Power in the West!

Hannah Walker, Rebecca Lane, Audrey Fithall & Sarah Smith
Hannah Walker, Rebecca Lane, Audrey Fithall & Sarah Smith
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Hobsons Bay Leader

- Damien Ratcliffe

Half of Australia’s under-19 women’s lacrosse team calls the western suburbs home.

Players from powerhouse clubs Footscray, Newport and Williamstown will compete at the World Championships in Scotland in July.

Footscray Lacrosse Club has six members in the 20strong squad — Sarah Smith, Eliza Morgan, Esther Lavelle, Rebecca Lane, Stephanie Kelly and Theadora Kwas.

Kwas, who will represent Australia for the second time at the under-19 world championships, has taken her game to the US, where she plays for the Maryland Lacrosse Club.

Lane also competed in the previous world championship campaign in 2011 in Hanover, Germany, where the green and gold claimed their fourth consecutive silver medal behind the US.

Newport trio Sasha Pollnitz, Hannah Walker and Rocharne Brady are also from the west, along with Williamstown’s Audrey Fithall.

“It’s an area of growth over the last two years which is really, really strong,” Australian coach Trish Adams said.

“They’ve got a great subsupport — senior girls that have been part of Australian campaigns in the past to mentor them.

“There’s a large representation of Victorians in general at the moment.”

Adams said the local players were extremely close, which should hold the national team in good stead against the best in the world.

“I think the entire Victorian squad is extremely connected,” she said.

“They basically act as professional athletes.

“It takes a lot of focus, a lot of sacrifice of social time, and they have to become connected as a group. It does change them as teenagers.

“Once you get involved, it does get in your blood.

“The girls with this campaign are more connected than any other team I’ve been involved in.”

The World Championships will be held from July 23-August 1 at the University of Edinburgh.

The team is hoping to raise $10,000 to pay for its trip to Europe, and are doing so via Ozcrowd.com, a crowd sourcing website. Search “lacrosse” to donate.

You can also read the full article on page 18 of the Hobsons Bay ePaper here.


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