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Lacrosse got off to an early start this year in North-Rhine Westphalia with the first ever ProLaxShop NRW Cup on February 14th and15th. The round-robin tournament saw four teams from throughout NRW meet at Düsseldorf Sport Club, the home of DSC ’99, in its first year.

Teams from Aachen, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and a mixed team made up of players from Bielefeld and Münster each played three full-length games over the course of the two-day tournament, and at the end Aachen stood victorious besting Bielefeld/Münster 23-5, Cologne 12-2, and Düsseldorf 15-0, followed by Cologne in second place with Düsseldorf taking third.

The weather held out in Düsseldorf through the end of the tournament letting the players showcase their sport to German fans and media. Fans from all over the state as well as newspaper and television reporters were in attendance to catch a glimpse of the American game, which is still very foreign to the German general public. “The tournament was really great considering it was in its first year,” explained Michael Meyer, one of the tournament’s organizers. “All the games ran smoothly and the teams got a lot of good exposure to one another. Lacrosse in Germany is really small, and it takes tournaments like this one to help the sport spread and develop.”

This tournament was the first time that a lot of the players had seen game time since the end of the fall season last November.

In the DSC clubhouse after winning the tournament, Frederic du Bois-Reymond, player/coach for the Aachen A-Team explained why this tournament is so important: “We really had to shake off the rust going into the second half of the season.” He continued to explain that gaining experience is one of the hardest things for a new lacrosse player, and the tournament was a great place to try out new players in the lineup.

Also new to the field in Düsseldorf was a team of three referees in the final stage of their training. The tournament served as a training ground for the new refs, giving them the much-sought experience in a relaxed, tournament environment. The students who passed their practical exam over the weekend are now certified national lacrosse referees, providing much needed reinforcement to the ranks of German lacrosse refs. The training was organized by Aachen’s Tim Pohlmann.

In the West German Lacrosse League, regular season play starts again in mid march, but the NRW cup marked the beginning of practice for Aachen, Bielefeld and Münster. Cologne and Düsseldorf had been practicing throughout the winter.

Because of the positive resonances the organizers intend to hold the ProLaxShop NRW Cup next year again. Dominique Nebreklijevic, the host and organizer, forecasts a larger tournament with expanded participation of men’s teams and even a women’s bracket.

There are more pics available on - www.US-Sports.tv

Post by: Gavin Schlissel – Aachen #11

“The first ever ‘unofficial’ U-12 boys lacrosse championship was held January 17th at the HTHC Hamburg Warriors indoor facilities.  Coaches Felix and Marek split the Hamburg team into two, to play 4 v 4 on small hockey goals.  They played with modified rules to accommodate the youth, playing less physically than normal men’s rules.  After the 30 minute game the score was tied 4-4.  The penalty shot decider gave “Team White” a 2 point lead. 

The boys had a lot of fun impressing the numerous fans and even the refs, Fabian Bernhard from Hamburg’s 1st men’s team, and Moritz Spiegel from Hamburg’s eldest youth team; the Braves, with their knowledge and skills.  “Team Black” will have a chance to avenge themselves on 28.2 when the teams take each other on again. 

The coaches would like to thank the great support from parents, players from the women’s and men’s teams and all others for coming to cheer the team on, and the refs for their time and hard work.  We hope to see even more fans in February showing their support for the future of German lacrosse!”

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Post by:  By Fentress Boyse

Heading off to Germany to work for a year between high school and college, I thought lacrosse would have to go on hold for a while. What were the chances I would find a lacrosse team in Germany? Slim to none I thought. Who would want to pick up a lax stick in the land of soccer and Sebastian Schweinsteiger?  Probably nobody. 

Who would have known, but it turns out I was pretty wrong.

Germany boasts 38 lacrosse teams - including a good one in my city of Dusseldorf.  These teams are divided into four regional leagues. They play fall ball and have wild box tournaments in the winter.  Go to Goettingen for the La Box tournament and tell me how you liked it.  When the real season starts in the spring, each team plays almost every weekend.  The winners in the different regions make it to the playoffs where the German Champion is determined. Last year Hamburg won for both men and women.

Did you know Germany has fielded a National team since 1994?  I didn’t.  They won the European Championships in 2001, and were runners up ‘04 and ‘08.  Through a set of coincidences, I was part of the U-19 team that went to the World Games this past summer.  We finished 6th, with 6 wins and only two losses. The U-19 German team had never won a game in an international tournament before.  I call that serious improvement!

I don’t need to tell you Lax in Germany is on the upswing .  Go see for yourself.  In a nation that’s stubborn to change, its truly impressive what has been accomplished there.  But before you rush over there, I’ll leave you with a few hints. 

1. Germans think florescent Adidas soccer cleats are stylish - pick another battle. 
2. Over there, 90% of lacrosse is not in the flow.
3. In Germany, a beer after the game is almost as important as the game itself.

Beside improving my language abilities, it was one of my main goals to also improve my abilities as a lacrosse player during my stay in Canada. I was spending my school semester on Vancouver Island, at the Pacific Coast - one of the most beautiful parts of Canada.  Driving about 45 minutes northwards from the Comox Valley to Campbell River, I played goalie for the U19 Campbell River Ravens.

After school, two practices per weeks, from September to December, included a hand full of new adjustments. Not only it was a far more relaxed training session, but on the other hand it was the higher Lacrosse level I had to play in. In addition to the practices, there were almost every weekend at least one game against other teams from the region.  The one disadvantage of Canada is the far distance between all your places you want to go, so that you are forced to drive a long way to your games and practices. Unfortunately, more people on Vancouver Island preferred Box Lacrosse before Field, which hugely influenced the game-play of these lacrosse games, and in the way the players attacked the goal.

