Having a Blast: lacrosse’s future on display in Maple Ridge

The future of Ridge Meadows Lacrosse was on display in a weekend tournament, and that future looks bright.

Burrards’ Justice Comeau (19) corrals a loose ball as a New Westminster Salmonbellies player comes in for a check.

Burrards’ Justice Comeau (19) corrals a loose ball as a New Westminster Salmonbellies player comes in for a check.

The future of Ridge Meadows Lacrosse was on display in a weekend tournament, and that future looks bright.

The minor lacrosse association hosted its annual Burrards Blast tournament for mini-tyke and tyke players – players as young as four years old and the oldest being seven.

There were 29 teams from across the Lower Mainland, and as far away as the Okanagan.

The organizers did not keep tracks of scores, wins and losses in this developmental level of the sport, but representatives of the teams said the Burrards were scoring more than they were scored against.

And they did keep track of the skills competition, where Burrards players were at the top of the standings.

In the fastest shot category, Bryson Roberts of Ridge Meadows 2 topped the mini-tyke standings for his 58 km/h sizzler.

Right behind him in second place was Callum Berkey of RM1  whose shot lit up the radar gun at 56 km/h.

Two Burrards were also in the top three in the Tyke hardest shot category, as Anthony Calleja’s 75 km/h blast was good for second place, and Noah Allen placed third at 72 km/h. They play for RM6 and RM3 respectively.

Burrards players also showed their stuff in a skills course competition, winning all three of the top spots at the tyke level:

Clayton Catherwood of RM5 was first, Noah Allen of RM3 was second and Luke Christensen of RM7 was third.

At the mini-tyke level Quinn Hunter of RM1 was second and Jojo Allen of RM4 was third.