The VI Islanders U15 team recently competed in the 2017 Best of the west lacrosse tournament in Las Vegas Nevada where they came away with a 3rd place finish out of 15 teams that were from all over north America.
The Islanders, made up of players from 5 field lacrosse associations on Vancouver Island went 3-0-1 in the round robin to finish first in their pool. ” I’m very proud of what the boys accomplished ” said Sean Walmsley, one of the coaches of the team along with Cody Cook , Les Thibedeau and Nick Boreen.
” A lot of these players only met each other about a month ago and have never played at this high a level tournament before. We were able to squeeze a few practices in before we left and transformed from a bunch of individuals to a tight knit group that worked hard and got better each time they were on the field together”.
The Islanders made it to the semi finals of the tournament before losing out to a very good team called Bradys Bunch , made up of some very good players from all across North America. ” I know its not the finish the boys wanted said Walmsley, but they can hold their heads up high, on top of growing as lacrosse players these young men just went through an life experience they will never forget and made some new friends and memories”.