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Junior Rock’s season ends in playoff sweep

Club falls 15-3 and 14-6 to the Sylvan Lake Yetti
Westlock Junior ‘B’ Rock’s Justin Bondy-Jennings keeps his eyes focused on the ball during the last game of the regular season July 15 against the Sylvan Lake Yetti, who they also faced in the opening round of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League North Division playoffs, July 22-23, losing two-consecutive games, 15-3 and 14-6.

WESTLOCK — The Westlock Junior ‘B’ Rock lacrosse team’s first playoff run in three years was cut short following two consecutive losses to the Sylvan Lake Yetti July 22 – 23.

Following a three-year absence, the team reached their goal of earning a spot in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL) North Division playoffs, where they faced the Yetti in a best-of-three series and put their best effort forward amid some challenges.

“They had a short bench. They had a lot of injuries and we had (other players) come up so it was a little bit tough not playing with your same group of teammates,” said Westlock Lacrosse Association president Josh Reay. “They met their goal and it was really good to see, especially after not having a (junior) team for three years.”   

The Rock finished their regular season at home July 15 with an 11-7 loss to the Yetti, who finished the season in third place while the Rock finished in sixth place with a 7-9 record and 14 points. 

“The first time we played them in the season it was in Sylvan Lake and it was a very close game that was 8-6 but that’s when we had a full roster,” said Reay, noting injuries took a big toll, especially in the second half of the season. “I watched quite a few of the games and every game I watched, even if they were behind, they never gave up.They were always determined to try and come back. The ambition and motivation to win was definitely there.”=

Despite the first-round exit the team had a successful season said Reay, adding that looking ahead they anticipate a better season in 2024 and an improved team. 

“We’re looking to grow that team and I think next year will be a better, stronger team for sure,” he said, noting the support they have received from the community. “I think keeping a junior team will help grow the younger program as well.”

Kristine Jean,

Kristine Jean

About the Author: Kristine Jean

Kristine Jean joined the Westlock News as a reporter in February 2022. She has worked as a multimedia journalist for several publications in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and enjoys covering community news, breaking news, sports and arts.
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