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WLA Power Rankings- Let the fun begin as the WLA regular season winds down.

Colton Clark and the Bellies are making moves to get back into the play-off hunt. (Photo: Larry Writght0
Colton Clark and the Bellies are making moves to get back into the play-off hunt. (Photo: Larry Writght0

With just a couple weeks remaining in the Western Lacrosse Association’s regular season, things are really starting to heat up in the standings. Victoria has clinched a play-off berth and with a win over Langley will clinch the top spot over-all and home-floor throughout the western play-offs. But after that it’s anyone’s guess. Five points separates second from fourth while three points separate fourth from seventh.

With every game a team can jump or drop in the standings so from here on out, wins are crucial but so is staying healthy. Burnaby has been without Matt Beers since the early stages of the year and you have to think they could be a few more wins better than the seven they currently have if they had the young rugged defender in the lineup every game. It’s time to strap on the foil and get ready to go to war cause this is the time when the real season begins. The push for the post season is underway and it all starts Wednesday night in Langley. READ MORE »

WLA Power Rankings: No changes as things get a little tighter through the middle of the pack

Things are heating up out west as everyone is fighting for a play-off spot. (Photo: Garrett James)
Things are heating up out west as everyone is fighting for a play-off spot. (Photo: Garrett James)

While the Victoria Shamrocks extend their lead in the Western Lacrosse Association standings, the Maple Ridge Burrards and the rest of the clubs try to keep pace. Just five points separates 3rd from 7th so there is still plenty to play for with only three weeks remaining in the regular season. For now though we are seeing some fantastic performances and even better lacrosse played out west.

It’s becoming very evident that no game is guaranteed in the league as we’ve seen games that should be locks go completely side-ways and others that turn into instant classics. Only two players from BC teams will represent Canada at the Wold Field Championships in Denver so it will full steam ahead for all seven clubs as we get close and closer to the post-season. Victoria has a a seven point spread over second place Maple Ridge and they don’t look like they want to give that lead up anytime soon. The question is, who’s going to be there when the dust settles on August 1st.


BCJALL Power Rankings: New West claims regular season crown as Victoria and Delta battle it out for third

It’s the final week in the BCJALL and the only left to decide is who will finish third and fourth between the Victoria Shamrocks and Delta Islanders. Wednesday night, the New Westminster Salmonbellies captured their first regular season title in over a decade defeating the Coquitlam Adanacs to sweep the season series and give themselves home floor advantage throughout the post-season. Those four teams have been in the top four for much of the season and always looked to be on a collision course in the play-offs.

The divide in the BCJALL from top to bottom is getting close but there still doesn’t seem to be any teams that can compete with the big guns from New West and Coquitlam. Only the Adanacs have finished their regular season schedule with the Shamrocks still to play two games and holding this place in their grasp. But really who wold you rather play? Both Delta and Victoria are in unenviable positions of having to take on the top two teams starting on the road.  Just a handful of games remain in the season then the fun really begins as we get closer and closer to the Minto Cup. READ MORE »

Breaking: Team Canada’s John Grant denied exemption, will miss 2014 World Games

John Grant will not be allowed to play for Team Canada next week in Denver. (Photo: John Strosacker)
John Grant will not be allowed to play for Team Canada next week in Denver. (Photo: John Strosacker)

OTTAWA, ON July 4, 2014 – The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) announced today that forward John Grant Jr. will not be playing for Canada in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships that begin next week in Denver, Colorado. He will be joining Coach Randy Mearns’ staff on the sidelines to help Canada win its third World Championship and will be replaced on the 23-man roster by Burlington, Ontario native Jordan MacIntosh. Grant, a veteran of four World Championships and widely regarded as one of the finest players to ever play the game, suffers from a medical condition that requires prescription medication as a part of hormone therapy (testosterone). READ MORE »

WLA Power Rankings: No deadline deals and very little movement as July kicks off

Adam Shute has been fantastic in net for the Adanacs this year. (Photo: The Now file)
Adam Shute has been fantastic in net for the Adanacs this year. (Photo: The Now file)

The WLA trade deadline came and went and there wasn’t even a blip on the radar. One GM went so far as to say that no deals being made was “brutal” and that it “gets worse every year” with fewer and fewer trades. Teams out east constantly load up the front runners while teams out west sit back and beat each other up for three months and hope one team has a lucky four game win streak come Mann Cup time.
So with no real movement to speak of, the teams will now have to make due with what they have and find the right mix to make that run to the big dance. The Shamrocks had a tough week and finally tasted defeat on Saturday but as much as everyone wants an undefeated season, the sentiment on the team bus after was the lose was exactly what they needed. It’s still tight in the middle of the pack which will give us a very exciting July leading to the post-season. READ MORE »

