam struck for 3 straight to tie the score, goals coming from Andalis, Jordan Taylor and Procyk, the latter coming at 9:54. Victoria again found their offense and rattled off 3 straight of their own, the call-up Dodds picking up his fourth at 11:13 from just inside the dotted line, followed by 2 more from Boyd, at 11:30 and 11:42, the second on the power play to make it 15-12. As in the previous two periods, Coquitlam struck for 2 late goals, both from Chaster but were unable to get the equalizer and the Shamrocks escaped with the 1-goal victory.
Leading the way for the Shamrocks offensively was Jackson Boyd with 4 goals and 4 assists. The midget ‘A’ call-up Patrick Dodds was impressive with 4 goals and 1 helper. Brayden Brown contributed 3 goals and 4 assists, Caleb Kueber and Thomas Vaesen each added a goal and 4 helpers. Max Wilson and Liam Phillips added singles. Ryan Atkinson went the distance between the pipes to pick up the win and also contributed a couple of assists to the offense.
The Intermediate Shamrocks are on the road Sunday and return to the Q Centre next Saturday, July 8 for their final regular season home game when they will take on the Port Coquitlam Saints, a team that also defeated the Rocks on the road a couple of weeks ago. Game time is 1:30 pm and, with standings extremely tight in the league, every point is important in trying to gain home floor advantage in the playoffs.
- Janice Huckin
Shamrocks Drop Islanders
The Delta Islanders came into the Q Centre Saturday to take on the Intermediate Shamrocks and it was the home team coming away with a hard-fought 12-9 victory and move them within 4 points of the league-leading Maple Ridge Burrards.
A.J. Jensen got the start in goal for the Rocks with Jarvi Dashkewytch his counterpart. Victoria got the party started when Caleb Kueber scored at 2:28 going to the net. Delta tied things up at 7:41 with a bouncer in close off the stick of Dean Kishiucki. The teams traded goal again with Liam Phillips scoring for the home team at 9:12, an unassisted goal in close. Delta’s Mark Vingling tied the score at 2 at 14:59, that goal coming on the power play. Before the period ended, the Shamrocks came back with a pair of power play goals of their own. The first came from Brody Black at 17:45, going to the net and the second at 18:37 from Thomas Vaesen on a quick stick from the side of the net. That was all the scoring in the opening frame and it was the home team holding a 4-2 lead.
The Rocks opened up a 3-goal lead 11:32 into the second period, Vaesen getting his second again with the man advantage and again from the side of the net. Delta battled back with 4 straight beginning at 12:20 when Ben McDonald scored on a bouncer from outside the dotted line. Mitchell Sandberg drew the visitors within a goal just 23 seconds later from way out and exactly a minute later a power play goal from the Islanders’ Haiden Dickson had the score knotted at 5. He added a second straight goal at 16:08, another power play marker to give the visitors a lead but it would be short-lived. At 16:43 Vaesen replied with his hat trick marker for the Shamrocks, going to the net and at Black then added a pair of power play goals, the first at 18:04 from right in front off a loose ball and the second right at the 20-minute marker. That retained Victoria’s 2-goal lead at 8-6 heading into the dressing room after 40 minutes.
It was really a game of changing momentums and it was Delta getting the early start in period 3. Ian O’Hern tallied at 5:33, a shot that Jensen originally had but couldn’t quite hold onto. At 7:26 Hingling picked up his second to tie the score with a hard, low shot and McDonald added another power play goal to give the visitors a 9-8 lead at the 9:56 mark. After that the tide turned in favour of the boys in green. Black picked up his fourth goal of the game at 11:02 with a hard shot from outside the dotted line. He then added his 5th on the power play at 13:14, putting a shot over his shoulder and behind the Delta goaltender. That would prove to be the winner but the Rocks weren’t quite finished as Jackson Boyd made it 1-9 at 14:35 with a hard shot from outside the dotted line. Josh Pickford added another insurance marker at 19:26 with the teams playing 4-on-4.
Unofficially Brody Black led the Shamrocks attack with 5 goals and 4 assists. Thomas Vaesen had the hat trick and 1 helper while Jackson Boyd had a goal and 5 assists for a 6-point night. Caleb Kueber, Josh Pickford and Liam Phillips had singles with Kueber also chipping in 3 assists. A.J. Jensen went the distance to pick up the win.
The Shamrocks are on the road Sunday to take on the Port Coquitlam Saints and return to the Q Centre next Saturday, July 1 at 1:30 pm to host the Coquitlam Adanacs.
- Janice Huckin
Shamrocks Win, Lakers Still Looking for First Win
The Burnaby Lakers came into the Q Centre looking for their first win of the season Saturday, but it was not happening this day as the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks took a 15-7 win on home floor. The result gives the Shamrocks an 8-2 record atop the standings with 2 teams sitting right behind with 14 points, 2 more with 12 so still a logjam at the top.
Starting goaltenders were A.J. Jensen and Tyler Pongracz for the home and visiting teams respectively. Victoria really got rolling early, getting 3 goals in the first 2:11 of the opening period. Caleb Kueber scored at 1:15 from inside the dotted line and Brayden Brown made it 2-0 35 seconds later with a hard, low shot off the post. At 2:11, Josh Pickford had the home team up by 3 from right in front. Pongracz gave way to Aaron Kaminski between the pipes but Kueber came back at 3:15 for his second goal of the game with a quick stick from beside the crease. Pongracz returned and Brown picked up his second for the Rocks at 13:06, finishing off a series of quick passes in close to give the home team a 5-0 lead. Burnaby got one back at 17:48, a delayed penalty about to be called on the Rocks, Ryan Rothwell turning around in front and finding the back of the net. Victoria rattled off 3 more before the period ended, starting with a pair from Thomas Vaesen at 18:47 and 19:22, the first a bouncer from outside the dotted line and the second on a quick stick from the side. Brody Black finished the scoring with an over-the-shoulder shot as he went to the net at 19:55 to make it 8-1 after 20 minutes.
In the middle period, Burnaby outscored the Shamrocks 3-2 despite Victoria opening the scoring at the 1:53 mark, Jackson Boyd finding twine from the dotted line. Burnaby came back with a pair, the first on the power play at 3:42 from Ryan Johannson and the second at 7:30 from Basil Cooper. Vaesen picked up his hat trick marker for the Shamrocks at 15:48 but Liam O’Connor replied for the Lakers at 18:08, that goal coming with his team playing a man short. The score after two periods, 10-4 for the home team.
The Shamrocks again scored a pair early in the final frame, Pickford getting his second of the night at 2:34 on a run to the net and Vaesen getting his fourth just 25 seconds later, getting in close. Johansson got his second for the Lakers before special teams took over. Brown picked up his hat trick goal shorthanded for the Rocks at 11:01 going to the net. Burnaby then scored twice with the man advantage to get to 13-7 before Victoria pulled further ahead with the final two goals of the game. Vaesen getting his fifth at 1:08 off a rebound right in front and Riley Condon tallying shorthanded at 18:57 doing a great job of ragging and breaking away from two checks to get in front and put the game away.
Unofficially Thomas Vaesen had 5 goals, while Brayden Brown had 3 goals and 3 assists. Josh Pickford and Caleb Kueber each chipped in a pair of goals and 2 helpers. Jackson Boyd and Brody Black each had a goal and 4 and 3 assists respectively. Riley Condon with a goal and 2 helpers also had a good game. Nic Coleman added 3 assists.
The Intermediate Shamrocks have a couple of road games coming up this week as they travel to Coquitlam Sunday and over the Malahat Thursday when they will take on the Nanaimo Timbermen who will be looking to avenge the loss at the Q Centre last Tuesday. Game time at Frank Crane arena is 8:00 pm Thursday. Next home game isn’t until June 24 at 1:30 when they will host the Delta Islanders.
- Janice Huckin
Intermediate Rocks Jump to Top of Standings
The Intermediate Shamrocks jumped to the top of the league standings with an 18-11 victory over the visiting Nanaimo Timbermen Tuesday at the Q Centre. They now have 14 points while 4 other teams sit with 12 points and various numbers of games played.
Tuesday Ryan Atkinson got the start in goal for the Shamrocks while Colin Jeffries suited up between the pipes at the other end of the floor. It was a bit of a rude awakening for the Rocks as Nanaimo rattled off the first 6 goals of the game before the home team hit the scoresheet. Scoring started at 5:51 when Colton Lidstone scored from inside the dotted line. Justin Reedeker followed up at 6:23 and Lidstone got his second at 6:56 and his third at 8:21, that goal coming shorthanded. Nanaimo opened up the 6-goal lead at 10:13 off the stick of Zach Sawyer. They must have thought they’d won the game, such was the celebration going on on the floor. In fact some fans may have also thought it was game over but these Shamrocks have showed remarkable resilience and bounced back with 3 goals before the period ended. It was Brody Black tallying at 12:10 from the dotted line. Brayden Brown followed up with a pair, the first at 17:09 in close with the teams playing 4-on-4 and then again at 17:31 on a run to the net. That was all the scoring in the opening period so it was Nanaimo holding a 6-3 lead going into the dressing room.
