Posts Tagged ‘Ben Piper’

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Bournemouth celebrate in pub after the game (pic, B.Piper)

If you didn’t already gather from the frantic updating of statuses and tweets in the last day or so, Bournemouth University Men’s Lacrosse won their first ever full game on Saturday and we haven’t shut up about it since!

In my many years of playing football before hand I can definitely say that no team I’ve played for has had as much team spirit and heart as BULC do. What we have managed to do over the last few months, from picking up a stick for the first time, to being able to dominate a team who beat the team we lost to very convincingly last week, is incredible. Without sucking up to him too much, most, if not all of this has to go down to Ben Piper. His enthusiasm for the sport has rubbed off on all of us and got us hooked straight away – probably shying many of us away from uni deadlines etc. but having fun doing it.

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Bournemouth Lacrosse team celebrate first win (pic, Jamie Hellier)

Southampton Tridents 6-8 Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University’s fast improving team shocked the lacrosse world as they registered their first win since forming in September under the leadership of ex-Wales under-19 player, Ben Piper

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This weeks edition of ‘How to LAX’ will be the last for a while as the team embark on another epic editing session to get the next bits finished.

However, this week is Face-offs, Lacrosse’s equivalent of a kick-off in football. You need to be strong and have good core strength to be successful at this and have cat-like reactions to go with it. Winning a face-off can be the difference between starting a quick attack for a goal, or losing it and conceding within seconds. Therefore, it is imperative to a team to win this very important skill in the match.

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The third installment of the ‘How to LAX’ videos sees Bournemouth Captain Ben Piper teach us how to Cradle a Lacrosse ball in the stick. This is a very unique style of moving with the ball compared with other sports, but has very useful advantages such as being able to move fast with the ball while protecting it in your stick. Ben explains expertly here all the reasons why cradling is yet another fundamental of the game.

Goalie Hellier (pic, E.Fish)

This will be the last time I post before Christmas as I don’t intend to waste my day blogging about Lacrosse when I could be playing with the new equipment I hope to get on the 25th!! So with that in mind, I will start by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and I hope Santa brings you all the Lax-mas gifts you desire.

Being back in Cornwall now after a very long first term in Bournemouth has given me a welcome break and opportunity to reflect on all that has gone on Lacrosse-wise up to this point. Starting in October with my friends and now team mates, Dom Garcia and Joe Jackson is where it all took off, as they persuaded me to come along to Lacrosse, “this awesome sport which is like a mix between American Football and Ice-hockey and you get to smash people with sticks”.

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