Under 15 National Tournament Begins
Metros vs Braves in the 2012 U15 Nationals
William McInnes helps open the U15 Nationals tournament
The 2012 Under 15 National Lacrosse tournament has begun without a hitch.
The first day of competition saw 6 games played, with each state fairly even after the day.
In the first game for the tournament, one of the pre-tournament favourites, Southern Crosse, established their desire to bring the championship back to Victoria, taking out a comfortable 12-4 win over the Reds.
But they will have to look out for the local Western Metro side, who had a dominate performance against the strong reigning champions Southern Braves, running out victors 16-7.
The Metro and Southern Crosse teams both hold plenty of firepower, with Peter Kwas(Metro) and Lincoln Krieger (Crosse) scoring 167 and 118 goals respectively in their junior division this year.
In the other boys game for the day the Northern Thunder had a solid performance against the Northern Warriors, with a 7-3 win.
In the girl’s competition, the week looks to be a close one, with two of the three games with only 1 goal margins, and one requiring over time to find a winner.
The Victorian teams were at opposite ends of the spectrum, with the fire winning by one in overtime against SA lightning, the ice losing by one to the SA storm and the WA stars were too good for the sparks, winning 18-3.
Despite the fierce competition and fantastic lacrosse on display, the highlight of the day was the opening ceremony with local celebrity and member of the Footscray Lacrosse Club community, William McInnes as MC. The ceremony was full of laughs and enjoyment. William was joined by the ALA president Mike Slattery, ALA Deputy President Vivienne Parker-White, Local councillor Michael Clarke, Victorian Upper House Greens member Colleen Hartland, Lacrosse Victoria Board Members Adam Holmes and Colleen Hunter, from Sport and Recreation Victoria Brendan Sheehan, Maribyrnong Sport and Recreation Manager Andrea Jackson and Tournament Director John Morgan.
With warm words of encouragement from the officials the tournament was declared open.
Overall, after the first days play the tournament has set a high standard of lacrosse and as well as an atmosphere of fun, and we can expect this to continue throughout the week.
Updates are available the U15 Nationals Facebook Page.