Junior A Shamrocks coaches Mike Pires, Josh Fagan and Vice President Rod Wood attended the Midget Draft today in Langley at the Langley Events Centre where they had to make the tough decisions on who to draft into the organization.
As a result of some trades that were made during last year’s draft to obtain Kyle Pepper that added strength for the Minto Cup playoff run, Victoria did not have a pick until the 23rd spot in round three.
They however chose wisely, with offensive lefty Jordan Neary, a Claremont Lacrosse Academy and Saanich product with their first pick. When asked how it felt to be drafted by the Junior Shamrocks, Jordan said, “It feels really incredible to get drafted by the Shamrocks, I’ve have been playing lacrosse a long time and watching Shamrocks games for as long as I can remember, thinking how lucky I was to be watching some of the best lacrosse players in the world in my own home town and now having a chance to be part of this organization is awesome”.
In the fourth round with the 24th and 31st picks Victoria welcomed Simon Miller a right-handed defenceman and Victoria Peninsula product and defensive player Axel Nezil from Saanich.
The fifth round saw coach Mike Pires up at the podium announcing that the Junior Shamrocks Organization were welcoming Victoria- Esquimalt and lefty offensive player Nathaniel Butler to the family with their 39th pick.
The draft ended for Victoria in the sixth and final round of the draft with the 47th pick being goalie Jackson Owen from Cowichan.
Following the draft Assistant Coach Mike Pires said
“we are very excited to welcome five new players to the Shamrock family,they each bring a strong work ethic in conjunction with their abilities on the floor.
“We are looking forward to getting them all out at main camp”.
Winter lacrosse starts Monday nights starting January 13th with main camp following starting March 2nd. For more information please consult the website (shamrocks.bcjall.com) or email General Manager Wade Murray at [email protected]