He may not be the biggest name on this year’s Victoria Shamrocks team, but Chris Wardle has been a key player for the ‘Rocks this season.
Victoria’s Chris Wardle is the epitomy of what it means to be a Shamrock.
“He’s always been a good team guy.”
“You couldn’t coach a better kid.”
Since the first time he picked up a lacrosse stick at the age of 10, his dream was to step on the floor for the senior Shamrocks.
And now, in his third year in the WLA, he’s become one of the top goal scorers in the entire league.
A career that began in Juan De Fuca, transitioned to the Intermediate Shamrocks, then he was one of the top players on the Junior Shamrocks, and now, as fate has it, ended up here; on the floor with the team he grew up idolizing.
“I’ve been fortunate to be able to grow through the ‘Rock organization.”
The same can be said about two of Chris’ teammates, Jesse King and Cody Hagedorn. The three first played together on the intermediate team, and that’s where they raised their first trophy together.
“Highlight of our career, coming back, we were down a huge margin…”
“And last year, in just his second year in the league, Wardle and company were crowned Mann Cup champs, an experience he says was extra special to share with two of his long time teammates and friends.
“it was quite an experience… When you’re playing your entire lacrosse career with the same guys.”
Now, as the ‘Rocks enter another post-season, guys like Chris will have to step up if they hope to repeat as champions. But that shouldn’t be an issue. He’ll just do what he’s done all year long, let his play do the talking.
“He knows his purpose.”
“Everybody is gunning for us.”
and in the eyes of one of the legends of the game, Chris Wardle is only going to get better.
“He’s developed every year, he’s gotten better and better, who knows where it’s gonna end. He’s gonna be one of those elite players, if he’s not already, he will be.