Junior Adanacs add James Rahe from Junior Thunder at the deadline

IL Indoor has learned that the Coquitlam Junior Adanacs have acquired the rights to James Rahe from the Langley Junior Thunder in a late deadline deal in the BCJALL. In return the Thunder acquire a 2016 first and a 2015 third round pick, a player to be named later as well as the Coquitlam Juniors agree to affiliate with the WLA Langley Thunder for the senior A post-season. Rahe will return to the Junior Thunder after the season is over but this deal gives the second year player a chance at a Minto Cup. READ MORE »

BCJALL Power Rankings: the rich getting richer at the deadline as play-offs creep closer

It’s trade-deadline time out in BC as we now know the four teams that will compete for a shot at becoming the one team that will represent the province and compete for the 2014 Minto Cup. And that’s when the entire landscape of the BC Jr A loop changed. It’s common practice that teams in the top leagues often move players at the deadline to acquire that needed piece of the puzzle or stock pile for the future. But it’s quite rare to see a team that’s in the play-offs trading away their best players at the deadline to a team ahead of them in the standings.

Delta shipped off their leading scorer Eli McLaughlin and one of their top defenders Taylor Northway to the Coquitlam Adanacs in exchange for a 2015 first round pick, Spencer Stevens and future considerations. Speaking of futures; the league leading New Westminster Salmonbellies acquired Brett Dorbay from the Langley Thunder as part of a deal from earlier in the year. Meanwhile, the Victoria Shamrocks have sat there and watched the mainland teams load up as we get set for the play-offs to begin in a couple weeks.

So check out the rankings this week and keep a close eye on IL Indoor as we get closer and closer to crowing a BC champion READ MORE »

WLA Power Rankings: Shamrocks maintain lead and add depth while the rest of the league tries to keep pace

Brodie MacDonald was the WLA's first star allowing just 8 goals in two games. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Brodie MacDonald was the WLA's first star allowing just 8 goals in two games. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

The rich are getting richer out west as the Eastern transfer window gets set to close Thursday June 26th. The Victoria Shamrocks added Buffalo and Kitchener-Waterloo two way dynamo Dhane Smith Tuesday afternoon, giving them another young weapon on a roster that’s top of the table half-way through the year. There could be some more moves by western teams as the deadline looms as does the WLA trade deadline. There are some rumours floating around of a couple players that could be changing jerseys in the coming days.

However as we move through the season, the other six clubs are fixated with catching the Shamrocks while not losing ground to the others in the battle for the top four continues. We’ve some incredible defensive efforts this week including a few goalies putting on some spectacular performances as they do all they can to limit the damage in hopes of spurring on their club. Three teams are tied for second place while Nanaimo, New Westminster and Coquitlam try and get back into the hunt. Just six games out west this week so check out the rankings and be sure to keep up to date on all the action right here on IL Indoor. READ MORE »

Victoria Shamrocks acquire Dhane Smith via transfer for the remainder of the WLA season

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Shamrocks are pleased to announce today that they have acquired the rights to Dhane Smith from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks of Major Series Lacrosse in a transfer for the remainder of 2014 with an option to extend through 2015.

A six-foot-three, 200-pound forward/transition, Smith comes to the green and white as one of the most highly sought-after players in the game. In his first full-season at the senior ‘A’ level, Smith has showcased himself as one of lacrosse’s top young, dynamic players with a dangerous combination of speed and skill. In 2012, he was selected fifth-overall by the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League Draft.

“I would consider him to be one of the best, if not the best up-and-coming player in the game today,” explained Victoria attacker Corey Small. “He is one of the most athletic players in the NLL with an unbelievable combination of size, speed and skill which allows him to be an impact player on offence, defence or in transition.” READ MORE »

BCJALL Power Rankings- Salmonbellies take second game from Adanacs and take over first place

The New Westminster Salmonbellies have finally taken a season series from the Coquitlam Adanacs and they find themselves on top of the BC Junior A lacrosse Standings, with visions of a regular season crown slowly creeping into their minds. But there’s still plenty of lacrosse remaining and as we’ve seen so far this year all across Canada, anything can happen and in the blink of an eye you can go from league leaders to scratching your head in an instant. The top four teams are pretty much set out west, with New West and Coquitlam likely to finish 1-2 while Delta and Victoria battle for the 3-4 spot. The Timbermen and Thunder grasping to their play-off hopes with a death-grip as they are both nearing win or go home territory.
The big four clubs have been battling all year as there is indeed a line in the sand between the top and middle ranked teams but the gap seems to get larger every year from top to bottom clubs. Burnaby and Poco had down years this year and while their minor systems are booming with youth, playing in the shadows of the more notable associations really handicap those them. Check out this week’s BCJALL power rankings as the teams get set to play the second to last week of the regular season. READ MORE »