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This season has been a remarkable season for the 1. Damen.

After losing almost 80 % of the team, the roster included only 4 returning players. The rest of the team was made up of ex-B team players, most of whom had less than 1 year playing experience - 2 had been playing less than a month. It wasn’t a surprise that they ended the fall season 6th place in the league, winning only 3 of their 8 games.

But at the last game of the fall vs. Hannover, you could already see the team finally starting to click, and while the score differential was big, it was the best teamwork we had seen up till then.

When the spring season started, you could hardly tell it was the same team. Their stickwork was greatly improved, the intensity was where an A team’s should be, and making the biggest difference of all, they were playing as one unit - finding connections on and off the field, and finding their hearts and minds working together toward the same goals.

The first game of the spring season against the Bees was clear - the Hamburg A team came ready to play. Within weeks they defeated 3 teams they had lost to in the fall - Goettingen, Berlin and Bielefeld.

This weekend the team faces their biggest challenge yet - Hannover is undefeated for the first time in German lacrosse history, and the Hamburg Warriors are looking to spoil Hannover’s luck.

The Hamburg A team must defeat Hannover if they want a chance to compete in the DM this year - a chance that just a few months ago wasn’t even imaginable.

We wish Hamburg the best of luck this weekend, but even more we wish them great skills, confidence, and the hunger to win every ground ball, every draw, and the fight to the finish.

by Amy Alvord

Since the male youth lacrosse in germany has been growing rapidly over the past years (note: The first boysgame ever was held in Frankfurt on the 5th October 2006), some lacrosse-enthusiatic girls followed and are just about to play their first game on Sunday, 19th of April on the homefield of the HTHC Hamburg Warriors. The competing teams will be of course a squad from Hamburg against the tough girls from Hannover (please see the picture).

We all are very proud of this achievement and everybody is full of pleasant anticipation.

We wish the grils a lot of fun on the field while writing German lacrosse history!

Haunted by a rusty start the B-team of the Hamburg Warriors could report their first victory under the lead of their new headcoach Jim Beardmore.
In good weather they were poised to win against Kiel with the final score being 12:4. In spite of a dismal beginning the Black and Yellow were able to gain the lead quickly. By the second half of the fourth quarter boredom was lingering among the defenders.
The good weather attracted quite a few spectators who got their money’s worth. Seemingly delighted by the successes of both the B- and the C-team,
the latter of which upset Goettingen a few hours earlier, Jim could be heard saying a loud “It is good to be us!”. The formula for success might
stem from Jim having persistently explained the benefits of winning to the team.

by Dr. BJ Schmekel (HTHC Hamburg Warriors B-Team Player)

Hamburgs C-Team player Tim BraumannLast sunday, 5th of April, the third men´s team of the HTHC Hamburg Warriors had the looked-for game against the “SG Goettingen und Kassel “. All players were highly motivated and determined to get the three point out of the game. Both teams were accompaniend by several fans which made the whole atmosphere hot tempered.

The C-Team had nothing to loose and played with 14 players on the roster.

The initial phase went sluggish forward and both teams had difficulties to come into the game.
But in the second quarter, the C-team of Hamburg broke the ice and scored three goals. However, the SG Goettingen und Kassel had also a working offense, so the score after the third quarter was 4-3.

In the last quarter, Hamburg played with a solide defense and finished it with no goal against, admittedly nor the own offense scored a goal either.

With this game, the third men´s team of the HTHC Hamburg Warriors won their first game since their establishment.

Sticks Up

by Hannes Hülsmann (HTHC Hamburg Warriors C-Team Player)

The Ruhr-Area is one of the biggest economical areas in Germany. Until today we missed a Lacrosse-Team and so some player of the Duesseldorf Antlers are planning to build up a new team in this Area. For some weeks now, they played in the mud near the Gruga-Parc in Essen, but it is time for a change. Right now, there are two clubs which want to give a new home to the team. The next few weeks will tell, what will happen to the “Ruhrpott Pirates”.

Join us now and be a part of Lacrosse-History! www.ruhrpott-pirates.de

 

by Sebsend

On the 4th and 5th of April, the Brussels Lacrosse /  ISB Raiders Lacrosse Club are hosting the 6th Annual Brussels Youth Lacrosse Tournament. Several youth lacrosse clubs from all over Europe

followed the invitation from Greg Murawsky and Jason Baseden and travel to this traditional youth tournament in Europe. Besides the great lacrosse experiences the youngsters will get the opportunity to socialize with each other and meet clubs from different countries, which will be a huge benefit for everybody.

All teams thank the ISB Raiders and really looking forward to a great lacrosse weekend!  

 

by Jakob da Goalie 

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

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