Kids Have a Ball at Warrnambool Schools Comp

In the lead up to the Warrnambool Lacrosse Classic held last weekend, Paul Clough, Kristen  Stone (Lacrosse Victoria) and Steven Newall (Eltham Lacrosse Club) spent a week running school clinics.

The week leading up to our Warrnambool round was a busy affair for Lacrosse Victoria, with school clinics Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday, finishing with a primary school competition on Thursday.

The clinics were conducted for 350 students from St. Josephs Primary and the secondary Colleges of Emmanuel and Brauer.

The school competition was the result of our early March visit to Warrnambool where we conducted clinics to 400 children from Allansford, St. John's, Warrnambool, St. Pius and Warrnambool West Primary schools.

The school competition was held between St. Pius, Warnambool West and Allansford Primary schools and was a keenly contested affair.

All schools were represented in the finals with the boy's section played out between Allansford and St. Pius with the Allansford team capitalizing on their opportunities in a keenly fought out game winning 9 goals to 0.

The girl's section was a much closer game with Allansford hanging on against a fast finishing Warrnambool West, to win 5 goals to 4.

The day proved a great success and thanks must go to St. Pius for allowing us to use their grounds, the teachers for putting in the time to coach the children and also the children for competing and showing great teamwork and sportsmanship through out the day.

It was a pleasure to have played a part in the Warrnambool series. The comments of appreciation for lacrosse coming to a country region like Warrnambool and giving the children a chance to experience a sport such as lacrosse were very gratifying.

Many thanks must go to Kristen Stone and Steve Newall for their efforts in conducting the clinics,  and I know they got a lot of satisfaction in teaching the skills of lacrosse, and meeting the children and receiving the feedback from the children.

Thanks also to John Harris for giving his time to help referee the school competition.


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