Corey Small Named Mike Kelly Winner

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September 15, 2015

The votes were in Friday night, and Corey Small was chosen as the 2015 Mike Kelly award winner as the Mann Cup MVP. Small led the Shamrocks with 25 points – 10 goals and 15 assists – over six games. While games one and two were quiet, he exploded in game three with five goals and became the centre focus of the Shamrocks offense, finding new and creative ways to…

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Shamrocks Bring Mann Cup Back West

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September 13, 2015

Green lids littered the floor of The Q Centre Friday night, indicative of the party to come as the Victoria Shamrocks won their first Mann Cup in a decade. The ‘Rocks beat the Peterborough Lakers 12-6 to close out the best-of-seven series in six games, the culmination of a dominant season for Victoria. Throughout the season Victoria left little doubt about who was the team to beat; not only in…

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Mann Cup Diaries: Day Six

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September 10, 2015

The Trip Today I met a seal, an otter, and a wooly mammoth. Only two of the three were actually alive. Hopefully you guessed correctly which two! We spent the afternoon at Fisherman’s Wharf, which was an amazing place featuring floating businesses and houses, all painted bright colours. We got ice cream from a floating ice cream parlour and watched people feed two harbour seals. One had a bad eye,…

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Mann Cup: Both Teams Show Strengths

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September 9, 2015

Deadlocked in virtually every single way with the Peterborough Lakers, the Victoria Shamrocks may be closer to bringing lacrosse’s holy grail back to the west coast since they last did so in 2005. But a cautionary tale for the Shamrocks lies ahead, who led the Six Nations Chiefs 2-1 in the past two Mann Cup’s, only to lose three straight games both years. Just one goal separates the two team’s…

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Mann Cup Diaries: Day Three

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September 7, 2015

The Trip Today was an off day, so there was no game to watch. Most of the fans went sightseeing. I walked around downtown Victoria with my dad for several hours, visiting Chinatown, the Empress Hotel, Miniature World, and the inner harbour area. Being by the water was so peaceful. It was so obvious how much of a tourist destination Victoria is—there were about eight shops between our hotel and…

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Lakers Tie Mann Cup With 14-7 Victory

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September 7, 2015

The Peterborough Lakers did what they do best en route to a 14-7 win over the Victoria Shamrocks Saturday night in front of another sold out crowd at The Q Centre. The best-of-seven series is now tied at one as the two teams take a day off before playing three games in three days starting Monday. All games are at 7 pm PST. The Lakers utilized quick ball movement and…

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Mann Cup Diaries: Game Two

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September 6, 2015

“Peterborough finds a way to get under your skin.” – Bob Heyes, head coach, Victoria Shamrocks The Trip It’s Saturday, right? Well, Sunday as I type this now. Not much to report on our trip as I stayed up so late last night writing that I slept in and missed a morning drive around town to sightsee. I’m okay with that; I needed the sleep. But here I am again…

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Mann Cup Diaries: Game One

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September 5, 2015

The Trip I’m working on hour 36 of being awake now (although this isn’t necessarily accurate as I did squeak in two one our naps during this time period). I took my first plane ride today. I went from cab to bus to plane to bus to boat to bus, from Oshawa, Ontario, to Victoria, British Columbia. All for lacrosse. All for the Peterborough Lakers, who are back in the…

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Shamrocks Ease Through WLA Finals

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August 24, 2015

They’re looking like the best bet to bring the Mann out west in years. An entire decade spans the time it’s taken for a BC team to win the pinnacle of box lacrosse. With the way Victoria flew through it with such ease, the Island might be the figurative and literal end of the line for this year’s Mann Cup. The Shamrocks capped off a dominant postseason with the systematic…

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WLA Three Stars: Playoff Edition

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August 9, 2015

1st Star – Corey Small, Victoria Shamrocks With a chance to close out their first round series where it seems like there’s more fists flying than lacrosse balls, Corey Small has produced enough to lead Victoria to an unsurprising 3-0 series advantage over Maple Ridge. Small didn’t figure too heavily into Victoria’s blistering 8-0 start at home in game 3, but was the game’s first star a few nights prior…

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