Victoria really opened up in the second period, outscoring the visitors 8-2 beginning with a pair from Jackson Boyd at 2:02 and 2:26, both unassisted as the Rocks started finding a way to get in close. That closed the gap to a single goal but Nanaimo got one back at 7:24 from Adam Fulton, getting in close and putting the ball over Atkinson. The Rocks got on a 5-goal run and they were literally running. Thomas aesen scored a pair, the first at 10:30 with a hard shot from outside the dotted line and the second, unassisted at 11:02 off a rebound in front.; Boyd picked up his hat trick marker 30 seconds later going across late in the 30-second clock. Brown added his third of the game at 12:01 with a quick stick right in front and Vaesen added his hat trick marker at 13:19 in close, shooting low. The teams traded goals to end the second period scoring, Will Johanssen tallying for the bvisitors at 14:19 from in close and Brayden McQuarrie getting that one back on a 2-man run up the floor at 15:08 to make it 11-8 for the home team after 40 minutes.
The Shamrocks kept up the offensive pressure in period 3, as the game deteriorated somewhat due to penalties. That worked in Victoria’s favour as they scored 4 goals with the man advantage and gave up 1 shorthanded goal to Nanaimo. Scoring for Victoria were Josh Pickford with a pair, Boyd and Vaesen adding two more each, and Brown with another. Pickford’s second, coming with just 4 seconds on the clock was a throw-away from centre floor that Jeffries didn’t expect with the 30-second clock about to expire.
Unofficially Jackson Boyd and Thomas Vaesen led the way for the Shamrocks with 5 goals each and 4 and 3 assists respectively. Brayden Brown added 4 goals with Josh Pickford scoring twice and adding 2 helpers. Brody Black chipped in a goal and 4 assists and Caleb Kueber had 5 assists. Riley Condon had a good night in the faceoff circle for the Rocks and Ryan Atkinson overcame the shakey start to pick up the win and assisted on 1 goal.
Next up for the Shamrocks is a home game Saturday, June 3 at 1:30 pm when the visitors will be the Burnaby Lakers, sitting last in league standings still looking for their first win.
- Janice Huckin
Intermediate Shamrocks Even Record Against Thunder
The Intermediate Shamrocks were looking to avenge a 10-9 overtime loss earlier this season when they took on the Langley Thunder Saturday at the Q Centre and they did it in style, coming away with a 20-12 win.
Starting goaltenders were Ryan Atkinson for the Rocks and Riley Richardson for the Thunder and it was the home team getting things started as Braydon Brown tallied at the 2:11 mark, an unassisted goal off a rebound from outside the dotted line. Langley drew even at 5:07 on a hard, low shot from Trevayne Hunter. The teams traded goals once again, Thomas Vaesen going across the front of the crease to beat Richardson at 5:29 and Hunter replying for Langley at 7:15 with another low shot to the back of the net. Victoria got on a 4-goal run with 3 in a span of just 1:22. Brody Black scored with a bouncer at 10:07, followed by Caleb Kueber at 11:02 with a bullet from outside the dotted line and 28 seconds later, Black again with an over-the-shoulder shot from in close. Brown added his second of the game at 13:25 to open up a 6-2 lead. The teams traded goals once again, Tyler Ewen scoring for Langley just 10 seconds later and Kueber replying at 15:08 from the side of the crease. Langley got a power play goal at 16:48 and Black picked up his hat trick marker at 18:16 to make it 8-4 after 20 minutes.
Langley tallied first in the middle frame, Joseph Spady putting a shot over Atkinson from in close at 2:43 before Victoria’s offense kicked into high gear, rattling off 8 straight before the visitors would again find the back of the net. Liam Phillips got things started at 3:31 followed by a pair of power goals from the sticks of Kueber and Black. That was followed by two more within 34 seconds, Kueber picking up his 4th of the night at 10:09 and Brayden McQuarrie with a quick stick from the side of the net at 10:43. A pair of unassisted goals from Black and Luke Burton-Krahn at 12:19 and 13:15 respectively made it 15-5 and Jackson Boyd added one 6 seconds later off the faceoff before Langley’s Cal Slade found twine at 14:03. The Thunder found some traction as Victoria ran into some penalty problems that allowed the visitors to rattle off 4 power play goals before the period ended. At the end of the period it was Victoria holding onto a 16-10 lead.
The visitors continued their momentum into the third, scoring two more to make it a 7-goal run. By the 6:14 mark before the Shamrocks stopped the bleeding and rattled off the final 4 goals of the game. At 7:50 Kueber scored his 5th in close off a rebound and added his 6th at 12:14 from outside the dotted line. Dawson Gordon and Andrew Michalski added the final two goals, both off assists from goaltender Atkinson to provide the margin of victory.
After losing 2 of their first 3 games this season, the Shamrocks are now on a 5-game win streak and sit in a 5-way first place tie. Leading the way offensively and unofficially were Caleb Kueber with 6 goals and Brody Black with 4 goals and 4 assists. Brayden Brown had the hat trick and 2 assists, Jackson Boyd a goal and 4 assistss and Liam Phillips a goal and 3 helpers. Singles came from Dawson Gordon, Andrew Michalski, Brayden McQuarrie. Ryan Atkinson picked up the win and added 3 assists to the offense.
The Intermediate Shamrocks are back on the floor at the Q Centre Tuesday when they will face their island rivals the Nanaimo Timbermen. Nanaimo is one of those 5 teams at the top of the standings and of course this rivalry is always one of the hottest in local sports so promises to be a good contest. Game time is 8:00 pm.
- Janice Huckin
Roadrunners Fall to Intermediate Shamrocks
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks hosted the Richmond Roadrunners Saturday at the Q Centre and came away with a 14-10 victory to boost their record to 4-2 and a 4-way tie for fourth place in the standings.
A.J. Jensen got the start in goal for Victoria with Diesel DeGuzman suiting up at Richmond’s end of the floor. The Rocks got things going very early, Dawson Gordon tallying off the opening faceoff at the 9-second mark. The home team made it 2-0 at 3:38 when Caleb Kueber fired one from outside the dotted line that went off the post and in. Richmond got one back with a delayed penalty about to be called, Sekawnee Baker scoring at 5:58. The teams traded goals, Jackson Boyd scoring for the home team at 7:20 from just off the crease and Taylor Dudlets answering for Richmond with a power play goal at 13:07. The Shamrocks came back with a pair, both from Brayden Brown, and both on a run to the net, at 13:59 and 15:49 before the ‘Runners got one back from Baker, his second at 16:03 from in close. That made it 5-3 for the Shamrocks after 20 minutes.
In the middle frame, Victoria opened up a 3-goal lead, Nic Coleman scoring at 4:52 on a hard shot from outside the dotted line. The visitors got some momentum with a 6-goal run to open up a 9-6 lead by the 14:20 mark of the period which signalled the end of the night for Jensen as he was replaced by Ryan Atkinson between the pipes for Victoria. Coleman got his second of the contest at 16:16 to reduce the deficit to 2 goals, 9-7 for Richmond after two periods.
The teams traded goals to begin period 3, Kueber scoring for the Shamrocks at the 26-second mark and Baker picking up his hat trick marker for the visitors at 2:31. Victoria’s offense kicked into high gear with 6 straight goals. Boyd picked up his second of the game at 4:22 on a 2-on-1 break on the power play. Thomas Vaesen got the score knotted at 7:23 again with the man advantage. He added another at 12:54 from right in front, around the goaltender off the post. Kueber added his hat trick marker at 14:42 with a hard shot from outside the dotted line and it was 12-10 for the home team. Boyd got right in front and collected his third of the game at 16:33 and Brown also got a hat trick with his third at 19:18 to put the icing on the cake and provide the margin of victory.
Brayden Brown, Caleb Kueber and Jackson Boyd all had hat tricks for the Shamrocks with Brown adding 4 helpers and Kueber 3. Nic Coleman and Thomas Vaesen both had strong outings with a pair of goals and 3 assists. Dawson Gordon had the other Victoria goal and Brody Black chipped in 4 assists.
The Shamrocks are on the road holiday Monday, travelling to Chilliwack to take on the Okanagan Wild. They return to the Q Centre next Saturday, May 27 at 1:30 when they will face the Langley Thunder.
- Janice Huckin
Intermediate Rocks Beat Maple Ridge
The Maple Ridge Burrards suffered their first defeat of the season and it was at the hands of the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks Saturday at the Q Centre. The Rocks did not have a win against the Burrards in 2016 so this was a big win for the boys in green as they hammered out a 12-6 victory.
Starting goaltenders were Ryan Atkinson for the home team and Nathan Faccin for the visitors. It was the Shamrocks getting the early lead, scoring the first 3 goals of the contest, the first coming just 28 seconds in as Caleb Kueber fired a hard shot from outside the dotted line. Thomas Vaesen made it 2-0 just a minute later with an almost identical shot and a 3-0 lead came courtesy of Brody Black at 3:45, although Faccin got a piece. The Burrards replied with a pair, the first coming at 4:11 from Dylan McIntosh from just inside the dotted line and the second from Daytin Vidovich at 5:25 with an over the shoulder shot from close in. Victoria got a shorthanded marker at 7:26, Brayden McQuarrie cutting to the net and Black picked up his second of the game at 9:40 with a hard shot to the top corner. That gave the home team the 5-2 lead and it stayed that way through the second half of the period.
