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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

What a great weekend, I love the Flags. Three good senior games, plus the South of England Men’s Lacrosse association (SEMLA) ran the Harrow cup at the same time, the Harrow cup is for U17, U14 and U12 teams in the South. Basically lots of Lacrosse players of all ages in one place, Reading Lacrosse club. Reading is pretty central to most of the cubs in the South, so is often used for tournament and the like. Plus it’s a great venue, good fields and good facilities.

Spencer LC a team from inner London won two of the senior trophies, Minor and Senior Flags, whilst Cardiff Harlequins repeated last year’s victory over my team Bath.

Bath LC joined with Portsmouth Pythons to form a team for the U17, but didn’t do too well, although the kids enjoyed themselves. So much so that we split the squad and they played for another 35 minutes after the tournament was over, well worth driving the mini bus for.

On Sunday all the American Local development officers met up for the end of season wash up, free lunch on me.

Development wise things are really starting to bubble, looking towards September, who wants a coach, which clubs will be expanding, new clubs, etc etc. All this means a lot of miles on the motorway by the Development team, I’m clocking over a 1000 miles this month. For the connoisseurs, the coffee at Michel Wood Service Station is pretty much exactly the same as at Reading, but Reading has Ben and Gerry’s ice cream, I think I’m addicted to Cherry Garcia!

Photo 1 some action from the Intermediate flags.
Photo 2 The Cardiff Keeper had a wonderful game.
Photo 3 The combined Portsmouth Pythons, Bath U17 squad.

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

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Post by: Jakob ~ da Goalie

Due to difficulties of the league planning, the Hamburg first men´s team had to play two games on the weekend 7th and 8th of march.

On Saturday, the Warriors had to play against the Kiel Lacrosse club on the home field of the Kiel´s men team. The Warriors played – despite the deficiency in the fine adjustment of the offense and defense – pretty concentrated and disciplined and won owing to exemplary team spirit and corporate feeling with a final score of 2-16.

On Sunday, the team around Kyle Hawkins showed once again that they are on the best way to become a solid unit. The little problems from the previous day were basically gone and the attack reacted clever against the defense of Goettingen. In the meantime the defense had not much to do but played solidly through the game. Finally, the score was an impressive 18-0.

The first Men´s team of the HTHC Hamburg Warriors thank the players from Kiel, Goettingen and Kassel for a fair and penalty-less weekend and wish much success for the next games!

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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Lacrosse got off to an early start this year in North-Rhine Westphalia with the first ever ProLaxShop NRW Cup on February 14th and15th. The round-robin tournament saw four teams from throughout NRW meet at Düsseldorf Sport Club, the home of DSC ’99, in its first year.

Teams from Aachen, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and a mixed team made up of players from Bielefeld and Münster each played three full-length games over the course of the two-day tournament, and at the end Aachen stood victorious besting Bielefeld/Münster 23-5, Cologne 12-2, and Düsseldorf 15-0, followed by Cologne in second place with Düsseldorf taking third.

The weather held out in Düsseldorf through the end of the tournament letting the players showcase their sport to German fans and media. Fans from all over the state as well as newspaper and television reporters were in attendance to catch a glimpse of the American game, which is still very foreign to the German general public. “The tournament was really great considering it was in its first year,” explained Michael Meyer, one of the tournament’s organizers. “All the games ran smoothly and the teams got a lot of good exposure to one another. Lacrosse in Germany is really small, and it takes tournaments like this one to help the sport spread and develop.”

This tournament was the first time that a lot of the players had seen game time since the end of the fall season last November.

In the DSC clubhouse after winning the tournament, Frederic du Bois-Reymond, player/coach for the Aachen A-Team explained why this tournament is so important: “We really had to shake off the rust going into the second half of the season.” He continued to explain that gaining experience is one of the hardest things for a new lacrosse player, and the tournament was a great place to try out new players in the lineup.

Also new to the field in Düsseldorf was a team of three referees in the final stage of their training. The tournament served as a training ground for the new refs, giving them the much-sought experience in a relaxed, tournament environment. The students who passed their practical exam over the weekend are now certified national lacrosse referees, providing much needed reinforcement to the ranks of German lacrosse refs. The training was organized by Aachen’s Tim Pohlmann.

In the West German Lacrosse League, regular season play starts again in mid march, but the NRW cup marked the beginning of practice for Aachen, Bielefeld and Münster. Cologne and Düsseldorf had been practicing throughout the winter.

Because of the positive resonances the organizers intend to hold the ProLaxShop NRW Cup next year again. Dominique Nebreklijevic, the host and organizer, forecasts a larger tournament with expanded participation of men’s teams and even a women’s bracket.

There are more pics available on - www.US-Sports.tv

Post by: Gavin Schlissel – Aachen #11

Things are heating up in the South men’s leagues,  the Flags finalists have all been decided, which means 3 finals on one day hosted by Reading Lacrosse Club on the 14th March.  For those that don’t know, FLAGS is the traditional name for the English knock out tournament. Teams are seeded, dependent on their league status, and entered into one of three levels; Senior, Intermediate and Minor.

Once in the draw it’s a straight “winner takes all” right through to the final.  It is a great opportunity for clubs from the East and West divisions to compare standards.  Through to the Senior final are Spencer (South London) and Hitchin (Hertfordshire); Spencer, have beat Hitchin twice in the league and will go into the game as favourites, but who knows on the day.

In the Intermediate it’s a repeat of Last season’s final, Bath v Cardiff Harlequins, both from the West, Bath hold a slight upper hand in league games, just like last year, but Cardiff took the flags and that really spoilt the Bath party. In the Minor its Spencer 2 (East) against Penarth (West), this one should be close, Spencer 2 are very experienced whilst Penarth (just South of Cardiff in Wales) are full of youth.

Predictions on a post card.
 
Why is it called “Flags”, apparently in the very old days (yes before this bloggers time) there were no cross bars on the goals, just a couple of 6ft posts with flags on the top, seems it was tradition for the winners to take the flags off the posts as the spoils of the game. I’ve seen the South Flags, and they are over 100years old, kept in big wooden cases, quite a bit of history on one old bit of embroidered cloth.

Goal mouth action top right, see the Flags and no cross bar

Goal mouth action top right, see the Flags and no cross bar

On the development front it has been real quiet, it’s the end of Half term (mid semester) all the schools, and hence the coaches, are away on break, mostly skiing, out of sight out of mind. It doesn’t stop the “Money go round” though and bids for finance at local levels are in the pipeline.

The Regional Pop Lacrosse tournaments are starting to roll out, this week its Hampshire,  lots of 11 yr old kids running around with pop lacrosse stick, I love it, their enthusiasm is contagious.  At the club we’re about to host the National U12 8 a-side tournament, on the recreation ground in Bath,  and that will trigger the invites for the Bath eights in September, it’s one of the biggest in Europe and takes a lot of pre planning. E Lacrosse filmed the whole thing in 2004.
 
Me ,I’ve got a wedding to go to (my Bro) at the weekend, way up next to Lake Windermere in Cumbria,  lots of family and lots of booze. Oh, and I have a Birthday on Tuesday, celebrated by refereeing the aforementioned Pop tournament, then coaching the girls team, might get a pint in afterwards.  :)

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