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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!!!

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

German Women's National Tryouts9

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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This is the first of what we in Brussels hope will be a series of blog entries about lacrosse and youth lacrosse in Europe from the perspective of the coaches and players of the only lacrosse team in Belgium and what we think is the only high school team on continental Europe (the island nations of Great Britain and Ireland excepted).  It is kind of ironic for North Americans like Greg and I to have to move to old Europe in order to enjoy a pioneering experience, but that’s precisely what we are doing, at least in lacrosse terms.  We’ll blog later about the roots of Lacrosse at the International School of Brussels, from where we are writing.

We’ve conducted a little research about the roots of the game in Europe, which is probably the best place to begin our own story. It is said that story of lacrosse in Europe begins in 1867 after Queen Victoria watched 27 Canadians including 13 Iroquois, led by a certain W.G. Beers, play a match on the grounds of Windsor castle.  The queen’s diary entry that day noted that “The game was very pretty to watch.”  Her aristocratic entourage apparently got the hint, and within months lacrosse was being played by the daughters of the great and the good at England’s most posh boarding schools. The men’s game also took off, and when Beers returned with another Canadian team in 1883, he discovered that some sixty clubs had been formed in Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Lancashire Middlesex and Yorkshire.  It was the first lacrosse boomlet in Europe, but one that stopped at the frigid waters of the English Channel.

There are two points to remember here.  1) In lacrosse terms, the green pastures of Buckingham Palace may well be as hallowed as the artificial turf at Hopkins’ Homewood Field and, 2) Lacrosse in Europe is most deeply rooted in England.  Not surprisingly, the best lacrosse in Europe is still played there even as the game begins to take root in Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands and elsewhere. England, of course, is the only European nation competing at the highest levels of world lacrosse. The rest of Europe is playing catch up.

But things are moving quickly here.  Just the other day, we noticed that NLL lacrosse is now shown on European cable television. Nothing will raise interest like that. Both Greg and I play ice hockey here in Brussels with a bunch of Finns, Swedes, Russians and Czechs.  We can tell you that lacrosse quickly catches the eye of hockey players and there are a lot of hockey players in northern and Central Europe! The Czechs are picking up box lacrosse very quickly and developing stick skills that are surprising advanced although stylistically more similar those practiced by kids from Ontario than those from Baltimore. You can tell that a game is growing and taking root when national styles of play begin to become evident.

It’s the end of January in sun starved Belgium. The weather has been uncharacteristically cold and obviously we are now in the interstices between Fall Ball and the spring season. Practice begins only in March and our hope is that our 45 or so kids are occasionally taking their sticks out to work on their left hands. My suspicion is that if they are taking out their sticks they are shooting around on their strong hands which will make our challenge all the greater come March.

We will cross that bridge when we come to it.

Paul Cook is the Assistant Lacrosse Coach at the International School of Brussels in Belgium. During the day he is the Director of the Economics and Security Committee at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He began his lacrosse career as a midfielder playing for the legendary coach, Heb Evans, at what was then known as Governor Dummer Academy but which has since become the Governor’s Academy. He went to play attack for the B Lacrosse Team at Johns Hopkins and was one of its captains in 1982. He played some club ball in Washington afterwards,  coached ice hockey in the Italian Alps for two years, and  returned to the game of lacrosse two years ago when, to his amazement, he discovered that it was being played at the International School of Brussels where his son had just enrolled.

Greg Murawsky is a Science teacher at the International School of Brussels.  Seven years ago, three students had discovered that he was a former “Box Lacrosse” player from Ottawa, Canada and enlisted him to be the coach for the new “club” at the school.  Seven years later, the lax club has grown into a a legitimate team and Brussels has been working to create youth lacrosse opportunities for its students and anyone who’ll play us all over Europe and in the UK.

Snow snow and more snow, the South of England was really bad this week, the whole country stops for a quarter inch of snow, so 4 inches really put the brakes on absolutely everything.
 
But we still go on looking for new players, the men’s and women’s  youth teams in Trowbridge, Wiltshire looked to have recruited a couple of likely candidates, sadly the games were all called off over the weekend and we didn’t get to see their skills.

Nice gloves though..

Streborkin

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

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

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