The Shamrocks continued their momentum with the first two goals of period 2, both on the power play as a Burrards player took 9 minutes, giving Victoria 7 minutes of the man advantage. Joel Lioudakis scored just 29 seconds into the frame with a quick stick from the side of the crease and at 1:08, Black picked up his hat trick marker as the Shamrocks enjoyed good ball control around the Maple Ridge goal. The Burrards didn’t go away, getting the next 2 goals of the period off the sticks of Dylan McCormich at 2:59 and McIntosh, getting his second at 10:04 but Victoria’s Josh Pickford tallied at 19:12. That made it 8-4 after 40 minutes in what had turned into quite a penalty-filled contest.
The Rocks once again opened the scoring in the third, Kueber picking up his second of the net at 4:34 with a quick shot from outside the dotted line. Maple Ridge got that one back at 5:30, getting in close but the home team went on a 3-goal run to put the game out of reach. Brayden Brown scored at 6:33 with a hard shot from well out. Kueber picked up his hat trick goal at 7:28, followed by Brown’s second at 11:42, a power play goal with a quick stick from the side of the crease to open up a 12-5 lead. Maple Ridge got one back at 13:18, McCormicks’ second of the game but they were unable to close the gap more than that.
Unofficially leading the Shamrocks offense were Caleb Kueber and Brody Black with 3 goals each and 4 and 3 assists respectively. Brayden Brown added 2 goals and 3 assists with singles coming from Brayden McQuarrie, Josh Pickford, Thomas Vaesen and Joel Lioudakis. Jackson Boyd chipped in 5 assists as Ryan Atkinson went the distance between the pipes to pick up the win.
The Intermediate Shamrocks are next in action Saturday, May 20 at the Q Centre when they will host the Richmond Roadrunners in a 1:30 pm start.
- Janice Huckin
Intermediate Shamrocks Shut Out Wild
The new team in the B.C. Intermediate Lacrosse League, the Okanagan Wild, made their first and only visit to the Q Centre Saturday to face the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks. It was the Shamrocks getting a rare shutout, with a 20-0 win. It was a tough night for the Wild, experiencing growing pains and injuries in their inaugural season but the Shamrocks were sharp from start to finish, running up an 11-0 lead after the first 20 minutes.
Ryan Atkinson was in goal for the Shamrocks while Jordan Scherck got the start for Okanagan. In the first period, Braydon Brown scored a hat trick and added 5 assists. Thomas Vaesen also picked up 3 of the 11 goals. Victoria outshot the visitors 20-7 in the first period.
The home team took the foot off the accelerator a little bit after that but still managed 5 goals in the middle frame and 4 more in the final period, outshooting the Wild 56-23 overall.
Numerous players had multi-point games, with Braydon Brown unofficially finishing the game with 4 goals and 7 assists and Thomas Vaesen adding 7 goals and 2 helpers. Jackson Boyd also had 4 goals and 1 assist, Josh Pickford added 3 goals and 2 assists and Caleb Kueber picked up 8 helpers. Brody Black had a pair of goals with the other coming from Colt Gnecht. Ryan Atkinson went the distance of goal, picking up not only the win but also a pair of assists to help offensively.
The Intermediate Rocks have a rare weekend with no road game and return to the Q Centre next Saturday, May 13 for a 1:30 pm start when the visitors will be the Maple Ridge Burrards.
The Junior A and Intermediate A Shamrock teams would like to wish all those participating in the Travis Bateman Tournament at JDF this weekend
We would also like to invite to you to our games Saturday May 6th - All players from the JDF Travis Bateman Tournament wearing their jersey will get a parent in for free.
We have 2 games scheduled for Saturday May 6th @
The Q Arena.
First Up: The Victoria Intermediate A Shamrocks vs. Okanagan Wild @ 4:30pm
Followed by: The Victoria Junior A Shamrocks vs. Burnaby Junior A Lakers @ 7:30pm
Enter our “Favorite Player” draw at the Junior A game to win a Shamrocks T-shirt and photo with your favorite player.
Rocks Win Home Opener
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks played their first home game of the season, coming away with a 16-11 win over the visiting New Westminster Salmonbellies Saturday at the Q Centre. The victory evens their record at 1-1.
Starting goaltenders were Ryan Atkinson for the Shamrocks and Johnny Edin for the ‘Bellies and it was Victoria opening the scoring just 20 seconds in, Caleb Kueber finding twine with a quick stick from the side of the net.Dawson Gordon made it 2-0 at the 1:30 mark getting on a run but New West got that one back just 15 seconds later off the stick of Cairo Rogers.Andrew Michalski restored the 2-goal Victoria lead at 3:41, going to the net before the visitors roared back with a pair of power goals from Joseph Collard and Finn Stark to tie the score at 3. Brayden Brown made it 4-3 Shamrocks at 8:21 but New Westminster scored 4 of the next 5 to take a 7-5 lead to the dressing room after 20 minutes. Victoria’s goal came off the stick of Brown, shorthanded while the visitors added yet another power play marker as the Shamrocks’ penalty minutes piled up.
The Rocks got off to another quick start in the middle frame, getting 3 straight to regain the lead. It was Jackson Boyd tallying at 1:33 from outside the dotted line with the teams playing 4-on-4. A power play marker from Brown at 3:52 tied the score at 7 with a hard shot to the top corner. Boyd added another at 4:59 with a quick stick. The visitors answered back at 5:37 and once again took a 1-goal lead at 13:43 before Brayden McQuarrie got the Rocks back at even at 18:35, off a rebound in front.
The home team took control in period 3, rattling off 5 straight before New Westminster would again find the scoresheet. Thomas Vaesen got things started at 1:55, reaching around with a shorthanded tally. Kueber added his second of the contest at 3:22 from outside the dotted line. McQuarrie picked up his second of the night at 9:56 on a run, after a big save by Atkinson at the other end and Kueber picked up his hat trick marker at 10:38 with a bouncer from in front. Boyd picked up his second to make it 14-9 at 11:37 and Kueber added his 4th at 11:47 with a shot to the top corner from outside the dotted line. The visitors managed to pick up a pair, both off the stick of Jake Stott and one of those with the man advantage before Kueber rounded out the scoring with his 5th goal of the game at 19:19 to provide the margin of victory.
Caleb Kueber led Victoria's offense with 5 goals and 2 assists while Jackson Boyd chipped in 3 goals and 3 helpers. Brayden Brown also had the hat trick and 2 assists. Brayden McQuarrie with a pair, Thomas Vaesen Dawson Gordon and Andrew Michalski added singles to round out the scoring. Ryan Atkinson was solid in goal for the victorious Shamrocks and picked up a pair of assists.
The Shamrocks are on the road Sunday to visit the Richmond Roadrunners and return to the Q Centre next Saturday, May 6 to take on the Okanagan Wild in a rare 4:30 pm start.
- Janice Huckin
Victoria Shamrock Alumni John Crowther Game
Friday April 28th will be the Annual John Crowther Memorial game. Game time is 7:00pm @ the Q Centre.
This year the Alumni game will consist of 2-30 minute periods. The first period will be vs. Peninsula Midget A. The second period will be vs. a combined Intermediate A & Junior A team.
Tickets can be bought through the Intermediate A & Junior A teams or at the door.
Costs: $5.00 per child, $10.00 per adult or $20.00 per family.
If a child wears their minor lacrosse association jersey they will get in free with a paying adult.
VICTORIA SHAMROCKS ‘ULTIMATE’ SEASON TICKET FOR ALL 3 TEAMS ANNOUNCED
We are excited to announce to the sporting and lacrosse community the next step in our partnership with the Senior Shamrocks. Fans can now buy tickets to all regular season games at the Senior ‘A' Shamrocks team store with Junior tickets priced at $70 and the Intermediates at $30.
We are also excited to offer an 'Ultimate' Shamrocks season ticket to all Senior, Junior and Intermediate regular season home games to adults for $200, Seniors for $150 and Students for $120.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 250-478-Rock(7625) Monday through Friday from 9-5 or at the team store at 967 Langford parkway on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon-5.
The Junior and Intermediate Shamrocks first home games at The Q Centre are Saturday April 29th with the Junior taking on the Port Coquitlam Saints at 5pm and the Intermediates taking on New West Salmonbellies at 1:30. Full schedule for the Juniors can be found at jrshamrocks.com and the Intermediates at intermediateshamrocks.com.
For Immediate Release - March 18, 2017
Victoria Shamrocks organizational partnership
Victoria, BC – The Intermediate, Junior and Senior Shamrocks teams and associations have existed in our
community for many years. Although all Shamrocks in name, the three were in fact very separate entities,
operated by three independent societies.
On November 1st, 2011 the Junior and Intermediate Associations merged into one entity under the Junior
Shamrocks Society and has operated as one since.
In November of 2014, the Senior Shamrocks General Manager, Chris Welch, and the Junior Shamrocks Vice
President, Rod Wood, sat down and began talking about how the two societies and teams could work closer
together by means of a Partnership Agreement.
Today we would like to announce that Society Presidents, Jim Hartshorne of the Senior ‘A’ Shamrocks and Ron
Hampton of the Junior ‘A’ Shamrocks have ratified that agreement affective March 1, 2017.
This means that although we are still two separate entities, we will be working together in every way possible.
