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LACROSSE VICTORIA NEWSLETTER #1, 2014


Bendigo to Host the U18 National Championships

In a first for Lacrosse and Regional Victoria, Lacrosse Victoria has taken the historic step of appointing the Bendigo Lacrosse Association to host the 2014 Australian Lacrosse Association U/18 National Championships at the Epsom Huntly Reserve from April 18th to April 21st.

The event will see nearly 200 participants and officials from across Australia and New Zealand descend upon Bendigo as the sports up and coming stars display their skills.
In making the announcement Lacrosse Victoria General Manager, Rod Kimmitt was buoyant at the opportunity to grow the game in Bendigo. “We often hear of Lacrosse being described as ‘sports best kept secret’. We are determined to change that and grow the game in new markets” He added “The support of the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Bendigo has been critical in allowing us to bring this showcase event to Bendigo exposing Lacrosse to a new audience”

Minister Delahunty said the Victorian Coalition Government is proud to support the U/18 National Championships with a $5,000 Significant Sporting Events Program grant.
“We’re proud to support event organisers Lacrosse Victoria to bring this important event to regional Victoria. Events like the U/18 National Championships inspire more people to get more active, more often, and provide a significant boost to local sport, tourism and investment.”Mr Delahunty said.

Australian Lacrosse Association (ALA) President Mike Slattery supported the comments of Minister Delahunty and Mr Kimmitt adding “The ALA applauds Lacrosse Victoria’s efforts at developing and promoting the sport of Lacrosse in Country Victoria through their staging of the 2014 Australian Lacrosse Association u/18 National Championships”

“Their teaming with the City of Greater Bendigo, along with Victorian Government assistance will ensure a wonderful lacrosse experience for all participants and supporters”
City of Greater Bendigo Major Events Manager Terry Karamaloudis says “For Lacrosse Victoria to stage these National Championships in Bendigo is another positive endorsement for Bendigo and the quality facilities we have in this city. You just don’t win national competitions by chance or luck, you have to have the facilities, the personnel, the knowhow and the willingness to stage significant events like this, and Bendigo has the lot”

As well as crowning both a boys and girls National champion, the event will also act as a key component of squad selection for the upcoming 2015 Women’s U/19 World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland and the 2016 Men’s U/19 World Championships in Coquitlam, Canada ensuring fierce competition. Widely known as ‘the fastest game on two feet’, with over 1 million participants, Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in North America with players and spectators alike drawn to the fast paced, physical, yet skillful nature of the game.
 

 

Tournament Coordinator - 2014 ALA U/18 Nationals Tournament Coordinator Wanted (Honorarium)


Lacrosse Victoria is seeking the services of a suitably qualified person to fill the role of Tournament Coordinator for the upcoming 2014 ALA U/18 National Championships to be held in Bendigo over the Easter Period.
 
Reporting to the Lacrosse Victoria General Manager, the successful applicant will be responsible for the coordination of all administrative and logistical tasks before, during and after the event with an emphasis on ensuring all key stakeholders are effectively engaged.
 
This is an ideal opportunity for a volunteer wishing to deepen their engagement in the game, or a student wishing to build and demonstrate the practical application of their learning for future employment.
 
Whilst the tournament will be conducted in Bendigo applicants living outside the area are encouraged to apply, however they must be able to locate in Bendigo during the event.
 
Anyone wishing to apply or seek further information (including a Position Description) should contact the Lacrosse Victoria General Manager - Rod Kimmitt directly on 03 99261391 or at rod.kimmitt@lacrossevictoria.com.au

 

SENIOR NEWS


2014 ANZAC Games - Tour to NZ

ALA is pleased to announce a men’s and women’s team to take part in ANZAC Day commemorative games versus NZ, in New Zealand. The ALA ANZAC Teams will take part in the ANZAC Day March in Auckland on the morning of Friday 25th April, followed by games in the afternoon and again on Saturday 26th April.
ALA invites Player Applications for the following teams:
  • ALA ANZAC Men’s Team 2014 - For the Online Player Application Click Here
  • ALA ANZAC Women’s Team 2014 - For the Online Player Application Click Here
Applications for players are due Monday, 10 February, so don't waste anytime and APPLY NOW! 

To read more about the 4 day tour to NZ and the player eligibility, click HERE

 

 

MEN'S NEWS


Catch up with the 2014 Aus Men's Squad

The 2014 Australian Men's Squad travelled to Dimboola, Victoria for the final camp before they head overseas to take on the Japanese National Team in February. Read all about how they overcame the heat and bushfires to have a very successful camp in country Victoria from Marty Hyde, Luke Keesing and Thomas Graham.

THE JOURNEY TO DIMBOOLA...

After driving the community bus to a few pick up points around Melbourne, first one being Rubbers house in Murrumbeena and the second being the McDonalds on the Ring Road to pick up the westside boys we were on our way to Dimboola! The fourth consecutive day of being 40 plus degrees, the hottest week ever recorded in Melbourne, there were bound to be fires throughout the state. Sure enough they were all conveniently located around Dimboola! So we were skeptical whether we would be able get through to Dimboola as roads were closing due to the fires. We were all on our phones and thanks to technology these days we were guided on several detours via the CFA website. With the coaches an hour ahead we always had the heads up on which roads to take. Some roads were bumpy and had us holding on for our lives, but we discovered it was just JTs undesirable driving. We finally arrive into Dimboola not knowing what to expect, and we were more than pleased with the state-of-the-art astro turf and facilities that stood before us. We were then introduced to our accommodation, concentration camp style but 5 star. Well maybe 4 star. Fully air conditioned left us with a sigh our relief. It was going to be an interesting sleep, especially knowing the SA and WA boys were arriving in at 1am and knowing they were going to wake us up! All I can say is team moral is high after one night!

