Shirley Burr, a lifelong Ladner resident and important builder for the lacrosse community, passed away suddenly on March 14, 2018 at the age of 83. Survived by her husband of 64 years, Stan, three children, seven grandchildren and great-granddaughter, Shirley was a tireless advocate for her community, having volunteered her time with the Delta Parks and Recreation Commission, Ladner Business Association, Delta Heritage Society and Delta Chamber of Commerce, to name a few organizations. She was inducted into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 as a builder, primarily for her work in the sport of lacrosse. Having already poured years of volunteer work into the local lacrosse community by overseeing the Westham Islanders intermediate "B" and Delta Islanders junior "B" programs, Shirley saw there were no local options for graduating junior players to continue playing Canada's official sport. She canvassed local businesses and the farming community to raise enough money to apply for a senior "B" franchise in 1981, and the Ladner Pioneers were born. Shirley, who received several B.C. Lacrosse Association awards over the years, was president of Pioneers until her son John, a former player, took over the helm in the late 1980s and still runs the very successful program to this day.
A celebration of life will be held at noon, Monday, April 2nd at the Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course, 5133 Spring Boulevard, Tsawwassen. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Shirley's name to the Delta Hospital Foundation be considered. (adapted from the Delta Optimist story 24 March 2018)
The Ladner Pioneers represented British Columbia at the 2017 CLA Presidents' Cup in Six Nations, Ontario. The BC champions wrapped up the tournament by defeating the Kahnawake Mohawks (QC) 13-10 in the fifth place playoff game Sunday September 3rd.
The Pioneers opened the tournament Sunday August 27th with a 17-4 win over the Saskatoon Brewers, followed the next day by an 15-5 victory over the Nova Scotia Privateers. The Pioneers then dropped five in a row: 12-4 to the Six Nations Rivermen (ON) Tuesday August 29th, 15-5 to the Native Sons (CanAm) Wednesday August 30th, 16-7 to the St. Albert Miners (AB) Thursday August 31st, 12-2 to the St. Regis Braves (TNSLL) Friday September 1st, and 16-7 to the Mohawks in the early game Saturday September 2nd, before closing out the round-robin portion of the tournament with a 9-8 win over the host Six Nations Slash in the late game Saturday.
The Ladner Pioneers are the 2017 WCSLA and Provincial Champions after winning Game 5 in the best-of-5 final series with the Royal City Capitals 10-4 Wednesday August 16th at Sungod Arena. The Pioneers now move on to represent BC at the 2017 CLA Presidents' Cup August 27th to September 3rd at Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. The last time Ladner was at the Presidents' Cup was in 2007, the year after they hosted the tournament and won the bronze medal. The Pioneers won the cup in 1998 and 2004.
In Game 5, Colton Dow opened the scoring 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Royal City tied it at 8:14, only to have Wyatt Pinder restore the lead 30 seconds later. Again the visitors tied things up with 4:34 left in the first period only to have Spencer Bromley score eight seconds later to give the Pioneers a 3-2 lead heading into the first intermission. Shots favoured the hosts 18-14. In the second period, things opened up offensively and shut down defensively for the Pioneers as they scored five goals and only surrendered one. Eric Ransom, Dave Yee and Nathan Clare made the score 6-2 by the seven minute mark, and after a Capitals goal at 9:31 Pinder and Yee found the twine to close out the period that saw Royal City outshoot Ladner 19-17. The Capitals cut the lead to three 3:01 into the final frame, but goals by Clare and Connor Davidson sealed the deal for the Pioneers. The Capitals outshot the Pioneers 19-11 in the third period and 52-46 in the contest. Kevin Hill had another big game between the pipes, stopping 48 of 52 shots. Pinder (2G, 2A) and Dow (1G, 3A) led the Ladner scoring on the night.
The Pioneers won Game 1 on home floor by the score of 9-8, lost Game 2 on the road by a 14-7 count, dropped Game 3 at home 8-6, and won Game 4 in New Westminster 13-4.
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