Glasgow Clydesiders take valuable lessons from Ales Hrebesky Tournament; mourn passing of former teammate Hetherington

The Glasgow Clydesiders have their sights set on the 2015 World Indoor Championships. (Photo: Glasgow Clydesiders)
The Glasgow Clydesiders have their sights set on the 2015 World Indoor Championships. (Photo: Glasgow Clydesiders)

ILIndoor was happy to hear from Myles Bonnar of the Glasgow Clydesiders, who filed this report on the progress of the box lacrosse team based in Scotland. Follow the club on Twitter @ClydesidersLax.

The Glasgow Clydesiders Box Lacrosse Club (GCBLC) enjoyed a very successful trip to Radotin, Prague, for the annual Ales Hrebesky Memorial Tournament. The team, managed by Rob Kachor (GM) and Mark Vickars (assistant Manager), finished the competition with 3 wins and 2 losses (one of which was to the best team at the tournament and 2013 Cup winners, LC Custodes). The tournament was an incredible experience and the development of all those who played in it was clear to see.

From the first loss to the Finnish team, Silver Birch Leafs, the Clydesiders managed to develop their defensive game (while adopting a more aggressive man-to-man set-up) and with Rob Kachor’s emphasis on picks and rolls, the GCBLC offense began to click.

This team-work and development led to an even spread of goals across the squad and big victories over experienced Ales Hrebesky teams, Vienna Monarchs and Polish Eagles, as well as a big win over other newcomers, Spartiates/ Goldstar.

The tournament was incredibly well-run and the plan to take Scotland to the 2015 Indoor Lacrosse World Championships has been enhanced by the team’s experiences in Radotin. The tournament was televised, was refereed by NLL officials and contained former and current professional lacrosse players from the USA and Canada.

It is the highest standard of lacrosse available to European box lacrosse enthusiasts/players. Scotland will hopefully have 2 Glasgow teams and 1 Edinburgh-based team, attending the tournament next year and our aim is to reach the latter stages of the competition.

To view the AHM 2013 Clydesiders’ games, follow the links below:

vs. Silver Birch Leafs
vs. LC Custodes
vs. Spartiates Goldstar
vs. Vienna Monarchs
vs. Polish Eagles

In addition to the Clydesiders’ successful maiden international tournament, the club also received fantastic news in regards to funding. The Weir Charitable Trust had recently replied to a club application for kit funding and I am delighted to announce that the club have ordered 2 new goals, a rebounder, 20 kidney/rib pads and 20 bicep pads with this very generous grant. The indoor game can now progress even further in Scotland with better goals, training aids and important protective gear. I would like to publicly thank The Weir Charitable Trust for the support.

Finally, as many of you, who are involved with lacrosse in Scotland will know, the Glasgow Clydesiders (as well as Glasgow City Lacrosse and Lacrosse Scotland) lost a dear friend in Bobby Hetherington after he was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. Bobby was a valued player, a fantastic captain, an extremely kind person and an unforgettable friend. I, as well as many from the Lacrosse Scotland family, will miss him very much. Miss you, Mo.

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