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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

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!

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

“The first ever ‘unofficial’ U-12 boys lacrosse championship was held January 17th at the HTHC Hamburg Warriors indoor facilities.  Coaches Felix and Marek split the Hamburg team into two, to play 4 v 4 on small hockey goals.  They played with modified rules to accommodate the youth, playing less physically than normal men’s rules.  After the 30 minute game the score was tied 4-4.  The penalty shot decider gave “Team White” a 2 point lead. 

The boys had a lot of fun impressing the numerous fans and even the refs, Fabian Bernhard from Hamburg’s 1st men’s team, and Moritz Spiegel from Hamburg’s eldest youth team; the Braves, with their knowledge and skills.  “Team Black” will have a chance to avenge themselves on 28.2 when the teams take each other on again. 

The coaches would like to thank the great support from parents, players from the women’s and men’s teams and all others for coming to cheer the team on, and the refs for their time and hard work.  We hope to see even more fans in February showing their support for the future of German lacrosse!”

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Post by:  By Fentress Boyse

Heading off to Germany to work for a year between high school and college, I thought lacrosse would have to go on hold for a while. What were the chances I would find a lacrosse team in Germany? Slim to none I thought. Who would want to pick up a lax stick in the land of soccer and Sebastian Schweinsteiger?  Probably nobody. 

Who would have known, but it turns out I was pretty wrong.

Germany boasts 38 lacrosse teams - including a good one in my city of Dusseldorf.  These teams are divided into four regional leagues. They play fall ball and have wild box tournaments in the winter.  Go to Goettingen for the La Box tournament and tell me how you liked it.  When the real season starts in the spring, each team plays almost every weekend.  The winners in the different regions make it to the playoffs where the German Champion is determined. Last year Hamburg won for both men and women.

Did you know Germany has fielded a National team since 1994?  I didn’t.  They won the European Championships in 2001, and were runners up ‘04 and ‘08.  Through a set of coincidences, I was part of the U-19 team that went to the World Games this past summer.  We finished 6th, with 6 wins and only two losses. The U-19 German team had never won a game in an international tournament before.  I call that serious improvement!

I don’t need to tell you Lax in Germany is on the upswing .  Go see for yourself.  In a nation that’s stubborn to change, its truly impressive what has been accomplished there.  But before you rush over there, I’ll leave you with a few hints. 

1. Germans think florescent Adidas soccer cleats are stylish - pick another battle. 
2. Over there, 90% of lacrosse is not in the flow.
3. In Germany, a beer after the game is almost as important as the game itself.

Beginning with the second round the actual chance in the playing-system of the Bundesliga Süd becomes effective. The final tableau of the first round, where every team faced any other team once, was divided into two separate groups: The first four teams into a group and the second four teams in another group. Now each team plays every other team in their group twice and the first two teams of the upper tableau are qualified for the Play-Offs.

There are a number of reasons for this system:  First of all, every team plays at least once against every other team in the league. But on the other hand every team has more games against teams of their strength and we hope this will increase and improve fun and skill for every team.

Max Maier

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

Did you know that the German U21 program was the first in German Lacrosse history to get a full product sponsorship for a big championship?

Since the start of the program in 2006, the German squad has received support from both Boathouse and Brine. They helped the team look great during their 6-2 record in BC along with a dramatic OT win against Blue Division rival Japan.

If you want more storyies about the German national teams , just visit www.deutschlandlacrosse.de
 
Pics, News and Merchandise are available!   If you want a “Deutschland Lacrosse” shirt, you can get it there!

Dom

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