It’s a big jump going from C level to A level lacrosse, but Clayton Vickers did well to elevate his game.
Vickers, 16, has only played three seasons of lacrosse, but held his own in the highly-competitive Midget A1 ranks with the Cowichan Valley Thunder.
“It was pretty difficult, especially in this Midget A,’’ he said. “There’s a lot of good players, pretty tough competition. Last year, I played C. It was pretty fun. I liked it.
"This year’s a big difference going to A so I enjoyed it. C’s not that competitive compared to A. A’s more faster and better players.’’
Vickers quickly discovered the areas of his game where he needed to crank up the intensity.
“Definitely, the speed, passing, everything’s so much faster than C,’’ he said.
“All of the players are way better so it’s really tough to try and adapt to their play.’’
Vickers is happy how the season turned out despite the Thunder’s ouster from the playoffs without reaching the Island final.
“I think we came out with nine wins, six losses or something like that,’’ he said.
Vickers intends to keep going next season when he’ll make another big leap to playing Intermediate.