This translates to coaching, player and personnel development, common branding, similar uniforms and
merchandise, working together on public events, equipment purchases, and marketing and ticket sales. It will
also translate to a common style of play on the floor as explained by Senior Shamrocks General Manager Chris
Welch. “When we call a player up from junior,” said Welch, “he shouldn’t have to learn our systems, they should
already be familiar to him. Under this agreement the three teams will work closely together to maintain similar
styles of play.”
Prior to the agreement coming into effect the clubs enjoyed a positive working relationship as demonstrated by
the fact that 15 of the 2016 Senior Shamrocks previously played for the Intermediate, Junior Shamrocks or
both. This agreement will only make that stronger.
In the words of Junior Shamrocks President, Ron Hampton “We are thrilled to be working closely with a first
class organization like Senior Shamrocks and outstanding individuals like Chris Welch and Jim Hartshorne”.
We have always been Shamrocks at heart and now we are in partnership as well. By bringing both of these
organizations under one partnership umbrella both organizations can benefit from the excellent infrastructure
that each possess. We are all Shamrocks at heart so why not organizationally as well.
Season tickets for all 3 teams can be purchased by phoning 250-478-ROCK (7625) or at the Shamrocks team store
located at 967 Langford Parkway. Find out the many benefits of becoming a Shamrocks season ticket holder at
For further information, contact:
Phone: (250) 889-6266
Manager Lacrosse Operations
Phone: (778) 677-8259
Our 2017 Victoria Intermediate A Shamrocks Main Camp will be held on:
Monday, March 6th, 6:30-8:30 at Eagle Ridge
Friday, March 10th, 8:15-10:15 at Eagle Ridge
Monday, March 13th from 6:30-8:30 at Eagle Ridge (Jr Shamrocks will also be included)
This camp is mandatory if you would like to be considered for selection to this team.
Cuts will be made after each session.
You must complete the BCLA Senior Practice form if you have not done so already.
If you are interested in the Shamrocks program but are unable to attend or if you have any questions
or concerns please contact myself at the contact information below.
Victoria Intermediate A and Junior A Shamrocks
Upcoming Combined Inter A (1999/2000) & Junior A (1996/1997/1998)
Shamrocks Workout dates
- for all 5 sessions, please have your payment ready on your first night. You will
NOT be permitted on the floor unless you have paid, there is a bank machine at
Eagle Ridge if you need.
Location: Eagle Ridge Centre
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017 and
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm (full gear)
Dates: January 30th
February 6th, 13th & 27th
Any questions please contact Kim McCulley at 250-889-7235 or email@example.com
2016 Graduating Midgets are invited to attend our 2017 Victoria Intermediate A Shamrocks Evaluation Camp that will be held on Thursday, December 15th from 5:00-7:30 pm and Friday, December 16th from 5:00-7:00 pm , at the Eagle Ridge Center located at 1089 Langford Parkway.
This camp will assist us in preparing for the Junior A entry draft held in January 2017. You must be ready to go in full gear at 5:00 PM. Please show up early to sign in.
The two sessions will consist of an evaluation and practices run by this year’s Victoria Shamrocks INT A and JR A coaching staff.
A BCLA Senior Practice form must be filled out (if you filled one out in August we will still have it on file). Cost: $10.00 for the two sessions (Shamrocks swag available for sale at the event).
If you are interested in the Shamrocks program but are unable to attend or if you have any questions or concerns please contact myself at the contact information below. If you know of a player that was missed on this email, please forward the information.
We look forward to seeing you on the 15th and 16th of December 2016.
Victoria Intermediate A Shamrocks
Senior Practice Form can be found at (copy and paste into your browser): https://bcla.imeetcentral.com/bcla/media/Forms/Senior%20Box/SeniorPracticeForm1.pdf
Press Release - November 6, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Mike Pires has agreed to take over as Intermediate Shamrocks Head Coach. Mike played his Minor Lacrosse in the Peninsula Organization and played Int and Jr for the Shamrocks. In 2008 at the Minto Cup Championships he was the leading scorer for all teams. He went on to play for the Sr Shamrocks for a few years and most recently has been concentrating on coaching, last year as an Assistant Coach on the Intermediate Team.
We are pleased to announce that the new Head Coach for the Junior Rocks will be Terry Dennett. Terry played his Minor Lacrosse in the Juan de Fuca Organization. He played 4 years with the Junior A Victoria Eagles and Sr A for the Rocks. He also played one season in the NLL with Calgary. He has also represented Scotland at the world level as a player both in Box and Field Lacrosse. Most recently he was an Assistant Coach with the Int Shamrocks helping to lead them to Provincial Gold in 2015. Last year Terry was an Assistant Coach with both the Jr and Sr Shamrocks.
Both of these Coaches bring a wealth of experience to our teams and we are confident they will be great Head Coaches. Congratulations to both. Now the work begins on rounding out the Assistant Coaching Staff.
Vice President & Governor
Victoria Jr Shamrocks Lacrosse
Intermediate Shamrocks Prospects Camp
At this time we would like to extend an invitation to attend our 2016 Victoria Intermediate A Shamrocks Prospect Camp that will be held on Monday August 22nd, 2016 at the Q centre, from 6-9 pm. This camp will assist us in preparing for the entry draft held in January 2017 and the 2017 season.
The three hour session will consist of a fitness evaluation, a practice run by this year’s Intermediate coaches/players followed by a scrimmage game.
Please contact me to obtain a BCLA Senior Practice form which must be filled out and signed by both player and parent prior to attending the camp. Also we will provide a Player Profile Form to be completed and mailed back to me. Bring the BCLA Practice form with you to the arena prior to the 6pm session. Cost: $20 (includes a camp t-shirt).
If you are interested in the Shamrocks program but are unable to attend or if you have any questions or concerns please contact myself at the contact information below.
We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd.
Victoria Intermediate A Shamrocks
Team Awards Presented
The Jr. and Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks held their annual team awards Monday at Brown’s Social House in Langford. While the Jr. Shamrocks failed to make playoffs for the first time in a long while under a new format, the Intermediates swept Delta in their best 2-of-3 playoff and will move on to play in the Provincials in Langley over the August long weekend. Other participants have yet to be determined.
Intermediate award winners were:
MVP – Brian Robb
Top Defensive Player – Garrett Wicks
Top Rookie – Goaltender Spencer Erwin
Sportsman Award – 2 winners – Nick Murray and Jackson Boyd
Most Inspirational Player – Caleb Kueber
Top Scorer – Ben Preston who finished second in league scoring with 34 goals and 45 assists for 79 points
Jr. Shamrocks award winners:
Cole Pickup was the big winner, taking away the MVP, Best Conditioned and Top Scorer award. The Best Conditioned Award winner is determined by the training staff. Cole’s point total was 88 points on 37 goals and 51 assists.
The Jr. Shamrocks had another double winner as Danny Smith was named the most popular player, as voted by his teammates and is a co-winner of the Top Defensive Player Award
That defensive award was shared with Zac Christianson.
Most Improved Player – Rees Cullen
Most Inspirational Player – Nate Wade
Top Rookie – Brad McCulley
Sportsman of the Year – Matt Hamilton
The Jr. Shamrocks also presented jerseys and steins to 7 graduating players:
Three Service Awards were also presented – these go to executive members, team personnel or any person who demonstrates a high quality of commitment and service to the Jr. Shamrocks Lacrosse Association. This year the winners were:
Bill Russell Service Award – Jr. Shamrocks team manager and executive member in charge of promotions, fundraising and sponsorship – Kim McCulley
Bob Reid Merit Award – Intermediate Shamrocks team manager, Leanne Lawson
Shamrock Pride Award – Terry Dennett, former Shamrocks player, current assistant coach with both the Jr. and Sr. Shamrocks.
Intermediate Rocks Win Playoff Game 1
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks matched up against the Delta Islanders at the Q Centre Saturday afternoon in game 1 of their best-of-3 playoff series. The Rocks jumped out to a 5-1 first period lead but needed overtime to dispatch of the visitors as they took game 1 by a 16-12 score.
Starting goaltenders were Spencer Erwin for the home team and Brody Harris for the Islanders. It was Delta getting onto the scoresheet first, Matt Trimble scoring at 2:19 on a hard shot just inside the post with an extra attacker on the floor and a delayed penalty about to be called against Victoria. That was all they would muster in the opening 20 minutes as Victoria ratled off 5 straight before the period ended. First it was Max Wilson getting on a run and gathering in a pass from Erwin to tally at 5:34. Brian Robb gave the Rocks their first lead at 7:25 with a hard shot from outside the dotted line and added another at 8:05 on a run to the front of the net. At 16:26, Nick Murray collected a power play marker with a quick stick from the side of the crease and Thomas Vaesen made it 5-1 Victoria at 16:55 from just inside the dotted line.
If the Rocks thought they had things under control, well they were incorrect as Delta rocked the second period outscoring the home team by a 6-2 margin. Braydon Kirk had 2 of those in the first 49 seconds, the first coming off the opening faceoff and then again off the next faceoff. They added a pair of power play goals, both off the stick of Trimble, the first at 4:46 with a hard shot from the dotted line and then another at 7:13 and all of a sudden things were knotted at 5. The Rocks replied with a pair of power play goals of their own, Murray getting his second of the game at 12:01 picking up the loose ball off a forced fumble in front of the net and Ben Preston adding another at 13:38 with a hard shot from outside the dotted line. That gave the home team a 2-goal lead but it, too would diminish as Kyle Durek scored for Delta at 16:51, yet another power play goal and Kirk added his second at 18:26 to even things up at 7 apiece. The Shamrocks were not at their best in the period but Delta forced things and took full advantage of power play opportunities and winning loose ball battles.
