Gold goal in sight

Eastern Reporter - - News -

BAYSWATER Lacrosse Club star Thomas Gra­ham, who has twice been voted Aus­tralia’s best lacrosse player, is re­turn­ing to the world stage this week. The 25-year-old aims to help Aus­tralia fin­ish on the podium at the 2018 Fed­er­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Lacrosse Men’s World Cham­pi­onship in Ne­tanya, Is­rael, af­ter com­ing fourth in 2014.

BAYSWATER Lacrosse Club star Thomas Gra­ham is aim­ing to help Aus­tralia notch a podium spot at the 2018 Fed­er­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Lacrosse Men’s World Cham­pi­onship, af­ter com­ing fourth in 2014.

The High­gate res­i­dent, for­merly of Bayswater, will be com­pet­ing at his sec­ond world cham­pi­onships, to be held in Ne­tanya, Is­rael from July 12 to 21.

Gra­ham (25), who won the O.C Isaach­sen Trophy for Best Male Player in Aus­tralia for 2013 and 2016, will be joined by Bayswater coach and life-mem­ber Glenn Mor­ley, who will serve as the team’s as­sis­tant coach.

He has been play­ing the sport for about 16 years.

Gra­ham said he was hon­oured to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia again.

“I think com­ing fourth last time was maybe a lit­tle bit of a dis­ap­point­ment; we were try­ing to get medals,” he said.

“We will be aim­ing for that this time, hope­fully crack the top 3 and get on the podium.”

The Pro Build con­struc­tion worker said it was dif­fi­cult to bal­ance his work on the Ritz Carl­ton de­vel­op­ment at El­iz­a­beth Quay with train­ing.

With Bayswater sit­ting in third spot on the State League lad­der, Gra­ham will fo­cus on help­ing his team im­prove on their 2017 run­ner-up fin­ish once he re­turns from Is­rael.

“Gen­er­ally, they go all right when I am not there, so I am sure the boys back home will do a good job,” he said.

He said he loved spend­ing time at the club.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484475

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