Nov 29, 2010
Jr. Rocks Busy in Off-Season
by Janice Huckin
Jr. Shamrock General Manager Rod Wood announced he has traded the playing rights to Casey Jackson to the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs for financial considerations. This follows on the heels of earlier trades of two of the 5 goaltenders in the Jr. Rocks stable.
Jackson, a 21 year old first team all-star, led the team in scoring in 2009 and finished second in league scoring. Casey has played the last two seasons with the Junior Rocks where he picked up 67 goals and 92 assists, for a total of 159 points over 44 regular season and playoff games.
Wood stated that with the influx of highly talented 19 year old players from the BC Champion Intermediate A Shamrocks along with the existing players, the team finds itself in a position to be able to move a player like Casey and allow the younger players to show what they are capable of.
The team wishes to thank Casey for his tremendous contribution to the team over the past two season and we wish Casey all the best with his new team.
The team has also announced another addition to the coaching staff. Former Jr. Shamrock MVP goaltender Matt Flindell has joined the team and will work with the group of young goaltenders on the team. Matt spent 3 years with the Jr. Rocks, taking them to the Minto Cup in 2008 where they finished with a silver medal. He is currently on the roster of the WLA Shamrocks.
Nov 24, 2010
Jr Shamrocks Team Updates
Recent roster changes in the Jr Rocks camp. Adam Hickey has been traded to Six Nations for future considerations. Adam had expressed an interest in finishing out his junior career closer to home in Ontario. Trent Gabriel has been traded to the Langley Thunder for future considerations and an opportunity to play closer to home, as he hails from the Okanagan. The Jr Shamrocks wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to Adam and Trent for their hard work and dedication to the organization. We wish them both much success in the future.
On the coaching front, as assistant coach Bill Waddell had decided to step down from the Jr Rocks bench, head coach Jordan Sundher was on the hunt for a replacement and is now pleased to announce former Jr Rocks player Darrin Sanderson has been added to the coaching staff for the coming season. The Jr Shamrocks wish to thank Bill Waddell for all his years of dedication and contribution working with the team and coaching staff.
Nov 14, 2010
Annual General Meeting Brings Few Changes
by Janice Huckin
The Jr. Shamrocks Promotion Society held its Annual General Meeting October 27. The main items of business were a few minor changes to the By-Laws and the election of officers for the 2011 season.
By-law changes were very minor in nature, resulting in a name change from president to ‘chair’ and therefore the immediate past president would be the past chair, vice president would be vice-chair, etc. Additionally, we created two vice-chair positions rather than the previous one. This enables us to have a vice-chair in charge of game day and a vice chair in charge of fund-raising and promotions. The number of directors was reduced from a maximum of 7 to a maximum of 6. The rationale for the change in language (president to chair) was to differentiate the Jr. Shamrock Promotion Society from the Jr. Shamrocks Lacrosse Association. Are you confused yet? The Promotion Society is responsible for the bulk of the fund-raising and game day functions while the Association actually runs the team (think of it as the ownership group).
As far as the election of officers went, Ron Hampton was acclaimed as the chair following my resignation after 4 years in the position. Two new vice-chairs were elected, both from the ranks of our directors as Deb Anderson assumes responsibility for game day and Laurie Leung will tackle the role of vice-chair in charge of fund-raising and promotions. Tuffy McPherson was acclaimed to the Treasurer position for a 2-year term and we added one new director in the person of Gitta Phillips. Sherry Huckin returns as Secretary for the second year of her term and Bob Powell and Rob Rabey also remain on board in the second year of their respective director terms. When the dust settled we are left with 3 vacant director positions which we hope to fill during the year.
The new executive will get to work immediately as there is always much to do during the off-season including soliciting sponsorships, preparing for the game day program, planning fund-raising activities, etc.
I wish to thank everyone that turned out to the AGM and especially those who have allowed their name to stand for board positions. I look forward to continuing to assist and support the board and the team in my new scaled-down role.
Immediate Past Chair
Jr. Shamrocks Promotion Society
October 3, 2010
Victoria Jr Shamrocks Annual General Meeting
When: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Place: Lower Clubhouse, Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre Located behind Bear Mountain Arena by the lawn bowling greens
September 6, 2010
Membership Drive On Now
The Jr. Shamrocks Promotion Society is seeking new members prior to our AGM which will come up in early to mid-October. The Promotion Society is responsible for all game day functions, fund-raising, etc. At our AGM there will be several positions up for election, while some will continue into their second year of their term.
Please consider joining our team. Becoming a member gives you a vote and the opportunity to hold a position on the board. Applications
are available on this website and can be forwarded, together with your $5 fee to the address contained on the form.
August 25, 2010
Texas Hold'em Tournament - Six Mile Pub - September 18, 2010
Hey, Jr Rocks fans...just because the season is over, doesn't mean your support is no longer required. If you fancy playing cards and hopefully find a little "Luck of the Irish" once and a while, come on out on September 18th to the Six Mile Pub and try your luck with Texas Hold'em. This is one of a number of fundraising activities we put on to support the Jr Rocks organization during the season. See all the details on our official poster (click here). Hate to leave anyone out, but you must be 19 years of age to attend or play, sorry.
August 4, 2010
Season Ends, Awards Presented
by Janice Huckin
Last Thursday, the Jr. Shamrocks gathered at the Cross Roads and the team awards were given out. The turnout was excellent as almost all the players, coaching and support staff, executive and parents came out to enjoy a social evening and honour the award winnrs and graduating players.
Casey Jackson captured two awards – first, the scoring title as he finished the season with 88 points, just 1 behind the league scoring champ Tyler Digby of New Westminster. Digby edged him out with 3 points in his final regular season game. Casey was also voted the team’s Most Valuable Player and received the Pee Wee Bradshaw trophy.
The Most Inspirational Player, receiving the Archie Browning trophy was big defender Tyler Matheson.
Best Defensive Player honours went to Sean Nugent while Karsen Leung was named the Best Conditioned, an award chosen and presented by the team’s training staff.
Rookie of the Year was Blair Pinnock who was a consistent player all season and finished the year with 48 points, third on the team.
Sportsman of the Year was presented to Sam Kowalyk, who follows in the steps of his brother, Kory who won this award in 2009.
Most Improved Player, the Steve Zellinsky Award, was given to Ben Stebbins. There was a tie for the Most Popular Player award, the Bill and Joan Munroe trophy, and an award voted on by the players themselves. This year it went to Graeme Scott (who also won it in 2008) and Sam Kowalyk.
The Jr. Shamrocks will lose 6 players to aging out and those players received specially etched beer mugs with the team logo, year and player’s name. We say thank you to John Canil, Mark Lawrence, team captain Sam Kowalyk, assistant captain Graeme Scott, Dylan Jones and Sean Nugent and we wish you well in your future both in life and lacrosse.
The Bill Russell Service Award was also presented to Mike and Deb Anderson. The Anderson family has long been involved with the Jr. and Intermediate Shamrocks. Deb has served on the board of directors over a couple of periods of time, including the position of director and acting secretary. She has also, even when not involved on the executive, produced our very good quality game day program. Mike has served as an equipment manager or assistant equipment manager for several Jr. Shamrocks coaches going back at least to Dave Bremner, Tyson Leies, Danny Green and now with Jordan Sundher. In between some of those periods he also did equipment manager duties for the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks. As a family the Andersons have also billeted players for both the Intermediate and Jr. Shamrocks.
The Jr. Shamrocks wish to thank Mike, Lee and Murdock and the staff of the Cross Roads for their support throughout the season and also for allowing us to hold this event at their place. We also want to thank all the volunteers – scorekeepers, timekeepers, penalty box staff, Newman and his colleagues who have done the announcing for us all year and of course Gary Woodburn for all his efforts and the great photos you can see on this website and others. Special thanks to the parents and other family members of our players who make the events on game day happen, along with the efforts of our great Executive. The season is over, the AGM is coming up in October. Please consider becoming a member (applications are available here on the website) and coming out to the AGM. Now, let’s get going – next season isn’t that far away.
Unfortunately, just 48 hours later, the team had their hopes of prolonging their season dashed. Despite a third-period comeback attempt, the Rocks fell a goal short to the New Westminster Salmonbellies who will now go on to face the Coquitlam Adanacs in the league final series.
Despite the exit, the team can and should be proud of what they did achieve. They finished third in the regular season with a team that had only six 21 year-olds and almost an entirely new coaching staff. They came back and defeated Nanaimo in the first round of playoffs and never quit against a bigger, more physical New Westminster team. This year wasn’t our year but look out because with the great core of returning players and some outstanding Intermediate prospects, 2011 could indeed be the year of the Shamrock.
Thanks to all the coaching and support staff and the players for making this season so exciting.
July 20, 2010
Victoria Jr Shamrocks Awards Night
Just a reminder that the Jr Shamrocks Awards Night is this coming Thursday, July 22nd at the Crossroads in Colwood. Start time is 6:00 pm. Hope to see many of the Jr Rocks faithful on hand to help celebrate the efforts of the players this season.
July 19, 2010
WestJet Raffle Tickets!
Just a reminder to our fan base that we still have tickets available for the upcoming draw on July 30th at the Sr Shamrocks game. You could win two tickets to anywhere WestJet flys! Tickets are available at any remaining home games (any we are still holding the faith that there will be more home games!) or via any executive member from the Jr Shamrocks. Contact information is here on the website. Tickets will also be available on the day of the draw at a tailgate party being held prior to the Sr Shamrocks game on July 30th at Bear Mountain Arena.
