Posts Tagged ‘Swansea Hawks’

Lacrosse in the UK is beginning to reap the rewards for the endless amounts of effort and planning in its INTOLacrosse scheme.

The English Lacrosse Association’s new coaching regime all has been hitting Universities and Schools since last summer and has overseen the rise of many new teams as a result.

Bournemouth and Falmouth are the two newest teams in the South West, with English Lacrosse Development Officer, Will Finlayson, at the forefront of their success. The Bath Lacrosse player travels to the respective Universities on a weekly basis to carry out basic Lacrosse skills sessions, along with activities to encourage more and more players to take up the sport.

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Bournemouth v Swansea

George FeBreese escapes the clutches of the Swansea defence. (pic, Jack Simmons)

Bournemouth University fell at the last hurdle as an experienced Swansea Hawks team scraped victory to book their place in the Flags Plate final in Reading.

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Rosie in tape and hard mesh (pic, J.Hellier)

As far as Lacrosse goes, this week has been pretty slow. A decent stick skills session on Monday, which saw me pick up a short stick for the first time since the eye incident, was followed by the news that our game was cancelled on Saturday due to a lack of numbers – probably just as well considering our two best players would have been missing!

This was followed by a lethargic strength and conditioning class for me in which I couldn’t even finish the shuttle run at the end – pretty pathetic really. However, Wednesday’s training session was a huge confidence boost after the humiliation of Saturday’s game in Swansea. In what everyone agreed was one of the best training sessions we’ve ever had – mainly down to the practice game we had being a big success – I felt more comfortable and, well, in the words of the Lonely Island, “Like a Boss”, more than I had ever felt in my brief spell as a goalie so far. As soon as the first shot came towards me, I felt the urge to really step out, or ‘explode’ to it to make the save, something I have been taught but never really carried out with aggression. From that point on I felt a rush of adrenaline every time I was getting shots fired at me – even feeling the need to bang the rage cage as the attack-man ran round the back of my goal, in the hope of putting them off. It was the first real time I’ve felt in myself that I could actually become a semi-decent Lacrosse goalkeeper – which is a confidence, NOT arrogance, that I have learnt that a goalkeeper really needs.

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Josh Carter Walrus drinking challenge (pic, Jamie Hellier)

It’s been a while since I last posted on here, but in all honesty not a lot has happened in my my life Lacrosse-wise in the last few weeks.

The Christmas break was great – relaxing, full of food, friends, family and more food. The only downside was my Gran being in hospital and my Granddad being ill at the same time, but thankfully they are OK now! The one thing that stood out to me over the holidays, however, was how obsessed I now am with Lacrosse. I mean it’s ridiculous now I think of it.

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