British Columbia Junior Lacrosse League 1997
|2||Port Coquitlam Saints||20||17||3||34|
|4||New Westminster Salmonbellies||20||8||12||16|
|6||South Fraser Stickmen||20||0||20||0|
BCJLL British Columbia Junior Lacrosse League 1998
|2||Port Coquitlam Saints||25||14||10||29|
|3||South Fraser Stickmen||25||11||13||23|
|6||New Westminster Salmonbellies||25||6||19||12|
Note: One Tie Between Port Coquitlam Saints and South Fraser Stickmen not shown in Standings
BCJLL British Columbia Junior Lacrosse League 1999
|3||South Fraser Stickmen||25||13||11||27|
|4||New Westminster Salmonbellies||25||9||16||18|
|4||Port Coquitlam Saints||25||8||15||18|
Note: Two Ties not shown in Standings: South Fraser Stickmen v Coquitlam Saints and Port Coquitlam Saints v Coquitlam Adanacs
Of interest to Irish readers in the British Columbia Junior Lacrosse League of 1997 to 1999 is the Victoria Shamrocks, a team to replace the Victoria Eagles and given the name of Ireland’s National Flower. Based in the biggest city on Vancouver Island, off the West Coast of Canada in British Columbia, the Shamrocks went 6-14 in their debut season, finishing 5th of 6 teams, four points behind New Westminster Salmonbellies but well ahead of South Fraser Stickmen.
In their second season in 1998 the Shamrocks won 8 games out of 25, again finishing 5th of 6, ahead of New Westminster Salmonbellies this time, but four points behind Coquitlam Adonacs. A big improvement for the Shamrocks was seen in their third season, when they finished second behind Burnaby Lakers with a 17-8 record, seven points ahead of third-placed South Fraser Stickmen.
There were no playoffs from 1997 to 1999 after a brief introduction in 1996, but the playoffs were to return in 2000. The Champions every year, Burnaby Lakers (going 69-1 during this three-year span), represented British Columbia in the Minto Cup for the Canadian Junior Lacrosse Championship, twice ,losing to Whitby Warriors (1997 and 1999) and winning the Championship in 1998 at the expense of Six Nations Arrows.
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 Dave Stewart Candy (2020) “1999 British Columbia Junior Lacrosse League” Canadian Lacrosse Almanac 1867-2021. pg. 180. [Internet] Available from: https://oldschoollacrosse.wordpress.com/2020/12/01/canadian-lacrosse-almanac-2021-edition/ ][Actual Download link at: https://oldschoollacrosse.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/canadian-lacrosse-almanac-1867-2021.pdf [Accessed 12 November 2021]
Thanks to Dave Stewart-Candy (Old School Lacrosse)
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