NANAIMO — The first step on the journey towards a national championship was a successful one for the Senior B Timbermen lacrosse team.
In the home opener on Sunday Nanaimo beat the Langley Warriors 18-11.
Captain Jon Diplock led the way for the Tmen with two goals and eight assists.
Nanaimo has a pair of home games against Royal City this weekend.
Saturday's game is at the Nanaimo Ice Centre and Sunday the team plays at Frank Crane Arena.
The first weekend of the BCJALL season has come to an end and the Junior A Timbermen are still looking for their first win.
Nanaimo lost 15-9 to Langley in the home opener on Saturday and 10-7 to Poco on Sunday.
This weekend the Timbermen visit their island rivals the Victoria Shamrocks on Tuesday, they're home to the New Westminster Salmonbellies on Saturday, and they travel to play the Burnaby Lakers on Sunday.
Athletes from the local Island Top Team Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy have returned home from a submission only tournament in Vancouver.
In the All vs All tournament there are no points scored during matches, only submission victories.
Monica Bonczak took home two gold medals in the intermediate nogo and gi divisions and Chase Rosychuk was a gold medalist as well with a gold medal in his advanced nogi division.
Mark Lovegrove won gold in the intermediate nogi division in his first ever competition for Island Top Team.
Jamie Gow of ITT took silver in that division and also captured a silver medal in the gi category.
The VIU Mariners ended their regular season over the weekend at Thompson Rivers University.
They dropped all four games to finish the regular season 10-18.
Meanwhile the Mid Island Pirates beat the UBC Thunder 12-3 and 2-1 on Saturday.
The Pirates host the Parksville Royals Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
The Nanaimo Diamonds U16 team brought back a medal from their second tournament of the year.
The squad representing Naniamo Minor Softball won the Consolation Championship at the Kelowna Spring Sizzle Fastball Tournament on May 5-6.
They defeated South Surrey/White Rock 6-3 in the final game.
Nanaimo's Game MVP awards went to Mya Rosenlind, Gracie Alyward and Grace Johnston.
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