2022 Preview: Oceanside Sharks
LAST SEASON: 0-7
After combining forces with the Nanaimo Timbermen for the 2021 exhibition season, the Oceanside Sharks have made tremendous headway recruiting players from neighboring minor associations to assemble what is hoped to be a playoff bound team for this 2022 season. As with most new franchises, the Sharks have worked hard on and off the floor to present their product for the PNWJLL fans to see.
The Sharks organization start their season on the road for their first 2 games but then return home for game #3 and then host the Saanich Express for a great day of lacrosse as they will play Saturday May 7th in Port Alberni at the Alberni Valley Multiplex to showcase PNWJLL lacrosse in front of hundreds of Novice lacrosse players and parents as the Port Alberni Tyees host their "Ice Breaker" lacrosse tournament.
Oceanside had a whirlwind season in 2021 with a combined roster but had a huge building season nonetheless. Oceanside worked hard every shift of every game no matter the outcome, they put forth great team contributions in all games they played. With half of their games being decided by 4 goals or less, winning a period over tying or being down a goal would have changed the outcome displayed on the game clock. The Sharks do look forward to this upcoming season as they have been able to attract and recruit a number of talented players from around the region.
The team will be led by the likes of Ben Tisdelle (8G, 8A, 16PTS), Ellyot Cain (3G, 9A, 12PTS), Jaydon Haftner (4G, 3A, 7PTS), Tanner Allan (1G, 6A, 7PTS) and a cavalcade of graduating midgets from the central and northern island for the upcoming year.
Losing but only a handful of players, the Sharks believe they have netted the right fish from the deep and its those few players that cracked their line-up this season. Oceanside will most likely turn over the crease to midget graduate Jordan Day as veteran goalie Jacob Colley has made the leap to B1 in Nanaimo. Finding themselves a 2nd goalie to share the duties won't be easy but knowing the staff Oceanside (Head Coach Cam Miller, Assistants Steve Cappello and Andy Reynolds and Manager Rennee Allan), they will be okay for 2022.
Oceanside Place will host the Sharks again for the upcoming 2022 PNWJLL season.