July 18, 2010
Shamrocks Behind Eight-Ball
by Janice Huckin
The Jr. Shamrocks have dug themselves into a very deep hole, losing game 2 in their best-of-five semi final series 14-6 Sunday to the New Westminster Salmonbellies. The game 2 loss comes on the heels of a 12-8 defeat Saturday on the mainland.
In Saturday’s game, the Rocks found themselves behind 5-0 after the first period and everyone knew they would need a 60-minute effort to beat the ‘Bellies but unfortunately that isn’t what they got and once again fell behind early. One would have to say that early penalties played a huge part as the first 3 New West goals were scored by special teams. At 2:11 Keegan Bal put the visitors ahead, finding twine behind Victoria goaltender Adam Hickey with a shorthanded goal. Two power play goals followed as Tyler Digby scored with a high shot at 7:40 and Jay Card connected at 11:37, a goal which clearly entered the net AFTER the 30-second buzzer had sounded. The referees seemed to disagree with each other but the one ruling it good won out and it was 3-0 New West. Cody Bremner made it 4-0 with a backhander at 16:11 before the Shamrocks found a way to solve Bellies netminder, Brandon Mulligan. Blair Pinnock buried a shot at 18:29 after a good penalty kill for the Rocks and that was how the period ended with the visitors holding a 4-1 lead. As mentioned penalties were the order of the day with Victoria being assessed 24 minutes including one 10-minute misconduct to only 10 minutes for New Westminster. Shots on goal were 14-8 in favour of the visitors.
A Victoria power play goal started things off in period two, Karsen Leung tallying with a high shot at 2:28. At 4:10, however, Goodwin picked up his second to restore the 3-goal lead for the ‘Bellies. Off the next faceoff, Jake Emms cut to the net and beat Mulligan with a high shot for an unassisted goal at 4:20. The see-saw continued through the period as Digby got his second at 9:15 for the ‘Bellies, John Canil replied for Victoria with a shot that may have been screened at 14:08 but Bremner collected his second for the visitors at 16:22. The score after 40 minutes was 7-4 for the Salmonbellies who again had the edge in shots on goal by a 13-7 margin. The bright spot for the Shamrocks was Sean Nugent’s unanimous decision over Robert Danilkiewicz in the heavyweight battle of the night.
Period 3 was all New West as they outscored the home team by a 7-2 margin. The first 4 goals of the period went to the visitors. Bremner with his third, Card with his second, followed by a pair of power play goals by Mark Negrin and Card had the ‘Bellies up 11-4 by the 6:12 mark. That signaled the end of Hickey’s night in goal as youngster Trent Gabriel replaced him between the pipes. The Shamrocks scored a goal, Leung getting his second of the contest at 7:59 with an extra attacker on the floor and Gabriel on the bench.
There was a bit of a flurry of goalscoring as Colton Clark scored for New West at 11:42, Casey Jackson replied for the Shamrocks at 12:15 but the Salmonbellies got goals from T J Cowx at 15:45 and a power play goal from Bal at 16:55 to wrap up the game. The final period was another parade to the penalty box with 56 minutes called in all. Overall the game resulted in 68 minutes to Victoria and 52 to New Westminster. Again the visitors outshot the Rocks 15-7 for a game total of 42 to 22.
The refereeing was a little one-sided but not the reason for the loss, although it could be said that the number of penalties called certainly could have taken any momentum away from the Shamrocks. In any event Karsen Leung was the only Victoria player with more than 1 goal as he tallied twice. Blair Pinnock had a goal and 3 assists, Jake Emms a goal and 2 assists and Casey Jackson a goal and 1 helper. John Canil had the other Shamrock goal.
Cody Bremner and Jay Card led the Salmonbellies with a hat trick and 2 assists each with Tyler Digby scoring twice and adding 5 helpers for a 7-point night. Mark Negrin and Keegan Bal also scored twice with singles going to Colton Clark and Brandon Goodwin.
Game 3 of this series is set for Queen’s Park Arena next Saturday at 5:00 pm. Should a fourth game be required it will take place Sunday, July 25 at Bear Mountain Arena, also a 5:00 start.
July 16, 2010
Shamrocks Oust Timbermen!
by Janice Huckin
After dropping the series opener, the Jr. Shamrocks rebounded and, on the strength of a 12-9 victory at Bear Mountain Arena Thursday have ousted the Nanaimo Timbermen from the playoffs and will move on to face the New Westminster Salmonbellies in one league semi final series.
These two teams don’t like each other much and a penalty-filled opening period began with an exchange of pleasantries between Nanaimo’s Mitch McLaren and Victoria’s Sean Nugent, resulting in both players receiving roughing penalties before the first ball was dropped, at the 0:00 mark. Twenty-seven seconds later, another pair of offsetting minors was called and so it went.
Nanaimo started the scoring, Paul Brebber putting the ball behind Rocks’ goaltender Adam Hickey at the 1:43 point. It took only 11 seconds for the home team to reply, Karsen Leung beating T’Men goalie Scott Bannister. While the penalty parade continued, the next goal was not counted until 16:18 into the period when Victoria rookie Adam Brown scored on a power play, connecting on a quick-stick from beside the net. Kyle Hofer got things even for the visitors at 18:03 with a low shot and the teams traded goals before the period ended. Brown picked up his second at the 18:33 mark and at 19:07 Brebber picked up his second for the T’Men. The period ended much as it had begun with Nanaimo’s Mike Holland being assessed a double minor for roughing and slashing and Victoria’s Mitch Meilleur being banished for a slash at the 20-minute mark. In between, the referees gave their whistles a work-out as 40 minutes in infractions were called in total and the penalty box was seldom empty. Shots on goal favoured the Rocks by a 22-8 margin but on the scoreboard the teams were even at 3-3 after 20 minutes.
Penalties hurt the visitors as the Shamrocks put up a quick power play goal just 29 seconds into the middle frame, Liam Kelly doing the damage. At the 7:22 mark, Blair Pinnock put the home team up by a pair with a hard low shot, also a power play marker. Just 6 seconds later, however, Spencer Skillings replied for Nanaimo, capitalizing on some missed defensive coverage by the Victoria squad. Just past the halfway point of the period, Jake Emms restored the 2-goal lead, putting the ball over top of Bannister at the 10:05 mark. Power plays resulted in the next 3 goals, 2 by Nanaimo and 1 by the Rocks as Ryan Forsland scored for the visitors at 11:21 from the side of the net. At 13:10 Emms picked up his second of the contest, picking up a rebound and finding twine. Once more, Nanaimo’s power play capitalized at 14:54, Kyle Dexter beating Hickey 5-hole and closing the gap to a single goal. Intermediate ‘A’ call-up Corey Shires tied things up, scoring for the T’Men on a shot that may have been screened at 16:44. The Shamrocks were determined, however, and goals by Casey Jackson at 17:47 and Leung, his second of the game, at 19:58 sent the home team to the dressing room with a 9-7 lead after two periods. Leung’s goal came as he picked up a loose ball and, with Bannister out for an extra attacker, broke in to score into the empty net. Only 4 penalties were called in the period, 2 to each team, and again the Shamrocks had the edge in shots on goal but by a slim 17-15 margin.
Jackson’s second goal of the game gave the Shamrocks a 3-goal edge at 4:57, the biggest lead either team had enjoyed in the series. Doug Langlois replied for the visitors at the 7:40 mark, getting in close but Hickey and his defense started to shut the door on Nanaimo. Pinnock picked up his second of the game for the Rocks at 13:54 and Brown capitalized at 16:15 to pick up a hat trick for the home team. Glenn Foley did put one more on the boards for the Timbermen at 17:01 going over top of Hickey but the Rocks held off any further attempts and ran the clock out on the game and Nanaimo’s season. Shots on goal were 19-9 in favour of Victoria in the period giving them an overwhelming 58-32 advantage in the game.
Outstanding rookie Adam Brown led the Shamrocks with a hat trick and 2 goals while 4 other players notched a pair. Jake Emms picked up 2 goals and 4 assists and was also solid in the faceoff circle winning 14 of 20. Casey Jackson and Karsen Leung each had 2 goals and 3 helpers while another rookie, Blair Pinnock also counted 2 goals. Liam Kelly had the other Victoria goal while the hero of Tuesday’s game, Mark Lawrence chipped in 3 assists. Adam Hickey had 23 saves to get the victory between the pipes.
For the Timbermen it was Paul Brebber getting a pair with singles going to Kyle Dexter, Doug Langlois, Spencer Skillings, Ryan Forslund, Glenn Foley, Kyle Hofer and Corey Shires. Goaltender Scott Bannister kicked out 46 of the 58 shots he faced in a losing cause.
The Shamrocks now go on to face the New Westminster Salmonbellies in one league semi final which starts at Queen’s Park Arena Saturday. Game 2 is back at Bear Mountain Arena Sunday, July 18 at 5:00 pm.
The other semi final series will see the first-place Coquitlam Adanacs taking on the surging Delta Islanders who dispatched the Burnaby Lakers in 2 games to move on.
July 10, 2010
Shamrocks Drop Playoff Opener
by Janice Huckin
I know it’s a cliché but when the Shamrocks opened the playoffs at home Saturday, it certainly looked as if the visiting Nanaimo Timbermen ‘wanted it more’. Of course you also don’t always get what you want. The T’Men did as they won game 1 of their first round best-of-three series by an 11-9 score on the basis of hard work and some great goaltending by Scott Bannister.
