As we approach the opening ceremony tonight, we’re running out of time for our previews, so here’s Scotland.
The Scotland men’s lacrosse team is steeped in tragedy. Formed on a request from Syracuse University on the back of the Lockerbie air disaster, which claimed the lives of numerous Syracuse students, they lost one of their own, Private Bobby Hetherington in April 2013 whilst serving with the Royal Regiment of Scotland in Afghanistan. In tribute to Hetherington, a captain at the 2012 European Champs, one of the squad will be selected to wear his number (#4) for the tournament.
On the field, they turned in a strong 7th place finish in Manchester, but only managed a 6th place finish in Amsterdam two years later.
Off the field Head Coach John Kenney has been with the squad since 2008 (when he may or may not have been barracked by certain members and former members of NuTLC at the Celtic Cup in Edinburgh), and knows his squad as well as any coach in the
Scotland will take on Thailand, Switzerland and eastern European behemoths Latvia in the white division, from where they’ll be looking to progress in first spot, to set up a likely clash with Finland (12th in 2010).
As with all Scotland teams, they’ll be painting themselves (pun intended) as underdogs to the outside world whilst being fiercely confident of their collective abilities and woad betide (bu-dum-pssh) anyone who tries to stop them solidifying their top 10 status and push Germany, Ireland and Israel for the first spot outside of the Blue division teams.
Previews, match reports and general musings from the Toon and beyond.