Ireland Lacrosse – The underdog of Irish Sport

Lauren Cassidy

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Summer time is fast approaching and with it comes the usual round up of sports events that are subject to  the trifecta of Irish sport – GAA, rugby and soccer. RTE is sure to have the GAA All Ireland Senior Football Championship covered on The Sunday Game. Eir  Sport lends itself the Irish Premier league and Sky Sports will exhibit the British and Irish Lions Tour 2017. However, another sport is slowly but surely on the rise in Ireland. Infiltrating the Irish sporting landscape from across the seas, Lacrosse combines the fast paced excitement of hurling, the physicality of rugby and the agile complexity of soccer to make for a thrilling sporting event.

Lacrosse salute (Photo credit: aistphotos, Flicker)
Lacrosse salute (Photo credit: aistphotos, Flicker)

In 2016 an Irish men’s under-19 national team was established as the first under-age national lacrosse team in Ireland’s history. The team made it to the U19 World Championships in Vancouver, Canada where they placed 7th in the world. I sat town with the midfield player, Cormac Ring to talk about the teams achievement and the future of this developing sport in Ireland.

 

If you have an interest in becoming part of the growing lacrosse community, Ireland Lacrosse will be holding an Irish senior men’s national team selection event in Dublin which will take place on Saturday  30 September 2017 from 9am-1pm at ALSAA, Old Airport Road, Toberbunny, Co. Dublin. To register, players must complete the Ireland Lacrosse Tryout Registration Form on the Ireland Lacrosse website.

These events will be used to select the Irish men’s senior national team (field) which will compete in the 2018 World Championships in Manchester, England (12-21 July 2018), and they will also be used to select the Éire team which will be competing in the ‘Festival’ tournament taking place alongside the World Championships. – Ireland Lacrosse

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Lauren Cassidy