Click HERE to read more about Day 1 & 2 and check out some great pics



Great Video Footage of Read Cup

Did you miss the 2013 Read Cup? Well don't worry, you can watch it here!

Click HERE to see the Storm take on the Fury for the 2013 Read Cup!


Video Courtesy of Fastbreak Lacrosse.


 

WOMEN'S NEWS


Australia's Marlee Paton Nominated for US Sports Prize

Australian player and Loyola University Maryland’s All-American, Marlee Paton, was selected as a semi-finalist for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup in Baltimore this week. This award is given to one collegiate and one professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. Marlee is the lone lacrosse player among the 36 collegiate student-athletes to be honoured.

Marlee hails from Victoria, growing up playing for Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club and she is currently a senior at Loyola University. She has been a member of Loyola's starting lineup since arriving in America. A two-time All-American and the 2012 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, Marlee has been named in the All-BIG EAST Team and BIG EAST All-Tournament Team in each of her first three seasons, while the two-time team captain was a Tewaaraton Award Top-25 nominee as a sophomore and junior.

Click HERE to read the full story!


 


2017 Australian Women's Team Head Coach

Applications are invited for the position of Head Coach of the Australian Women’s Team.

The Head Coach will play a key role in the program design and preparation of the 2017 Australian Women’s Team, as they prepare for the FIL 2017 Women’s World Cup, to be held in, Guildford England, 13 – 22 July 2017.

Applications Close: Monday 24 February 2014, by Close of Business.

Click HERE to learn more and how to apply!

 


JUNIOR NEWS

The LV Entry Level Program Needs A Name!

Lacrosse Victoria will be rolling out an Entry Level Program across Victoria for 2014 and beyond! BUT the Program needs a FUN, CATCHY name that will appeal to 6 to 9 year olds!! 

SO LV NEEDS YOU HELP!

LV is running a NAMING COMPETITION to come up with the BEST NAME for the Entry Level Program which will be the first introduction for any Boy and Girl in Victoria trying Lacrosse. The DEADLINE for the Competition is: 

FRIDAY, 7 FEBRUARY BY 5PM

Don't waste any time to get those creative juices going!! Email your FUN, CATCHY names to development.officer@lacrossevictoria.com.au by the deadline to WIN a $100 VOUCHER to PLAYERS EDGE SPORTS!!




U18 Girls & Boys Applications Closing Soon!

Applications are now being called for players to trial for the Under 18 Girls & Boys State Teams which will compete in the Under 18 Nationals in Victoria from 18th April to 21st April 2014.

To be eligible for selection players must be a registered member of a Victorian Lacrosse Club and be under the age of 18, but at least 15 years old on 1st January 2014.

Applications close on Tuesday, 4 February. So don't delay and get you application in NOW!

Click HERE to read more and to apply now!
 

 

 

Girls News


 

2015 U19 Australian Women's Squad & Coaches Announced

ALA is pleased to announce the 2015 U19 Australian Women’s Squad and Coaches.

The team will compete in the;
         FIL 2015 U19 Women’s World Championship,
         Thursday 23 July – Saturday 1 August 2015,
         to be held in Edinburgh Scotland.

Click HERE to see who is in the Squad and HERE for the Squad Coaches!



 

Boys News

2016 U19 Australian Men's Squad and Coaches Announced

ALA is pleased to announce the 2016 U19 Australian Men’s Squad and Coaches.

The team will compete in the:
              FIL 2016 U19 Men’s World Championship,
              Thursday 7 – Saturday 17 July 2016,
              to be held in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.

Click HERE to see who is in the Squad and HERE for the Squad Coaches!



A Chat with Lee Vickery, 2016 U19 Men's Head Coach

ALA caught up with Lee Vickery, Head Coach of the 2016 U19 Australian Men’s team, to chat about his vision for the team and what makes a successful player.

Click HERE to read more and help yourself get ahead for selection!
 




From the Board

LV Communications and Events Calendar

Lacrosse Victoria is in the final stages of developing a 2014 Communications and Events Calendar. It will allow Members, Clubs, the Lacrosse Community, and the general public to keep up to date with what is going in the world of lacrosse in Victoria! The Calendar will be accessible on the LV Website as well as being distributed to the Clubs. So keep your eye out on Monday, 4 February on the LV Website!


Knox Lacrosse Club Needs Your Help

A current or retired player living in the Easter Suburbs is needed on the Knox Lacrosse Club Committee for the 2014 Season.

Please contact Graham Lee on 0404 008 095 to help maintain a lacrosse presence in this area.

Lacrosse. Not Just Different. Better.
 

 

From the Lacrosse Victoria Office

Extension for Applications

Head Coach of U18 Victorian Girl's Team:
  • Deadline: Wednesday, 5 February
  • Click HERE to apply now!
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

16th February
Buy A Duck - Support Aus Men's Team
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22nd February
Level 1 Coaching Course
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25th February
Lacrosse Teacher Workshop
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2nd March
Level 1 Coaching Course
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15th - 16th March
ALA National Coaching & Officiating Conference
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22nd March
Level 1 Coaching Course
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30th March
Women's Officiating Accreditation
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1st April
Men's Officiating Accreditation
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18th - 21st April
ALA U18 Girls & Boys National Championships
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14th May
Women's Officiating Accreditation
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18th May
Men's Officiating Accreditation
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