By – Sour
Here we go again tidying up all our European Championship coverage on nutlax.com. Following our last catch up with MJ, he’s been through a whole bunch, we find out what after the jump….
S: So dude, welcome back. How was your last week at the Euro’s?
M: Thanks dude, was amazing playing and watching so much lacrosse. We played some difficult games so was a tough last week, however it was a great environment especially when watching the finals on the Saturday.
S: Now....Your results, you were nipped to the group win by Israel by a single measly goal which saw you end up in the Play-in round against Finland. Was there much of a jump in standard from your group to those guys coming down from the blue group?
M: The Israeli game was a big disappointment for the squad, especially it being our 4th game and first defeat. We realised what the mistakes were and what needed improving, it was also the fact that we had made getting to the QF a lot more difficult for ourselves, even if we had beaten Finland we would have to have played England. The Finland game was a big step up, both in quality of lacrosse and the fanbase which was watching as we were on the main pitch. We unfortunately did not play our best game and the fins took advantage of this.
S: After the Finland loss, you ended up in the 9-12th place play-off pool with the Czechs, Switzerland and Slovakia, coming out in 10th place overall. How did the squad as a whole, and you personally feel about that as a result?
M: We were all disappointed given that we did so well in our group stage, we came together as a team though and beat two out of the three placement games. The Czech game was a tough game, as they have a very good squad with several box players. Overall we did not make the QF but we stayed top 10 which we were happy about, as that was our aim when we knew we were in the placement games.
S: I’ve seen from facebook that you’ve had some wind-down time in the ‘Dam after the tournament. Did you plan that, or was it a spur of the moment thing with your new team mates?
M: I had planned this with my brother and another member of the squad, it was good as we did not have much chance to go into the centre of Amsterdam as we only had one day off. Due to our last game being on the Friday we decided to go out on the Friday night into the Dam, this was a good team bonding exercise which ended with several beers being consumed. The closing ceremony was good fun and all the men’s and women’s teams were out celebrating. Staying on in the Dam allowed us to visit several sites and more of the nightlife.
S: What is the biggest on the field thing that you’ve taken away from the tournament?
M: The importance of moving the ball quickly and off ball movement.
S: How about off the field?
M: The team bonding was great, it was also important to learn the importance of eating properly and hydration with the high number of games required to play.
S: Looking ahead now, what do you think of your chances of making the 2014 World Championship squad for Denver?
M: It will be very tough as several good quality players did not come to the Euros so they will be fighting for a place back on the squad. For myself it will be important to work on fitness and stick skills.
S: thanks very much buddy. See you soon.
M: Thanks a lot Higgs, was a great experience and I wish the Knights all the best this coming season if I am not up in the North east
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