Delta took the lead for the second time in the game early in period 3, Liam MacDonald scoring from the dotted line at 2:53. Victoria replied just 17 seconds later, Robb picking up his hat trick marker at 3:10 cutting to the front. The teams traded goals once again, MacDonald scoring at 3:46 for Delta and Clark Pickup gathering up a loose ball and cutting a path to the front of the net. Victoria seemed to have some momentum as Ben Preston made it 10-9 for the home team at 5:53 and Jack Campbell opened up a 2-goal lead at 10:38. Exactly one minute later, Delta replied and then got yet another power play goal at 14:03, that one off the stick of riley Duimel. Delta took a 1-goal lead at 16:10, Jake McIntosh getting in close and it looked like they might come away with the road victory but Garrett Wicks found the back of the net for the Shamrocks at 18:47 with a shot that seemed to ricochet around like a pinball machine. Nothing was solved after 60 minutes and we were on to a 10-minute overtime.
Murray picked up his hat trick goal just 33 seconds into the extra period with an unassisted goal from right in front. Victoria was assessed a 5-minute penalty at the halfway point of the period but the Rocks really put their game up a notch as they managed 3 shorthanded goals. The first came off the stick of Brody Black at 7:33 with a quick stick from the side of the net. Preston added another at 8:48, cutting in giving him the hat trick and Robb, probably Victoria’s best player in the game scored his fourth of the game with less than 1 tick on the clock to give the Shamrocks the 16-12 victory and a 1-0 lead in the series.
Brian Robb had 4 goals and 2 helpers while Nick Murray had a 7-point night on 3 goals and 4 assists. Ben Preston chipped in a hat trick 2 assists. Game 2 goes in Ladner Sunday with a third game, if necessary, next Sunday July 24 at the Panorama leisure centre. The series winner will move on to Provincials in Langley over the July 29-August 1 weekend.
Saturday's final regular season home game between the Intermediate Shamrocks and the Burnaby Lakers has been cancelled. Playoffs will begin the weekend of July 16 so please come back often to find out dates and the match-up. Thank you.
July 3, 2016
Shamrocks Defeat American Visitors
The Intermediate Shamrocks played host to a team of American box lacrosse players – Cali-Lax Saturday and came away with a 17-7 win over a tired team, playing its 5th game in a week as part of an annual B.C. visit. The visitors managed 1 win against 4 losses during their tour but with box lacrosse in its youth south of the border it was no doubt a good experience for the boys to have.
The Americans were actually up 2-1 after the first period on goals by Drew Erickson and David Moyett after the Rocks had scored first, Jake Campbell getting in close just 2:53. Cali-Lax’s goals came at the 10:22 and 11:04 mark.
The second period saw the Shamrocks outscore their opponents by a 9-4 margin to take a 10-6 lead after 40 minutes and they rattled off 6 straight to start the final frame before the Americans found the back of the net at 13:59 and Caleb Kueber rounded out the scoring for Victoria at the 18:59 mark.
Although the result won’t have any impact to league standings, it was an important game for the Intermediate Shamrocks to get them ready for Sunday’s visit to Maple Ridge. Leading the way offensively for the Shamrocks were Jake Campbell and Jackson Boyd each with the hat trick. Garrett Wicks, Brayden McQuarrie and Caleb Kueber each had a pair with Kueber also chipping in 4 helpers. The Rocks used 3 goaltenders, each for 1 period with Darian Claxton, Intermediate ‘B’ call-up A.J. Jensen and Spencer Erwin taking turns between the pipes.
The Intermediate Rocks are on the road Sunday against Maple Ridge, who did win the previous match-up between the two teams. They close out the season at home next Saturday when they host the Burnaby Lakers at 1:30 pm at the Q Centre. They will then participate in a playoff series, the winner of which will move on to the Provincials in Langley the weekend of July 29-August 1.
June 27, 2016
Shamrocks Devour Salmonbellies
The Intermediate Shamrocks continue in their quest for first place in the BC Intermediate Lacrosse League with a 20-10 victory at home against the visiting New Westminster Salmonbellies Saturday.
The game was never close as Victoria held period leads of 6-2 and 13-4 but took their foot off the gas in the late going, outscoring the Bellies 7-6 in the final 20 minutes. Spencer Erwin got the start in goal for Victoria but made way for Intermediate ‘B’ call-up A.J. Jensen for the final period. New West made several goalie switches between starter Cameron Molesworth and Kyle Bleasdale in the course of the game.
The Rocks got on the board first at 2:33, Brayden Brown firing from the dotted line. At 3:17, Thomas Vaesen found the back of the net with a bouncer from outside the dotted line. A power play goal from the stick of Ben Preston at 4:20 made it 3-0 for the home team and Teagan Knoles increased the lead to 4 at 8:23, diving across the net. New Westminster finally answered, Erik Maas getting in close with an extra attacker on the floor at 10:11 with a delayed penalty coming to the Rocks. Victoria got another pair of goals, Jake Campbell and Brian Robb tallying just 31 seconds apart at 13:18 and 13:49. The Bellies got one back before the period ended, Nick Hannay getting in close at 14:21.
The second period saw the Shamrocks rattle off the first 3 goals, Knoles with his second, followed by Dawson Gordon and Robb with his second at 4:01, 4:31 and 7:03. New West sandwiched in a single, Hannay once again behind the shot that beat Erwin at 9:06 before Victoria rattled off 4 straight and New Westminster added a late goal, Jacob Patterson getting in close. Victoria’s goals came from Knoles, Vaesen, Jackson Boyd and Caleb Kueber.
New Westminster opened third period scoring with Quinn Stanhope scoring at 3:07 against the replacement goaltender Jensen but Victoria replied with 5 goals before the Bellies scored again. They would score 5 of the next 7 but it was too little too late.
Pretty much every Shamrocks player hit the scoresheet. Jake Campbell, Brian Robb, and Teagan Knoles each had the hat trick with Campbell adding 5 assists for an 8-point night. Nick Murray, Brayden Brown, Dawson Gordon and Ben Preston each had a pair of goals with Preston chipping in 6 helpers for an 8-point night. Caleb Kueber had a goal and 6 assists with other goals coming from Jackson Boyd and Thomas Vaesen. Spencer Erwin chipped in 4 assists with another solid outing between the pipes.
The Shamrocks are one of 3 teams virtually tied atop the league standings with just 2 regular season games remaining. Next up for the Rocks is an exhibition game next Saturday, July 2 against a visiting box lacrosse team from the U.S. at 1:30 at the Q Centre. They travel to Maple Ridge on Sunday, July 3 for a 2:00 matchup against the Burrards and finish the season at home Saturday, July 9 at 1:30 when they will take on the Burnaby Lakers at 1:30.
Alumni Night at WLA Shamrocks Game
June 22, 2016
This Friday, at the Shamrocks home game at the Q Centre it will be a very special night for a number of reasons. It will be Alumni Night – what does that mean?
Well, for one thing it means there will be a pre-game tailgate party and proceeds from the food and drink will benefit the Shamrocks Alumni. For another thing, there will be many former Shamrocks players in attendance with whom you can mingle before and after the game.
Another fundraiser for the Alumni Association will be the raffling of a 1999 Mann Cup game-worn Gary Gait jersey. Please don’t forgot to go buy those tickets.
As for the Alumni itself, the Association will be presenting $3000 in scholarships to deserving local lacrosse players attending post-secondary institutions.
Members of the 1976 Minto Cup winning team will be in attendance and take part in the opening faceoff. Many more members will also participate in special events at the Jr. Shamrocks game on Saturday at 5:00.
Something that will be very special for long-time Shamrocks fans will be the retiring of the number of former Shamrock great, Fred ‘Whitey’ Severson. This is the first ever jersey/number to be retired by the Shamrocks, a truly historic occasion as Whitey was a member of the 1955 Mann Cup winning team and went on to play and coach. He will be in attendance.
Oh yeah – on the floor the 5-2 Shamrocks will be taking on the 3-3-1 New Westminster Salmonbellies. The Bellies are another storied franchise so two great rivals mixing it up on Alumni night. Great action.
Don’t forget the Intermediate Shamrocks get back into action Saturday as they also play the New Westminster Salmonbellies. Game time at the Q Centre is 1:30 pm.
- Janice Huckin
Suffer Second Straight Loss
Intermediate Shamrocks find themselves in a somewhat different position, losing
for the second straight time, dropping a 14-9 decision at home Saturday against
the Langley Thunder. This comes on the
heels of a road loss last weekend against the Delta Islanders.
