Codd chasing triple crown

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

You could call it a conundrum.

Bruce Codd insists it's a good problem to have.

"I've been on quite a roll, so I want to keep it going," he shrugged.

Fresh off a championship season with the National Lacrosse League's Calgary Roughnecks, Codd is courting two more titles.

The 31-year-old defender has already booked a ticket to battle for national Senior B bragging rights -- the Presidents Cup -- with his Okotoks Raiders teammates Aug. 24-29 in Hagersville, Ont.

Problem is, that's the same time as the Minto Cup, Canada's crown jewel of Junior A lacrosse, will be handed out in Brampton, Ont.

Codd coaches the teen Raiders, who are battling the Edmonton Eclipse for the right to represent Alberta at the national tournament. The Raiders and Eclipse are deadlocked at two wins apiece with the best-of-seven provincial championship series continuing tonight in Edmonton and shifting to Okotoks for Game 6 tomorrow (8 p.m., Centennial Arena).

In addition to pulling double duty as a player and a coach, Codd is also settling into his new post as technical director for the Alberta Lacrosse Association, making this a busy summer for the nine-year NLL veteran.

The trek from Hagersville to Brampton?

"They're about an hour and 20 minutes apart," Codd said. "It's feasible that I could do both ... But it'd be a little tricky."

Advancing to the national championship tournament is no small feat, either.

The Sherwood Park Outlaws have dominated Alberta's Senior B ranks, winning seven straight provincial titles and advancing to the final every year for the past decade.

The Outlaws have hoisted the Presidents Cup twice and finished as runner-up two other times, but they were knocked out of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League semifinals by the Raiders, who are making their first trip to the Presidents Cup.

"We definitely want to have a good showing out there," said Raiders forward Shawn Cable, who has seven NLL campaigns under his belt but did not suit up on the pro loop last season. "I'm hungry to go there and do well for myself and to try to push the other guys to really understand the opportunity they have in front of them."

The Presidents Cup competition is the second tier of senior lacrosse, but it's not uncommon to find a handful of current or former pros at the annual tournament.

The Okotoks lineup features several familiar names, including Codd, Cable and Justin Norbraten of the NLL's Edmonton Rush.

Raiders netminder Ryan Avery was the Roughnecks' starter for a brief spell, while backup Angus Jenkins spent some time on the Riggers practice squad and served as Calgary's goaltending coach.

Riggers lock up sniper

The Roughnecks an-nounced yesterday left-handed sniper Dane Dobbie has signed a three-year extension with the club.

The 22-year-old lit the lamp 41 times in his sophomore season, finishing third on the National Lacrosse League goal-scoring charts. Dobbie also registered 35 assists.


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