The visitors led from start to finish, although it took 5:16 before anyone scored, Kyle Hofer beating Victoria goaltender Adam Hickey on the power play. At 10:25 Joey Fendick found the back of the Shamrocks net after a successful Nanaimo penalty kill. The Rocks struck back, captain Sam Kowalyk getting up a head of steam and barreling in to bury one at 11:53. The home team pulled even at 18:23 with Jake Emms tallying while Victoria played shorthanded. Before the period ended, however, the T’men jumped back into the lead, Fendick getting his second with just 5 seconds left on the clock. Shots on goal favoured Victoria by a slim margin of 15-13 in the period.
The Shamrocks won the second period by a 5-4 count. They got things going early when Blair Pinnock notched a power play goal at the 2:25 mark. Mitch McLaren replied at 4:05 for the Timbermen and the teams traded goals after that. Ryan Sage gathered in a lead pass and scored for the Rocks at 5:28 but Kyle Hofer gave Nanaimo the lead again at 8:47. A shorthanded marker by Fendick, his third of the contest, gave the visitors another 2-goal lead at 12:27. Again that was short-lived as the Rocks struck for two. Pinnock got his second at 12:43, that coming on a power play. Casey Jackson got the teams even once again at 15:16. Another swap of goals ended the period as Nanaimo’s Glenn Foley found the back of the net at 16:45 and Liam Kelly knotted things at 7 at the 19:10 mark. Again the Shamrocks had a slim edge in shots on goal at 17-13.
The third period belonged to the hard-working Timbermen as they struck for 3 straight before the Shamrocks hit the scoreboard again. At 5:03 it was Foley collecting his second and Fendick notched his 4th just 50 seconds later. Hofer picked up his second, grabbing a rebound right off a Hickey save and putting it over top of the Victoria goaltender. Karsen Leung struck at 13:34 with a back-hander to get the Shamrocks within a pair but it wasn’t close enough. Ryan Forsland scored for the visitors at 17:25 and Leung snagged his second at 19:33, drawing a penalty on the play. That was all she wrote.
The Timbermen were better on the loose balls, got excellent goaltending from Bannister and are full value for the win. Who knew they’d be this good after trading 2 of their top scorers and a goaltender at the trade deadline?
For the Shamrocks it was Blair Pinnock and Karsen Leung each coming up with a pair of goals and 1 helper. Singles came from Jake Emms, Ryan Sage, Sam Kowalyk, Liam Kelly and Casey Jackson, who also chipped in with 3 assists. Brandon McLean failed to score but did contribute 3 helpers.
The Timbermen got 4 goals and 3 assists from Joey Fendick. Kyle Hofer contributed 3 of each and Glenn Foley had 2 goals and 1 assist. Ryan Forsland and Mitch McLaren had the other goals and each also had an assist. Bannister kicked out 36 of the 45 shots he faced to get the win in goal.
Game 2 of the series goes Tuesday at the Nanaimo Ice Center starting at 7:30 pm. Should game 3 be required, it will be played Thursday, July 15 at Bear Mountain Arena with a 7:00 pm start.
July 5, 2010
Rocks Close With a Win
by Frank Greenlay
The Junior A Shamrocks defeated the Poco Saints today, to finish the regular season in third place. The Rocks started fast and battled for sixty minutes. Adam Hickey went the distance in the Rocks’ net, stopping 29 shots to backstop the win.
The Saints got on the board first, and then were sent reeling under a four-goal onslaught from the Rocks. Ryan Sage, John Canil, Blair Pinnock and Sean Nugent were the marksmen. Poco got one goal back before Nugent closed the scoring in the opening period with his second tally. The period ended 5 to 2 for the Rocks, with the Rocks outshooting the Saints 20 to 11. All goals were at even strength.
In the second period, Jesse King scored at 1:45 and Ryan Sage found the range at 11:58. Those two goals bookended a power play goal from the Saints. After 20 minutes, the Rocks went to the room with their lead increased to 7 to 3. Again, the Rocks outshot the Saints, this time by a margin of 22 to 14.
In the third period, the Rocks fired another 17 shots at the Poco net, while the Saints faced a tighter defense from the Rocks and only managed 9 shots on Hickey. Still, the Saints had their most productive period finding the range for three goals. Unfortunately for the hosts, the Rocks also found twine three times to nullify the Poco offensive thrust. Scoring for the Rocks in the third: Pinnock and King with their second tallies, and Adam Hickey credited with a goal on a referees ruling against the Saints.
The final score was 10 to 6 for Victoria. The Shamrocks’ first playoff game will be at Bear Mountain on July 10th. The first round opponent and the time of the game will be announced when the schedule is set.
June 27, 2010
Delta Sweeps Island
by Janice Huckin
Delta Islanders swept the island teams Saturday with an 11-9 victory over the Jr. Shamrocks at Bear Mountain Arena. Delta was doing the double-header road trip and had started their journey with a 7-6 victory over the Nanaimo Timbermen Friday evening.
Blake Duncan and Adam Hickey suited up between the pipes for the visitors and home teams respectively and it was the Islanders getting on the board first at 2:45, Logan Schuss scoring from Michael Berekoff and Mike Mallory. The Rocks seemed very sluggish and Delta was out-playing them significantly early in the contest. Schuss had them up 2-0 at the 10:31 mark as the same Delta trio combined on the second goal of the game, this coming after a prolonged possession and great pursuit by the Islanders. The Shamrocks finally kicked into high gear, scoring twice as the period drew to a close. Casey Jackson converted some quick passes from the side of the net at 16:46 and Jake Emms beat Duncan with a high hard shot at 18:36 sending the teams to the dressing room tied at 2. Shots on goal were also even at 11.
The two quick late goals seemed to ignite the Rocks who scored 3 straight to open the middle frame. Jackson notched his second, going across the front and shooting back to the top corner at 2:56. The next two goals came from an unlikely source as big defender Tyler Matheson scored at 5:18 and came right back with another, unassisted, at 5:38 right off the ensuing face-off and that had the home team ahead by 3. The Islanders started to chip away and make progress as Ryan Keith scored at 6:53 with the referee’s arm in the air to signal a delayed penalty against the Shamrocks. Matt Messenger got the visitors within a goal with a shorthanded marker at 8:58. The home team got production from their intermediate ‘A’ Shamrock call-up Jesse King as he scored at 10:35 but less than a minute later Berekoff replied for Delta and at 12:32 Delta got their second shorthanded goal and once again the game was tied. Ryan Sage gave the Rocks what would be their final lead of the game, finding the back of the net at the 16-minute mark. After 40 minutes the Shamrocks had a 7-6 lead, but the game was only slightly more interesting than drying paint. There was definitely a lack of emotion on the part of the home team but the Islanders were sensing blood.
In the third period, Delta went for the jugular as they pounded in the first 2 goals of the game to jump into the lead. First it was Keith getting his second at 3:01 on the power play. At 7:20 Sean O’Neil got into the action. The Rocks replied just 22 seconds later with Sage getting his second and Emms got his second on a Victoria power play at 9:41. Delta wanted this game more and they went out and earned it in the second half of the period as they got goals from Schuss, his third at 12:16 on the power play and Keith his hat trick at 13:34. Mallory got his second at 18:10 to put the icing on the victory.
Team management commented after the game that the Shamrocks ‘took the opposition too lightly’ and that certainly appeared to be the case. Delta on the other hand has room to move up in the standings and clearly made the most of their opportunity on the island this weekend.
Jake Emms, Ryan Sage, Tyler Matheson and Casey Jackson each had a pair of goals for the Shamrocks with Jackson also chipping in 4 helpers. Intermediate call-up Jesse King notched his first Jr. ‘A’ goal and also added 2 assists. Rookie Adam Brown continued his fine play with 3 helpers in the contest.
For the Islanders it was Ryan Keith and Logan Schuss each with a hat trick, Schuss also with 3 asssists. Mike Mallory had a 6-point night with 2 goals and 4 helpers while Matt Messenger and Sean O’Neill had the other goals.
The Shamrocks remain in third place in league standings with 21 points, just 3 ahead of Burnaby who has a game in hand and 5 ahead of both Nanaimo and Delta who also hold 2 and 1 games in hand respectively. The Rocks will finish the season on the road as they travel to Queen’s Park Arena Sunday to face the New Westminster Salmonbellies. Next Sunday they will travel to Port Coquitlam to finish their season against the Saints.
Playoff action is expected to begin the weekend of July 10 so check back frequently for updates and information.
June 19, 2010
Rocks Split Weekend Games
by Janice Huckin
After coming off an intense 7-5 victory against the Timbermen in Nanaimo Friday night, the Jr. Shamrocks hit the floor at Bear Mountain Arena Saturday to face the Coquitlam Adanacs. It was a tough day for Shamrocks teams at the hands of Adanacs teams as the Jr. Rocks went down to a 12-9 defeat and the WLA Shamrocks also lost, 11-10 in Coquitlam. Only the Intermediate Shamrocks fared better, defeating that version of the purple and gold by a 16-7 score Saturday afternoon.
The Rocks were pumped Saturday after a great effort Friday and a very important win in the Hub City. Adam Hickey took up his position in the Shamrock crease with Chris Seidel guarding the cage at the other end of the floor.
