The Nanaimo Senior B Timbermen were eliminated in the West Coast Senior B semifinal round, but they’re going to the President’s Cup later this month anyway. It’s a long trip — about 4,900 kilometers. And it’s an expensive trip — $35,000, according to the Timbermen. But they’re doing what they can through fundraisers and other events to get there, a berth made possible by a process before the league’s playoffs started. Each was asked privately if it could afford make the trip to Kahnawake for the President’s Cup, and the highest-seeded team left at the end of the playoffs gets to make the trip. With 3 teams saying they could make it, it leaves Nanaimo as the team to go since Valley and North Shore were knocked out in the first round. “We’re scrambling to stay fit and stay sharp, but at the same time we are struggling to be able to go, so we’ll be looking at any options for fundraising and to get ourselves on the floor,” Timbermen GM and defenceman Shawn Swanson told The Nanaimo Daily News. If you’re able to help the Timbermen, contact Swanson at (250) 619-8680 or at shawn.swanson(at)shaw.ca.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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