Story by Peter Giles / Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
Monday, May 19, 2014 (ISN) – Monday night at the Q centre, almost 700 people were treated to the first Lacrosse Showdown between the Victoria Shamrock Alumni and the Juan de Fuca Midget A team.
JDF Captain Jack Kendall and Shamrock Alumni Grant Hamilton pose for ceremonial face off – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca )
#20 Spencer Lean looks to prepare for a Shamrock check – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca )
The young guns, looking for those years of lacrosse knowledge from the opposing team, appeared nervous and a bit apprehensive in the early going and the Shamrocks, rusty.
Noah Holler #28 and Teagan Knoles get a jump on Shamrock Alumni to chase down the loose ball – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Alumni enjoy stretching the legs in game fashion as they celebrate a goal against the JDF youth – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Smiles were plastered across many faces both on the floor and in the stands as every one started to get in to the groove of this fun competition the organisers are hoping to become an annual or semi annual event.
The Alumni team got on the board first and were quickly up by 4 goals before the young guns found the back of the net and broke the spell they were under. From that point on it was apparent which team knew each other better as JDF put together many well executed plays and worked hard.
Wayne Christianens gets time alone with JDG netminder Damien Spavens – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allspormedia.ca)
JDF Josh Wilson Trtries to carry the ball past the Shamrock defense – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The older more experienced Shamrocks were up to the challenge and never took their foot off the gas as balls rebounded off the iron at an alarming rate, while occasionally one went in. After three periods of good entertainment the score stood at 13-5 for the Shamrock alumni.
Shamrock Alumni and JDF teamates pose for a postgame team photo – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
A young lacrosse fan scores an autograph from a Shamrock Alumni legend – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The “Stars of the future” got a rare opportunity to play with some of the great “Stars of the past”. I bet you they will both sleep well tonight.