Casey Jackson brought the Victoria fans to life early, connecting on a hard shot from outside the dotted line just 52 seconds into the game. The visitors replied with a pair, Travis Cornwall finding the back of the net going over top of Hickey at 3:57, that goal coming on a Coquitlam power play. At 6:22 Mark Matthews shot through traffic and it was 2-1 for the purple and gold. Jake Emms got in close and tied things up at 7:34, a short-handed marker for the Rocks. A double minor penalty to Victoria’s Oliver Phillips resulted in a pair of power play goals for the Adanacs as Cornwall scored at 8:33 and Ben McIntosh at 8:58 to open up a 2-goal lead. The Shamrocks were determined and their hard work paid off as they tied things up with a pair of goals just 40 seconds apart. First Ryan Sage finished off a nice passing play at 12:26 and Mark Lawrence let go with a ‘hail Mary’ shot with just 1 second left on the shot clock that eluded Seidel at 13:06. Unfortunately, the Adanacs replied just 34 seconds later, Ryan Johnson cashing in after several saves by Hickey at 16:21 McIntosh notched his second, grabbing a pass from behind the net to give Coquitlam a 6-4 lead after 20 minutes. The visitors had a huge advantage in shots on goal, 18-7 in the period.
The Shamrocks came out strong in period 2 and outscored the Adanacs 4-1. At the 2:52 mark, Karsen Leung broke in and got the home team within a goal. Blair Pinnock followed up with a hard low shot that found twine at 3:59 and things were even once again. The visitors got an unassisted tally from Colton Dow at 7:18 to go ahead and it stayed that way for a while as action was end to end. Shamrocks rookie Adam Brown connected with a hard shot at 14:15 to knot things once again and intermediate call-up Devon Casey scored at 16:21 to give the Rocks an 8-7 lead heading into the final frame. They were full value for the lead, having outshot the Adanacs 19-12 in the period.
Play became chippier in the third period and special teams factored into the majority of the goals. First off, Cornwall collected his hat trick for the Adanacs at 6:19 with his team holding a 5-on-3 manpower advantage. On the same power play, Matthews collected his second at 7:03. Emms got things tied up once again, scoring his second at 8:58, this time on a Victoria power play. Unfortunately, the young Shamrocks team was unable to muster any additional offense and the Adanacs closed out the scoring with three straight goals, 2 of them shorthanded and the other with a delayed penalty pending to the Rocks to take the victory.
This was a great effort from the Shamrocks, especially on the heels of a very emotional and intense game a night earlier against the Nanaimo Timbermen. The Rocks are a very young team and they played with heart and had a chance to win it almost right to the final buzzer. Jake Emms led the way offensively for the Shamrocks with 2 goals and 2 assists, Karsen Leung and Ryan Sage each had a goal and 3 helpers while Blair Pinnock and Casey Jackson had a goal and 2 assists. Mark Lawrence, Devon Casey and Adam Brown had the other goals while Ben Stebbins had a pair of assists.
For the Adanacs it was Mark Matthews and Travis Cornwall each with a hat trick and 4 and 2 assists respectively. Robert Church chipped in with 2 goals and 5 helpers and Ben McIntosh 2 goals and 4 assists. Ryan Johnson and Colton Dow had the other goals.
The result vaults the Adanacs into first place, 1 point ahead of the New Westminster Salmonbellies while the Shamrocks have a solid hold on third place, 5 points ahead of the Burnaby Lakers.
Next action for the Shamrocks is next Friday, June 26 when it will be Fan Appreciation Day at Bear Mountain Arena. It will be the final home regular season game for the team and the visitors will be the Delta Islanders. Game time is 5:00 pm. There will be extra give-aways and an opportunity for fans to get a team picture and have it autographed by the players after the game.
Next Friday, June 25 will be the second tailgate party of the season, taking place before the game between the WLA Shamrocks and the Langley Thunder. Grills will be fired up by 6:00 and you can get a hot dog or burger and soft drink and meet and mingle with members of the Shamrocks, Jr. Shamrocks and Intermediate Shamrocks. Net proceeds of these events is shared by the Jr. and Intermediate Shamrocks so come out and support the teams. Stick around and watch the Shamrocks take on the Thunder at 7:45 pm.
June 15, 2010
Canadian Junior Lacrosse Fertile Ground for NLL Talent
Interesting article written by the National Lacrosse League regarding the Canadian Junior Clubs that are contributing to the professional lacrosse ranks.
June 14, 2010
Shamrocks Back in Win Column
by Janice Huckin
Rebounding from a pair of losses last weekend, the Jr. Shamrocks bested the visiting Burnaby Lakers 14-9 Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena to get back on the winning track.
With Adam Hickey between the pipes for the Rocks and Brodie MacDonald his counterpart at the Lakers end of the floor, it was the visitors drawing first blood, Riley Loewen scoring on the first shot of the game at the 31-second mark. The home team bounced back after a great penalty kill and quick, snappy passes resulted in a goal by Casey Jackson at 5:48. At 7:07 Karsen Leung found the back of the net on a hard shot through traffic to give the Shamrocks the lead. It was, however, short-lived as Jackson Decker got the score even at 12:45. Just 20 seconds later, the lead was regained by the Rocks as Ryan Sage got in close to beat MacDonald at 13:05. At 13:38 Oliver Phillips had his shot trickle to the back of the Lakers’ net and at 15:03 Brandon McLean, in his first game since returning from school, got his first goal of the season. The teams traded goals late, Loewen getting his second for Burnaby at 18:39 and Jackson his second for the Rocks at 19:31 with a low shot. After 20 minutes the home team had the 6-3 lead and had outshot the Lakers 23-15. Only two penalties were called, both against the Shamrocks and both successfully killed off.
The Lakers took the floor with some jump in period 2, erupting for the first 3 goals of the period. Again the first goal was very early and came off the stick of Loewen just 22 seconds in. At 1:50 Bryan Gillis connected off a rebound and at 4:11 Decker got his second of the contest, on a power play. The alarm went off at that point for the Shamrocks who have had some middle-period problems of late. Jackson got his third at 7:56 with the teams playing 4 aside and Blair Pinnock followed that up with another 4-on-4 tally at 10:44 to put the Shamrocks up by one. Jarvis’ second tied things up again at 13:40 but Victoria restored the lead as Mark Lawrence broke in to beat MacDonald at 14:23 and Jake Emms picked the top corner at 17:53. With two periods in the book the Shamrocks had a 10-8 lead despite being outshot 17-11 by the Lakers.
Burnaby got back within a goal at the 2:06 mark of the final frame, Decker notching his hat trick goal with a bouncer. That was as close as the Lakers would get as the Shamrocks held them off the board the rest of the game while scoring four goals in the second half of the period. Jackson connected on a power play at 11:36. Leung followed that up with an unassisted marker at 12:39. Adam Brown, who has been playing very well of late, made his hard work pay off at 15:21 and another power play goal, this one off the stick of Pinnock, his second, wrapped things up at 19:48.
For the Shamrocks it was league-leading scorer Casey Jackson adding 10 points to his total with 4 goals and 6 helpers. Karsen Leung had 2 goals and 5 assists while Blair Pinnock added a pair of goals and 2 helpers. Brandon McLean, who really clicked with Leung and Jackson, had a goal and 4 assists in his first game back with the team. Other goals came from Mark Lawrence, Oliver Phillips, Jake Emms, Ryan Sage and Adam Brown. Ben Stebbins and McLean combined to win 18 of 25 faceoffs and Adam Hickey made 29 saves to record the victory. Team Captain Sam Kowalyk, Sean Nugent and Graeme Scott were solid on defense and handed out a couple of smack-down hits.
Jackson Decker and Riley Loewen each had a hat-trick for the visitors while Jordan Jarvis chipped in a pair of goals and 2 helpers with the other goal coming from Bryan Gillis who also had 2 assists. Brodie MacDonald made 36 saves in goal but lost focus in the late going.
The result leaves the Shamrocks in second place with 19 points, just 2 behind the New Westminster Salmonbellies and Coquitlam Adanacs.
Next up for the Rocks is a road game Sunday in Langley against the last-place Thunder. Next weekend, the Coquitlam Adanacs will be in town to provide the opposition. Game time Saturday, June 19 is 5:00 pm.
June 8, 2010
**** Event Day Alert *****
This weekend is going to be a full card. First of all, the Burnaby Lakers are in town game starts at 5:00pm, then it's also "Beach Day" (get there early for all the laughs) so lots beach music all game long, sandals, Hawaiian shirts, bikini's, beach balls and maybe some folks going old school in a speedo?? Our roaming judges will be looking for whacky outfits, taking pictures and giving out a prize or two! Finally, the annual JR Shamrocks Silent Auction
being held at the Crossroads at 8:00pm after the game. So hope to see those JR Rocks fans out and getting in on the shenanigans!
June 6, 2010
Rocks’ Win Streak Halted
by Janice Huckin
Nothing lasts forever, the saying goes, and after going 6 games without a loss, the Jr. Shamrocks fell 9-6 to the New Westminster Salmonbellies Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena
With Adam Hickey and Brandon Mulligan getting the starts in goal for the home and visiting teams respectively, the Shamrocks got off to a good start, scoring the first three goals of the contest. Liam Kelly made good on a hard shot from the slot at 7:30 and followed up with his second at 11:09. Mark Lawrence put the Rocks up by 3 at 12:48, a lead that held up until into the last minute of the period when Tyler Digby beat Hickey at 19:26. Things looked good for the Shamrocks heading into the dressing room with a 3-1 lead.
