News and Announcements
As 2020 spreads across the world; players, parents, sponsors, spectators, friends, families and teams all take to
social media to say good-bye to 2019 and welcome in the New Year.
This changing season also provides the opportunity for our players; especially our graduates, to thank their previous
teammates, sponsors and families on this last day of their Junior careers. The Saanich Express take the opportunity
to welcome new players aboard this season and look toward new goals in the year ahead. We’ve compiled a glimpse
of the New Year’s greetings and thanks to everyone, especially our team sponsors.
Thank you for your support!
MissingTooth Lacrosse, Christa Wood Bookkeeping Services, Alley Kat Signs, Dr. Morgan Hall – Dentist, Stevenson
Luchies and Legh, Scotty Tree & Arborist, Northern Tropic Four Seasons Sunrooms, Engel & Volkers – Ratcliff Group,
Howie’s Car Corral, Artina’s Hand Crafted Canadian Jewellery, Patriot Electric Ltd., Parker’s Auto Body & Paint Ltd.,
Sweenie Moving & Storage Solutions, Maxwell’s Barber Shop, Happy Campers Daycare, The Romance Shop, Royal
Rooter Plumbing, The Ultimate Water Store, Journada Excursions Inc., Metal Supermarkets, Wilkinson Steel and
Metals, Northridge Excavating Ltd., Thrifty Foods (Sidney), Thrifty Foods (Quadra Street), Victoria Distillers Inc.,
Contreras McLennan Law Corporation, Weststar Drywall, Shylo Ventures Ltd., West Coast Liquidators, Liquid
Accounting and Tax CPA’s, CSN Cowichan Collision Ltd., Oughtred Coffee & Tea, Alpha Roofing & Cladding Inc.,
Saanich Lacrosse, Mo:lé on Millstream, Mikey’s Concrete, Victoria Airport Authority, Salish Straits Seafood, RnR
Diner, Natural Evolution (Parksville), The Mitchell Farm (Nanoose Bay), Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub, VP Systems
Ltd., Saunders Family Foundation, Coast Outdoor Advertising Ltd., X-Treme Threads, and Great West Scaffold
Happy New Year from the Saanich Express!
As you pursue your hopes and dreams, may this year bring you much success and may your journey be wonderful.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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!
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.