Solid U15 show­ing

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT -

FOUR WA teams fin­ished in the top 10 of the un­der- 15s na­tional lacrosse tour­na­ment held at the Bayswa­ter Lacrosse Club ear­lier this month.

Thou­sands of peo­ple flocked to Halliday Park Re­serve in Bayswa­ter to watch the best lacrosse ju­niors in ac­tion.

The WA boys teams fin­ished sec­ond and fourth be­hind Vic­to­rian win­ners West­ern Metro, while the girls teams fin­ished third and sev­enth be­hind New Zealand’s Waikato.

WA’s teams con­sisted of play­ers from Bayswa­ter, Wem­b­ley, Su­bi­aco, Wan­neroo-Joon­dalup, Phoenix and East Fre­man­tle lacrosse clubs. Bayswa­ter Lacrosse Club pres­i­dent and tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Jesse Bow­land said the club had eight boys and four girls who rep­re­sented WA.

“Lacrosse is a mi­nor­ity sport, but it’s def­i­nitely gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity in Perth and this tour­na­ment en­cour­ages peo­ple to get in­volved in it,” he said.

“It was re­ally good just for the com­mu­nity; there were a lot of non- lacrosse peo­ple that came down.”

Bow­land said the help of the City of Bayswa­ter and vol­un­teers was im­por­tant in mak­ing sure the grounds and the club were ready in time.

The City contributed $ 6000 to in­stall lacrosse nets at the re­serve and pro­vided $ 5000 to­wards re- tiling the chang­ing rooms.

Bayswa­ter Lacrosse Club will host the Aus­tralian men’s team for a train­ing and game day on Oc­to­ber 21.

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