In the second period the wheels fell off for the Shamrocks as the ‘Bellies erupted for 6 goals including an uninterrupted run of 4 to start the period. Leif Mydske got the visitors going , scoring just 1:04 into the middle frame. Ryan Mackay followed that up just 45 seconds later, breaking off the bench to get in alone on Hickey. At 3:18 Digby notched his second on a power play and at 5:40 Daniel McQuade made it 5-3 New West. The Shamrocks stopped the bleeding and managed to get things even when Blair Pinnock scored shorthanded at 6:06, followed up by Jake Emms at 8:54 a shot that Mulligan got a piece of but couldn’t quite corral. The Salmonbellies restored their lead, Digby getting his hat trick marker on a bounce shot at 10:41 and T.J. Cowx stretching the lead to 2 with a goal at 15:31. That was the way the second period ended, with the visitors having a 7-5 lead.
A New Westminster power play was successful in extending the lead when Digby scored his fourth of the contest at 9:51 of the final period. Karsen Leung managed to find the net at 12:52 after a frustrating game for the Shamrocks sharpshooter but that was as much as the Rocks could muster as the Salmonbellies played tight defense and Mulligan was sharp in goal. Jarrett Toll added a goal into the empty net at 19:26 to preserve the victory.
It was not by any means a sharp game for the host squad. Certainly not the kind of execution required to beat a team as good as New Westminster. The result leaves the Rocks and Bellies tied atop the league standings with 17 points each but New Westminster holds 4 games in hand.
Leading the Shamrocks offensively with 2 goals was Liam Kelly. Karsen Leung and Jake Emms each chipped in with a goal and 2 helpers while Mark Lawrence and Blair Pinnock had the other goals. Leading scorer Casey Jackson failed to hit the net but did contribute 3 assists.
For the Salmonbellies it was Tyler Digby scoring 4 times and adding 1 assist. Jarret Toll, Daniel McQuade, Ryan Mackay, T.J. Cowx and Leif Mydske had the other New West goals with McQuade and Cowx adding 3 helpers. Goaltender Brandon Mulligan was the busier of the two goaltenders and kicked out 30 shots to get the victory.
Next action for the Jr. Shamrocks is Sunday in Coquitlam against the Adanacs. They return to Bear Mountain next Saturday, June 12 at 5:00 pm to host the Burnaby Lakers.
Fans don’t forget June 12 is ‘Beach Night’ at the game. After the game, join the players, coaching staff and executive at the Cross Roads for our third annual silent auction. There are lots of great items available for bid. This is a fund-raiser so tell your friends, come and join us for a great social evening.
June 1, 2010
Island Rivalry Brings Defensive Battle
by Janice Huckin
The Jr. Shamrocks’ high-flying offense was brought to a grinding halt by the visiting Nanaimo Timbermen Tuesday as the Rocks’ managed to squeak out an 8-7 victory in front of a pretty good crowd at Bear Mountain Arena. It wasn’t pretty but it was a win and evens the season series between the two teams at 1 apiece with the rubber match scheduled for Nanaimo on June 18th.
Nanaimo was playing without their top scorer, Cody Bremner and a couple of other regulars due to disciplinary reasons but a couple of Intermediate call-ups filled in admirably. Adam Hickey got the start in goal for the Shamrocks with Zack Boychuk starting for the T’Men.
Both teams had high energy beginning the first period and the goaltenders were making the necessary saves until the visitors got on the board at the 7:30 mark, Stu Mills getting in close to beat Hickey. A Victoria power play was successful at 10:27, Casey Jackson firing a shot from the slot. Less than a minute later Kyle Noble restored the Nanaimo lead. There were only two penalties in the period, both to Nanaimo and the second also resulted in a power play goal, this one coming from Adam Brown who finished off a slick passing play at the 14-minute mark. The teams traded goals once again before the period ended, Glenn Foley scoring at 17:55 and Karsen Leung finally managing to penetrate the stingy Nanaimo defense at 19:12. After 20 minutes the teams were tied at 3 goals apiece. The Timbermen were doing a good job of keeping the Victoria shooters to the outside and the Rocks were not adapting.
Again the visitors jumped into the lead in period 2, Steve Higgs shooting through traffic and finding twine at 1:46. That score stood up until the 16:43 mark when Casey Jackson notched his second and just 1:02 later Blair Pinnock solved Boychuk to give the home team their first lead. Each team was penalized twice but one of the Victoria penalties was the 4-minute variety for backchecking. Fortunately for the hosts, they were able to get some good ragging on the penalty kill and hold off the determined Nanaimo team.
Period 3 also started off well for the Timbermen as the rattled off 3 consecutive goals starting with Kyle Hofer’s marker at 2:26. A power play goal on a hard shot from Kyle Dexter put the visitors back into the lead at 6:24. That was followed up by Mills’ second goal at 8:48 and suddenly the Shamrocks found them in a 7-5 deficit. A shorthanded goal by Jackson, giving him the hat trick, pulled the Rocks within a goal. Jackson’s 4th of the contest at 11:29 tied it up and overtime was looming. Jake Emms scored what proved to be the winner with a bounce shot at 14:24 and that was all she wrote.
Casey Jackson led the Shamrocks with 4 goals and 1 assist. Karsen Leung also had a 5-point night with a goal and 4 helpers while Blair Pinnock contributed a goal and 3 assists, Adam Brown and Jake Emms each added a goal and 2 assists. Nanaimo got goals from 6 different players, with only Stu Mills able to solve Hickey twice. Intermediate call-up Cory Shires chipped in a pair of assists as did Adam Bakular Evans.
Next action for the Shamrocks is a tough test against the New Westminster Salmonbellies Saturday at Bear Mountain. Game time is 5:00 pm.
May 31, 2010
Rocks Offense Keeps Rolling
by Janice Huckin
The Port Coquitlam Saints came into Bear Mountain Arena Saturday and the Jr. Shamrocks rolled over them to the tune of 16-7 as the offense has been on a roll the past few games.
Adam Hickey and Mike Lowe were the starting goaltenders for the home and visiting teams respectively.
It was actually the Saints that got things started, scoring the first two goals of the contest as Mike Peterson scored on a breakaway just 47 seconds into the opening period. Jimmy Delaney followed that up beating Hickey with a hard shot at 4:42. Jake Emms got the home team on the board at 5:21 and just 1:10 after that, Blair Pinnock knotted the score scoring from the side of the net. The teams traded goals as PoCo’s Trevor Evans notched a goal at 12:26 and Emms got his second, on a power play, at 16:47. The period played very quickly and, despite the Saints taking 10 of the 12 penalty minutes charged, only one power play goal was scored.
As they did the previous day, the Shamrocks’ offense got rolling in the middle frame, scoring 5 straight goals before the next PoCo shot found the back of the net. Casey Jackson scored from the corner of the crease at 3:23. That was followed by the heavyweight battle of the night as Victoria’s Mark Lawrence squared off with the Saints’ Matt Laustrup, Lawrence landing a couple of hard shots that almost had Laustrup buckled. Clearly a TKO for Lawrence. Colton Borthwick increased the Rocks’ lead to 2 getting in close to finish off a slick series of passes at 4:49. Jackson notched his second at 5:54 after Lowe had made a couple of saves. Karsen Leung then got into the mix scoring a pair, the first at 6:35 and the second, on a power play just 14 seconds later making it 5 goals in 3 minutes and 26 seconds for the green and white. Joe Laleune finally tallied for the Saints but it hardly fazed the Shamrocks as they rattled off another 4 unanswered to take a 12-4 lead. Scoring for the Shamrocks during this run were Pinnock with his second, on a power play, Emms with his third, Borthwick with his second and Ryan Sage notching a shorthanded marker at 19:43. The lead didn’t quite hold up, however, as Delaney scored his second of the contest with just 3 ticks left on the clock. Late in the period, prior to the last two goals, the Shamrocks did a great job of killing off a 2-man disadvantage.
The third period started off much as the first, with the Saints scoring the first two goals, Chris Jones tallying at the 25-second mark and Darcy Cummings at 1:17. The Shamrocks got into some penalty trouble but the short-man team again came through as Nathan Clare, Jackson, and Sage all connected with shorthanded markers at 4:47, 6:56 and 15:04 respectively. Jackson then capped off the scoring at 16:48 giving him 4 goals on the evening. Cody Hagadorn came in to relieve Hickey in the Victoria net at the 14:21 mark, did not allow a goal and drew an assist on the 15th Shamrock goal.
Casey Jackson led all scorers with 4 goals and 7 assists while Jake Emms managed a hat trick and 3 helpers. Karsen Leung, Blair Pinnock, Ryan Sage and Colton Borthwick each had a pair of goals while Leung also chipped in 6 assists. Ben Stebbins was again dominant in the face-off circle and contributed 3 helpers. Nathan Clare had the other Victoria goal.
For the Saints only Jimmy Delaney scored more than once, notching a pair while Trevor Evans, Darcy Cummings, Mike Peterson, Chris Jones and Cody L’Arrivee had singles. Scott Jones chipped in 4 helpers.
There is not a lot of time to enjoy the victory as the Shamrocks host their island rivals the Nanaimo Timbermen Tuesday evening at Bear Mountain. Game time is 7:30 and the Rocks are looking for some redemption after losing both a pre-season game and an early regular season game to the T’Men.
May 24, 2010
A Bit of an Old Fashioned Win
By Frank Greenlay
The Junior A Shamrocks arrived at the Copeland Arena Sunday to face off against their long time rivals, the Burnaby Lakers. On their minds, no doubt, was the May 8th two goal loss to the Lakers at Bear Mountain. While revenge is sweet, it is rarely a good game strategy. The Rocks needed to keep to a game plan if they were to take the two points home to the Island.