All in all, I would recommend everybody, who really likes Lacrosse and has the possibility to be an international student, to go and play Lacrosse in a different country, maybe on a different continent.

Philipp Maas

Duesseldorf Antlers
Campbell River Ravens

A new web page was established quite some time ago to connect all lacrosse players worldwide. Laxmap.org is a web page composed by lacrosse players for lacrosse players in order to spread the knowledge about lacrosse.
 
The page built using Google Maps and allows everybody to tag his/her lacrosse club, including announcement of tournaments and lacrosse shops in respective country.
 
An impressive number of club teams worldwide have left their tags already on this map.  With this page, another level communication has been made possible and the worldwide growth of the greatest sport on this planet is once again demonstrated.
 
Take part in this venture and tag your home team in the map now!

Beginning with the second round the actual chance in the playing-system of the Bundesliga Süd becomes effective. The final tableau of the first round, where every team faced any other team once, was divided into two separate groups: The first four teams into a group and the second four teams in another group. Now each team plays every other team in their group twice and the first two teams of the upper tableau are qualified for the Play-Offs.

There are a number of reasons for this system:  First of all, every team plays at least once against every other team in the league. But on the other hand every team has more games against teams of their strength and we hope this will increase and improve fun and skill for every team.

Max Maier

On the 23rd of January 2009 the coaching staff announced the German National Team squad.
The squad contains of 34 players from 12 different club teams.

The next event for the squad are friendly games against the Dutch in Amsterdam on February 21st and 22nd.

On the squad are the following players:

Al-Dujaili, Sahra
Bailly, Sarah
Bechstein, Viktoria
Beschwitz, vonJanna
Blank, Anna
Blank, Katharina
Bock, vonGesa
Decker, Katharina
Fitzek, Antonia
Flatken, Regina
Gees, Kora
Gilg, Franziska
Hupka, Inga
Jungk, Annette
Karbe, Antonia
Klein, Marion
Kriwall, Mareile
Luhn, Franziska
Mackensen, Isabella
Meier, Katharina
Meyfarth, Birgit
Neubert, Lisa
Patterson, Emily
Paul, Sabine
Reinhold, Annika
Rieckhoff, Britta
Schröder, Nora
Schulte, Lisa
Schulte, Eva
Schumann, Annette
Schüßler, Annkathrin
Schuster, Pola
Wilhelm, Bettina
Zindl, Claudia

 
From Germany
 
Mareile

Did you know that the German U21 program was the first in German Lacrosse history to get a full product sponsorship for a big championship?

Since the start of the program in 2006, the German squad has received support from both Boathouse and Brine. They helped the team look great during their 6-2 record in BC along with a dramatic OT win against Blue Division rival Japan.

If you want more storyies about the German national teams , just visit www.deutschlandlacrosse.de
 
Pics, News and Merchandise are available!   If you want a “Deutschland Lacrosse” shirt, you can get it there!

Dom

On the 17th and 18th of January 2009 the tryout for the German Women’s national team took place in Düsseldorf under direction of the new head coach Damien Orr.

With his assistant coaches Susanna Ingalls and Molly MCCourt, Goalkeeper coach Björn Lohrenz and fitness coach  Chrisian Schröder he had to select a squad for the world cup preperation.

Over 50 applicants fom all over Germany tried out for the chance to represent their country.  The squad will be announced within the next week and we’ll bring it to you here.

We thank DSC 99 for hosting the tryout.

Mareile Kriwall

After last year’s travel to Philly, this year my flight was to Baltimore. Ähh, not really! First I catch a 3 hour delay in my Hometown Duesseldorf.  Then I get in touch with the British way of disaster management. Did you ever wait 6 hours in a queue? I can say now, YES! When “Yes, We can” stands for the future of the USA, “No we cant” is the answer of the Britsh customer service! So I miss the practice start at JHU which I looked forward to seeing.  I arrived not at BWI, but at Dulles. But, I’m happy just to make it here. My luggage didn’t.

My first step in Baltimore was to find a GAP store and buy me a new outfit. Sounds cool when you know that the airline pays for it, but the time that you lost wasn’t compensated for.

So, back to my plans. My intention was to come to Baltimore and to meet some sponsors from the 2008 U19 World Championship in British Columbia. Especially Brine and Boathouse which send us a ton of stuff.

Thanks by the way to both!  After that I met Pat Finn and John Pirie our great U19 Coaches!  Did you know that the Germans got a 5-0 record in their division and then in the play-in game a OT Win against the Japanese? Yes we did it! 

After that I met James from IL.  I was his host at the last Berlin Open.  He came over to write about the German u19 team.  He got a little bit scared of my driving style.  But I would say its normal. Its german!  We are allowed to drive more than 60 miles an hour there.  But this is another story.  So James invite me to “THE” Party at “Mad River” for the night.  What can I say?  Great people + great beer = GREAT Party! Thanks for that.

My Saturday starts with a hangover and Dunkin Donuts. Not such a good combination. It follows with some more meetings and a lot of water to beat the “Beast of Hangovers”.

And then I meet…

…Sparky. I get not the best start with her. She wears a Ravens Shirt and after she greats me and ends with GO Ravens, I answers with “or not!”.  Forgive a stupid German, but I’m a steelers fan since 10 years. But only for you Sparky, GO RAVENS!

The happenings after this mistake, can you see in the video clip from the convention. So unnecessary to talk about this.

So, coming through the end. It was a great convention. Hope you did not miss it! I will come back!

Dom, the part time Ravens fan…

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