By – Sour
Today (20 June) sees the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships face-off in Amsterdam. Holders and top ranked England are once again gunning for Gold.
Here’s a little bit of something-something about it….
The England squad features players from Stockport (6), Rochdale (3), Timplerley (3), Heaton Mersey (3), Cheadle (2), Poynton (2), Newcastle (2) and SEMLA Champs Hampstead (1), and up to the final cut had been as much about the 2014 World Champs in Denver as it has about the next fortnight.
Head Coach Matt Bagley takes the squad into his first Championship having been a player in the last Euros in 2008 and the World Championships of 2010.
His coaching and support team
The tournament sees 17 teams from all over Europe (and Israel) descending on the Dutch capital Amsterdam
England will be featuring in the Blue Group with one of our neighbours Ireland, a couple of Scandinavians in Finland and Sweden, and the old foes (i.e. they’re old foes, not old foes of ours) ze Germans and the Netherlands.
England’s sched starts with Ireland as the main event on Thursday night, followed by Finland, Sweden, and ze Germans before winding up with a prime time game v hosts Netherlands on Monday night.
From here it gets a little complicated the top two from the Blue Group get byes through to the quarter finals, as do the top placed teams in the Green Group (France, Israel, Norway, Slovakia, Wales) and the Purple Group (Belgium, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Scotland, Switzerland).The others (3-6) in the Blue Group have to play in against numbers 2 and 3 from the Green Group and the Purple Group.
From there it’s plain knockouts as they fire on for glory.
Pretty good, when taking a proper team to the euro’s they’ve never lost the tournament (however, in 2000 when a lot of the “Big Names” were saving for the 2002 Worlds in Australia, a quasi-development team went and finished 2nd behind ze Germans). They also defeated Germany twice in the 2010 World Champs in Manchester.
There may or may not be more about the champs as they go on, with the possibility of snippets from our Boys (Kyle and Bennett playing and Doc Webb errr….doctoring for England, and of course Mylo leeking it up with Wales) over there.
Remember you can stream games live on www.247.tv
Here’s some Links to stuff about it:
Previews, match reports and general musings from the Toon and beyond.