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Düsseldorfer Sport-Club 1899 e.V. and Europe’s leading Lacrosse gear provider are delighted to offer the first ever European Goalie-Only Lax Camp for Mens and Ladies. The LAX GOALIE CLINIC features:

  • Five dedicated goalie aches,

  • indoor facilities throughout the camp,

  • a warm lunch at the practice facilities on both camp days

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All at a very competitive rate on January 23rd and 24th, 2010 in Duesseldorf, Germany.

With a maximum of 30 participants and five confirmed coaches, this camp offers a great

opportunity to hone yor goal tending skills in small groups coached by some of the most experienced goalie coaches in Europe. This Lax camp will be held indoors, sheltering you from rain and other conditions. You are also invited to explore the fantastic night life of Düsseldorfer, a.k.a. „the longest bar in the world“ throughout the weekend (we trust your ability to cope with a beverage or two).This camp has been supported through the European Lacrosse Federation by providing contact details to some of our coaches.

You can register by e-mail (camp@dsc-99.de), including the names of all participants, club affiliation, experience level (in years) and a contact telephone number. Once your registration is confirmed, further details regarding venue, local transport, etc. and payment will be provided.

There is an Early Bird Rate for anyone confirming their attendance by no later than Dec 15th, 2009 of €55.- per player. The rate thereafter is €65.-. It is essential to register in advance and that camp fees are paid up before one week before the camp. The organisers reserve the right to retain paid for fees in the event of cancellation, no-shows, etc. Places are allocated on a first come first serve basis. In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers by e-mail.

Karlsruhe Storm Sevens Tournament a success

The tournament started at 11 am on Saturday on the practice field of the Karlsruhe Storm with the match Karlsruhe versus the Bretten Wardogs.
Throughout the next 10 hours 22 games were played. Although the games were only 20 minutes long and on a 70 yard field the stamina of each player was fully tested.

The tournament favorites the Stuttgart Kickers won all eight of their matches beating the Dresden Braves in final 7:2 under the flood
lights.  The 160 minutes of high intensity Lacrosse for each team in one day was capped off by the player’s party, which lasted until sun-up on Sunday.

The atmosphere of the tournament is what Lacrosse is all about: playing hard, respecting the game and having fun.  The short field and modified rules worked extremely well. The most positive result of the day is the
bitter rivalry between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart is only on the field. When the game is over, the hatchet is buried and the keg tapped.

The tournament’s tenacity award went to Stuttgart’s Eric Heintze (#21). The
Goal-Getter award went to Dresden’s Andreas Stolper (#89) with 15 goals in
eight games.

Results

1. Stuttgart Kickers 8-0

2. Dresden Braves 5-3

3. Bretten Wardogs 2-5

4. Karlsruhe Storm 3-5

5. Kurpfalz Tigers (Mannheim/Heidelberg) 1-5

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Duesseldorf Sport-Club 1899 vs. HTHC Hamburg Warriors

Recruit, Recruit,  Recruit

Wow, the season’s over like it seems only yesterday and we’re already preparing for the next one.

For the English Lacrosse staff that means interviewing potential coaches to go into the Local Development Officer  (LDO) and School Community Officer  (SCO) Scheme. So two weeks of flat out interviewing in Baltimore was the order of the day (taking in the final four weekend of course). I must say, the standard of applicants from the US this year is outstanding, lots of coaching and lots of teaching experience, coupled with a good playing ability.

For those not in the know, the LDO program has been running since 1983 (the SCO about 10 years ago) when it was decided that the game in England needed a push, what better way than to bring in outside expertise.

Now 26 years later we bring in over 80 coaches, we place them at clubs and large (mainly boarding) schools. The contracts are for a year, and this crop of coaches will have the extra incentive of a major tournament at the end of the season (yes the World Cup in Manchester is now one season away). Of course a lot of the work is making sure the right coach fits the right program, and that’s what June is all about, we’ve looked at the coaches, time to fit square pegs into not so square holes. Given that the majority of the SCO’s are in the South of England, that means lots of miles and telephone conversations for yours truly.

