They weren’t favoured to win the tournament title. But playing in their hometown made the Prince George Posse peewee A2 lacrosse squad the most popular in their division.
Coming in as underdogs didn’t prevent the Posse from giving their fans the ultimate reward a provincial title. They captured gold after outscoring the Burnaby Lakers 14-5.
Steven Jandric led the Posse offensively with three goals and three assists. Brogan O’Brien, named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, collected five points with two goals and three helpers. Jaron Wagner, Austin Gray and Wyatt Turcotte recorded two goals each. Parker Dowhy, Todd Bredo and Chris Metcalfe also scored for Prince George.
Jordan O’Reilly led the Lakers with a pair of markers. Other Burnaby goal scorers were Landon Jackson, Joshua Dumont and Tavin Grant.
“I’m very happy. And the fans were excellent,” Posse head coach Ken Eyles said. “They were all on our side. They gave us a lot of cheering and a lot of inspiration.”
The Chilliwack Mustangs, Richmond Roadrunners, Ridge Meadows Burrards, North Okanagan Legends and New Westminster Salmonballies rounded out the teams competing in the A2 division.
Clayton Eyles, Ken’s son, was one of two assistants for the team. Carlo Calfa also helped coach the squad, while Dawn Calfa acted as the team’s manager. The rest of the players on the championship-winning team are Chris Jandric, Keith Bizicki, MItchell Williams, Caleb Cruse, Jared Stevens, Daylen Calfa, Dawson Calfa, Cody Cruse, Andrew Sivell and Nick Bernier.