What Made the News in 2008…
The Surrey Rebels would like to again thank all of its volunteers, sponsors and supporters for making its second season in British Columbia Intermediate Lacrosse League “B” Division play another great success. After an inaugural season that saw the team finish 11-12-1, tied for 6th in a 12 team league, the 2008 edition improved to 16-8, good for 4th place in an expanded 13 team league. Unfortunately, our regular season success did not carry through to the post season, which saw a Ridge Meadows club fortified with late season additions sweep the best-of-3 playoff series and advance to the Provincial Championships.
Individual highlights included Scott O’Coin leading the team in assists (31 – 9th in the league) and points (55 – 19th in the league), Mike Kennedy leading the team in goals (30 – 16th in the league) and Jeff Geyer finishing 3rd in overall league goaltending (85.4% save percentage, 6.79 goals against average in 1,254 minutes played). In addition, Jeff was named to the 2008 BCILL “B” All-Star Team – the only player from a non-Provincials team to achieve such an honour.
Special thanks once again go out to Tim Fielding and Vaughn Easey for their time and dedication as assistant coach and trainer, respectively, Joe and Michelle Toneff for running an extremely successful pub night and continuing to bring in major sponsorship dollars, and Christine Geyer for keeping both the banking and the head coach/governor in line during the hectic season. We would also like to thank the Surrey Lacrosse Association and its 2008 President, Beth McLucas, for their continuing support of the senior program in Surrey.
And of course we cannot forget our general manager, Sandra Prance. Sandra had another outstanding season helping with the recruitment of players and volunteers, ensuring we had clean uniforms for every game, making sure we had off-floor officials for all home games, processing and sending in all player registrations and winning game sheets, and again keeping the league commissioner on her toes! For this, Sandra was awarded the Commissioner’s Award as top Team Manager.
It has been a sincere pleasure to operate the 2007 and 2008 Surrey Intermediate Rebels, but it is time for me to move up to join the Junior Program. Sandra and I will ensure that the new team management is in place for the 2009 season and well trained to continue the growth of the Intermediate Program in Surrey.
Frank) Geyer, Head Coach/Governor – Surrey Intermediate Rebels (2008)