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3312009_2_actionIt’s funny how the smallest things can just grow out of all proportion.

One of the Bath players (only just 18) slipped and ran into one of his own defenders in the warm up before the Cardiff Harlequins match. The resulting dead leg meant he had to stand out of the game. That night it all went crazy, he ended up on the operating table having large, and deep cuts down either side of his thigh, the “Dead leg” had caused Compartment Syndrome, his thigh was sliced open (and kept open) to release the swelling. It is a rare condition, especially in the thigh, it is usually found in the calf muscle and can cause drop foot,  only the second case the consultant had seen. Sadly the player was booked to go to the US for a couple of summer camps, at this rate he’ll be lucky to play next season. Could have been worse though, people have lost a leg down to this thing.

On a brighter note, Cheadle LC, one of the biggest in the country came down to Bath for a two game weekend, winning both games, although the first was pretty close fought, 9 to 6 in the end. Being an outpost of Lacrosse these visiting teams are important, kids need games.  In the evening the Cheadle kids went on a ghost tour of the city, one kid was heard saying it just wasn’t scary enough, let’s hope the local specters didn’t here that and decide to up sticks and haunt Cheadle, some poor tourist guide will be out of a job.

The Men’s game in the South is coming to its final climax, Bath beat Portsmouth University and now go into the East v West Playoff on Sunday 4th against Croydon LC, playing for the right to take up the bottom slot in the Premiership. Should be a good close game and a fitting end to a good season. There will also be a “Best of the West” v “Best of the East” game for all comers for each league plus a Veterans game for the over 40’s (not a vast amount of running in that one).

On the development front, it looks like there may be a new club formed in Maidstone, Kent and Plymouth University are starting to turn out a side.  Bristol City Council held three days of School sport, which Lacrosse was a big part of, the coaches, mainly from Bristol University Ladies team managed to keep nearly 400 kids occupied over three cold windy days, running mini tournaments and giving out medals.

Several clubs are gearing up for Easter tours, the biggest being Spencer (South London) who take a team of U14’s to the US East Coast., a remarkable achievement, these kids have saved and fund raised for this chance, let’s hope they have a great time.

For me, Easter is a time to get a break and recharge the batteries, or maybe watch some Lax, you never know.

The pictures are from the Cheadle tour of Bath.

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The DLAXV German Championships of Lacrosse 2009 are going to take place in Goettingen, a university town located right in the middle of Germany. From June, 5th to 7th the best male, female and youth lacrosse players from all over the country are meeting in order to compete for the most important title of German Lacrosse.

After last years’ tournament has been set in the Warsteiner DHB Official Hockey Stadium in Moenchengladbach, the DLAXV German Championships 2009 are going to be held in the excellent environment of the newly renovated Jahn Stadium. With a canopied grandstand having a capacity of 5.000 seats and holding space for 20.000 viewers in total the Jahn Stadium is an established and very popular venue for Open Air Concerts and international sport events. The best twelve German lacrosse teams will compete on three playing fields, two made of natural and one of artificial turf, which allows the men’s, women’s and youth teams to play all at the same time.

After hard and very close final matches in last years’ tournament the HTHC Hamburg Warriors were the lucky winners, carrying home all three cups for Germany’s best men’s, women’s and youth lacrosse team. If they are able to repeat their triple once again cannot be said so far but it is clear that all the other teams are going to do anything to stop them.

For more information just check out the official website of the DLAXV German Championships of Lacrosse 2009 at www.lacrosse-dm.de or visit the official homepage of the German Lacrosse Association at www.dlaxv.de.

We are extremely happy to announce that we have - finally - found a team manager for this year’s National Women’s Team!

Julia Ackermann from the Frankfurt Lacrosse Team has offered her help, and she will be joining us from now on at the upcoming camps and at the World Cup 2009 in Prague!