The Rocks did keep to the game plan, playing disciplined up tempo ball for 14 minutes before finding a way to get a ball behind the man mountain in the Lakers net. Sean Nugent opened the scoring at 14:13, assisted by Curtis McKinnon. The Rocks followed that goal up with a power marker goal at 18:33, when Nathan Clare and Adam Hickey quickly moved the ball up to Jake Emms who made no mistake to put the visitors up by a pair at the first intermission.
However, Burnaby has a lot of top end history and no one was surprised when the Lakers came out fast in the second period, bagging their second goal at 2:26. It then looked as though the Lakers would be good to tie the game when the Rocks were assessed a double minor for a back check at 3:17. But, the Rocks showed discipline and composure killing the penalties and were rewarded with a short-handed goal at 3:39. Blair Pinnock was the marksman, set up by Graeme Scott and Hickey. The Rocks were successfully killing the second two minutes of the double minor when the Lakers ran into a little penalty trouble of their own, with minors assessed at 6:26 and 6:46. The Rocks were not able to score on the man advantage and when the Rocks were tagged with another minor at 11:25, the Lakers took advantage to close within one goal once again.
The only other marks on the score sheet in the second were the recording of a couple of more penalties. The middle frame ended with the Rocks up 3 to 2.
The Rocks returned to the floor for the third period, and demonstrated a great work ethic, running down loose balls and finding space to open up the Laker defense. The result was a three goal run, with all goals coming at even strength. At 2:12, Casey Jackson found the range, with Ryan Sage and Liam Kelly assisting. That goal was followed by the second goal of the game from Pinnock, with Emms getting the only helper at 5:56. The Rocks third goal of the run came from the stick of Kelly at 7:12, assisted by Karsen Leung and Oliver Phillips. It was a 6 to 2 lead with 12 minutes remaining. The Lakers broke the run and closed the scoring at 9:37, to draw within three goals. Apart from a couple of more penalties, the scorekeeper took the rest of the night off.
The final score was Victoria 6, Burnaby 3. It was a well deserved win for the men in green. Kudos to Adam Hickey, who bested his rival as each goalie faced 40 shots.
Next up for the Rocks is a trip to Delta on May 29th. Game time is 5 PM at the Ladner Arena
May 22, 2010
Thunder Gives Rocks a Scare
by Janice Huckin
For the first couple of periods Saturday at Bear Mountain, you would not recognize the Langley Thunder as a last place team. They took a lead in the first period and did not relinquish it until the Shamrocks exploded for 6 goals in the final frame to take an 11-6 victory. Adam Hickey and Graham Chandler were the starting goaltenders for the home and visiting teams respectively.
The Shamrocks got on the board first but not until the 11:26 mark when Casey Jackson scored on a hard shot from the slot. At 15:55 a Langley power play paid off when Brandon Bull got in close and beat Hickey. The Thunder took the lead at 17:40 as Bull found the back of the net with his second. That was all the scoring in the first period as Langley took a 2-1 lead to the dressing room. Only 1 minor penalty was called in the period and shots on goal favoured the visitors 11-9.
Langley extended their lead at 4:56 of the middle frame, Andrew Bromley finding the range. Victoria special teams stepped up as Casey Jackson, Karsen Leung and Ryan Sage teamed up to score the next 2 goals. Jackson set up in his ‘office’ off the corner of the crease and scored a power play marker at 12:29. The same trio combined with the same result shorthanded at 13:45 and suddenly it was tied up 3-3. Again the Thunder replied, scoring the next two goals, Bromley and Bull bagging their second and third goals respectively at 15:19 and 17:33 Before the period would end, in fact in the last minute of the period, the Shamrocks fought back to tie the score. Liam Kelly found twine at 19:16 and, off the ensuing faceoff, 15 seconds later Braden Kmita beat Chandler to tie the score at 5-5. The Rocks had a huge advantage in shots on goal at 17-8 in the middle frame.
The Shamrocks seemed to shake the cobwebs off in period three (note: don’t schedule captain’s party 2 days before a game in future?) as they erupted with 6 goals. A power play marker from Casey Jackson at 2:20 got things going with the first of 4 consecutive Victoria markers. Karsen Leung with a nifty backhander gave the Rocks a 2-goal lead at 3:48. Jackson came back with his fifth of the game at 5:51 and a shorthanded goal by Jake Emms at 9:52 seemed to have things well in hand for the home squad. Langley’s Reegan Comeault managed to put one by Hickey at 10:22 but Kelly scored a pair to pick up his hat trick, scoring at 16:01 and 19:12 to provide the margin of victory.
Casey Jackson, who was named the league Player of the Week in Week #3 led the Shamrocks with 5 goals and 2 helpers, vaulting him into second place in league scoring just 1 point behind Nanaimo’s Cody Bremner. Karsen Leung had a 6-point night with a goal and 5 assists. Liam Kelly bagged a hat trick with singles coming from Braden Kmita and Jake Emms, who also chipped in 2 assists. Ryan Sage had a strong game with 4 assists, Tyler Matheson gave up his role of enforcer to become a playmaker and contributed 2 assists while Ben Stebbins also had 2 helpers and dominated the faceoff circle winning 13 of 20 faceoffs. Adam Hickey made 23 saves and added one assist to get the win.
For the Thunder it was Brandon Bull getting the hat-trick, Andrew Bromley with a pair and Reegan Comeault with a goal and 3 assists.
The Shamrocks are on the road Sunday against the Burnaby Lakers and next Saturday against the Delta Islanders. They return to Bear Mountain Arena next Sunday, May 30 at 5:00 pm to host the Port Coquitlam Saints
Note: Join the Shamrocks, Jr. Shamrocks and Intermediate Shamrocks for a tailgate party next Friday, May 28 prior to the WLA game between the Shamrocks and Lakers. The action starts at 6:00 in the Bear Mountain Arena Parking lot – enjoy a hot dog and refreshment, mingle and talk lax with players, executive, and staff of all 3 teams.
May 19, 2010
A Tough Point in the Royal City
By Frank Greenlay
The Shamrocks traveled to storied Queen’s Park Sunday for a late afternoon tilt with the New West Salmonbellies. As usual, two points were on the line and, with the undefeated Bellies just two points ahead of the Rocks in the standings, the game carried considerable weight for an early season match. In the end, nothing was decided.
The Rocks had a strong first period, outscoring their hosts 4 to 1 on the strength of a 16 to 6 shot advantage. The Rocks got goals from Leung (Borthwick, Emms), Sage (Emms, Jackson), and a pair from Pinnock (Jackson and Emms, Leung). Each team was assessed a single minor penalty, and each team had one power play goal in the period.
Being outplayed at home, the Bellies needed to change up the game. When your game is not going well, try to take your opponent off their game. The result was a string of penalties, 7 to the Bellies and just 3 to the Rocks. Two of the Rocks penalties were offsetting calls when the green got drawn away from their game. Even with the penalty parade, there were no special teams goals. But the Rocks’ game was disrupted and the Bellies won the period on the scoreboard, 3 to 2. Jackson found the range for both of the Rocks’ goals, the first from Nugent and Hickey, the second from Sage and Stobbe. The period ended with the Rocks holding a 6 to 4 lead. The game calmed down a little in the third period and the Bellies found the range, outscoring the visitors 4 to 2 in the final frame to end regulation time with the teams tied at 8. For the Rocks, McKinnon scored unassisted and Leung got his second from Sage.
Both teams went for the win in the ten minute overtime period, each firing 9 shots. However, both goalies stood strong and the game remained tied at 8. The result kept the Rocks in fourth place, still two points behind the Bellies. It was perhaps a fair result for the 70 minutes, but no doubt a game that the Rocks think they let slip away.
The next game for the men in green comes on Saturday May 22nd, with Langley visiting Bear Mountain. Game time is 5 PM.
May 15, 2010
Rocks Get First Home Win
by Janice Huckin
It took a while but the home fans finally got what they were wishing for as the Jr. Shamrocks defeated the Delta Islanders 12-7 at Bear Mountain Arena Saturday.
The visitors took the first lead of the game when their leading scorer Carlton Schuss beat starting Victoria goaltender Adam Hickey on the power play at 9:21. That was Delta’s first and only lead of the game and it held up for a mere 44 seconds. Karsen Leung knotted things up, with his team playing shorthanded, when a hard shot got by Delta goalie Blake Duncan at 10:05. Rookie Blair Pinnock, having a great start to his season, put the home team ahead at 15:53. Alas, Delta’s Mike Blondin came in off the ensuing face-off and just like that we had a tie at 16:07. Before the period would end, Victoria’s Casey Jackson gave the home team a 3-2 lead, showcasing his slick stick skills. Shots on goal were even at 14 apiece and the Rocks were ahead by a goal.
The Shamrocks came out hard in the second and Ben Stebbins increased the lead with an unassisted marker at 2:04. At 3:33, Ryan Sage added another and things were looking promising for the Rocks. An unassisted goal by Eamon Butler, a somewhat suspicious goal in the view of some fans, got Delta back into the fray but the home team got some momentum. The Shamrocks went on a 3-goal scoring spree when Jake Emms scored shorthanded at 7:05. Colton Borthwick, and Sage with his second scored just 52 seconds apart before Delta was able to reply at 15:22 as Matt Messenger got a breakaway and made no mistake in putting the ball behind Hickey. With the Islanders’ goalie out for an extra attacker, the Shamrocks got possession and team captain Sam Kowalyk found the back of the net with two ticks left on the clock. That made the score 9-4 after two periods.
