Victoria Shamrocks

Written by Janice Huckin

July 24, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – Well, the season for the Jr. Shamrocks is over for 2014 as they went down in straight games in their semi final series against the Coquitlam Adanacs.

Still in all, the season wasn’t a failure as the boys gave it a valiant effort.  For a young team, a third place finish was a good regular season outcome but the team couldn’t match the depth of the Adanacs.

Team awards were given out Wednesday in a get-together at the Langford Boston Pizza location.  Guest MC Steve Duffy from CFAX sports did a great job for the team.  Below are the award winners for 2014:

Top Scorer:  McLean Chicquen, a rookie

Top Rookie:  Cole Pickup, still an intermediate aged player

Top Defensive Player:  Chris Kasper

Sportsman of the Year:  combining sportsmanship and ability, Karver Everson

Most Inspirational Player:  Jake Carder

Most Valuable Player:  Team captain Max Fredrickson

Most Popular:  Matt Baxter

Most Improved Player:  Goaltender Charles Claxton

Best Conditioned:  Ryan Fedrigo

The team also presented etched steins and home jerseys to 10 graduating players:  Karver Everson, Jake Carder, Derek Lecky, Ryley Brown, Alex Margetson, Brendan Mykle-Winkler, Mason Pynn, Fred Bathurst-Hunt, Matt Justason and Darren Bourret. 

Three service awards were also presented for outstanding contributions to the Jr. and Intermediate Shamrocks organizations:

Bob Reid Merit Award:  Jr. Shamrocks Manager Dave Wilkie

Bill Russell Service Award:  Intermediate & Jr. Rocks Equipment Manager Dano Ryan

Shamrock Pride Award:  GM and Governor of both the Intermediate and Jr. Shamrocks Rod Wood

Incidentally, the WLA Shamrocks have called Charles Claxton to dress as a back-up to Cody Hagedorn for this Friday’s game against the Burnaby Lakers.  Intermediate goaltender Liam Reid was honoured to take on that role last week and even played the last few minutes of the game. 

The Intermediate Shamrocks have not yet completed their journey through the 2014 season but they also gave out their team awards Wednesday night.

Two players won the four Intermediate awards this season:

Top scorer and MVP awards were presented to second-year player Nick Preston

Top Defender and Most Inspirational awards went to team captain Zac Christianson.

The Intermediate Rocks still have some work to do and they are up 1-0 in their best of three playoff series against the Delta Islanders.  After winning the series opener 18-13 at home last Saturday, they travel to Sungod Arena this Saturday hoping to sweep the series.  That game is at 1:30 pm for anyone wishing to travel to the mainland.  Should a third and deciding game be required, it will be played at the Q Centre Sunday at 1:30 pm.

There are 3 other series going on simultaneously with the four winners advancing to the Provincials being held in Richmond from August 1-4.