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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 »


Victoria Shamrocks announce first signings for 2014: Duch, Ranger, Leung and Small

A knee injury relegated Corey Small to the role of cheerleader in 2013, but he'll be playing this summer. (Photo: Kevin Light)
A knee injury relegated Corey Small to the role of cheerleader in 2013, but he'll be playing this summer. (Photo: Kevin Light)

The Victoria Shamrocks are pleased to announce their first player signings of 2014, welcoming back 4 high-profile players from the 2013 Western Lacrosse Association championship roster. The first wave of retuning players to the ‘Rocks in 2014 roster are local a group of local snipers and veterans — Rhys Duch, Scott Ranger, Karsen Leung, and Corey Small. The Shamrocks expect several more announcements over the coming weeks as some player contracts have to complete the transfer process. “This group of four players has demonstrated outstanding commitment to our club and is a key component of our foundation going forward,” said Chris Welch, GM, the man on the front line of player acquisition. 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 »


Victoria Jr Shamrock Wardle hoping to make his mark in the big time


Chris Wardle showed this summer that he’s got some pretty nice touch around the net. He popped in 46 goals with the Victoria Shamrocks, good for third in the BC Jr A league. He also added 44 assists for a 90-point total. Those numbers led to him being selected by the Vancouver Stealth in the National Lacrosse League draft. As with all of the young players trying to crack NLL lineups in this age of nine deeply talented teams, he’ll be hard pressed to actually make the Stealth’s roster. But he’s excited about having been drafted and looking forward to the opportunity to go to training camp. And he’s not lacking for confidence. “The jump to the NLL is going to be a big adjustment and it’s going to take some time,” Wardle told the Langley Advance. “However, I feel that I am ready.” It may help that he’s had at least a taste of top-level competition. The forward got into a Western Lacrosse Association playoff game, suiting up for the senior Shamrocks in the WLA finals against the Langley Thunder. “Playing in the WLA playoffs was a great experience,” Wardle said. “It gave me a bit of experience playing with bigger guys and at a faster pace game, which I believe will help me with the adjustment to the NLL.”


Mann Cup 2013: Photo gallery

Brandon Miller of Six Nations celebrates sweet victory in Victoria. (Photo: Kevin Light)
Brandon Miller of Six Nations celebrates sweet victory in Victoria. (Photo: Kevin Light)

It’s been said before that a picture is worth 1,000 words. With that in mind, we’ve got a few pictures lined up here from the 2013 Mann Cup, courtesy of photographer Kevin Light. This year’s tournament in Victoria, B.C., featured all you would expect from a pair of league champs: great lacrosse, heightened emotion and vocal fan support. But in the end, there can be only 1 champ and this year, it was the Six Nations Chiefs. The Cup is back at Six Nations for the first time since 1996 and until someone can bring the Chiefs down, there’s no disputing that they are kings of the lacrosse world. READ MORE »


Mann Cup All-Star Team


IL Indoor had a pair of writers at the 2013 Mann Cup in Teddy Jenner and myself. We put our heads together and have produced the Mann Cup All-Star team. The team consists of three forwards, two defenders and a goalie, as all-star teams are wont to do. Given the low scores of the early games and the outstanding play of both defences, though, when we first discussed our early candidates for the team, there were actually three defence/transition players and just two forwards. But as you’ll see, another forward basically forced his way onto the team with a series-altering performance at the games progressed. So make the jump to see exactly who made the team and why. READ MORE »


Shamrocks set sights on 2014 Mann Cup

The Victoria Shamrocks had to watch the Mann Cup handed to someone else, in their own barn. (Photo: Kevin Light)
The Victoria Shamrocks had to watch the Mann Cup handed to someone else, in their own barn. (Photo: Kevin Light)

The closer you get, the more it hurts. That’s where the Victoria Shamrocks find themselves today after losing the Mann Cup series to the Six Nations Chiefs. Adding to that hurt is losing the tournament in 6 games in their own barn. “There’s nothing worse than seeing the Mann Cup presented in your own arena and you’re not the team,” coach Bob Heyes told The Victoria News. So what to do? Channel the motivation, says the coach, and make sure it doesn’t happen again. “We were 10 minutes from Game 7, where all of a sudden it’s a winner-take-all game. The atmosphere was electric and would have been over the top, I think we definitely would have come out the winners,” said Heyes. “Now we want to do something we haven’t done in a long time, go out east and win it.”


2013 Mann Cup: What they’re saying

The Six Nations Chiefs and their fans are celebrating their first Mann Cup win since 1996. (Photo: Kevin Light)
The Six Nations Chiefs and their fans are celebrating their first Mann Cup win since 1996. (Photo: Kevin Light)

Another Mann Cup is come and gone and today, the Six Nations Chiefs are celebrating. The Victoria Shamrocks, meanwhile, are wondering what might have been. It was a refreshing tournament for a variety of reasons, tops among them being the chance to see some new teams play for Canada’s top lacrosse prize. And though these teams were new, in a manner of speaking, the lacrosse was superb. Six Nations won the Cup in 6 games, its first title since 1996. The Shamrocks haven’t won the Mann since 2005 and they’ll have to wait until at least next summer to end that drought. But as the dust settles from the 2013 edition, let’s have a look at who is saying what as box lacrosse heads into its quiet season. READ MORE »


Mann Cup: Six Nations Chiefs claim the crown with 8-5 Game 6 win over Victoria Shamrocks

Dan Coates plants a kiss on the Mann Cup in the Six Nations Chiefs dressing room. (Photo: Kevin Light)
Dan Coates plants a kiss on the Mann Cup in the Six Nations Chiefs dressing room. (Photo: Kevin Light)

The Six Nations Chiefs are Mann Cup champions for the first time since 1996. Six Nations scored the only 4 goals of the third period to pull away from the Victoria Shamrocks for an 8-5 win, giving them the series 4-2. Cody Jamieson had another big night, scoring 2 goals and 4 assists. He led the series in goals (12), assists (16) and points (28) and was presented with a well-deserved Mike Kelly Award for Mann Cup MVP. Kasey Beirnes contributed a hat trick. He opened the scoring when he finally connected on a quick stick after not quite finding the timing in the series. The goal came from the slot on a pass from Colin Doyle. Jamieson buried an outside shot through a screen to make it 2-0 for the Chiefs before the Shamrocks fought back with a pair from Cory Conway to make it 2-2 after the first period. READ MORE »


Mann Cup: Doyle puts the ball in the net, keeps the ball out of the net as Six Nations Chiefs take 3-2 lead

Colin Doyle had a goal and 2 assists as the Six Nations Chiefs downed the Victoria Shamrocks 11-7 to take a 3-2 lead in the Mann Cup finals. The three points moved him past Josh Sanderson and Bill Wilson into sixth place in all-time Mann Cup scoring. And oh yeah, he played goalie as well. That’s right, Doyle played the final 11:04 in net after both of the Chiefs regular goalies were ejected for illegal equipment. He allowed 3 goals but made enough saves (6 in total) for the Chiefs to hang on and win.

Asked if he’d ever played goal before, Doyle responded “Monday night oldtimers in Kitchener in my hometown. But the pace of the shots was a little bit different. I was a little stressed out in there but the guys, [Stephen] Keogh and the guys really did something special to go get me a couple more and alleviate the load a bit. Having a couple burn by me there made me a little nervous. But I’m so proud of the guys tonight, they really fought hard.” READ MORE »