Junior Timbermen, Shamrocks to play exhibition

Nanaimo’s BCJALL team faces off against the Victoria Shamrocks on Wednesday (April 17) in a pre-season game in Chemainus.

Nanaimo Timbermen player Corey Shires takes a shot on goal during a drill at training camp last weekend at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Nanaimo Timbermen player Corey Shires takes a shot on goal during a drill at training camp last weekend at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

The junior Timbermen get their first chance to take the floor as a team.

Nanaimo’s B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League team faces off against the Victoria Shamrocks on Wednesday (April 17) in a pre-season game in Chemainus.

The Timbermen opened camp 10 days ago and are looking forward to the change of pace that comes with live competition.

“You can do drills and drills all training camp long, but guys don’t really stand out till it’s game action,” said Brad Dougan, the team’s coach. “it’s totally different than practising and that’s when you find out who can play.”

The junior A Timbermen have a second pre-season game Saturday in Nanaimo against the senior B T-men. Dougan said he might sit certain guys in that one to try to take a longer look at some other players. But for Wednesday’s tilt, he’ll play his best guys and try to go for the win.

“That’s a big Island pride thing. Anytime you get to play a team from Victoria, exhibition or not, you want to win that game,” he said.

GAME ON … The T-men and Shamrocks play Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Fuller Lake Arena. The junior Timbermen face the senior B Timbermen on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

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