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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 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 »

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 »

Victoria Shamrocks Alumni Association looking to reunite past memories and help grow many more

65 years of Victoria Shamrocks Alumni will be on hand Friday night. (Photo: Kasey Erickson)
65 years of Victoria Shamrocks Alumni will be on hand Friday night. (Photo: Kasey Erickson)

If you hang around lacrosse arenas often enough you start to recognize familiar faces who have the same passion you do for the game and maybe you even take some time to stop and chat with them about their lacrosse experiences. Many of those faces you see have some really strong ties to the clubs their watching, as players from days gone by still enjoy showing up to the rink to watch the next generation of stars. Alumni associations are the life-blood of an organization because they hold the keys to past successes, thousands of memorable tales and some incredible memorabilia.

Well the Victoria Shamrocks are the latest big club to assemble their alumni to help not only reunite players from past teams over the decades but with aspirations to give back to the game and help grow the game in the the capital city. The Shamrocks date back 65 years and have a very loyal and long standing relationship with the Victoria sports community as they’ve been a time-honoured tradition on a hot summer Friday night. This Friday, the VSAA will formally meet for the first time as the Shamrocks host another club with a long standing history and a great Alumni Association, the New Westminster Salmonbellies. READ MORE »

WLA Power Rankings: Shamrocks remain the leaders as Matt Flindell begins to shine

Matt Flindell waited his turn in Victoria and the patience is paying off for the goalie. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)
Matt Flindell waited his turn in Victoria and the patience is paying off for the goalie. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)

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 »

Last night: Shamrocks silence Thunder 13-4

The Victoria Shamrocks left little doubt about who the top team in the Western Lacrosse Association is. In a matchup of the last two WLA champs, the first-place Shamrocks remained undefeated by riding a 9-0 second period to a 13-4 win over the Langley Thunder, who remain tied for second place in the league. The game was tied 2-2 after the first period and remained that way through the first five minutes of the second. Then Rhys Duch and the Shamrocks went to work. Duch got things rolling with a natural hat trick and the Shamrocks poured in six more goals before the buzzer went to end the period. The teams traded a pair of goals each in the third. Duch wound up with 4 goals and an assist to lead all scorers along with Brandon Bull, who scored twice and added 3 assists. Victoria is now 5-0-1 and sits five points clear of Maple Ridge, Langley and Burnaby in a three-way tie for second place, although Burnaby does have two games in hand. READ MORE »

WLA Power Rankings: Victoria remains at No. 1, Langley makes big jump in Week 3

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 »

Shamrocks ready to atone for losses to familiar faces in WLA and NLL

Losing sucks no matter how you spin it, but this one really stings for Karsen Leung. And Scott Ranger. And Jon Harnett. And Greg Harnett. All 4 are members of the Calgary Roughnecks, who were beaten by the Rochester Knighthawks for the 2014 National Lacrosse League championship just last weekend. And all 4 also are members of the Western Lacrosse Assocation’s Victoria Shamrocks, who lost in last summer’s Mann Cup finals to the Six Nations Chiefs of Ontario. Of course, the Rochester roster has no fewer than 6 members of the Six Nations team on its roster, including Cody Jamieson, Johnny Powless, Craig Point and Stephen Keogh. So the Calgary contingent knows well who it lost to. Again. “So close, against the same guys,” Leung told the Times Colonist. “It’s going to haunt us for a while, but with this season we’re going to have to put it past us.”

WLA Power Rankings

Cory Small has flown to the top of the WLA points standings early on. (Photo: Gary Woodburn)
Cory Small has flown to the top of the WLA points standings early on. (Photo: Gary Woodburn)

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 »