Timbermen take first steps

Nanaimo Timbermen veteran Graham Palmer shoots during the first day of senior A lacrosse training camp Tuesday at Frank Crane Arena. - GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo Timbermen veteran Graham Palmer shoots during the first day of senior A lacrosse training camp Tuesday at Frank Crane Arena.
— image credit: GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

The Nanaimo Timbermen stepped into the lacrosse box for the start of what they hope is a breakthrough season.

The city’s senior A club, the Coastal Windows Timbermen, opened training camp on Tuesday night at Frank Crane Arena.

As expected, participation numbers were sparse, but that’s just what happens with the overlap of lacrosse seasons.

“I understand guys are at school, guys are in the [National Lacrosse League],” said Art Webster, Timbermen coach. “It’s probably going to take two weeks before we get everybody in place and then we can start working at our systems and getting everyone to be familiar with each other.”

With limited numbers and just a fill-in goalie, the Timbermen did some half-floor drills.

“We’re working a little on our fitness, working on our shooting, working on setting picks, we worked on the two-man game,” the coach said. “So there are things that I can do. I’d like to be doing a lot more.”

He did get a chance to see some of the team’s draft picks, including forwards Ryan Keith, Kyle Hofer and Joey Fendick, and liked what he saw. Free agent Blake Kenny was also a pleasant surprise.

“Once we get everyone here it’s going to be very competitive,” said Webster. “There’s only so many jobs that are going to be available and it’s going to be a dogfight, which is good for everybody. I’m excited about this year and I can’t wait till we get 25 guys here so we can really have a good session.”

The Timbermen will play their regular-season home opener May 20 at Frank Crane Arena against the Langley Thunder.

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