Around the WLA: Timbermen More Confident, Burrards Get Talent Boost

June 18, 2016

The WLA season is fully underway and while there have been some surprises, some controversy and some bad optics, the product on the floor has looked good so far through the season. A lot of that can be attributed to the league’s seven teams getting stronger as a whole. There isn’t a team that looks terribly out of place like there may have been in year’s past. Although the MLL…

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WSCLA Power Rankings: Ladner Locked on Top

June 17, 2016

1. Ladner Pioneers (LW – 1) – 7-1-0 Last Week: W vs. Langley, 8-7 (OT); L @ North Shore, 14-5 This Week: Saturday, June 18 vs. Victoria; Sunday, June 19 vs. Nanaimo Despite a big overtime win over the Langley Warriors early in the week, the Pioneers’ undefeated season came to an abrupt halt against a North Shore team buoyed by some recent free-agent signings. Sam Clare scored a pair…

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WLA Draft: Grading the Teams

February 17, 2016

The WLA Draft took place in Vancouver on Wednesday, Feb. 10 with all seven teams making selections. There were some interesting strategies employed by some teams – Coquitlam was the only club making a selection in rounds 11 through 17, for instance. A lot of good talent was selected in this draft and could help propel some teams in their hunt to dethrone the Victoria Shamrocks. Here is a quick…

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Mann Cup Diaries: Wrapping Up

September 17, 2015

Well, here I am back home, and reflecting on the past week in Victoria, BC, at the Mann Cup. What an experience. The Victoria Shamrocks reclaimed the Mann Cup for the WLA, the first time since 2005. They did it in probably the hardest fought, closest series there has ever been. My team lost, and that still stings and will for awhile, but I made a lot of good memories…

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Shamrocks Back on Top After Ten Years

September 16, 2015

Ten years later and the Victoria Shamrocks are back on top of the lacrosse world. The WLA champion Shamrocks are now Mann Cup champions after defeating the Peterborough Lakers in six games to win the 2015 title. After losing the cup to the Six Nations Chiefs in 2013 and 2014, it was extra sweet for the Shamrocks to beat the Lakers, the team they defeated in 2005, the last time…

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Corey Small Named Mike Kelly Winner

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

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

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

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

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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