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2020 BCJALL DRAFT INFO & FAQS

Posted by Saanich Express at Dec 26, 2019 12:07PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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By: Owen Munro

The 2020 BCJALL Midget Draft will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at the Langley Events Centre Banquet Hall. The draft will be held at 10:30 a.m. with the doors opening at 10 a.m. All eligible players are encouraged to attend the draft – we just ask you confirm your attendance when you arrive.

The BCJALL is an 8-team Junior A Lacrosse League which is sanctioned by the BC Lacrosse Association to Govern Junior A Lacrosse in BC. This FAQ document helps to answer common questions around the Entry Draft which happens annually in January.

What exactly is the BCJALL Entry Draft?
The Entry draft is designed to disperse the first year Junior-aged players located in either the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island for their Junior eligible playing years (17-21). Only players in the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island who don’t have a Junior A franchise in their catchment are eligible. If you have a Junior A franchise in your catchment, you are automatically protected by that Club for your Junior eligible playing years (17-21).

I live in the Interior of BC am I Drafted?
No. Only players who reside in the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island who don’t have a Junior A franchise in their catchment are eligible for the Draft. Any other player outside of the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island is considered an Unrestricted Free Agent during their Junior eligible playing years. You are free to speak or play with any Junior A Club you want.

Do I attend the BCJALL Entry Draft in January if I am eligible to be Drafted?
The BCJALL holds the Annual Entry Draft at a location where there are plenty of seats available for Draft eligible players and their parents to attend. Each BCJALL team has multiple team representatives at each team table to answer any questions.

What happens if I’m not Drafted? Can I still play in the BCJALL?
Absolutely! Since you weren’t Drafted, you are now considered an Unrestricted Free Agent during your Junior eligible years. Feel free to contact any BCJALL team to discuss options or opportunities for trying out once you reach Junior age eligibility.

I was Drafted by a BCJALL Junior A team. Do I need to play with their Junior B Tier 1 team?
Absolutely not. The BCJALL Entry Draft has no bearing on where you play Junior B Tier 1 Lacrosse in BC. You must follow BCLA residency guidelines to determine where you play Junior B Tier 1,2 or 3 Lacrosse. If you want to play Junior B Tier 1 and there is a team in your catchment, you must report to that Club. If there is no Junior B Tier 1 team in your catchment, you are free to try out for any Junior B Tier 1 team you desire.

If you require further clarification regarding Junior A please visit our contact page for individual Team Contacts or contact the League President directly: president@bcjall.com.

Seasons Greetings from the Express

Posted by Saanich Express at Dec 20, 2019 12:23PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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From all of us involved with the Saanich Express Junior Lacrosse team, we wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Wishing you happy holidays and a new year filled with prosperity and success!

2019 BCLA JR. B2 PROVINCIALS

Posted by Saanich Express at Nov 6, 2019 12:55PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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The Pacific Northwest Junior Lacrosse League was well represented this season at the 2019 British Columbia Lacrosse Association Junior B2 Provincials held in Burnaby, BC this past weekend.

The PNWJLL Champion, Westshore Bears and Runner’s-Up, Saanich Express faced off against the West Coast Junior League winners Coquitlam Adanacs and hosts Port Moody Thunder in a round robin tournament with the 1st and 2nd Place finishers playing for Gold/Silver and the 3rd and 4th Place finishers playing for Bronze. All four teams were evenly matched and it made for some exceptional lacrosse.

In the Bronze medal game, the Port Moody Thunder edged out the Westshore Bears to capture the Bronze medal. In the Gold medal game, the Saanich Express fell short of winning Gold to the Adanacs; taking silver for their first Provincial medal since changing their name from the Saanich Tigers.

Congratulations to both the Westshore Bears and Saanich Express on fabulous seasons!

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The Saanich Express had chosen to not discuss the Commissioners ruling outside of our team but to many lacrosse fans have questions. To be fair to our players, parents and fans we have decided to release what the infraction was that our Commissioner ruled on that subsequently handed the PNWJLL Playoff Championship to the Westshore Bears.

We had a player that was suspended for three games and fined $100.00. During the third game in which he was to sit (which was the 1st game of the final play off round), we forgot to write “number ## serving game 3 of 3” under game notes, the player was in attendance but remained in the stands for the entire game and his name was not listed on the game sheet roster.

Before the second game, we handed the Commissioner a cheque from the parents of the player to the Commissioner to complete his suspension and fine so he could play. The Commissioner then ruled the day after the second game took place that we had played an ineligible player because we hadn’t made a note on the game sheet from the 1st game. With that ruling he took the win away from the Express and gave it to the Westshore Bears along with the PNWJLL Playoff Championship.

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The Saanich Express and Westshore Bears took to the floor at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Sunday July 28th for Game #2 of their Best of 3 series. Both teams looked a little nervous to start the game but the home team got on the board first with Will Hale burying one after a sweet pick and roll with Brayden Flynn. They got their 2nd goal with 5 minutes to go whem Mason Lo fed Ben Baxter and he drove around Lo’s pick to make the score 2-0. The Bears sniped one with 4:46 remaining in the first to get on the scoreboard and send the teams to intermission with Saanich up by the score of 2-1.

The Bears would score twice in the first 5 minutes to take the lead but this was an action packed game with each team working their magic and anything could happen. In the last half of the 2nd period, the Express’ Mike Johansen lasered one to tie the game at 2 apiece. Robbie Walker and Will Hale would set up Bryan Toth’s go ahead goal and Ben Baxter would bury his 2nd of the game to give the home team a 2nd intermission 5-3 lead.

Westshore would score a quarter of the way into the 3rd period to bring the game within one, but then just seconds later, Nolan Morrison of the Express would score off a Harstad face-off win increase their lead back to two. Brenden Harstad would score coming across the crease and then Andre Snow would take one end to end after a huge defensive effort to make the score 8-4. The Bears would make the score 8-5 with just over 5 minutes to go but then with their goalie pulled and extra attacker on the floor; a tightly contested exchange after a Bears pass caused a loose ball opportunity and the Express’ Brady Williams scooped up a loose ball and ran to center before taking a 60 ft. shot in to the open net to seal the win 9-5.

With the series tied up at 1-1, Game #3 takes place on Thursday August 1st at 8:00pm at the Q Centre Arena. You don’t want to miss it!