June 12th, 2009
by Nik Roberts
Part of the job in the South is attending some of the big games that come up every now and then, great gig. It also gives the opportunity you network with a lot of people all at once. Plus the English Lacrosse Ass had it’s AGM just before the game, any excuse.
Cobham Lacrosse club are a new junior girls club out of West side of London, and they are part of a great sports facility based around the Rugby club, really nice facilities and excellent playing fields.
So it was a natural place to hold a warm up game for England and Australia, both in their last throws of preparation for the World Cup in Prague. Of course, it will be slightly more difficult for Australia to make any changes to personnel if they’ve got something wrong.
One thing Cobham managed is to attract a good sized crowd to the game, with 1100 plus tickets sold, a triumph in an area where Lacrosse isn’t that well known.
With sponsors and merchants all around the whole site looked great, the atmosphere fantastic and the weather sunny the beer “just” right, what more could anybody want.
The game itself was interesting, England raced into a 4 to 0 lead only to be gradually pegged back by a more settled Australian team. England though played to their strengths scoring on fast breaks whenever Australia lost the ball. The final score of 8:6 was a good one for England, after all Australia are the current world champions. But if one analyses the game the England goalie with at least 4 saves was a big factor, plus I saw the pipe hit 3 times. The actual world cup games will be interesting.
The game was also watched by the New Zealand team who are being hosted by Reading Lacrosse Club, they will play a few friendlies (one against Scotland) before going over to main land Europe.
This weekend sees the National Pop Lacrosse tournament in Hertfordshire, 20 Primary Schools (Elementary to the US readers) with reams of eight 11 yr olds trying to become National Champions, It’s fast furious and exciting. I love it. For the staff it’s a 6 am start on a Sunday morning, someone tell me what a lie in is.