Hamilton Jr. B Bengals back in action

Community Apr 21, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The next generation of Jr. B lacrosse in Hamilton has hit the floor.

The Bengals are under new ownership after a deal reached during the offseason. Hamilton Lacrosse Association assumed the Jr. B franchise last year from Andre Gaudet.

HLA is putting its Jr. C club, which it started in 2011, on hiatus to focus on the Jr. B operation, said general manager Gary Gallant. The organization will have to make a decision on the future of the C club by the end of the year.

While the Jr. B Bengals haven’t made the playoffs in the last seven years and the Jr. C Bengals struggled and were knocked out in the first round, Gallant said he can see improvements in this year’s squad plus there is a talented crop of younger players in the system to draw on.

“We expect to be competitive,” he said. “We will have a strong intermediate team as well.”

Tyler O’Brien, who was invited to the Team USA U19 tryouts, and Bryce Mayea, who played for the Jr. C Bengals two years ago, are expected to be key to success this year, said Gallant. The coach is veteran Clancy Almas, who was with the Jr. C squad previously and is an assistant coach with the U18 Team Ontario.

“He has a tremendous rapport with the kids,” said Gallant. “They have a lot of respect for him and he knows the game well.”

In net will be Keaton Dale and Spencer Chabrak. Returning Jr. B Bengals include Connor Maitz, Josh Bryers and Fabio Olivieri, while Liam Nesbitt and Chad McGrattan played on the Jr. C club last season.

“We think we’ve got some depth this year,” said Gallant, who added that was a challenge when trying to field two junior teams in the city.

It is a transition year of sorts, but more so off the floor than on, he said. The HLA want to build crowds this year and has a simple goal on the floor.

“Our goal is to make the playoffs this year,” said Gallant. “Then anything can happen.”

The Bengals are off to a slow start, however, losing their opening game last Saturday 15-13 to London and the next night 12-4 to the Six Nations Rebels.

Bryce Mayea scored five times for the Bengals in London. Mason Wright had a hat trick while Steven Lee, Ryan Smith, Jordan Gillis, Connor Maitz and Jack McIsaac each added one.

Jamie Dolks, Bryce Mayea, Liam Nesbitt and Mason Wright scored against the Rebels.

The Bengals will face the Welland Generals at 7 p.m. Friday in their home opener at the Dave Andreychuck-Mountain Arena. They host the Owen Sound North Stars Saturday at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children. All minor lacrosse players get a season pass with their registration.

Hamilton Lacrosse Association believes it is important to get its young members involved and stay interested in the sport and the junior team, which strengthens the association, said Gallant.

“It also give the young kids something to aspire to when they see it.”

Gallant said he encourages the public to come out and watch.

“It’s a fast game, it’s a competitive game, with tremendous young, local athletes.”

Hamilton Jr. B Bengals back in action

Hamilton Lacrosse Association assumes ownership

Community Apr 21, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The next generation of Jr. B lacrosse in Hamilton has hit the floor.

The Bengals are under new ownership after a deal reached during the offseason. Hamilton Lacrosse Association assumed the Jr. B franchise last year from Andre Gaudet.

HLA is putting its Jr. C club, which it started in 2011, on hiatus to focus on the Jr. B operation, said general manager Gary Gallant. The organization will have to make a decision on the future of the C club by the end of the year.

While the Jr. B Bengals haven’t made the playoffs in the last seven years and the Jr. C Bengals struggled and were knocked out in the first round, Gallant said he can see improvements in this year’s squad plus there is a talented crop of younger players in the system to draw on.

“We expect to be competitive,” he said. “We will have a strong intermediate team as well.”

Tyler O’Brien, who was invited to the Team USA U19 tryouts, and Bryce Mayea, who played for the Jr. C Bengals two years ago, are expected to be key to success this year, said Gallant. The coach is veteran Clancy Almas, who was with the Jr. C squad previously and is an assistant coach with the U18 Team Ontario.

“He has a tremendous rapport with the kids,” said Gallant. “They have a lot of respect for him and he knows the game well.”

In net will be Keaton Dale and Spencer Chabrak. Returning Jr. B Bengals include Connor Maitz, Josh Bryers and Fabio Olivieri, while Liam Nesbitt and Chad McGrattan played on the Jr. C club last season.

