Shamrocks recruiting

Armstrong Shamrocks recruiting players and staff for upcoming Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League season.

The Armstrong Shamrocks are looking to build on their appearance in last year’s Shaw Cup final by building a major contender this Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League season.

With a new year comes a few changes and fresh challenges.

“We have lost a bunch of players to the oil and gas fields up north and have a lot of roster spots to fill,” said Shamrock GM Chad Pieper.

“I would like to invite any new or old players in the area to come out, even if you are new to the sport and never played before, and would like to try to play lacrosse. We would love for you to come out and give it a go.”

The Irish start their preseason training in early March.

The Shamrocks are made up of players from Armstrong/Spallumcheen, Enderby and Vernon. They play in a four-team league competing against Kamloops, Kelowna, and Vernon.

Armstrong will again jumpstart the season by hosting their annual Icebreaker weekend tournament with teams from Maple Ridge, Prince George and Spruce Grove, Alta., along with the four local clubs.

The Shamrocks’ regular season opens with a Shaw Cup re-match against the Kelowna Raiders on Monday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The Rocks are also looking for some key members off the floor as well.

“We have a few vacancies on our board and are looking at finding a treasurer for the upcoming season. We would also like to put the call out for game-day volunteers as well,” said Shamrock president Jeff Hanley.

“We would love to get some players from Salmon Arm and surrounding areas as well. There are a wealth of good players in the Shuswap, and it would be great to get some of them involved.

“Junior-aged players may also qualify if they are not able to play on a local junior team.”

Anyone interested in playing or volunteering can e-mail Pieper at chad.pieper@gmail.com, or call him at 250-938-3633.

The Shamrocks AGM goes next Friday at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the Anchor Inn in Armstrong.