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The Western Lacrosse Association offers up a short season, so if you don’t have your team playing well early, there is little time to pull off a St. Louis Blues maneuver – to go from last to champions in a half a season.

The national championships, the Mann Cup, will be hosted by a WLA team this year, so the Victoria Shamrocks have loaded up, hoping to make a run. So far, they tripped out of the gate going 0-3 – ouch.

Friday, at The Q Centre, they picked themselves up, dusted off and took out the New Westminster Salmonbellies 15-10. It was a win that they sorely needed and are now 2-4.

It’s good to be King, or a Kinger – it’s even better to have two of them playing in veteran Jesse who scored four times and added five assists, as was younger brother Marshal, who finished his NCAA season and hightailed it home to help out the Shamrocks who acquired him in a trade from the Maple Ridge Burrards.  He was drafted in 2018 and picked up in exchange for the playing rights of Jeff Shattler and Brett Craig.

King, led the BC Junior A Lacrosse League in points per game average last season with 72 points (31 goals, 41 assists) in 11 games played (6.5 points per game average). As a young, consistent scoring threat, he is a welcome addition to the right side of the Shamrocks offensive line.

The elder King helped win the NLL championships earlier this year for the Calgary Roughnecks.

Rookie Larson Sundown also potted four goals. He is the head of a strong rookie contingent that the Shamrocks have assembled. If they don’t win it all this year, their future looks very bright.

The Salmonbellies are 4-2.

A big test comes Sunday when the Shamrocks host the first place Maple Ridge Burrards (6-1) at The Q Centre. Should the Shamrocks win, perhaps they can pull off a Blues.