The Canadian Lacrosse League has already broken lots of new ground this year with relocated teams in Niagara and Toronto as well as an expansion club in Barrie. This Saturday, CLax will blaze yet another new trail when it features a game in Cobourg. The Brampton Inferno will be the official host team as they take on the Durham Turfdogs at the new Cobourg Community Centre. Commissioner Paul St. John says Cobourg is a natural fit for the two-year-old league and they’d love to see a team land in the city.
“We really like the Cobour Community Centre venue and the fact that it is a growing lacrosse community again,” St. John told IL Indoor. “The area has a great core that deserves to see lacrosse live in their neighbourhood without having to travel far.”
St. John says that at this point, the game is a one-time venture, but the league is definitely open to making Cobourg a permanent home for CLax action if things work out. “If we can have success this Saturday and the right group of owners step up, CLax believes this would be a perfect spot for a team, especially for the players who live in the east and the fans that are east of Cobourg who now may travel to see a great lacrosse game. I know CLax wants Cobourg, now we need to find out if Cobourg wants us.”
One of the main reasons the area seems like such a natural fit, St. John says, is the remarkable renaissance of the game in the Cobourg region. The Northumberland Nemesis minor lacrosse program started up last year after a long absence in Northumberland County and over 450 children signed up and took part. The folks who got the Nemesis program going and are putting in so much work to make it a going concern are also playing a huge role in the game this Saturday, St. John says.
“Nemesis President John Webb and his group have been organizing the game for the past three months and will operate the bulk of game-day operations. Northumberland will cover off the base costs of the game and will keep all proceeds towards their minor organization, so it really is a fundraiser as well for them. We anticipate a good crowd that can assist in them putting on a profitable CLax game so not only CLax benefits but Northumberland benefits as well.”
The Turfdogs and Inferno face off at 2 pm on Saturday with plenty on the line. Both teams are 4-4 and the winner will move into a third-place tie with the Ohsweken Demons while the loser drops into fifth place. The top six teams make the playoffs in CLax this year and the top two receive a bye in the first round. That means the team finishing fourth will play host to a first-round playoff game against the fifth-place club, so positioning is critical as the season heads into its stretch run.
Tickets are available through TicketPro. The cost is $12 for adults; $8 for children, students and adults 60+; or $30 for a family pass for 2 adults and 2 children.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 email@example.com.
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