We will of course introduce Julia to you in Hannover, and will use the time until then to help her get familiar with her new task. In any future correspondence with Julia, please always remember to also copy the Excom in! Julia’s email address is JuliaKAckermann@gmail.com

We are very much looking forward to working with Julia (who we already know for quite some time)  - welcome to the World Cup Team 2009!!!

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On weekend 21st and 22nd of March, the biggest youth-game day in Germany ever will be held in Cologne, hosted by KKHT Schwarz-Weiß Cologne.

Teams from Cologne, Duesseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart and Frankfurt will compete against each other to earn more points for the next German Championship held this summer.

A special feature of this event will be the ISB Brussels Lacrosse Club, who sends two youth-teams way to Germany to play some trial and friendly games against the young generation of lacrosse in Germany.

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by  Jakob Da Goalie

Germany Lacrosse

In the Western German Lacrosse League the second half of the season started with a highlight. On the 14th of March the Duesseldorf Antlers, ranked place 2, hosted the fourth ranked Cologne Indians.

Under floodlight at the Duesseldorfer Sport-Club 1899 facility, the home team had the better start.

The third quarter shootout started with the German National Player Florian Kriependorf who scored the 1-0.

Until the 4. Quarter the Antlers overran the guest form the “Domstadt” and put a 10-0 on the scoreboard. With goals from national team players Lorenz Lehmhaus, Sebastian Trischler and Dominique Nebreklijevic.

With the start of the last quarter the Antlers shifted one gear back and let the Indians get better into the game. They used the chance and scored twice, before the Antlers finished the great derby with 2 goals by Ansgar Schaefersbirken.

The Antlers will now host on the 28th of march the unranked Marburg Saints. Only 4 games left until the Antlers will be participate second time in the row on the German Championship Playoffs

For more informations please take a look at www.dlaxv.de

by Julian Lübke

What a great weekend, I love the Flags. Three good senior games, plus the South of England Men’s Lacrosse association (SEMLA) ran the Harrow cup at the same time, the Harrow cup is for U17, U14 and U12 teams in the South. Basically lots of Lacrosse players of all ages in one place, Reading Lacrosse club. Reading is pretty central to most of the cubs in the South, so is often used for tournament and the like. Plus it’s a great venue, good fields and good facilities.

Spencer LC a team from inner London won two of the senior trophies, Minor and Senior Flags, whilst Cardiff Harlequins repeated last year’s victory over my team Bath.

Bath LC joined with Portsmouth Pythons to form a team for the U17, but didn’t do too well, although the kids enjoyed themselves. So much so that we split the squad and they played for another 35 minutes after the tournament was over, well worth driving the mini bus for.

On Sunday all the American Local development officers met up for the end of season wash up, free lunch on me.

Development wise things are really starting to bubble, looking towards September, who wants a coach, which clubs will be expanding, new clubs, etc etc. All this means a lot of miles on the motorway by the Development team, I’m clocking over a 1000 miles this month. For the connoisseurs, the coffee at Michel Wood Service Station is pretty much exactly the same as at Reading, but Reading has Ben and Gerry’s ice cream, I think I’m addicted to Cherry Garcia!

Photo 1 some action from the Intermediate flags.
Photo 2 The Cardiff Keeper had a wonderful game.
Photo 3 The combined Portsmouth Pythons, Bath U17 squad.

On 14th and 15th march the squad met again for the last camp prior nominating the team competing in the 2009 world championships.  During a friendly game against players from Hamburg and Kiel head coach  Damien Orr and his coaching staff got the chance to see everyone in action before making the decision.

From 36 people left competing for the 18 spots on the team the Coaches chose the following players.

