Editor’s note: We received an inquiry from some box players in Scotland this week, asking if we could help them spread the gospel of the game. Aye, but of course! ILIndoor was happy to oblige because we get stoked to share news of the game growing. What follows is a report filed by the Glasgow Clydesiders and with any luck, lacrosse in Scotland will one day give The Old Firm a run for its money.
In summer 2012, Myles Bonnar and Hal Jones (current field players for the Lacrosse Scotland national side) created the Glasgow Clydesiders, the first box lacrosse club in Scotland. The club began with 10 original members based in Glasgow but have expanded to 50 members, with 18-20 players participating every week, from most of the west of Scotland to Edinburgh The club is based at the Drumoyne Sports Complex near Rangers Football Club’s stadium (Ibrox) and served as a fantastic venue for the foundation of this club but the Clydesiders have been looking for a new, larger venue to help us develop our game.
In terms of competition, Glasgow Clydesiders currently play a weekly Wednesday game against each other, much like the Saturday game in the famous ice hockey film, Mystery Alaska, whereby the teams are divided on that week and then the jerseys are distributed to the white and black team respectively.
The Clydesiders have come along way since that first game which was very aggressive and heated with little attention paid to picks and rolls, to a much more fluid version of the indoor game which has not only made some players stand out on the court but also on the field.
In addition to the weekly game, Myles has been in talks with Aberdeen City’s Gavin Ingram in regards to setting up an Aberdeen Oilers Box side as well as Lee McCrohan & Alasdair Carmichael from Edinburgh so that they too can establish a side. The goal is ultimately to have 4-5 teams in Scotland who will play in the Scottish Indoor Lacrosse League or the Tartan League so that Scotland can follow the footsteps of the impressive Czech Republic side, which has made box lacrosse its own.
The Glasgow team also have big plans to attend the Ales Hrebesky Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic in April 2013, receiving an invitation for the very prestigious box tournament. The event holds many experienced Canadian/ Czech players but it will be a worthwhile experience for the developing Scottish side and the Clydesiders cannot wait.
The club will make an effort to attend as many tournaments as possible to increase their development and hopefully enough home-grown Scottish box enthusiasts will support the national sides bid to enter the Buffalo World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in 2015. Coupled with the Scottish national field team’s Canadian-Scots influence, from the likes of Jordan McBride, Jesse Fehr, Troy Kachor, Ian Vickars and Jordan Coffey, Scotland may have a good chance at cementing their place as a Box Lacrosse Nation.
Hopefully this foundation will start a rise in lacrosse players, generally, in Scotland and add to the already growing sentiment that this is the best sport in the world.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at email@example.com or go to RochesterSports.com.
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