2014 Victoria Jr. A Shamrocks
April 17, 2014
Jr. Rocks Wrap Up Pre-Season
The Jr. Shamrocks have wrapped up their pre-season play as they look forward to the start of the regular season on April 27.
On Sunday, they played a scrimmage against the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks at Juan de Fuca Arena. It was a spirited contest with the Jr. Rocks coming out on top of a 13-6 score. The Intermediates had a lot of chances early with several power play opportunities but goaltender Charles Claxton held the fort before his teammates got things rolling. Claxton split goaltending duties with newcomer Brad Everson, both of whom were solid between the pipes.
The Rocks got a pair of goals from Matt Hamilton, Max Fredrickson, Darren Bourret and Cole Pickup, who also added 3 helpers. Pickup is coming off a successful hockey season with the Victoria Grizzlies and is looking forward to contributing to similar success for the Jr. Shamrocks. Also scoring for the Jr. squad were McLean Chicquen, John Fiefield, Ryan Lewis, Sam Tschritter and Jake Carder.
The Jr. Shamrocks then faced off Wednesday against the Jr. Nanaimo Timbermen at Fuller Lake in a hard-fought contest that finished in an 11-11 deadlock. The lead and momentum swung back and forth throughout the contest and perhaps a tie is an appropriate outcome in the circumstances.
Leading the way offensively for the Shamrocks was Ryan Lewis with a hat-trick and 2 assists. Karver Everson also chipped in 3 goals while Cole Pickup had 2 goals and 1 helper. Aiden Paike and Matt Hamilton contributed singles and Max Fredrickson added 4 assists.
The Jr. Shamrocks open the season on the road April 27th as they face the Langley Thunder. The home opener takes place Saturday, May 3 at the Q Center at 5:00 pm. Defending league champs, the Coquitlam Adanacs will provide the opposition.
Season tickets will be available at the home opener at a cost of $70 for adults, $40 for seniors or students. Hope to see a good turnout to support the team in their quest for a Minto Cup.
- by Janice Huckin
April 10, 2014
Get Your Lacrosse Fix Early
The season is fast approaching but many of us are eager for a box lacrosse fix. Don’t want to wait for the start of the season??! Well, you don’t have to. You can get an early look at both the Jr. and Intermediate Shamrocks this Sunday, April 13. The teams will take part in a ‘controlled scrimmage’ against each other at Juan de Fuca Arena – warm up starts at 6:00 pm with the scrimmage to take place from 6:30 to 8:00. Both teams’ training camps have been going full tilt and this will give the players and coaches a chance to play close to game conditions. There is no admission so come and have a look. Don’t forget – Juan de Fuca Arena at 6:30 this Sunday.
- by Janice Huckin
April 7, 2014
Jr. Shamrocks Preparing for 2014
In just a few weeks, the 2014 lacrosse season will be upon us and the coaches, management staff and players of the Jr. Shamrocks are in full preparation mode.
Turnout at the rookie camp was good – a little smaller than originally thought, but definitely some quality prospects in attendance.
The team is in a major re-building stage this season following the graduation of 14 players from last year’s roster. Fear not, however, because there is a strong complement of graduating Intermediate players joining the few returnees.
Returning from last year’s Jr. ‘A’ team are Max and Jake Cullen, Max Fredrickson, Chris Kasper, Derek Lecky, Mason Pynn and goaltender Charles Claxton. Joining Claxton between the pipes is veteran Ryley Brown, obtained via trade from the Delta Islanders. Brown is in his final season of junior eligibility and was always very solid against the Shamrocks. He will be counted upon to provide some veteran leadership this year for the green and white.
There is a lot of talent moving up from the Intermediate Shamrocks including last season’s most valuable player Matt Hamilton. Joining him will be Matt Baxter, Nate Wade, Dallas Wade, Mclean Chicquen, Adam Jay, and Brock Thompson-Marshall.
Ryan Fedrigo, who played for the Intermediate Shamrocks in 2012 will return to wearing the green and white as will Fred Bathurst-Hunt. The team welcomes from Alberta Darren Bourret, an offensive lefty with 2 years of Jr. ‘A’ and one of Jr. ‘B’. There are a few other new names: Ryan Lewis is a 19 year-old who played Intermediate’B’ in Juan de Fuca last season, Karver Everson may be familiar to hockey fans as he played with the Cowichan Valley Capitals in the B.C. Hockey League, he played midget lacrosse out of the Comox Association, Brad Everson (no relation to Karver) played Jr. B in Calgary and last season for the West Shore Bears, Matt Justason is a big ‘D’ guy who played Jr. B for Westshore in 2013. These players are hoping to make a valuable contribution to this year’s Jr. A Shamrocks..
Word from team GM Rod Wood is that he expects this team to be ‘pretty good’. It will be an exciting season for the Jr. Shamrocks and for the league in general. This year the league is having its inaugural ‘Alumni Week’ during which each team in the league will honour 3 of its own alumni. The Jr. Shamrocks plan to do this at their home game on Saturday, June 7 so stay tuned to see who might show up at that game.
