Two Quebec lacrosse players will become National Lacrosse Leaguers for a day. The group organizing the December 15 exhibition game at Montreal’s Bell Centre is holding auditions next weekend to pick one player to suit up with the Toronto Rock and one with the Rochester Knighthawks for the pre-season tilt.
Any member of the Quebec Lacrosse Federation or Quebec resident 18 years or older is eligible for the tryout to be held at Le Club West Island on Saturday November 17th. The event will be run similar to the NLL’s draft combine. Players will be divided into four teams for the day. They’ll be put through speed, agility and strength testing to kick things off. The testing is scheduled from 8-11 am.
Peterborough Lakers Head Coach and General Manager Jamie Batley will then lead the groups through practices between 11 am and 1 pm before they hit the floor for two games each. The best players will move on to a selects game scheduled for 4 pm. From that game the lucky Rock and Knighthawk will be selected.
Batley and Chad Fairfoull, who are both involved in bringing the exhibition game to Montreal, say the idea is to provide a development opportunity for young Quebec players and to help grow the game in the province. For two players, of course, it will become much more. Just imagine stepping onto the carpet to play with the likes of Colin Doyle, Sandy Chapman, Cody Jamieson and Casey Powell. For a pair of young Quebec laxers, that dream will become a reality.
The cost to take part in the tryout is $100. Players need to register by next Thursday, November 15. For more information you can contact Fairfoull at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pierre Filion at email@example.com.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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