Jr. Shamrocks appoint new coach; Jr. ‘Rocks player makes Cdn. U19 team

Jr. Shamrocks appoint new coach; Jr. 'Rocks player makes Cdn. U19 team

Larry Smeltzer’s won just about every championship in lacrosse. Now he’s inheriting a team ready to take a shot at the Minto Cup, the national junior title.

Smeltzer was named the newest coach of the junior A Victoria Shamrocks this week. He’d spent the past few seasons on the support staff of both the junior and senior Shamrocks.

After two seasons as head coach, Jordan Sundher stepped down earlier this year due to work committments.

Smeltzer is a member of both the Canadian and the Ontario Lacrosse Halls of Fame, and his resumé is lined with title seasons on great teams. He’s won two Mann Cups, an NLL championship, a Commonwealth Games gold medal and a Sr. B championship.

Stepping in to the assistant coaching role is former Intermediate A Shamrocks coach Ron McQuarrie, who guided many of the current Jr. Shamrocks to the Int. A provincial championship in 2010.

Nirmal Dillon, Rod Bannister and current senior Shamrocks goalie Matt Flindell join the coach’s support staff.

Jr. Shamrocks player makes national cut

Midfielder Jesse King, a member of the Victoria junior Shamrocks and a Claremont secondary graduate, will represent Canada on the international stage.

King, who plays his winters with the NCAA Ohio State Buckeyes, made the final cut for the 2012 FIL U19 world field lacrosse championships in Turku, Finland.

The final selection camp took place in Oshawa, Ont., from Nov. 25 to 27, trimming the roster from 50 to 24.