"Meet Me Monday" Series - Australian Squad Players Week 6

Each week we invite our members to “Meet” our Victorian contracted representatives on the Men’s and Women’s Australian squads through weekly player profiles.

This week, we have Newport’s Rachel Kirchheimer and Malvern Lacrosse Club's Tim Graham.

In first we have Rachel:

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Name: Rachel Kirchheimer

Club: NLLC

Position: Midfield/Defence

Favourite Lacrosse Memory?
Every time I have walked out onto the field at a World Championship, ready to play – can't beat that feeling.

Favourite drill/exercise to do at home?
Give me a sprint session any day

What do you enjoy most about the lacrosse community?
The feeling of belonging. It’s a close knit community and I feel everyone really supports each other on and off the field

How did you start playing lacrosse?
Played at school – started age 12, but my grandad, mum and sister all played so I grew up with it.

Favourite country and/or state to play against?
USA – competing with and standing alongside the current World Champs - that’s what you train for.

Any pregame superstitions?
None

Go to pregame meal?
Depends on what time of day the game is meal wise, but I always sneak some snakes during the warm up

3 people living or dead you would invite to dinner and why?
David Attenborough, Robbie Williams and Miriam Margolyes; Could listen to DAs voice all day, Robbie would be up for a game of post dinner UNO and Miriams stories would be insane.

Any social media handles for people to follow you on?
Follow my dog; the best training partner/running buddy, plus she posts more than I do. @ediefrisbeedog

In second we have Tim:

Tim Graham

Name: Tim Graham

Club: Malvern Lacrosse Club

Position: Faceoff / Midfielder

Favourite Lacrosse Memory?
The bronze medal game at the 2018 Senior World championships was unbelievable. We were down about 6 or 7 goals going into the third quarter, but turned everything around and rallied to fight back to lose by 2 goals. It feels weird that a losing game was such a great memory, but it was a fantastic game to be a part of and really demonstrated how gritty Australian lacrosse is. Another favourite memory was our game against Penn State in the 2020 college season. It was the last game before our season got cancelled, and it was full of ebs and flows. We went up by 6 or 7 goals only to blow the lead going into the final 5 minutes. We scored with 10 seconds left to tie the game, and managed to get another goal in the last couple of seconds to win a game that likely would’ve been a final four matchup later in the year.

Favourite drill/exercise to do at home?
Wallball is peaceful and it’s a great way to keep a stick in your hands and keep up to scratch over the offseason. Not sure I can say I enjoy doing Faceoff drills by myself too much however.

What do you enjoy most about the lacrosse community?
The lacrosse community, especially in Australia, is so tight knit and supportive. People manage to rally behind anyone and everyone and that’s something you just don’t find many other places in sport.

How did you start playing lacrosse?
The junior coordinator at Surrey Park dropped into our primary school to do a clinic to spread the sport. A couple of mates and I played every sport we could get our hands on, so I signed up and stuck with it and here we are.

Favourite country and/or state to play against?
I love playing against the Iroquois because it’s a fierce game usually with high stakes. I also love playing against Canada because they aren’t afraid to get chippy with us and it’s always a physical game. As far as states go, I couldn’t separate WA and SA. They’re both very fiery games so as long as we’re winning I’m not complaining.

Any pregame superstitions?
For me, once I begin with any superstitions I find it can mess with my mindset. If you can’t do a certain thing one day, or there’s a disruption to preparation that buggers things up, it’s very hard to ignore and it’ll get stuck in the back of your mind. I like to approach every game relaxed and joking around because it keeps me on my toes for whatever is thrown our way.

Go to pregame meal?
At the moment at Cornell it’s been a breakfast at our University restaurant, which is hard to go past because there are some spectacular things to eat there. When I’m back home it’s not usually that fancy. Might be an egg and bacon roll, or granola and Greek yoghurt. Again, a strict routine is risky so I just roll with whatever I’m feeling on the day.

3 people living or dead you would invite to dinner and why?
Sacha Baron Cohen without a doubt, I’d just love to pick his brain and understand what makes him tick. I think Christopher Nolan would be a brilliant addition to any dinner party too. He’s a visionary and it would be incredible to meet him. I’d also love to talk to Shane Warne. Firstly he would be one hell of a good time at a dinner party. Secondly he faced a lot of scrutiny throughout his life and still stayed at the top throughout his career, I would love to hear his story from his own perspective.

Any social media handles for people to follow you on?
Instagram - @timmytime1937

Special thanks to Rachel and Tim for their participation in this series. We hope you have enjoyed some insight into some of the Victorian representative on our Senior Australian squads. Check back next Monday for our next two profiles.

 

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