“We think we’ve got some depth this year,” said Gallant, who added that was a challenge when trying to field two junior teams in the city.

It is a transition year of sorts, but more so off the floor than on, he said. The HLA want to build crowds this year and has a simple goal on the floor.

“Our goal is to make the playoffs this year,” said Gallant. “Then anything can happen.”

The Bengals are off to a slow start, however, losing their opening game last Saturday 15-13 to London and the next night 12-4 to the Six Nations Rebels.

Bryce Mayea scored five times for the Bengals in London. Mason Wright had a hat trick while Steven Lee, Ryan Smith, Jordan Gillis, Connor Maitz and Jack McIsaac each added one.

Jamie Dolks, Bryce Mayea, Liam Nesbitt and Mason Wright scored against the Rebels.

The Bengals will face the Welland Generals at 7 p.m. Friday in their home opener at the Dave Andreychuck-Mountain Arena. They host the Owen Sound North Stars Saturday at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children. All minor lacrosse players get a season pass with their registration.

Hamilton Lacrosse Association believes it is important to get its young members involved and stay interested in the sport and the junior team, which strengthens the association, said Gallant.

“It also give the young kids something to aspire to when they see it.”

Gallant said he encourages the public to come out and watch.

“It’s a fast game, it’s a competitive game, with tremendous young, local athletes.”

Hamilton Jr. B Bengals back in action

Hamilton Lacrosse Association assumes ownership

Community Apr 21, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The next generation of Jr. B lacrosse in Hamilton has hit the floor.

The Bengals are under new ownership after a deal reached during the offseason. Hamilton Lacrosse Association assumed the Jr. B franchise last year from Andre Gaudet.

HLA is putting its Jr. C club, which it started in 2011, on hiatus to focus on the Jr. B operation, said general manager Gary Gallant. The organization will have to make a decision on the future of the C club by the end of the year.

While the Jr. B Bengals haven’t made the playoffs in the last seven years and the Jr. C Bengals struggled and were knocked out in the first round, Gallant said he can see improvements in this year’s squad plus there is a talented crop of younger players in the system to draw on.

“We expect to be competitive,” he said. “We will have a strong intermediate team as well.”

Tyler O’Brien, who was invited to the Team USA U19 tryouts, and Bryce Mayea, who played for the Jr. C Bengals two years ago, are expected to be key to success this year, said Gallant. The coach is veteran Clancy Almas, who was with the Jr. C squad previously and is an assistant coach with the U18 Team Ontario.

“He has a tremendous rapport with the kids,” said Gallant. “They have a lot of respect for him and he knows the game well.”

In net will be Keaton Dale and Spencer Chabrak. Returning Jr. B Bengals include Connor Maitz, Josh Bryers and Fabio Olivieri, while Liam Nesbitt and Chad McGrattan played on the Jr. C club last season.

“We think we’ve got some depth this year,” said Gallant, who added that was a challenge when trying to field two junior teams in the city.

It is a transition year of sorts, but more so off the floor than on, he said. The HLA want to build crowds this year and has a simple goal on the floor.

“Our goal is to make the playoffs this year,” said Gallant. “Then anything can happen.”

The Bengals are off to a slow start, however, losing their opening game last Saturday 15-13 to London and the next night 12-4 to the Six Nations Rebels.

Bryce Mayea scored five times for the Bengals in London. Mason Wright had a hat trick while Steven Lee, Ryan Smith, Jordan Gillis, Connor Maitz and Jack McIsaac each added one.

Jamie Dolks, Bryce Mayea, Liam Nesbitt and Mason Wright scored against the Rebels.

The Bengals will face the Welland Generals at 7 p.m. Friday in their home opener at the Dave Andreychuck-Mountain Arena. They host the Owen Sound North Stars Saturday at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children. All minor lacrosse players get a season pass with their registration.

Hamilton Lacrosse Association believes it is important to get its young members involved and stay interested in the sport and the junior team, which strengthens the association, said Gallant.

“It also give the young kids something to aspire to when they see it.”

Gallant said he encourages the public to come out and watch.

“It’s a fast game, it’s a competitive game, with tremendous young, local athletes.”