Ballarat Tournament at St. Thomas More School

Presentation Time at St. Thomas More
Presentation Time at St. Thomas More
Image © Doug Fox  
 
Game play at St. Thomas More
Game play at St. Thomas More
Image © Doug Fox  
 

Emerging Lacrosse Hotspot

from Doug Fox, LV Historian

 

Lacrosse is not new to Ballarat.   It first got underway in 1882 and had some early moments of glory but stumbled in subsequent years and faded away during the late 1930’s.

Now there is new energy and a growth which promises to be sustained.  If the past week is anything to go by, Ballarat is the new hotspot of Victorian lacrosse. 

For its last school day of the year, the St Thomas More Primary School put their 120 Grade 5 and 6 students through their hoops with a full day, 10-team lacrosse tournament.  David Richardson, the school PE Coordinator organized a brilliant program.  It was a thrilling sequel to the series of lacrosse clinics run for the school by ex-Malvern and State Team player, Tasi Stampoultzis.  Other schools which have also participated in clinics attended the day to watch the action. 

The St Thomas More School intends forming a school-based lacrosse club, running lacrosse within the school curriculum and encouraging local inter-school competition. Other schools are looking to follow this lead.

With a small group of helpers, Tasi Stampoultzis has for the past two years funded the purchase of equipment and has been steadily building interest, exposure and support for lacrosse throughout Ballarat.  He has ambitious plans with a target of at least 200 players in a junior competition within the next two years. The Ballarat Royals Lacrosse Club and the Goldfields & District Lacrosse League have been formed to coordinate the growth and recently were affiliated as Regional Members with Lacrosse Victoria.

Help with the school tournament came from LV Operations Officer, Sean Aaron and Camberwell State Junior representatives Cassidy Richards and Miles Cowton.  The event made a big splash in Ballarat with local coverage on WIN News and in the Ballarat Courier newspaper.

The Ballarat crew are calling for help from the National and State Associations, other lacrosse clubs, and any interested individuals.  So far, Melbourne University and Camberwell Lacrosse clubs have responded with loans, donations of equipment and personnel support.   Much more is needed to give this exciting lacrosse growth the opportunity to consolidate.

Tasi will be grateful to hear from you, even if it is only to send best wishes for the giant undertaking he and his helpers have committed to in Ballarat.

WIN News Video from the Tournament

Anyone interested in following the Ballarat progress or helping can link into the Ballarat Royals Facebook page or contact Tasi Stampoultzis direct by phone or email.  Mob:  0413 089 037 Email:  sales@provizoraustralia.com.

 

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