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Younger Shamrocks advance to lacrosse B.C.s

The intermediate A Shamrocks are moving on up.

The young Victoria squad defeated the Islanders 13-6 at Sungod Arena in Delta on Saturday to sweep the best-of-three series in two straight.

The game was close in the early going and the ’Rocks held a slim 7-6 margin going into the third period. Then their offence caught fire, scoring six unanswered goals to shut the door and book their ticket to the provincial championships.

“We just have to stay healthy and focused,” Shamrocks general manager Rod Wood said of the team’s upcoming challenge. “We have a young team, almost totally 17 year olds. They’re playing with a lot of composure considering this is their first time at this level.”

The Shamrocks play three games in three nights in round-robin action Aug. 1 to 3 at Minoru Arena in Richmond. The championship game takes place B.C. Day Aug. 4. Wood is confident the team has what it takes to bring home the gold.

“It was our goal from the start to be here and the guys have played extremely well,” he said. “I think we have a realistic shot of taking the gold. The top team is Port Coquitlam and they only lost one game – it was to us. So if anyone can take them out it’s our team.”

The intermediate Shamrocks also handed out team awards at a recent ceremony. Top scorer and most valuable player awards went to Nick Preston, while team captain Zac Christianson won top defender and most inspirational.

Three service awards for contributions to both the junior and intermediate Shamrocks were also presented, with the Bob Reid merit award going to Jr. Shamrocks manager Dave Wilkie, the Bill Russell service award to equipment manager Dano Ryan and the Shamrocks pride award to GM and governor Wood.

alim@vicnews.com

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