It’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.