The Shamrocks start the season with an exhibition game against the Nanaimo Timbermen at Fuller Lake Arena on Wednesday, April 16. Game time is 7:00 pm. They begin the regular season on the road with an April 27 encounter against the Langley Thunder and return home to host the Coquitlam Adanacs on Saturday, May 3. Game time is 5:00 pm
Season tickets will be available at the home opener - $70 for adults, $40 for seniors and students. Season passes also include a special exhibition game on May 18 against Alberta’s Okotoks Raiders. Come out and support the Jr. Shamrocks – see you at the Q Center (formerly Bear Mountain Arena) on May 3.
by Janice Huckin
February 8, 2014
Jr. Rocks Drafted to WLA
The 7 teams of the WLA got together Thursday for their annual draft of graduating Junior-aged players. Shamrocks GM Chris Welch had his eyes on a few of the graduating Jr. Rocks and, while he didn’t get them all, he did manage to get a couple of what he saw as the top players from the junior green-and-white.
Nanaimo, of course, also had their eyes on island players and managed to snag quite a few Jr. Shamrock players. In fact, Nanaimo made a move to draft ahead of the Rocks and took last year’s Jr. Rocks’ captain Brody Eastwood in the first round with the fifth over-all pick. That left Jesse King available to the Shamrocks with the sixth pick and broke up the duo self-described as being like the Sedin twins.
In round 2, the Shamrocks picked 4th and grabbed Chris Wardle from the Jr. Rocks just ahead of Nanaimo who had the last 3 picks of the round. Wardle is currently getting a taste of the NLL on the practice roster of the Vancouver Stealth. The Timbermen took Tyson Roe from the Jr. T’Men and then grabbed defender Brandan Smith and Conrad Chapman both from the Jr. Shamrocks.
In the third round the Shamrocks went to the mainland for Brandon Bull of the Langley Jr Thunder and finished the round with the final two picks, grabbing Dane Schoor of the Jr. Shamrocks and Nick Stone from the Thunder.
Nanaimo had 4 picks in the fourth round and took two more Jr. Shamrocks, picking up Kurtis Green and Devon Casey. In rounds 5 and 6, the Shamrocks got back into the draft and took two Jr. Rock goaltenders, Cody Hagedorn in the 5th and Derek Anderson in the 6th.
Nanaimo added Jr. Shamrock Jamie Sorensen to their stable with the first selection in the 7th round and Victoria took Tom Arsenault with their pick. The Shamrocks also took Ethan Garland from the Saanich Jr. B team in round 8, Chris O’Hara from the Westshore Jr. B Bears in round 9 while Coquitlam added Dominik Pesek from the Jr. Rocks in the 10th and final round.
All in all 13 graduated Jr. Shamrocks were taken, more than any other Jr. ‘A’ team in this, the 2014 WLA draft. Congratulations to all the players who were drafted and good luck as you move forward in your lacrosse playing careers.
The Jr. ‘A’ season will get underway in early May with a Victoria-Nanaimo pre-season game in the planning stages for the Fuller Lake Arena in mid-April. Come back to this website for details as they become available.
- Janice Huckin
Jr. Shamrocks Draft Picks
January 27, 2014
The Jr. Shamrocks, along with all the other member teams of the B.C. Jr. ‘A’ Lacrosse League gathered in Port Coquitlam Sunday for the annual draft of graduating midget players.
Team GM Rod Wood was very pleased with the results, indicating that the Jr. Shamrocks were able to get 4 of their top 5 players from the assessments.
A brief Bio of the Victoria selections are below in order.
Taylor Martin: From Cowichan, Taylor is a Right handed offensive player who can cover both ends of the floor. He was a leader on the Cowichan team that finished third in the province last year
Apollo Claxton: Also from the Cowichan Valley. Left handed goalie and first goaltender selected. Appollo saw some action for the Intermediate Shamrocks as a call-up last season.
Trevor Owens: From the Peninsula Lacrosse Association. Very skilled offensively, can play both ends, big strong kid. left hander.
Colton Merilainen: Also from Peninsula, natural right handed goal scorer
Guy Cullen: Another Peninsula pick, Left handed transition can play both ends of the floor well.
Jory Clermont: From the Oceanside Lacrosse Association. Good all round skills
James Thomson: Back to a strong group from Peninsula. Effective right side transition player, very strong defensively
Jaycob Dhillon: Saanich player, right handed Transition player. strong defensive skills.
Kurtis Young: Peninsula, right handed defensive transition player, very athletic
These players are a couple of years away from being junior-aged but it is hoped we will see them in the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks system on their way to Jr. ‘A’ careers.
GM Wood has also been busy signing players to Jr. ‘A’ contracts. To date, several graduated Intermediate ‘A’ players have signed cards including Matt Hamilton, Nate and Dallas Wade, Adam Jay, former Intermediate player Matt Baxter, and Brock Thompson-Marshall. Also re-signed from last year’s Jr. Rocks team are Jake Cullen, Max Frederickson, Chris Kasper, and Derek Leckie. Additional signings are expected shortly with the final players to be chosen during what is expected to be a highly-competitive camp.
Incidentally, in a couple of weeks (February 6) the WLA will hold their annual draft. The Jr. Shamrocks graduated 14 players and many are expected to be selected. For information and to follow the draft on-line, check in at the WLA website: www.theboxrocks.com.
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