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Abassi talks about Timbermen sponsorship: ‘It’s time for me to go in a new direction’

The news that the Nanaimo Timbermen lost their primary sponsorship heading into the 2014 Western Lacrosse Association season didn’t exactly spread the cheer. The Timbermen insist they’re on solid footing for this season and that the split with Coastal Windows was a friendly one. And Hadi Abassi confirmed as much when he spoke with the Nanaimo Daily News about his decision. “The way it’s been on the Island it’s not busy for me in construction,” Abassi said. “You need excess income to support sports … I was the main person who wrote all the cheques, and it’s just been a long time, and it’s time for me to go in a new direction, for them to find a new person.” The Timbermen say they’ll be moving forward at the senior and junior levels while searching for a new primary sponsor. “To have someone named as our sponsor and our flag-bearer, we need that person to be the right person, someone whose character and reputation reflects that of the clubs,” said Farren Ferguson, the teams’ director of operations.


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 »


Last night: Adanacs deny Lakers second place as WLA regular season wraps up


Travis Cornwall had a 4-goal night including the game winner as the Coquitlam Adanacs downed Burnaby 13-12, denying the Lakers second place in the Western Lacrosse Association. Burnaby led 7-2 after the first period but the Adanacs had a huge second, outscoring Burnaby 10-2 with a pair of 4-goal runs and all 3 of their power play goals in the game. Burnaby worked their way back into a tie at 12-12 with the first 3 goals of the third period, but Cornwall won it for Coquitlam at 15:35. The loss means the Lakers finish third in the WLA and the Victoria Shamrocks will have home-floor advantage in the semi final series between the teams. Coquitlam, meanwhile, gains some momentum as they head into a semi against the first-place Langley Thunder. READ MORE »


Last night: Warriors trounce Excelsiors again to sweep semi final series

Reilly O'Connor and the Whitby Warriors have booked their spot in the OLA Jr A finals by sweeping the Brampton Excelsiors. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Reilly O'Connor and the Whitby Warriors have booked their spot in the OLA Jr A finals by sweeping the Brampton Excelsiors. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Whitby Warriors are on a roll at the perfect time. They hammered the Brampton Excelsiors for the fourth straight time to sweep their OLA Jr A semi final series. The scores of the games were 14-6, 16-5, 13-6 and, last night, 17-5. Seven Warriors scored 4 or more points, led by master setup man Reilly O’Connor, who had 9 assists. Whitby led 7-2 after the first period and 13-3 after the second then cruised home. The Warriors now have some time to rest and practice while they await the winner of the other semi final, which is proceeding much differently. Six Nations and Peterborough have played three straight close games, with the Arrows taking the first two 7-5 and 9-8 then the Lakers pulling out the third game 8-7 when they scored with just 4 seconds to play. Game 4 in that series is Saturday night in Peterborough. READ MORE »


Video: Maple Ridge, Nanaimo clear benches

Haven’t seen one of these for a while, but the Maple Ridge Burrards and Nanaimo Timbermen threw down in a big way last Sunday with a bench-clearing brawl. It all went down in OT, so you know tensions were high to begin with. The vid starts with a mad rush in the middle of the floor before we see some separate dances; one off to the right and then another off to the left. The numbers on the sweaters don’t match the scoresheet penalties at Pointstreak, so we’re not gonna give up any names lest we implicate the wrong fellas. But no matter who is doing what, it’ll be an interesting game on Saturday when these teams meet again, this time in Nanaimo.


Last night: Lakers come back again to win OLA Jr A quarter final series


The Peterborough Junior Lakers did it again, and now they have a date with the Six Nations Arrows. While it wasn’t as dramatic as the night before, the Lakers pulled off another come-from-behind win to take their OLA Jr A quarter final series 3-2 over the Burlington Chiefs. This time, the score was 11-10 in regulation time, with the Lakers getting the last two goals from Turner Evans and Dan Michel.

Friday night, Evans scored a beautiful goal with three and a half minutes to play in regulation on a Riley Quinlan pass that travelled half the length of the floor on a rope and hit him in stride to tie the score 6-6 and force overtime. Then the real excitement began. Patrick Corbett scored just 10 seconds into the extra frame and the Chiefs added a couple more to take a 9-7 lead with 2:39 to play. READ MORE »


Last night: Peterborough Lakers down Six Nations Chiefs 11-9

John Grant scored 6 points to help the Lakers upend the Chiefs Saturday night. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
John Grant scored 6 points to help the Lakers upend the Chiefs Saturday night. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

On their third try of the season, the Peterborough Lakers finally found a way to beat the Six Nations Chiefs. The Lakers won 11-9 Saturday night, in the process drawing within three points of the Chiefs for first place in Major Series Lacrosse with five games left to play for each team. The teams meet one more time.

John Grant, Jr. led Peterborough scorers with 3 goals and 3 assists while Scott and Shawn Evans each added a pair of goals for the Lakers. Tyler Carlson stopped 26 of the 35 shots he faced to earn the win. Colin Doyle and Cory Bomberry each had hat tricks for the Chiefs. Evan Kirk suffered his first loss of the season (12-1-1), making 33 saves on 44 shots. It was also Six Nations’ first loss at home this summer. 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 »


Last night: Chiefs down Redmen, Shamrocks regain first place for now

Kedoh Hill, here scoring against Peterborough, had a pair to help Six Nations down Brooklin Saturday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Kedoh Hill, here scoring against Peterborough, had a pair to help Six Nations down Brooklin Saturday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Six Nations Chiefs ran their undefeated streak to 10 games (9-0-1) and their lead atop Major Series Lacrosse to five points with a 10-6 win over the Brooklin Redmen Saturday night. The first period made all the difference as the Chiefs outscored Brooklin 6-0 to establish a lead that the Redmen just couldn’t overcome. Kedoh Hill and Colin Doyle each scored twice and added an assist to lead the Six Nations attack. Six different players scored for Brooklin, with Derek Hopcroft registering 3 assists.

In the Western Lacrosse Association, the Victoria Shamrocks regained first place for at least one day when they downed the Coquitlam Adanacs 13-9 behind Scott Ranger’s 4-goal night and 6-point efforts from Rhys Duch (2g, 4a) and Corey Small (1g, 5a). The win gives Victoria a two-point lead over Langley for first place, but the Thunder have a chance to knot things up again when they face Maple Ridge tonight. Daryl Veltman was the top gunner for the Adanacs with a hat trick and an assist. READ MORE »