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OTCB Podcast- Victoria Shamrocks HC Bob Heyes: throwbacks, hip surgeries and how he never wanted to coach

Bob Heyes in his heyday.
Bob Heyes in his heyday.

It’s been a while since the Off the Crossebar Podcasts have graced this page and that’s totally Rob Ford’s fault (everything is these days, right?) but we’re back and kicking things off with a bit of a throwback. For those that are social media savvy and even more so on Facebook, I suggest you become friends with Victoria Shamrocks Head Coach, Bob Heyes. He’s not giving anything away, trying to gain likes to cure cancer or raising a million dollars to try and convince the Gait brothers for one last tour of duty with the Rocks.  What he is doing, though, is giving an incredible trip down memory lane with some outstanding pictures and video footage from his playing days as a member of the Esquimalt Legion (BC JrA), the Victoria Payless, the Victoria Shamrocks and even his cup of coffee with the Pittsburgh Bulls. READ MORE »


Hadi Abassi steps down as financial backer for Nanaimo Timbermen, teams plan to continue moving forward for 2014 season

At a press conference today in Nanaimo, the Nanaimo Timbermen announced that majority financial backer Hadi Abassi was stepping way from the WLA and BCJALL franchise. It’s obvious to anyone that running a WLA team isn’t easy, especially when you struggle to draw fans at the gate and fail to gain any significant community support. Since returning to the Senior A circuit, the Timbermen have never been able to gain the embrace of the local sports fan within the hub-city community. At this point, nobody has stepped up to take over control but the franchise did make note that neither the Jr. or Sr. teams were in jeopardy. Surplus cash flow from home games will help fund the senior team on a game to game basis. Safe to say there won’t be much money to pay players. READ MORE »


WLA Draft preview: Talent is deep on both sides of ball, so who goes with No. 1 pick?

If Jesse King's Junior numbers weren't impressive enough, his Mann Cup performance was. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)
If Jesse King's Junior numbers weren't impressive enough, his Mann Cup performance was. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)

After last weekend’s B.C. Jr. A Lacrosse League draft, the eight junior teams stacked up their rosters for the 2014 season and started the process of moving on without their graduating players. Now it’s time to see where many of those 1992 born players will end up for the upcoming Western Lacrosse Association season as the WLA draft will take place at Langley Events Centre on Thursday, February 6. The Coquitlam Adanacs hold the first overall pick in this years draft and they have numerous options moving forward into 2014. The A’s also hold the fourth overall pick so they will be adding two top level rookies to the roster. The talent pool is very top heavy with this year’s draft class but with 2014 being an eastern Mann Cup year, it could very well be a year for some of these top prospects to make a real impact. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast: A cavalier both on and off floor, Dane Stevens a man of many talents

Dane Stevens
Dane Stevens

Ever since the early days of the Eagle Pro Box league and professional lacrosse became an actual thing, it’s always labeled itself as the league of weekend warriors who play for the love of the game while holding down a steady 9-5 job Monday through Friday. National Lacrosse League players today have a wide range of professions that allow them continue to play the game they love, while at the same time making sure the bills don’t pile up like John Grant Jr highlight real goals (don’t ever stop Jr.). Well Dane Stevens, who was recently acquired by the Minnesota Swarm from the Edmonton Rush, may just take the cake as one of the most interesting men away from the turf. He may not have his own line of Memes quite yet but moonlighting as the bassist for the Vancouver indie rock group, Tough Lovers has allowed him to grow some underground groupie love status but that’s not the coolest job description on his resume. READ MORE »


Tri-City Bandits selected to play host to 2014 Presidents Cup


The Presidents Cup is headed to the West Coast. The 2014 edition of the Canadian Lacrosse Association Senior B championship will be held in Coquitlam, with the Tri-City Bandits serving as the hosts. Coquitlam is one of the three cities that comprise the Tri- City area, along with Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. The Bandits actually play out of PoCo. The tournament is slated for August 25-31. The tournament’s organizing committee points out that all three communities have strong box, field and school lacrosse programs, making the area one of the hot beds of the game.

“In 2013 the Bandits won their sixth straight provincial title and look forward to get a chance to compete for a national title on their  home turf,” says Bandits Team President Randy Clough. “A very strong organizing committee is looking forward to host an outstanding, memorable event for both spectators and participants. All games will be webcast and play by play lead Jake Elliot will be on hand to announce most games during the week. The recently renovated Poirier Recreation and Leisure Center is the perfect venue for this event; it is also home of The Coquitlam Adanacs from the WLA and the 2010 Minto Cup was also played here .

The OLA’s St. Catharines Saints won the 2013 Presidents Cup after having finished third and then second in the two previous years, in both of which the tournament was won by the St. Regis Braves from the Three Nations Lacrosse League.