Erwin got the start for Victoria while Riley Richardson got the nod for the
visitors. The Rocks got the first goal,
Ben Preston tallying from the dotted line just 49 seconds into the contest but
a power play goal off the stick of the Thunder’s Nathaniel Kozevnikov tied
things at 5:58, also a shot from the dotted line. The home team replied just 29 seconds later,
Brayden Brown finding the back of the net with another long shot and pretty
much off the ensuing faceoff, Preston picked up his second at 6:44, getting in
close and ringing the shot off a post to make it 3-1 Shamrocks. A second Langley power play goal from Caleb
Pearson at 9:01 pulled the visitors within one before Victoria got a power play
marker of their own at 15:41. The teams
traded goal before the end of the period, Max Joseph scoring unassisted with a
loose ball pickup and breakaway for Langley at 16:36 and Brown picking up his
second for the Shamrocks at 17:10 to restore the 2-goal lead heading into the
the Shamrocks did not appear to be the confident team fans were accustomed to
seeing while the visitors had all kinds of spirit on the bench. It resulted in the Thunder picking up the
first 2 goals of the middle frame, Pearson with the first at 2:19 and Connor Watson
with another at 7:24 on a bouncer in close.
Both those tallies came with the man advantage. Victoria regained the lead at 8:40 but it was
the last time they would do so in the game, Brady Black scoring on a run to the
net. The air seemed to go out of the
Rocks’ collective tires and Langley rattled off 3 straight to take an 8-6 lead
by the 14:12 mark of the period. Nick
Murray picked the top corner to get one back for the home team at 15:52 but
Langley’s Kozevnikov picked up another at 18:46. After 40 minutes, it was Langley holding a
opened the scoring in period 3, Preston getting his fourth of the night just
1:20 in with his team holding the man advantage but Langley came back with 2 in
the next 23 seconds to open up an 11-8 lead.
Victoria’s final goal came off the stick of Murray, his second, on the
power play at 5:23 before Langley rattled off 5 straight to finish the game,
the final 3 coming on the power play as the Shamrocks failed to stay out of the
not a particularly inspired performance from a Shamrocks team that is battling
for top spot in the standings. At the
same time, Langley is also in that battle and looked to be wanting it more on
this day. The Shamrocks got 4 goals and
2 assistws from Ben Preston. Nick Murray
and Brayden Brown each chipped in a pair of goals with Brown also adding 3
assists. Brady Black had the other goal
and Caleb Kueber added 5 assists.
Intermediate Shamrocks don’t play for 2 weeks, when they will host the New
Westminster Salmonbellies at 1:30 pm at the Q Centre on Saturday, June 25.
June 4, 2016
Intermediate Rocks Even Record with Adanacs
The Intermediate Shamrocks were coming off a 1-sided win against Nanaimo on the road Thursday and knew the opposition would be tougher as they faced off against the Coquitlam Adanacs Saturday at the Q Centre. Coquitlam had handed the Rocks their second loss of the season a couple of weeks ago so the home team had it on their mind to even the score and they did just that, coming up with a 13-11 win in front of a sparse crowd on a hot day.
The game was even throughout and it was Spencer Erwin getting the start in goal for the Rocks with Elijah Uema-Martin his counterpart. There was no scoring until almost halfway through the opening period as Victoria came up with a pair just 43 seconds apart. Ben Preston opened things with a shot from the dotted line at 9:01 and Brayden McQuarrie added an unassisted tally getting in close at 9:44. Coquitlam replied with a pair of their own, Brayden Oake scoring at 10:48 and Colin Munro adding another at 13:36. At 14:31, Victoria took the lead, Garrett Wicks finding twine with a high hard shot with the teams playing 4-on-4. Once again Oake got the Adanacs even with a shorthanded and then Munro got his second with less than a second left on the clock to send the visitors to the dressing room up 4-3 after 20 minutes.
Coquitlam kept the momentum going with the first 2 goals of period 2. Munro picked up his hat trick marker just 30 seconds in and Lucas Shein made it 6-3 at 4:52 on a run off a loose ball pickup. The Rocks found the groove with a 3-goal run of their own starting at 6:04 when Thomas Vaesen faked high and shot low to bury the shot behind Coquitlam’s goaltender. Brian Robb added a power play tally with a hard low shot from the dotted line at 6:55 and Dawson Gordon picked up a rare goal at 8:38 and things were tied at 6. Coquitlam took the lead once more with Munro’s fourth of the night at 10:02 but just 30 seconds later Robb picked up his second, putting the ball over the goalie off a rebound in front. Before the period ended Brody Black, a Cowichan Midget call-up scored, again going over the goalie at 13:46 and the period ended with the Shamrocks up by a goal, 8-7.
The third period was gain a game of runs with Coquitlam tallying 3 times by the 8:24 mark before Victoria replied with their own 3-goal run, Jackson Boyd getting things started for the home team at 11:00. That was followed up by Max Wilson’s tally at 14:53 from the dotted line. The Shamrocks took the lead at 15:01 with an unassisted goal from Wicks, his second of the game. Coquitlam tied it up one more time at the 16-minute mark before the boys in green put the game away with a pair in the closing minutes. Nick Murray got on a run to the front of the net to notch the winner at 17:02 and Max Wilson added an insurance marker at 19:39 to close out the scoring.
Offensively it was Brian Robb, Max Wilson and Garrett Wicks each picking up a pair of goals with singles coming from Ben Preston, Brayden McQuarrie, Nick Murray, Jackson Boyd, Dawson Gordon, Thomas Vaesen and the Cowichan call-up Brody Black. Spencer Erwin picked up the win in goal and chipped in 3 assists. The Intermediate Shamrocks are next at home next Saturday, June 11 when they will face the Langley Thunder in a 1:30 pm start.
May 22, 2016
Intermediate Rocks Bury Roadrunners
It wasn’t much of a game but the Intermediate Shamrocks will bring the 2 points it brings to their record as they walloped a shorthanded Richmond Roadrunners squad by a 19-7 score Saturday at the Q Centre.
The Shamrocks scored very early in the contest, Ben Preston tallying before the fans were in their seats after the national anthem as he rifled a shot to the back of the net just 19 seconds in. And the romp was on. Richmond got their first goal at 11:25 but they were down already 4-0 at the time and the Rocks cruised to a 6-1 first period lead.
The Roadrunners woke up a bit, scoring the first 4 goals to get within a pair of goals but the home team woke up again and rattled off 6 unanswered to take a 12-4 lead after 40 minutes.
Period 3 again saw the visitors creep up, scoring the first 3 goals of the period but they were shut down for the last 12 or so minutes while the boys in green ran up the score with another 7-goal run to put the game into the books.
Most Shamrocks players factored into the scoring. Unofficially Jackson Boyd had the hat trick with a pair of goals coming from Ben Preston, Josh Pickford, Caleb Kueber and Brian Robb, who also added 4 assists. Five other players added singles and Darian Claxton went the distance to pick up the win in goal.
Next home game for the Intermediate Shamrocks is a rare mid-week game as the Nanaimo Timbermen come to town. Game time is 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 24 at the Q Centre. Victoria-Nanaimo is always a great rivalry, the Nanaimo team is under different management and hoping to move up in the standings and get into playoffs.
May 14, 2016
Intermediate Rocks Starting Strong
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks continue with a strong start to their season as they defeated the visiting delta Islanders 14-10 at the Q Centre Saturday. It was a game of several momentum swings as the Rocks held 7-0 and 10-7 leads by period on their way to the victory.
Spencer Erwin started between the pipes for the Rocks with Brody Harris at the other end, although he would later make way for Justin Smith and then get back into the game. As noted, the Shamrocks got on a roll early, Josh Wilson tallying on a breakaway at 2:49. Ben Preston increased the Victoria lead to 2 at 4:24 and then Caleb Kueber rattled off 3 straight, including one on the power lead and the Rocks were up 5-0 by the 7:39 mark. Garrett Wicks made it 6;0 on an unassisted shortrhanded marker at 16:32 and before the period ended, Thomas Vaesen scored to make it 7-0 and it looked like the rout was on.
One thing you can be sure of in Intermediate lacrosse is that you can never be sure of anything. The visiting Islanders outscored the home squad 7-3 in the middle frame, including 2 on the power play and 2 shorthanded. Victoria got goals from Jackson Boyd, while Wicks picked up his second and Kueber got his fourth.
The third period was a little tamer with just 7 goals scored, the Shamrocks starting off with a shorthanded marker just 29 seconds in off the stick of Ben Preston. Delta picked up a pair before Victoria responded with 2 of their own, Brian Robb scoring at 4:22 and Jake Campbell at 9:13. The teams traded goals once more before the game ended, including a late breakaway goal from Dawson Gordon to put the game away.
Leading the way offensively for the victors was Caleb Kueber with 4 goals and an assist. Ben Preston and Garrett Wicks each had a pair with singles coming from Dawson Gordon, Jackson Boyd, Thomas Vaesen, Brian Robb, Josh Wilson and Jake Campbell. Spencer Erwin went the distance in goal to pick up the win as the Shamrocks improved their record to 5-1. Next home game for the Intermediate Shamrocks is next Saturday, May 21 when they will take on the Richmond Roadrunners in a 1:30 start at the Q Centre.
