"Lacrosse minnows aim to swallow big fish"

We've discovered some old lacrosse articles that we'll be publishing as part of our #ThrowBackThursday Series. 

Check out Frances Murphy's article on the six Victorian representatives selected in the 1995 Australian Women's U19 Team - Chelsea Morley (Williamstown), Sue Anne Comeadow (Williamstown), Lauri Carroll (Newport), Meghan Mollison (Newport), Fiona Graham (Caulfield) and Felicity Porter (Surrey Park).

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Lacrosse Minnows

Lacrosse minnows aim to swallow big fish – Frances Murphy

In terms of popularity, Australian lacrosse is a poor cousin of the game in the United States and England.

But that has only made the Aussies even more determined to win the inaugural Under-19 Women’s Lacrosse World Championship in Philadelphia in August.

“Lacrosse is a very popular sport in America and England, with thousands of people playing, while we have only around 200 girls playing in Australia to choose from the team,” assistant coach Leanne Trainor said.

“But our girls are very skilful and very fast, and I rate them well up with the bigger lacrosse nations.”

Trainor, 29, an Australian open player since 1988 and member of the Victorian open team expects the competition to be similar to the last open world championship where only a goal separated the US, England and Australia in the top three placings.

A national squad of 55 was named last August, with selectors using three training camps in Adelaide to trim it to a final 16 in May.

Six Victorians made the cut: Chelsea Morley, 18, and Sue Comeadow, 18, of the Williamstown Lacrosse Club; Lauri Carroll, 17, and Meaghan Mollison, 16, of the Newport Lacrosse Club; Fiona Graham, 18, of Caulfield, and Felicity Porter, 17, of Surrey Park.

Morley was named vice-captain to captain Trish Adams of SA.

“We’ve got a good, strong team, and should do well,” Morley said.

“Training with the Victorian members of the team has been very intense – a two hour skills session with the group, and then fitness training on our own every day.”

Primed and ready for attack in Philadelphia on August 6, the Aussies’ biggest obstacle has been finding sponsorship.

“We raised money to get the three selection camps in Adelaide, but we have to pay our own way to go to team training camps,” Morley said.

“It is very hard because lacrosse is considered a minor sport, where it is a very popular sport in America.”

The team will prime its match skills at the national championships in Melbourne from July 9 – 15, before departing for the US on July 29.

If you have any historical lacrosse articles that you would like to see published on our website please contact River Bradley at competitions.officer@lacrossevictoria.com.au.


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