News and Announcements
The Saanich Express Junior B Tier 2 Lacrosse Club would like to cordially invite the JDF, Peninsula, Saanich and Victoria/Esquimalt Lacrosse Associations to the home opener this Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 7:30pm against the Cowichan Thunder. The game will be played at the Archie Browning Arena; doors will open at 7:00pm. The entrance being used is just to the left of the new front glass entrance beside Country Grocer.
A home opening tailgate BBQ is being offered before the game. The BBQ will start at 6:00pm in front of the arena entrance. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and beverages will be on sale for a small fee as a fundraiser.
Our league admission prices are:
Senior / Student: $3.00
Children 12 & Under: FREE
*But we would like to make it a bit cheaper this opening night for all Lacrosse Associations. Any JDF, Peninsula, Saanich and Victoria/Esquimalt player wearing their jersey in to the game and accompanied by an adult will get in for FREE (so this saves all Bantam and Midget aged players from having to pay).
The Saanich Express roster is comprised of players born in 1997-2001 (5 years) and they reside and have played for the Peninsula Warriors, Saanich Tigers and Victoria/Esquimalt Eagles. Will you be a future “Express?”… Get on the train and “Welcome Aboard!”
For more information about the Express, please visit our website at www.saanichexpress.com
With the first game of the Saanich Express’ season starting on Friday May 4th, the Express are nearing roster completion. Players whom have signed within the past week have signed their player card for this season and are proud to don the Purple/Black/White of the Saanich Express. From top left to right, bottom left to right are the following players whom have been signed to start the 2018 season for the Express.
Jonny Harmsworth spent his first two seasons with the Nanaimo Intermediate “A” Timbermen and last season with Saanich. He is now a 4th year returning Jr. B player. His work ethic is second to none and he takes a leadership role each and every time he steps on the floor at practices and team activities. The Express are looking for a huge contribution from Jonny this season, on and off the floor.
Andre Snow returns to the box floor after a short time away. Shaking off the initial rust, Andre has quickly gained his stick skill and dexterity and is quickly returning to his lacrosse form from years past. His ability to quickly read the floor defensively will garner him some extra floor time for certain on specialty teams.
Josh King has been the quiet but productive player at camp this preseason. He works hard every shift and appears out of nowhere with the ball each time he is near a scrum of players looking for a loose ball. He as great vision and has the ability to score goals from anywhere on the floor. He is reminiscent of former Shamrock and CLA Hall of Famer Rick Brown when playing offence.
Nic Hoekstra is another big transition player that has returned to the lacrosse floor after some “retired” time. His physical presence and strength to back it up will provide Saanich with a better balanced approach to their game this season. Successful at both ends of the floor, Nic will be a multi-purpose player this season for the Express.
Max Lavioe returns home after the 2017 season with Port Coquitlam Intermediate B’s. A product of the Saanich Minor Lacrosse Association Max was Intermediate aged and took advantage of playing within his own age group last season. A stand up goalie, he will be sharing the duties of guarding the crease this season with Saanich.
Noah Ackinclose is another player returning to the box after taking a season off (*see common theme here?). Ackinclose is a speedy defender who will burn opposing teams if they allow him to run full floor without being checked… but first they will have to catch him. A good positioned defender, Noah will look to assist in anchoring a young and enthusiastic defense in 2018.
These new members of the 2018 Saanich Express Junior “B” Tier 2 Lacrosse Club now count for six (6) of the current sixteen (16) currently signed players. “Climb Aboard and take a seat, it’s going to be one helluva ride!”
The Pacific Northwest Junior Lacrosse League’s 2018 schedule has been finalized and released. The team schedule can be found on our schedule page and the league schedule is attached to this announcement.
Your Saanich Express open the season at the Archie Browning Arena versus the Cowichan Thunder who enter the league after a short hiatus; doors open at 7:00pm and game time is 7:30pm.
Admission prices for the season are league wide. They are:
*students must show valid school ID
Children (12 & Under): FREE
All jersey sponsors will receive a seasons pass; you will receive your ticket from the player you sponsored.
*If you are interested in sponsoring the Saanich Express by way of in our program, website, banners, jerseys or other team apparel… please contact us at email@example.com. Thank you and “Welcome Aboard!”
The Saanich Express have produced decals as a fundraiser to help with purchasing much needed equipment and supplies for the upcoming season. For a small $5.00 donation, you can have yourself a 5" wide x 4" high decal for your vehicle window, refrigerator, school binder or wherever your heart desires. A huge thank you to Alley Kat Signs (www.alleykatsigns.com) for the quick delivery of such a high quality product.
The Pacific Northwest Lacrosse League season begins begins the first week of May; and the Express start on Friday May 4th, 2018 vs. the Cowichan Thunder at the Archie Browning Arena, 1151 Esquimalt Road. The schedule can be found on the schedule page of our website.
The Saanich Express are pleased to announce its 2nd set of player signings for the 2018 season. From top left to right, bottom left to right are the following players whom have been signed to continue filling the 2018 season for the Express.
Griffin Payne is a 4th year Junior and a product of the Victoria-Esquimalt Eagles Lacrosse Association. A big strong defender; he will carry a lot of minutes on the floor this season as he helps lead a young Express team after a successful 2nd place Island finish last season.
Matt Caseley joins the Express as a 4th year rookie after taking some time off after Intermediate B lacrosse. Returning to the lacrosse floor after some time away has not been an issue to Matt as he is physically and mentally strong and has developed very well over training camp.
John Etzel signs as a 3rd year rookie and Junior free agent after spending the 2017 campaign with the Intermediate “A” Timbermen from Nanaimo. A pivotal piece in the building process for the Express, John will be a major threat in the transition game this season. Great speed, floor sense and a knack for burying the dagger into opponents on the scoreboard, John is a welcomed addition from the Junior “A” and “B1” program.
Dan Barrodale is returning for his 5th and final Junior season and will be relied upon to mentor and develop a young team into a strong, athletic defensive core f team players. His presence has already paid dividends as he looks to help lead this team into the 2018 campaign; and to seek a Provincial Championship.
These are, the next four (4) members of the 2018 Saanich Express Junior “B” Tier 2 Lacrosse Club. “More climbing on the Train!”