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On April 19th history was made in Hamburg, Germany, when the Hamburg girls team faced the Hannover girls team in the first ever German girls lacrosse scrimmage. The impetus for a competitive game started with Mareile Kriwall, the head of German women’s lacrosse and a player on both Hannover and the German National Team. With a month to prepare, both teams, fans and proud coaches showed up with great anticipation, and ready to rumble.

We followed the model of the boys teams, who have been playing for 2 years now in Germany, and used a half field, with goals on the ‘sidelines’ – creating a 60×50 meter field. The 11 meter was shortened to 10, the center circle from 9-7, and the midfield was 15 meters from fan to fan. We played 7 v 7 including goalies and no restraining line – though plan to add a restrainer and keep 1 behind for the German Championship exhibition games.

The 20 minute halves overflowed with excitement – most goals were scored on fast breaks and 1v1’s, or 1v none’s, and the first half ended with a score of 10-5 for Hannover. As Hamburg had forgone fitness training in favor of stick skills, Coaches Amy Alvord and Katharina Freier were worried about their girls’ endurance. On the other hand, they had 2 full strings of players while Hannover had no subs.

Over half of the Hamburg team started playing lacrosse only one month earlier – and the huge learning curve that beginners enjoy was evident as they turned the game around just short of 180 degrees in the second half, scoring 5 goals to Hanover’s 1. Final score Hannover 11, Hamburg 10.

by Amy Alvord ~ Hamburg Coach

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

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)

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 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.

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!

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