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Sr. B Nanaimo Timbermen anticipate hosting 2018 Presidents' Cup

Nanaimo Timbermen senior B lacrosse player Corey Shires takes a shot on goal during a playoff game against the Langley Warriors last summer at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. - News Bulletin file
Nanaimo Timbermen senior B lacrosse player Corey Shires takes a shot on goal during a playoff game against the Langley Warriors last summer at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
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National championship-calibre lacrosse looks to be coming to Nanaimo.

The senior B Nanaimo Timbermen, who are bidding to host the 2018 Presidents’ Cup lacrosse championships, had their bid chosen by the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association at a league meeting Tuesday night in Burnaby.

The Canadian Lacrosse Association still needs to approve Nanaimo’s bid, but that is expected to be mostly a formality.

“We’ve had four failed attempts over the last 28 years where we’ve bid for it and didn’t get it … so to have league approval at this point is amazing,” said Shawn Swanson, senior B Timbermen governor. “It feels good, but obviously we don’t want to get too excited until we get that official CLA recognition.”

The Timbermen were one of three clubs to present bids Tuesday; the others were the North Shore Indians and the Langley Warriors. Nanaimo received four of five votes.

“I think one of the reasons that our league has granted it to us is because of our fans and our support network that we have,” Swanson said.

The CLA is expected to announce the successful Presidents’ Cup host in early February and Swanson said the organizing committee’s work would begin immediately after that.

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