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Armstrong, undefeated Kelowna set for lacrosse final

Shamrocks, Raiders each have long histories in TOSLL Rowcliffe Cup championship
The Armstrong Shamrocks and Kelowna Raiders will meet in the Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League’s best-of-three Rowcliffe Cup championship series starting Friday, June 23, in Rutland. (Contributed)

Okanagan senior lacrosse bragging rights are on the line between two longtime rivals when the Thompson Okanagan League’s best-of-three Rowcliffe Cup championship series kicks off Friday, June 23.

The regular-season and defending Cup champion Kelowna Raiders host the Armstrong Shamrocks in Game 1 at the Rutland Arena. Face-off is 7:30 p.m.

Game 2 will be Tuesday, June 27, at Armstrong’s Nor-Val Sports Centre at 7:30 p.m. If a third and deciding game is needed, it would be played Friday, July 7, in Rutland.

The Raiders are undefeated in 2023 heading into the final. Both teams are coming off semifinal sweeps, Kelowna dispatching the Vernon Tigers while the Shamrocks took care of the Kamloops Rattlers.

The Rattlers are the last team to have defeated Kelowna, doing so in the 2022 Rowcliffe Cup series, which the Raiders won 2-1.

The Shamrocks had won five straight Cup titles from 2015-2019 before being stopped in the 2022 semifinals. The Cup was not presented in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic.

The Raiders are seeking a 10th title since 2006 in their 13th league final appearance. It’s the Shamrocks’ 14th trip to the final since 2001.

Armstrong defeated Kelowna in three straight Rowcliffe Cup finals from 2015-17.

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Roger Knox

About the Author: Roger Knox

I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.
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