Shamrocks welcome Hanley to fold

The Armstrong Shamrocks have a new president and general manager.

Jeff Hanley, a former player who has served the past few seasons as Armstrong’s governor in the Okanagan X-treme Lacrosse League, takes over as the club’s president.

The GM duties will be performed by Chad Pieper, the longtime veteran goalie who will manage the crease and the team for the coming year. 

The Shamrocks elected Hanley and Pieper at their annual general meeting. The key positions needed to be filled after Ryan Nitchie retired after 16 years service to spend more time with his young family. Nitchie had been president and GM the last few seasons.

Rounding out the executive is secretary-treasurer Lori Pounder, player liaison Devin Rodger, and members at large Lance McGregor, Gerald Luttmerding and Anita Pieper.

The ‘Rocks are looking to build upon last year’s success where they captured the regular-season title only to fall short against Kamloops in the Shaw Cup final.

 “We have one goal this year and that is to win the Shaw Cup,” said Hanley. 

“We have a strong returning core of veterans, and a good graduating class of juniors, it should be the most talented lineup we have fielded in several years.”

The Shamrocks open the 2011 training camp in March, and host their annual Ice Breaker Tournament April 8-9. The tournament will feature teams from Prince George, Spruce Grove and the rest of the teams from OXLL. 

The Shamrocks are welcoming any new players to the area that want to come to play some lacrosse, as well as volunteers to help out on game nights. Those interested can contact Chad Pieper at chad.pieper@gmail.com.