Delta didn’t quit and found some momentum of their own as they bagged 3 consecutive goals in a 2-minute span between 3:37 and 5:37. Unfortunately for the visitors they got into a bit of penalty trouble as they took all 4 penalties in the second half of the period and the Shamrocks’ power play made them pay with 3 straight goals off the sticks of Jackson and Pinnock, their second and Sage, his third, to take the victory.
Eight different players scored goals for the victorious Shamrocks. Ryan Sage netted a hat trick and an assist; Blair Pinnock and Casey Jackson each had a pair with 2 and 4 assists respectively. Ben Stebbins, Karsen Leung and Jake Emms chipped in a goal and 2 helpers with other goals coming from Colton Borthwick and Sam Kowalyk. Adam Hickey made 30 saves to get the victory.
Only Mike Mallory was able to beat Hickey twice while Eamon Butler, Matt Messenger, Carlton Schuss, Mike Blondin and Mike Henry, an Intermediate call-up and cousin of former Jr. Shamrock player Joel Henry, scored singles.
The win evens the Shamrocks’ record at 3-3 and drops the Islanders to 2-4, good for 5th and 6th in the league standings. The Shamrocks are on the road Sunday in New Westminster and return to Bear Mountain Arena next Saturday, May 22 to face the Langley Thunder.
May 14, 2010
A Special "Tenor" Treat for Jr Rocks Fans
In an ongoing effort to showcase local Victoria vocal talent, the Jr Shamrocks are honored to have tenor Jeremy Notheisz join us for Saturday's game vs the Delta Islanders to sing the Canadian national anthem. For those of you who have watched tenor Mark Donnelly sing the national anthem at Vancouver Canucks home games, you are in for a real treat. Please join the Jr Shamrocks in welcoming Jeremy.
Jeremy's vocal career has been under the tutelage of worldly acclaimed tenor Benjamin Butterfield. Jeremy has just finished his 4th year at the University of Victoria. Performances have included such works as Handel's "Messiah" and "Ode to St Cecilia", Bach's "Magnificat" and "St. Matthew Passion", and the Mozart "Requiem". His upcoming projects include showcasing his knowledge and studies of Schumann's Dichterliebe, Victoria Conservatory of Music's Summer Vocal Academy, as well as his University Grad Recital which will be done in Victoria as well as Grand Forks.
May 13, 2010
Loss of Daryne O’Neill Mourned
The lacrosse community and the Jr. Shamrock family recently lost another member. Daryne O’Neill was the equipment manager for the Jr. Shamrocks from 1999-2002. During that time he was an integral part of the day-to-day operations in the dressing room. He worked hard for such great former players as Blaine Manning, Ryan Ward, Lewis Ratcliff and many more. He was well liked and respected by every player, coach and executive member with whom he was associated. As the equipment manager he was often the first to arrive at the rink and the last to leave. He loved lacrosse and loved being part of the team. Daryne had enormous heart for the game and loved each and every player with whom he worked. He will be greatly missed by all who had the fortune of calling him a friend and teammate. He was taken far too soon. The Jr. Shamrocks extend condolences to his wife, Marlene, and their two sons, Patrick and Brandon.
May 11, 2010
Rocks On the Up Side of Overtime
By Frank Greenlay
The Junior A Shamrocks enjoyed the finest that BC Ferries has to offer while travelling to Langley Sunday to meet the thunder at the Langley Event Centre. The 5 PM start always makes the return trip an iffy proposition, and an overtime game has everyone looking at their watches. But, whether the return trip is delayed or not, the key is always finding the W.
The Rocks and the Thunder played an even up first period, each team scoring 3 goals and firing 15 shots. The Rocks got goals from Casey Jackson, unassisted; Sam Kowalyk from Ben Stebbins; and Graeme Scott, unassisted, in the opening frame, with Scott’s goal coming while the Rocks were short-handed due to a bench minor for too many on the floor.
The second period was a whole lot tighter. There were no goals scored until the 14:30 mark, when Ryan Sage broke the tie, assisted by Sean Nugent. After the long goal drought, the Thunder may have been a little dispirited, and the Rocks stepped on the pedal scoring two more before the break: Karsen Leung from Stebbins and; Mark Lawrence from Jackson and Adam Brown. The Rocks outshot the Thunder 16 to 12 in the second.
The Thunder responded by coming out hot in the third period, scoring three goals by the 5:13 mark to tie the game at 6. The Thunder also maintained tight discipline with the only penalty in the third going to the Rocks at the mid-point of the period. The Rocks were shut out in the third. Overtime would be needed to decide this match.
In the overtime period the Rocks, perhaps still stinging from the OT loss on Saturday, took control with three goals. The first from Jackson with his second goal, from Nugent. That goal seemed to relax the men in green and was followed by two more goals; the second from Leung assisted by Sage and Jackson, and the first from Dylan Jones, with Tyler Matheson and Trenton Gabriel bagging the assists. That was all that was needed. Langley did get one goal back in the last minute of OT making the final score 9 to 7 in favour of the Rocks.
Langley held a final 49 to 46 shots advantage, outshooting the Rocks 15 to 7 in the third period. Trenton Gabriel played all but 5 seconds for Victoria and was credited with 42 saves in the game in a solid game between the pipes.
Next up for the Rocks is a trip up Island on Thursday May 13th, to meet the Nanaimo Timbermen at 7:30 PM.
May 9, 2010
by Janice Huckin
Lakers Outlast Shamrocks
Jr. Shamrocks fans will have to wait at least another week for their team’s first home victory as they fell, 11-9 in overtime to the visiting Burnaby Lakers Saturday.
Starting goaltenders were Adam Hickey for the home team and Brodie MacDonald for the visitors.
The Lakers hit the scoreboard first when Jaxson Lee beat Hickey with a hard, low shot at 5:44. The Shamrocks replied with 3 unanswered goals, two of those coming shorthanded. Ryan Sage tied the score at 7:17 finishing off a nice passing play from Jason Gregg and Graeme Scott. Karsen Leung, playing his first game after returning from school put the Rocks up with a shorthanded backhander at 10:05. Another shorthanded goal from Casey Jackson had the Rocks up 3-1. The penalties finally resulted in a power play goal from Lee at 16:52 but Colton Borthwick managed to restore the two-goal lead for the Shamrocks, scoring at 19:37. The team appeared confident, heading to the dressing room with a 4-2 lead after the first period.
There were fewer goals and many more penalties in the middle frame. Again Burnaby struck first, Josh Simons finding twine at the 1:10 mark. Victoria was forced to make a goaltending change at the 7:12 mark when Adam Hickey was run over in his crease. The infraction rated only a 2-minute ‘crease play’ infraction but looked to many onlookers more like a hit-and-run. In any event, Trent Gabriel came in between the pipes, the rookie from Osoyoos seeing his first Jr. ‘A’ action. A Victoria power play goal off the stick of Borthwick, his second of the contest at 9:17 and a second goal from Jackson at 11:40 and the Rocks were up 6-3. The Lakers closed the gap with a 3-on-3 goal from Mackenzie Davis at 12:59 and that score held up through the final 7 minutes. Hickey made a brief return to the nets for Victoria but was unable to continue with Gabriel coming in at 14:37 for the final time.
Burnaby got within a goal at 3:56 and then rattled off 3 goals in the span of 39 seconds to take a 2-goal lead by he 7:58 mark. Leung and Ben Stebbins managed to bag unassisted goals at 10:59 and 11:19. Nobody was able to score before the end of the period so after 60 minutes the team took a 2-minute break and entered into a 10-minute overtime period.
This time, the Shamrocks scored first, Leung getting his hat-trick goal at the 6:45 mark. It took only 24 seconds for the Lakers to reply and then took the lead again with Jaxson Lee bagging what proved to be the winner, his 5th goal of the game at 8:47. An empty-netter with just 2 seconds left salted away the win for the visitors.
Karsen Leung made an immediate impact in his first game, netting 3 goals and 3 helpers. Colton Borthwick and Casey Jackson each had a pair in the losing cause with singles coming from Ben Stebbins and Ryan Sage. Rookies Jason Gregg and Blair Pinnock each chipped in with 2 helpers.
Next up for the Shamrocks is a game against the Langley Thunder, Sunday with the next home game scheduled for next Saturday, May 15 when the Delta Islanders will visit Bear Mountain for a 5:00 pm contest.
The Jr. Shamrocks wish to congratulate Stacy MacDougall, their fitness consultant, who was honoured by the Westshore Chamber of Commerce. MacDougall’s Strength in2 Fitness received the Young Woman in Business Award, Way to go, Stacy.
The late Dave Routley was also honoured posthumously by being named Citizen of the Year.
May 7, 2010
Local Victoria Singing Talent to Sing National Anthem
Saturday's game vs. the Burnaby Lakers will feature an appearance by local Victoria singing talent, Holly Graham to sing the Canadian national anthem. Please join the JR Shamrocks in welcoming Holly and cheering on the Rocks! Game starts at 5:00pm. Don't forget the luck of the Irish is everywhere...get your 50/50 tickets early!! Hope to see you tomorrow night. Visit Holly at her website links below. Holly's photo compliments of Alan Worsfold photography.