On the South domestic front Lacrosse is now in tournament mode and the domestic closing tournament “Bluesfest 09” was this weekend This is a two day camp over affair and extremely popular, the tent village goes up on the Friday, and the partying starts, lots of Lacrosse (Men’s and Women’s) on the Saturday, live band in the evening, more lacrosse on the Sunday…job done. With well over 400 players staying over (including the referees) it’s a mammoth job for the host club Walcountian Blues, and they should be congratulated for getting it all to run so smoothly. The Men’s final was between the Northern guest team called Jedi Lacrosse and the LDO team (not sure of the name, might have been SOCO and Lime, without the lime). The Women’s was between Croydon Foxes and the SCO team called Gin and Juice, there is definitely a theme being used by the Americans.

This week sees the Australian Women play England at Cobham Lacrosse club (near London) before both teams go on to Prague to compete in the World Cup, a real coup for a new and upcoming club, 1100 tickets sold is a great achievement in an area not known for lacrosse.

On the update side, in case you’ve actually read my other Blogs, Mike Carey (bad leg, remember) is well on the mend, the wounds have all but healed (fantastic scars) and he’s starting to jog, although he won’t be fully mobile, he still intends to attend two US camps this summer, the firs being at Navy, brave or mad….you decide.

The Duesseldorf Antlers hosted the annual playoffs last weekend, in which the eight best German lacrosse teams competed against each other to qualify for the National Championship, the Deutsche Meisterschaft.

Especially the southern league surprised the German lacrosse community by sending two teams, one from Stuttgart , the other one from Munich to the DM. Also the FC Inde Hahn from Aachen (western league) and the host of the famous Berlin Open, the Berlin Lacrosse Club BLAX (eastern league) were able to win their respective game to qualify for the DM.

Now all four teams will have two weeks time to bring their game to perfection until they fight each other on the battle field of lacrosse to win the great trophy of the German lacrosse champion this year.

Sports blogs should start at the beginning of the season. This is my belief. Some keen bloggers may even start in preseason – set the scene, highlight the potential big guns etc etc, but that’s a little keen for me.

So “Why,” you’re probably thinking “Is he starting his blog at the end of his season?” I procrastinated. I am a procrastinator, I even meant to write this blog last weekend, but didn’t.

The season over here in England runs from September – starting with the Bath 8s organized by fellow my blogger to Nik Roberts to April where the Flags festivals bring the curtain down.

I’m not going to batter on about my club, and the league, and how our the flat above our changing rooms got burned out and no-one told us so we turned up for a game and had no changing rooms – luckily the weather was nice and the opposition understanding, at least not today anyway.

Today I am going to talk about me and my life with lacrosse.

My life started at the age of 19 ¾. Well not exactly…but you get what I’m saying.

It was a Sunday in 2003, 11 days into my time at Loughborough University, I was hung over – and the sight of people doing karate or taekwondo or something was making me feel sick. Then all of a sudden, there was a girl stood on a table. She was wearing hot pants – or at the very least short shorts. She had in her hands a lacrosse stick. I was smitten.

Yes, that is correct – I started playing lacrosse to meet girls, sue me*!
(* I wouldn’t bother, I don’t actually have any money)

So I started to play lacrosse based mainly on the fact that there were only about 10 other guys in the club and around 30 girls. The girls team were (and are currently) National Champions, there was no men’s team. We played mixed – a bastardized version of women’s lacrosse that involved running faster than the girls and shooting really hard from point blank range. The club now has over 100 members with about 50/50 gender split, two womens teams, and a mens squad that won the National Cup (2nd tier) competition.

We finally had enough guys to get a team going towards the end of my second year (of three) we played some tournaments at home and abroad (Ireland) and played some friendlies against other nearby unis who were at a similar stage.