Breaking down the WLA Playoffs


It’s long been talked about that the Western Lacrosse Association is in quite the slump when it comes to the Mann Cup. To be clear, the west hasn’t won a national championships since the 2005 Victoria Shamrocks defeated the Peterborough Lakers in six games. Since then, the Major Series Lacrosse loop has gone on a tear, winning seven straight Manns.

Every year–more specifically, every odd year when the Mann Cup is out west–people begin the talk that this will be the year that the slump ends. Well, the four teams remaining to kick off the WLA post season all have high hopes of lifting the 112-year-old trophy come mid-September. For one of Langley, Victoria, Burnaby and Coquitlam it’s going to take twelve wins to secure a Mann Cup–ironically not one of those teams won twelve games this year.

The playoffs get going tonight on the Island as Victoria welcomes Burnaby to Bear Mountain and then Thursday the Thunder and Adanacs square off in the two best of seven series for the chance to play for the west crown. Let the fun begin as we’re just over a month away from the start of the Mann Cup. So sit back and enjoy some incredible lacrosse.

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BCJALL Power Rankings: New West climbs to top of table in pursuit of Minto Cup

Don't get too caught up watching the New West offense. The the 'Bellies play some great defense, too. (Photo: BCJALL)
Don't get too caught up watching the New West offense. The the 'Bellies play some great defense, too. (Photo: BCJALL)

With the first round of games in the books, the BC Jr A loop’s semifinals are already underway and the battles for the final two and the only two spots that will represent BC at the 2013 Minto Cup is heating up. Both Victoria and Langley swept through their best of three series with Delta and Port Coquitlam with ease but will face much stiffer competition in the second round. Victoria will take on the first-place Coquitlam Adanacs while Langley already trails New Westminster 1-0 in the best-of-five series with Game 2 tonight (Thursday). The Adanacs and Shamrocks won’t get underway until this weekend, where they’ll play Saturday and Sunday but then will have to wait till the following Saturday for Game 3. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: Everyone’s alive as the race for the playoffs heats up

Athan Iannucci and the Langley Thunder are beginning to find their form for the stretch run. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Athan Iannucci and the Langley Thunder are beginning to find their form for the stretch run. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

All seven teams in the Western Lacrosse Association are still alive as we round the final quarter pole of this sprint to the finish. Langley and Victoria still stand atop the mountain, however the two teams are painting different landscapes as everyone battles for the right to host the 2013 Mann Cup. Langley has won three straight and is looking much like the team that has won the past two WLA titles. Conversely, the Shamrocks seem to be struggling with the newest additions and play a perfect Jekyll and Hyde. They will play smash mouth lacrosse Friday night in Victoria, which could be a WLA finals preview and will be a great measuring stick for both teams. READ MORE »


BCJALL Power Rankings: Fun begins as six teams look for two spots in 2013 Minto

Wesley Berg and the Adanacs have a first-round bye and are one series win from returning to the Minto Cup. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Wesley Berg and the Adanacs have a first-round bye and are one series win from returning to the Minto Cup. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

Round 2: FIGHT! The second season is upon us and we’re now down to six teams battling it out for two spots with a Minto Cup berth awaiting them. The Adanacs and Bellies finished 1-2 in the standings and will enjoy a little rest before beginning the post-season race while four teams–Langley, Victoria, Delta and Poco–will battle in out in the opening round best of threes.

The 2013 season will be the tale of the four groups. The “nots”- Burnaby and Nanaimo; the “not bad”- Poco; the “almost there” – Langley , Victoria and Delta; and the “cream of the crop”- Coquitlam and New West. It was that defined during the end of the regular sseason. But that can all be thrown out as we start the playoffs.

If you make it to the league finals, you’re off to the Minto. If not…well, enjoy the cheeseburgers at Queens Park. Let the fun begin, it’s playoff time! READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: Winds of change upon us as Thunder, Lakers make big jumps

Don't look now, but Justin Salt and the Burnaby Lakers are challenging for the WLA's top spot. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Don't look now, but Justin Salt and the Burnaby Lakers are challenging for the WLA's top spot. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Well that wasn’t exactly what we expected at the trade deadline was it?!! The Langley Thunder load up even more as they add six players (three transfers from back east and three via deadline deals) and the Adanacs start the rebuild. Rosters are now set and some look completely different than they did this time last week. However, change isn’t always a good thing as the Shamrocks added a top level D guy but then fell to the streaking Lakers. The wild and crazy WLA just got insane and unreal in the blink of an eye and it’s anyone’s guess as to who is going to come out on top. The Thunder look to be the favourites now with the additions they’ve made but can the Burrards, Shamrocks and even the Lakers keep pace? How will the new-look, scaled-down Adanacs fare, can the T-Men make a late push and will the Bellies make any noise down the homestretch? Good luck trying to figure anything out this year. READ MORE »