June 7, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The Victoria Shamrocks began the first day of their inaugural minor lacrosse camp. Over 100 minor lacrosse players from around Greater Victoria and the surrounding area are at 100.3 The Q Centre fine tuning their skills with the help of Shamrocks players.
These young lacrosse players will have the opportunity to train with Shamrocks attackers Rhys Duch, Corey Small, and Dhane Smith, defenceman Jon Harnett, transition player Karsen Leung, and goalie Cody Hagedorn, as well as other guest instructors throughout the week.
The Shamrocks instructors will teach the same drills they go through as players. Attendees will experience stick, shooting, defensive, transition and game-play drills before wrapping up the week with all-day scrimmages on Thursday.
“This is a great opportunity for our team and our players to get involved in the community that has been so supportive over the years,” said Executive Director Paul German. “The boys are looking forward to spending the time this week with these young players and building their skills.”
One of those guest instructors will be a particular treat for the goalies, when former Shamrocks great and current head coach Bob Heyes puts on the pads to assist with goalie instruction. Coach Heyes spent 11 years with the Shamrocks between 1989 and 2002, which included helping the ‘Rocks to a victory in the 1997 Mann Cup Championships, before returning as bench boss for the 2012 season.
“As the quality of play in our league gets better and better, the minor lacrosse game is keeping pace,” said Coach Heyes. “It’s going to be a blast getting out there with the kids, seeing what they can do, and hopefully passing along some of my experience to them.”
The Shamrocks will continue their quest for the West with two road games on Friday, July 11 against Burnaby and Wednesday, July 16th against Langley before returning home on Friday, July 18 to face their rivals, the New Westminster Salmonbellies. The 18th is Local Heroes’ Night, all local military, police, fire, ambulance, and veterans will receive toonie admission, with proceeds going to support the Wounded Warrior Fund. Tickets are available by phone at 250-478-ROCK (7625), or online 24-hours a day at victoriashamrocks.com.