In fact there were enough unis nearby at a similar stage that the next year SEMLA started a league for us. We did ok. I personally did ok, played some 2 way middie, took some face offs (even won 4 or 5 I think) scored some goals got some assists and didn’t get into any fights. Oh and I captained and coached the team made up mostly of guys who like me hadn’t picked up a stick until they came to uni. It was at the very least stressful and sometimes it was even fun.

Then I left uni and moved back home to Newcastle. I knew the Uni (not to be confused with the Poly) had a team, but they recently had tough on non-students playing so I was without lax. It was tough. I played some rugby drank some beers for a year then decided to get back into it.

So during the 07/08 season I travelled to Leeds to play…2 hours on the train and a 45 minute bus ride to the ground…I thought I was mad, so who knows what the rest of the boys thought.

Then in April It happened. I got an email. From a Dr Mark Webb. “Let’s start a club in Newcastle” it said. “Okay” I replied. That was that sometime in the middle of March 2008. Now a year later Newcastle upon Tyne LC (new website to follow shortly) is finishing 4th in the League and lost a close Nigel Wayne Trophy (aka John Wayne Shootout) final to Leeds 11-6.

Not a bad first 12 months (give or take) in my opinion…not a bad first blog either…

klm08_160Dear Lacrosse Fanatics,

The Lacrosse Club Kiel invites all of you to participate in our 14th Kiel Lacrosse Meeting (KLM) taking place here in Kiel on 8th &9th of August. We are likely to prepare 6 -7 fields on our Nordmarksportfeld so that 8 women teams and 16 men teams can compete.

Because of billing and paying problems in the last years we impose complete team fees for this KLM:

Men: 375 Euro / Team
Women: 300 Euro / Team

This fee will include all costs as well as payments for DLaxV referees (“Sro-Gebuehr”), the players party on Saturday and the welcome party on Friday. Please feel free to contact us, if there are any problems regarding payment, we are happy to assist you.

You have to pay your team fee until 31st June 2009 otherwise we cannot guarantee a reserved slot for you.

Still German lacrosse referees who are in need of prolonging their referee’s licences can contact us for umpiring single games.

We will be offering catering for reasonable prices on field, sanitary equipment is in place as well. You are invited to camp next to the field for a small fee. On Saturday night will be our great lacrosse party again, it is always extreme fun.

Please send applications to clive.werdt@gmx.de including the following information:

• Name of contact person / team

• Mobile number / email-address

• Number of players

• First come/pay, first serve!

We will be listing single players contact data on our homepage as well as the participating teams so that you can organize yourself. More information will follow soon.

Please feel free to check http://www.kieler-lax-meeting.de for news.
Sticks up!

Lacrosse Club Kiel

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In March 2009 Meyer & Meyer Verlag published the first book on lacrosse written in German. The book was authored by Dr. Maud Corinna Hietzge who received support from several dinosaurs of the German lacrosse scene.

The book covers fundamentals and essential pieces of information regarding techniques, drills and rules as well as the history of the sport.
It serves as an introduction for parents and other interested individuals and provides novices with a basic understanding of the game. Yet, even old-time lacrosse players will enjoy
reading the book, some of whom may recognize themselves on one of the many pictures.

Sunday morning, 11 o’clock: the HTHC Hamburg Warriors C-Team is ready to play with 10 boys showing up. Despite the low amount of players, we were ready to play against a next beat-able opponent in the league.

C-Team vs. Kiel LC

The three coaches (Felix Friedheim, Kyle Hawkins and Jim Beardmore) got the team to commit to a hard game.
The defence played a great first half while the offence turned mostly every chance into a counting goal. As a result the score after the first 40 minutes was a close 3-4

against the LC Kiel.

All players of the U20 team played high motivated and fought for each groundball, as the stats confirm.

But the whole second half, the strength of the players got owned by the skilful men team of Kiel, so the final score became 14-4.
Nevertheless, as coach Hawkins always says: Lacrosse is fun!

by Domenic Pfau ~ Player of the HTHC Hamburg Warriors C-Team

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)

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