Harry Irwin and the Victoria Shamrocks won the Mann Cup championship in 1955.
Harold Gifford Irwin
Born: 1924 (Vancouver)
Died: 2014 (Victoria, British Columbia)
Harry Irwin was a stalwart with the Victoria Shamrocks lacrosse team in the 1950s, playing in the three consecutive Mann Cup finals. Irwin and the Shamrocks won the national senior championship in 1955.
Irwin debuted in the Inter-City Box Lacrosse League in 1951 with the Nanaimo Native Sons. After a season, he moved to the Shamrocks, where he played five full seasons before returning as a two-game fill-in player after a year of retirement.
In 1955, the Shamrocks finished with a 20-10-2 record for second place in the five-team Inter-City league behind the Nanaimo Timbermen. In the playoffs, the Shamrocks defeated the P.N.E. Indians by three games to one, before eliminating Nanaimo by four games to one.
Victoria then met the Peterborough (Ont.) Trailermen for the third consecutive Mann Cup final, having lost the previous two. The ’Rocks managed to win the championship in five games, 4-1. Irwin had a goal and assist in four Mann Cup games.
In a six-year career, Irwin played in 145 games with 103 goals and 34 assists. A gentlemanly player in a sport in which brawling is not unknown, Irwin was only assessed 56 minutes in penalties. He also had 17 goals in 28 Inter-City playoff games.
A well-known sportsman in Victoria, Irwin also was involved in rugby, hockey, tennis, curling, golf and lawn bowling. He was a long-time teacher and vice-principal in the British Columbia capital.