Shamrocks forward Rhys Duch has a dominant lead in the WLA scoring race with 87 points

Shamrocks eyeing first place in the WLA

The Victoria Shamrocks need a win in one of their final two games to clinch first place in the WLA.

The Victoria Shamrocks have already wrapped up a playoff spot and home court advantage in the first round. Now the defending Mann Cup champions are looking to take first place in the Western Lacrosse Association.

The ‘Rocks will have a chance to do just that tonight as they take on the struggling Nanaimo Timbermen in the club’s final home game of the regular season.

A win would give Victoria 13 wins and 26 points this season and put them ahead of the New Westminster Salmonbellies by virtue of a tiebreaker. The Salmonbellies, having completed their regular season schedule with a 13-9 loss to the Maple Ridge Burrards last Sunday, can only sit and watch as the Shamrocks look to leapfrog them in the standings.

If Victoria fails to get the win that they need tonight, they’ll have another opportunity to take first place tomorrow when they travel to Coquitlam to take on the Adanacs.

“Destiny is in our hands… I’d like to get that win on Friday at home and not have to worry about going over to Coquitlam on a back to back on a Saturday. It would be nice to get things wrapped up at home,” head coach Bob Heyes said.

Regardless of how they fare this weekend, the ‘Rocks will begin their quest for a repeat on Aug. 9 at the Q Centre.

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