Rocks Fall Short vs. Maple Ridge
Intermediate Shamrocks opened the season with a pair of wins last weekend but,
despite a great third period comeback, fell a goal short as the visiting Maple
Ridge Burrards took an 11-10 overtime win at the Q Centre Saturday.
visitors jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the 3:35 mark of the opening frame,
stunning the crowd and possibly the Shamrocks as well. Victoria got a pair back, Caleb Kueber going
to the net to capitalize at 3:49 and Brayden Brown closed the gap to 3 at 5:17
with an outside shot. The teams then
traded goals, Branden Symons tallying for the Burrards at 6:57 with a hard low
shot. Ben Preston responded for the
Rocks at 7:19 before the visitors rattled off 4 straight, including one
shorthanded marker to take a 9-3 lead. A
couple of goals for Victoria’s special teams closed the period. Kueber picked up his second on the power play
at 12:24 and Nick Murray added a shorthanded marker at 15:22 on a run. That ended the period with the visitors
holding a 9-5 advantage on the scoreboard and outshooting the home team by a
fairly wide margin.
the goalfest in period 1, the second period saw no goals scored as the defenses
tightened up considerably. The Shamrocks
jumped into overdrive in the final frame as they rattled off 5 straight goals,
starting with Murray’s second then Garrett Wicks tallying at the 52-second
mark, both those goals coming on the power play. Kueber picked up his hat trick goal at 2:49
and sniper Ben Preston added a pair to put the Shamrocks into the lead, those
goals coming at 12:03 and 15:31. Maple
Ridge managed to pull even with a goal from Daylan Kellough at 16:12 and we
were into overtime.
is a 10-minute sudden death affair and, despite some action at both ends, it
was the visitors who broke the tie and the hearts of the Shamrocks and their
fans. Max Bergat did the damage sending
the Burrards home with the victory and handing the Intermediate Shamrocks their
first loss of the season.
Ben Preston and Caleb Kueber each had a hat trick with Preston also chipping
in 3 helpers for a 6-point night. Nick
Murray had a pair of goals with singles coming from Garrett Wicks and Brayden
Shamrocks are on the road for the next couple of games, returning to the Q
Centre in 2 weeks as they will take on the Delta Islanders in a 1:30 start at
the Q Centre.
April 23, 2016
Intermediate Rocks Win Home Opener
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks opened their season at home with a 10-7 win over the visiting Port Coquitlam Saints at the Q Centre Saturday. The home team traded goals through the first half of the opening period with the Rocks leading 3 times and the Saints responding 3 times before Jake Campbell and Jackson Boyd tallied to open a 2-goal lead at the 15:07 mark. PoCo responded with a late tally on the power play to go into the first intermission down by a goal.
The Rocks got on a bit of a run to open the second period, as Campbell picked up his second of the contest at 7:58 from the dotted line. Jackson Boyd opened a 3-goal lead at 12:51 getting in close and Josh Pickford added another just over a minute later from outside the dotted line before the visitors notched a late tally to pull within 3 goals going into the dressing room after 40 minutes.
Port Coquitlam threatened to close the gap with a goal just 1:50 into the final period, with the teams playing 4-on-4 but Nick Murray replied for the Shamrocks at 4:32 on the power play to maintain the 3-goal Shamrocks lead. The teams traded goals once more before the game ended. Caleb Keuber providing the margin of victory with a marker at 11:02 burying the ball in the top corner of the PoCo net.
The game was well-attended and those fans enjoyed an energetic game. Leading the way for the Shamrocks was Jackson Boyd with the hat-trick. Nick Murray and Jake Campbell each contributed a pair of goals and 2 helpers with singles coming from Josh Pickford, Caleb Kueber and Colt Gnech. Next up for the Rocks is a visit to Burnaby on Sunday followed by their next home game next Sunday, April 30 when they will host the Maple Ridge Burrards in a 1:30 pm contest at the Q Centre. Come out and enjoy the action.
Let the Games Begin!
Yes, it’s true, the 2016 Shamrock season is getting under way with a Jr. Shamrocks exhibition game and the annual John Crowther Memorial game featuring Shamrock alumni as well as up and coming Shamrock hopefuls.
First up, the Jr. Shamrocks will travel to the Fuller Lake Arena for an exhibition game against the Jr. Nanaimo Timbermen on Wednesday, April 20. This is always an entertaining contest and gives both coaching staffs a chance to have a look at some as yet-unsigned talent as well as those players who have signed cards. Game time is 7:00 pm.
On Friday, April 22 a group of former Shamrock greats will take on some potential future Shamrock stars in the John Crowther Memorial game. The Rocks Old Stars will take on a midget team, the Intermediate Shamrocks and the Jr. Shamrocks each for one period at the Q Centre. Last year the turnout was excellent and we are hoping for the same this year. Game time is 7:00 pm
For those unfamiliar with the John Crowther story, he was a promising multi-sport athlete, particularly known for leading the Shamrocks to a Mann Cup in 1983, earning MVP honours . Unfortunately his life was tragically and violently cut short when he was shot and killed in 1984 at the age of 22. He was very popular both as a teammate and also as a coach and teacher. His mother Betty Crowther will be in attendance to perform the opening faceoff. Proceeds from the game benefit the Shamrocks Alumni Association and their various scholarships and other charitable works.
The Intermediate Shamrocks get their regular season under way for real on Saturday, April 23 at the Q Centre – they will be taking on the Port Coquitlam Saints at 1:30 pm.
The Jr. Shamrocks begin their regular season on April 30 at the Q Centre when the Delta Islanders come calling for a 5:00 contest.
- Janice Huckin
I Phones Sold
Thanks to those of you who expressed an interest in the iPhone 6+ phones. All have now been sold.
Fundraising for Jr. and Intermediate Shamrocks
This year we have been given 2 unique
opportunities to raise money for our Shamrock Teams…
iPhone 6+ = $300.00: We have 2 – iPhone 6+ phones. They are demo phones from Tom Harris cellular
and we are selling them for $300.00 each.
If you don’t want to use them with Telus, then you will need to have
them unlocked. These phones do have some
scratches on the back of them, but once you have a case on them you won’t be
able to see it.
Billboards = $1250.00: We also have 2 Billboards at The Q
arena we are selling. The cost is
$1250.00 each. These billboards are
located on the main floor to the right when you walk into The Q arena.
These billboards each measure 96”w x
30”l. If you have a business or know of
someone with a business this is a great opportunity for advertising. Not only will it be up for the lacrosse
season, but also for the hockey season.
This rental is for the year, so whoever is using the arena will have the
opportunity to view your billboard. If
you are interested or know someone who is interested in renting one of these
signs for the year please contact me.
If you are interested in either of the
above opportunities please contact
Kim McCulley at
Press Release – December 8, 2015
B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League Graduating Midget Draft set for January 9, 2016 at Langley Events Center.
Burnaby, B.C. – Karl Christiansen, President of the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League announced today the annual graduating midget draft will be held January 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Langley Events Centre, the Home of the National Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Stealth and the Langley Jr. Thunder Lacrosse Club.
“We are very excited to have the LEC and Vancouver Stealth support our graduating midget draft”, said Christiansen. “The support of the Stealth is fantastic, has given us an opportunity to hold our draft at the training facility where future stars of both the BCJALL and NLL will be selected.”
Christiansen says the BCJALL looks forward to seeing many of this year’s draft picks in attendance at the draft, adding if anyone has questions regarding the draft to contact Karl Christiansen directly. Seating will be available at the draft for players and their families. The Vancouver Stealth home opener against the New England Black Wolves is the same evening at 7:00 pm.
The BCJALL is the premier lacrosse league in B.C. for box lacrosse players aged 17-21. The league season runs from the end of April until the end of August and plays for the Minto Cup national championship. For more information on the BCJALL, go to www.bcjall.com
- Karl Christiansen, President and Commissioner
ntermediate A Prospect 2016 Camp Info...
At this time we would like to extend an invitation to you to attend our 2016 Prospect Camp that will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 at Eagle Ridge, 6-8pm.
The two hour session will consist of a practice run by this year’s Intermediate coaches followed by a scrimmage game.
Attached is a BCLA Senior Practice form which must be filled out and signed by both player and parent prior to attending the camp. Also attached is a Player Profile Form. Please complete the Profile and email it back to me and bring the BCLA Practice form with you to the arena prior to the 6pm session. Cost: $20 (includes a camp t-shirt).
If you are interested in the Shamrocks program but are unable to attend or if you have any questions or concerns please contact myself at the contact information below. If you know of a player that was missed on this email, please forward the information.
We look forward to seeing you on the 2nd.
Victoria Intermediate A Shamrocks
and Intermediate Shamrocks Announce New General Managers for 2016
executive of the JR Shamrocks Lacrosse Association would like to announce the appointment
of the new General Managers for both the Intermediate and Junior Shamrocks
immediately Tim Dennett will be the
General Manger of the Junior Shamrocks and Wade Murray will be the General
Manger of the Intermediate Shamrocks.
Wade is an experienced coach in both Box
Lacrosse and Field lacrosse coach, and has coached in the Peninsula Lacrosse
Association for the past 10 years and with Pacific Rim Lacrosse for the past 3
He was the Head Coach for the 2015 Midget B
Peninsula team that won the league banner and worked hard for a bronze medal at
In 2014 he was the head coach for a field
lacrosse team that went 14-1 during the regular season.
He is currently serving on the Peninsula Executive.
has played and been involved in lacrosse since he was four years old.
past two years Tim has been the Head Coach of the Intermediate Shamrocks where
he won a silver medal in 2014 and gold in 2015.
has also been a referee at the highest level in BC and all these factors
combine to make him an excellent choice to lead the Junior Team.
Both Tim and Wade will be hard at it over the
next couple of weeks determining their coaching staff.
We would like to wish them both all the best
for the 2016 season and years to come.
