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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

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)

The promotion to the Southern premiership was decided on Saturday via the play off between Bath LC the winners of the West Division 1 and Croydon LC East Winners. Bath came out winners 10 to 9 in a game that ebbed and flowed. Full report on Bath’s web site

www.bathlacrosse.com the game was watched by Mike Carey, mentioned in an earlier blog, Mike gets the staples removed and the skin stitched up this week, and he is hoping to get to the Annapolis Lacrosse camp in the summer for some light training. Croydon now have the right to challenge the 9th placed team in the premiership (Hillcroft LC)  for the right to replace them.

The pictures are from the playoff game

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 

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.

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