May 2, 2010
by Janice Huckin
Jr. Rocks Drop Home Opener
It wasn’t the auspicious home start the Shamrocks were looking for Saturday as the defending B.C. Champion Coquitlam Adanacs came into Bear Mountain and handed them a 12-6 loss.
Adam Hickey took up his position between the pipes at the Shamrocks end of the floor while Dan Lewis anchored the Adanac defense at the other end.
The Rocks got off to a quick start when Ben Stebbins found twine at 1:54. It was a short-lived lead, however, as the A’s responded just over 3 minutes later. At 5:18 Casey Jackson ripped a hard overhand shot to the back of the net to re-gain the lead but a series of penalties proved to be the home team’s demise. Coquitlam scored two power play goals, Matthew Dinsdale at 7:51 and Travis Cornwall at 8:58 to take the lead for the first time. Blair Pinnock got things knotted at 3 with a power play goal of his own at 13:47 before the Adanacs closed the period with 3 more goals with the man advantage. Shots on goal favoured the visitors by a margin and were full value for their 6-3 advantage on the scoreboard after 20 minutes.
The Adanacs increased their lead early in period 2 when Kevin Schoemaker scored his second of the game. Pinnock notched his second at 4:21 but two quick goals by Coquitlam, at 5:25 and 5:58 put them up 9-4, a score that held up through the remainder of the middle frame.
The teams traded goals early in the final period, the Adanacs increasing their lead with a goal at the 51-second mark off the stick of Brandon Bertoia and Colton Borthwick replying for the Rocks at 2:20. Bertoia added his second at 3:07 and 16 seconds later Casey Jackson replied with his second of the contest before the Adanacs scored what proved to be the final goal of the game at 4:49.
Offensively the Rocks were led by Casey Jackson with a pair of goals and 2 helpers while rookie Blair Pinnock also chipped in 2 goals and 1 assist. Colton Borthwick had a goal and 3 assists with the other goal coming from Ben Stebbins. While it wasn’t the result the fans, players or coaching staff were hoping for there were some positive things coming out of the game, including the fact that Stebbins was 10-6 on faceoffs.
For the Adanacs it was Matthew Dinsdale with 4 goals and 1 assists while Brandon Bertoia and Michael Krgovich had 2 and 1 goal respectively and each contributed 6 helpers. Kevin Schoemaker with a pair, Ryan Johnson and Travis Cornwall with a goal and an assist each rounded out the scoring.
In other Shamrocks news this week, the team has named their captains for the upcoming season as Sam Kowalyk has the ‘C’ sewn on his jersey. Assistant captains are Graeme Scott and Sean Nugent.
Next up for the Shamrocks is a home game next Saturday against the Burnaby Lakers. Game time at Bear Mountain May 8 will be 5:00 pm.
May 1, 2010
JR Rocks fans, check out the write up on Adam Hickey in the Times Colonist.
See you at the game tonight! The action gets underway at 5:00pm, don't forget to bring a friend and get in on the prizes!
April 30, 2010
by Janice Huckin
Game One in the Books
The Junior A Shamrocks opened the 2010 season on the road in Poco last Sunday. The fans in the stands were well entertained. The Rocks only trailed once in the game, in the second period, and took the two points to open the campaign with the W on the strength of a 13 to 7 victory. The game was a little loose and a little chippy, as expected early in the season, with the officials doing a pretty good job controlling the action.
The first period featured five goals, four on special teams. The Rocks tallied three times, from Jackson, Brown and Sage. Jackson and Sage scored on the power play. Poco responded with a pair, one a man up and one a man down. Poco served three minors, the Rocks just one. The score was 3 to 2 favoring the visitors from the Island.
In the second period, both teams found room to score, with the Rocks winning the period 5 to 4. The Rocks goals came from Jones, Borthwick with a pair, Sage with his second short-handed, and Lawrence at 19:11. Two of Poco’s second period goals were on the power play. Each team was assessed four penalties in the middle frame. The score was now 8 to 6 for the Rocks.
In the third period, the wheels came off the Poco D, with the Rocks scoring early and often. Pinnock with a pair, Stobbe, Morrison on a power play and Stebbins short-handed found the range to put the game in the bag. Poco scored a single marker in the last period, making the final 13 to 7. Poco outshot the Rocks by a wide margin; 55 to 37. Adam Hickey was solid in the nets for the men in green. The third period also featured a parade to the box, with 18 infractions being whistled down. In the end, all that was accomplished was to raise interest in the next meeting of these two teams.
The Rocks lacked some of the sharpness associated with Shamrock lacrosse, but a few more games in the book will help to define the 2010 edition. One thing is certain, the Rocks passed the early season gut check. The Rocks’ competitive spirit is alive and well.
April 29, 2010
Rocks Look for Win in Home Opener
by Janice Huckin
The Jr. Shamrocks, coming off a 13-7 victory over the Port Coquitlam Saints last weekend, will look for their second win when they open their home season this Saturday, May 1 at Bear Mountain Arena. The visitors will be the defending B.C. Champion Coquitlam Adanacs and face-off time is 5:00 pm.
Let’s get a big crowd out to cheer the team on and get them that first home “W”.
If you really like lacrosse, why not consider coming out to see the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks as they look for their second home win against the Burnaby Lakers. Game time for the Baby Rocks is 1:30 pm; admission is by donation.
Following the Jr. game, parents of Jr. Shamrocks players and the Executive will hold a short meeting in the arena lobby. If you fit into either of these categories, please plan to join us. Thanks.
April 19, 2010
Players Signed as Season Nears
by Janice Huckin
Jr. Shamrocks General Manager Rod Wood and Head Coach Jordan Sundher have signed a number of players as the season approaches. To date returnees Sam Kowalyk, Sean Nugent, Graeme Scott, Casey Jackson, Ben Stebbins and goaltender Adam Hickey have signed cards. Dylan Jones, younger brother of Rhys Jones who graduated last season, has also inked. Newcomers include Intermediate ‘A’ grads Blair Pinnock, Oliver Philips, Adam Brown and last season’s captain Jason Gregg. Trent Gabriel, a goaltender who hails from Osoyoos is also ready to put on the green and white. Mitch Meilleur who has played part-time over the past two seasons has also been signed.
The team wrapped up its pre-season with an exhibition game in Campbell River Sunday against the Nanaimo Timbermen. It was a hard-fought battle which saw the Shamrocks come back from a 10-5 second-period deficit only to lose by a goal, 11-10. Casey Jackson figured prominently in the scoring with 4 goals. Blair Pinnock chipped in with a pair of goals and 1 assist, Mark Debrone had a goal and 3 helpers with other goals coming off the sticks of Ryan Sage, Colton Borthwick and Adam Brown.
Two practices remain before the Shamrocks open the season on the road next Sunday, April 25 in Port Coquitlam against the Saints. A few roster spots remain open for players who are finishing up school commitments, a situation faced by most of the B.C. Jr. A Lacrosse League teams. Victoria will play its home opener at Bear Mountain Arena at 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 1 when the visitors will be the defending Provincial champs, the Coquitlam Adanacs.
March 29, 2010
by Janice Huckin
Training Camp Begins
The Jr. Shamrocks held their rookie camp over the weekend as approximately 30 hopefuls attended two sessions at Eagle Ridge Saturday and then participated in a game against Nanaimo Jr. ‘A’ hopefuls Sunday in Nanaimo.
The first order of business was a fitness evaluation session run by team fitness expert Stacey McDougall, followed by a 1.5-hour session on the floor where new head coach, Jordan Sundher, and his assistants ran the players through some drills. Among those looking to impress the coaching staff were players from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and the U.S. as well as Cowichan and of course local minor associations.
Following a break, players returned to the floor at 5:30 for a scrimmage between the white and green teams. The white team led most of the game but the green team scored a last-second empty-netter goal to take a 7-6 victory.
Sunday, the team took an early morning drive over the Malahat to play against Nanaimo’s rookie hopefuls. The Shamrocks came out on the short end, 9 – 6, on the scoreboard but it gave the coaching staff a different perspective. The format worked well and, as Shamrocks GM Rod Wood said, “This is a great opportunity to see the players in a game situation. We’d like to do this every year.”
The coaching staff will now sit down to decide which of those players will move forward into the main camp with returning players. Training camp begins officially Thursday, April 1st @ 8pm at the Juan de Fuca Arena.
The Jr. Shamrocks wish to thank all those players who gave up their weekends to come out and show their stuff. No doubt a few of them will find their way into Shamrock green over the next season or two.
March 21, 2010
A sad day in the Shamrock community
It is with a great deal of sadness that we announce the passing of Dave Routley today. For those of you who didn't have the pleasure of knowing Dave, he was a tireless worker who dedicated 4 years of his time to the Junior Shamrocks. Dave was a volunteer worker in 2007 and a Director in 2008, 2009 and this year. Dave's specialty was negotiating with the contra sponsors and was very active game day as well, performing any tasks that were asked of him. Dave will be missed by all, especially by his daughter and son in-law Dana and Dave Wilkie and their family. Our condolences go out to them. We will keep you posted as to any and all arrangements that may be made in his memory.
Victoria Jr Shamrocks Lacrosse Association
March 17, 2010
A new season and a new website!
With the start of another season the 2010 Victoria Jr Shamrocks are looking sharp, starting with a new website look for our fans. We hope to be bringing you a more dynamic and informative experience. Many thanks to our new website hosting provider, Caorda Solutions for all their efforts and guidance. Please feel free to send us your feedback on the new look via email or our facebook link. Please visit us here regularly for up to date game results, upcoming events and news briefs.