The Nanaimo Timbermen lost 11 games this summer and 5 of those losses were by 2 goals. That’s how close they were, but it’s also a sign of how far they have to go to become a winning team again. The Timbermen will miss the Western Lacrosse Association playoffs for the seventh straight season, the official cut coming in Saturday’s 12-5 loss to Burnaby. “The work ethic is there. Guys want to win; it’s not like they’re not trying,” coach Kaleb Toth told the Nanaimo Bulletin. “It’s just we’re not playing a full 60 minutes. We’re making too many small mistakes.” With a 4-11-1 record heading into their final 2 games of the season, Nanaimo’s youth will get good look because Toth believes that it’s the young legs that will turn this franchise around. But for at least 1 more season, the T-men are heading into the offseason with a familiar gnawing in their gut. “We gave it everything we can but fell short,” captain Graham Palmer said. “It seems like I’m here talking to you about the same thing after every season. It’s getting frustrating. It’s tough.”
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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 »
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 »
WLA Power Rankings: Shamrocks maintain lead and add depth while the rest of the league tries to keep pace
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 »
As the seven Western Lacrosse Association squads near the midway point of the 2014 season, there’s not much to separate between the middle of the pack. The Victoria Shamrocks are hitting their stride as the other clubs to try to keep pace all while we race toward the July 1 trade deadline. It’s not expected to see much movement between clubs but it wouldn’t be surprising if there were a few swaps of players or picks. That said, there won’t be much in the way of high level talent on the move. There’s a weird air around the WLA this summer as teams sit tight on their rosters knowing teams out east are stocking up. That’s not to say that the West has given up or isn’t trying, but these are the ebbs and flows of swapping Mann Cup years. READ MORE »
Out west things are starting to get interesting in the Western Lacrosse Association as we near the opening third of the season. The Victoria Shamrocks remain undefeated and atop the rankings for the third straight week as they continue their run for back to back Mann Cup appearances after missing the big dance for six straight years. The Shamrocks aren’t the only hot team going right now as the Langley Thunder have bounced back from an 0-3 start to get back to .500 and it’s neck and neck through the middle of the pack. READ MORE »
Consistency is the word of the week for the Western Lacrosse Association teams and players after two full weeks of games. It’s a long drawn out season for these guys and there’s no doubt that there is and will be some rust, growing pains and tired legs as the season rages on. For general managers and coaches alike, finding the right mix is crucial to ensure their team is on the right path come play-offs. But that’s a long ways away for now and right now, teams are just trying to juggle rosters as best they can and fill holes with whom they can.
There wasn’t much movement in the power-rankings this week, although we’re sure to hear from a few disgruntled fans/players/personnel about how we rate the seven WLA teams. In such a highly competitive league this year, it will be tough to predict winners and even tougher to pick who will come out on top at the end. So enjoy the games everyone cause it’s going to be a great week of lacrosse out in BC. READ MORE »
With the first full week of Western Lacrosse Associations games in the book, we can start to rank the seven teams as they battle for supremacy and the right to travel back east for the Mann Cup. As mentioned two weeks ago in our WLA preview, while many of the big name eastern talent has flown the coop back home, a plethora of young local BC talent is ready to take the stage and raise their game to the next level. Well in the handful of games that have been played so far this year, we’re no doubt in for a very intriguing year.
The Burnaby Lakers, who many feel are a real contender in the WLA this year, won’t play their first game of the year until Thursday while the Langley Thunder have already played and lost three games and the Nanaimo Timbermen have played four and gotten four different results. Its been a very odd opening week in the WLA and after the jump we’ll let you low where all seven teams stack up. READ MORE »
The news was not good back in March for the Nanaimo Timbermen, who announced that Hadi Abassi was stepping down as the team’s main financial backer. These days, the news is a bit more reassuring. While a new sponsor, or sponsors, have not been found, the team said on its website that it has received at least 7 inquiries for sponsorship and negotiations are ongoing. The also announced it has formed a “steering committee” comprised of local business leaders who will act as a board of directors to help the Timbermen conduct their business. “What this does is it provides us with a solid corporate base that we can now build on for the long term,” Farren Ferguson of Fast Forward Consulting told the Nanaimo Bulletin. Joining Ferguson on the steering committee are Jared Cross of Cross & Co., Don Goldsbury of Midas Auto Service, Wayne Hawthornthwaite of Coast Mountain Construction Ltd. and Chris Bowman of Investors Group.
Let’s all quote Rick Flair for a quick minute in one of the greatest and most overused sports cliches ever: to be the man you have to beat the man. In this case, to be the 2014 Western Lacrosse Association champions, six teams will be gunning for the Victoria Shamrocks who won the west in 2013. The even years always leave many questions for western clubs and most tend to not stack up on high priced talent in hopes of piecing together a roster that can compete with the clubs of the Major Series out east. In reality, it brings into question a moral construct of the Canadian summer leagues as players flip flop from league to league in hopes of capturing a Mann Cup title. But alas, we aren’t here to discuss politics, we’re here to get your set for the start of another season of WLA action and it all kicks off Saturday in Coquitlam as the Adanacs host the Langley Thunder.
There’s been quite a bit of turnover out west as teams begin the early jockeying for positioning atop the mountain as the journey for the cup begins. Each team has plenty of questions surrounding them from; can young goalies rise to the occasion, will draft picks pay-off, who will be here and not be here come August 1, and will the Mann Cup drought end this year? After the jump check out the early season rankings for the seven clubs out here in BC and also check out the opening day rosters as posted by the WLA Friday afternoon. Let the fun begin and may the best team win. READ MORE »