Uncovered: Lacrosse at Cardiff

This year the spotlight will be on Lacrosse at Cardiff more than ever. With last year’s relegation of the Women’s first team, the Men’s first team coming close to both league and cup success, and triumph in both the male and female Varsity fixtures, this season promises to be as equally enthralling.

There is even more to play for now. Can the women bounce back and seek an immediate return to one of the highest leagues in BUCS? Can the men go one better and claim silverware? And can both teams retain the bragging rights in Varsity? The Men have certainly started preparations early; whilst the ladies were taking the traditional fitness approach to pre-season the men were hitting it hard. In early September they were in Gloucester, competing in the Midwest Lacrosse 6’s Tournament which boasted teams from both university and premiership level. Victories against Birmingham, Trowbridge and Gloucester followed an outstanding 7-0 beating of local rivals Swansea Hawks.

The day was a resounding success as the team excelled against many of their university counterparts, and saw standout performances from James Gibson and Charlie Quarry. The men eventually finished third in the competition losing narrowly to local club Cardiff Harlequins, who the university work closely with during the season – offering more coaching, and more playing time. The early indications are that this team has the potential to go one better this season and claim silverware, and considering that numerous players represented Scotland in the international Rhino Cup 2012 in Belgium in late September, a tournament featuring some of the best young players around Europe, success can’t be too far away.

After the disappointing results of the previous year which saw the Cardiff Ladies first team finish at the bottom of the table, the pre-season has been one of rebuilding and restructuring; training has been harder with a stronger influence towards fitness. Media Secretary Victoria Farrant states that the team “will definitely come back stronger this year” as they aim to reestablish themselves amongst the countries very elite. With an influx of new members for both teams, and substantial interest from Freshers there is a sense that Lacrosse at Cardiff will certainly be stronger than ever this season.

This could be boosted further by the introduction of both male and female second teams. The club currently experiments with mixed teams in tournaments, training and on tour but the undeniable long term goal of establishing a Men and Women’s second team would insure competition for places, and would certainly raise performance levels. This season, is definitely one that cannot be missed!

Edward Searle

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