Wood, Governor and Vice President
Shamrocks Lacrosse Association
Wednesday October 21st, 2015
Lower Club House, The Q Center 1767 Old Island Hwy
October 2, 2015
BC Junior A Lacrosse League
Junior A Entry Draft FAQ
The BCJALL is a 8 team Junior A Lacrosse League which is sanctioned
by the BC Lacrosse Association to Govern Junior A Lacrosse in BC. This FAQ document
helps to answer common questions around the Entry Draft which happens annually
What exactly is the BCJALL Entry Draft?
The Entry draft is designed to disperse the first year Intermediate
aged players located in either the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island for their
Junior eligible playing years (18-21). Only players in the Lower Mainland or
Vancouver Island who don't have a Junior A franchise in their catchment are
eligible. If you have a Junior A franchise in your catchment, you are automatically
protected by that Club for your Junior eligible playing years (18-21).
I live in the Interior of BC. Am I Drafted?
No. Only players who reside in the Lower Mainland or Vancouver
Island who don't have a Junior A franchise in their catchment are eligible for
the Draft. Any other player outside of the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island
is considered an Unrestricted Free Agent during their Junior eligible playing
years. You are free to speak or play with any Junior A Club you want.
What about Intermediate? How does the Entry Draft impact that
The BCJALL Entry Draft has no bearing whatsoever on your
Intermediate playing years (16-17). Whether you were Drafted or not, you will
continue to play Intermediate based on either residency rules or Free Agency.
If you want to play Intermediate A and you have an Intermediate A Club in your
catchment, you must report to that team regardless if you were Drafted or not.
After your Intermediate playing years are completed, you must report to the
Junior A team that currently holds your Junior playing rights.
Do I attend the BCJALL Entry Draft in January if I am eligible to
The BCJALL holds the Annual Entry Draft at a location where there
are plenty of seats available for Draft eligible players and their parents to
attend. Each BCJALL team has multiple team representatives at each team table
to answer any questions.
What happens if I'm not Drafted before I start Intermediate?
Can I still play in the BCJALL?
Absolutely! Since you weren't Drafted, you are now considered a
Unrestricted Free Agent during your Junior eligible years. Feel free to contact
any BCJALL team to discuss options or opportunities for trying out once you
reach Junior age eligibility.
I was Drafted by a BCJALL Junior A team. Do I need to play with
their Intermediate team?
Absolutely not. The BCJALL Entry Draft has no bearing on where you
play Intermediate Lacrosse in BC. You must follow BCLA residency guidelines to
determine where you play Intermediate Lacrosse. If you want to play
Intermediate A and there is a team in your catchment, you must report to that
Club. If there is no Intermediate A team in your catchment, you are free to try
out for any Intermediate A team you desire.
If you require further clarification please go to the Junior A
League website http://www.bcjall.com and
contact any of the Team Contacts there.
AUGUST 3, 2015
VICTORIA INTERMEDIATE A SHAMROCKS BRING HOME THE
GOLD AT 2015 PROVINCIALS
Provincials were held this past weekend in Langley at the George Preston Arena. After winning 2 out of 3 round robin games the Victoria Shamrocks were in first place and going for the GOLD.
The boys meet up once again with the team from New West. Our Shamrocks played a fantastic game never once stopping. The final score was 14-7.
Congrats to all the players, coaches and staff. We are proud of you all.
July 19, 2015
Intermediate Rocks Win Game 1
The Intermediate Shamrocks drew first blood in their playoff series Saturday as they defeated the visiting Maple Ridge Burrards 15-9 at the Panorama Recreation Centre.
The Burrards scored first, finding the back of the net at 3:51 but after that it was all Shamrocks as they jumped out to a 7-1 first period lead. Marshal King got things started at 5:37 with a delayed penalty about to be called. Eddie Smith followed up with a shorthanded goal at 6:11 as David Byrne had been penalized for 6 minutes. Fortunately Maple Ridge took a few penalties along the way and Victoria scored twice with the teams playing 4-on-4. Ben Preston tallied at 7:03 and Smith followed up with his second of the game just 30 seconds later to make it 4-1 for the Shamrocks. Braylon Lumb added another at 9:41 making good use of the Rocks’ ball control on the penalty kill. Preston got his second of the game at 11:20, again with the teams playing 4 aside and Liam Finnigan took off on a run to score at 18:49.
Maple Ridge once again scored first in period 2 but, as in period 1 the Shamrocks came back quickly with a pair. Taylor Martin tallied at 6:08 with a quick stick and at 6:35 Brad McCulley found the back of the net. Just 13 seconds later Maple Ridge picked up their third of the game, after which each team went on a 3-goal run. For the Shamrocks it was Colten Merilainen from the side of the net at 7:23, followed up by Jake Campbell at 9:29 and Lumb getting his second with the extra attacker on the floor in a delayed penalty situation at 10:19. That made it 12-3 but the Burrards came back with 3 before Victoria closed out the period with 2 more. The first was a shorthander from the stick of King and at 19:55 Finnigan again going on a run. After 40 minutes it was 14-6 for the boys in green.
The Shamrocks may have laid back a bit in the final frame as the visitors came out with 3 straight goals, including the first just 48 seconds in, a power play marker playing 5-on-3. When the Burrards got to 9, Preston picked up his hat trick marker to close out the victory.
Rookie Ben Preston led Victoria’s offense with 3 goals and 4 assists while Marshal King had 2 goals and 5 helpers. Eddie Smith and Liam Finnigan each picked up a pair of goals with Brad McCulley adding a goal and 3 assists. Apollo Claxton went the distance to pick up the win.
Game 2 of this series takes place next Saturday, July 25 in Maple Ridge. Should a third and deciding game be required, it will be at the Q Centre next Sunday, July 26. The series winner joins 3 other series winners at the Provincials to take place in Langley the weekend of July 31-August 3.
July 14, 2015
Intermediate A Team "Award Winners" from July 13, 2015....Congratulations to all...
Top Scorer (The Lloyd Watson Award): #19 Marshal King
Most Inspirational (Ev & Murray Rhode Award): #11 Braylon Lumb
Most Valuable Player: #6 Brad McCulley
Top Defensive Player: #5 Dylan Rehman
Sportsman (Jill Turner Memorial Award): #2 Eddie Smith
Top Rookie (Sid Lougheed Memorial Award): #14 Ben Preston
July 13, 2015
Intermediate Rocks Move into Playoffs
Best 2 out of 3 series. Winner moves on to Provincials (July 31, 2015 - August 3, 2015).
Game 1: Home Game 2:00pm Panorama Arena B Saturday July 18, 2015
Game 2: Away Game TBA July 19, 2014
Game 3: Home Game 1:30pm The Q Center (If needed)
July 5, 2015
Intermediate Rocks Lose at Home
The Intermediate Shamrocks lost just their third game of the season, the first at home, Saturday as they turned a 4-2 first-period lead into a 13-7 loss to the Coquitlam Adanacs. The difference was the second period in which they were outscored 8-1 by the visitors.
Apollo Claxton got the start in goal for the Shamrocks and was, for a majority of the game, unsupported by his teammates while Christian DelBianco started for the Adanacs and was clearly the star of the game. Coquitlam got on the board early, Angelo Pontellini picking the top corner just 30 seconds into the contest. At 2:36 Brad mcCulley tied the score, firing a bullet from the dotted line. A power play goal by John Hofseth, regained the lead for the Adanacs at 10:56 but the home team again drew even on a goal by Eddie Smith at 11:43 as he cut to the net. Victoria took the lead with a pair of power goals, both by Marshal King, the first at 15:55 and the latter at 19:18 as the Rocks showed great composure and ball control with the man advantage. That was how the first period went into the books with thew home team up by a pair, 4-2.
The second period saw the wheels fall off for the Rocks as the defense seemed to disappear, leaving Claxton to his own devices much of the time, and the offensive guns that scored 62 goals in 3 games just a short while ago went silent. It looked very much like a Coquitlam practice in the middle frame. They opened with a 3-goal run to take the lead as Reid Bowering scored at 1:00 and again at 4:21 with Drew Leonard sandwiching one between. A power play goal for Victoria’s Braylon Lumb at 8:34 got the score tied up at 5 but it was all downhill after that. Coquitlam rattled off 5 more before the period ended, including one shorthanded and one with the man advantage to take a 10-5 lead into the final frame.
Victoria scored first in period 3 but not until the 11:14 mark, Lumb getting the goal shorthanded, from in close. It was the second of three for him as he also scored the final Shamrocks goal on the power play at 13:19. The teams combined for 4 goals in a little over 2 minutes, all but the first coming on the power play. Coquitlam’s Bowering rounded out the scoring at 18:55, his fifth of the game.
While it was just the Shamrocks’ third loss of the season, it was an uninspired performance, certainly not what fans, or probably coaching staff, want to see with playoffs approaching. Braylon Lumb led the attack with the hat trick. Marshal King picked up 2 goals and 4 assists while Brad McCulley chipped in a goal and 3 helpers. Eddie Smith had the other goal with Ben Preston adding 3 assists.
They will wrap up the regular season with a pair of road games, as they visit Maple Ridge Sunday, July 5 and Delta Sunday, July 12 before commencing playoffs the weekend of July 18-19. That game will be played at Panorama so check this website for exact dates and times when the season is over.
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