New South Wales Lacrosse Club recently had the honours of hosting a series of matches against mixed Division III collegiate teams from the US. It was really exciting to be able to play on home soil in front of family and friends, increase local exposure for the sport, and #growthegame.
The Men's game was a historic one, as it was the first ever lacrosse game played on the UNSW Oval. The NSW Men played under the lights with the support of a home crowd and while the end score wasn't super close, the Wombats had several scoring opportunities and started to play together as a unit in the final quarter. It was great to get so many guys come out to represent the State on a Friday night under the lights!
A week later the NSW Women faced two teams of young and fit athletes. We started the first game by notching a couple of quick assisted goals, but the teams from the US managed to out-pace and out-possess us. It was a beautiful day for some competitive matches and celebrating the sport that we all love.
New South Wales and UNSW Lacrosse both hope to host and coordinate more competitive matches like these later in 2018 and into the future.
We would like to thank UNSW Lacrosse, notably Jonas Hël Lãr, for organizing all the details and Juliet Austin for coordinating a very successful series of games (and sacrificing her ankle umpiring for the men). Also thanks to Adrian Burns for being an absolute legend and umpiring over 6 hours of umpiring and dealing with our unending backtalk. Love also to Caroline McLuckie and Tyler Nolf for being excellent umps, teammates, and volunteers!