Annika Reinhold
Annkathrin Schüßler
Anna Blank
Annette Schumann
Antonia Karbe
Bettina Wilhelm
Birgit Meyfarth
Claudia Zindl
Eva Schulte
Franziska Gilg
Franziska Luhn
Gesa von Bock und Polach
Inga Hupka
Lisa Neubert
Lisa Schulte
Mareile Kriwall
Nora Schröder
Sabine Paul

Alternates:
Emily Patterson
Regina Flatken
Sarah Bailly
Viktoria Bechstein

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Post by: Jakob ~ da Goalie

Due to difficulties of the league planning, the Hamburg first men´s team had to play two games on the weekend 7th and 8th of march.

On Saturday, the Warriors had to play against the Kiel Lacrosse club on the home field of the Kiel´s men team. The Warriors played – despite the deficiency in the fine adjustment of the offense and defense – pretty concentrated and disciplined and won owing to exemplary team spirit and corporate feeling with a final score of 2-16.

On Sunday, the team around Kyle Hawkins showed once again that they are on the best way to become a solid unit. The little problems from the previous day were basically gone and the attack reacted clever against the defense of Goettingen. In the meantime the defense had not much to do but played solidly through the game. Finally, the score was an impressive 18-0.

The first Men´s team of the HTHC Hamburg Warriors thank the players from Kiel, Goettingen and Kassel for a fair and penalty-less weekend and wish much success for the next games!

It’s tournament season, especially for the Ladies game and as one of the staff, mucking in is the name of the game. The National Schools tournament over 4 days brings together all the big Lacrosse playing schools at U19 and U15 age groups, it’s open to 1st and 2nd teams (strings) so involves literally thousands of school girls, dozens of coaches (both kinds, the ones with a whistle and the ones with wheels)  and of course lots of spectators (mummy and daddy). For the staff that means wearing fluorescent jackets and waving your hands around a lot.

Bus drivers though, in my experience will do exactly as they want to, it amazes me how those guys throw those huge monsters around, especially when you see “mummy” unable to get into a parking bay in her 4 wheel drive Chelsea Tractor.

One big advantage of the whole event is that I get to catch up with lots of the School Community Officers, they are out and about managing their respective teams, friendly rivalry of course.

For those not in the know, the English Lacrosse Association in conjunction with the large Private girls schools employ American graduates with Lacrosse coaching experience, they stay for a year (some longer) and basically coach girls Lacrosse. They are spread out a bit and tend to really look forward to the times they can get together and have a wee drink or two (or more!). For the Guys it’s all based around clubs, and they run mixed training at all sorts of levels and ages. As the South Development Office I have to keep a “paternal” eye on the current crew, we have a couple of mass meetings a year, and mine are due this weekend, cool.

For me the big highlight has been Bath LC’s first ever junior girls game, we took 20 girls up to Rendcomb College near Cirencester for a couple of games, considering half of them had never played on a full sized field, I was extremely pleased with the results, losing 7 to Nil and 3 to 2, definite improvement. I just need to get them a uniform now!

Wednesday was Pop Lacrosse day, in Wiltshire this time, 90 kids all running about, great stuff.

Like I said it’s tournament season.

The National U12’s went really well, although my lot struggled, but they are only 9 yrs old and some of the 12yr olds are giants!

Me I’m a year older, feel it too, my Bro got married, we all got very drunk, the wedding was cool, sort of mix between western and Chinese, we elders had to drink tea with the couple and offer “sage” advice. Tough for me as I don’t even take my own advice.

Flags finals and Harrow Cup (U17 boys) over the weekend, as I said before predictions on a post card.

Photo 1:  SCO’s all together, Apparently Americans are the best :)
Photo 2:  After a goal at Rencomb

On Friday 20th of February 24 girls of the German National Team squad made their way to Amsterdam to have friendly games against the Dutch National Team.

Saturday started with intense practice and in the afternoon the teams were on the field for their first game this year. Both teams played hard but fair and the German team won 16-8.

For the game on Sunday the team had different guidelines to concentrate on. Great teamwork led to a 12-8 win.

It was a great weekend taking the the team one step closer to the World Cup in Prague.

Post by:  Mareile Kriwall

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