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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Magically Delicious

After kicking off St. Patrick's day with a traditional Irish breakfast, I decided to spread the love for international lacrosse. Since this is a World Championships year, I figured it would be a good time.Not many people - even in the lax community - realize that lacrosse exists outside of North America and Australia. It's true that the four most dominant teams are the US, Canada, Iroquois, and the Aussies. But it is also true that lacrosse has jumped across the pond and is starting to take off in Europe. With today being St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to spotlight the Irish National Team.
Ireland's first modern major competition was in 2001 at the European Championships in Cardiff Wales. Going 0-6, the Irish finished dead last. The following year, they ventured to Perth, Australia for the World Championships. Here they finished 5-0 and wound up in 12th place to win the Green Division for new affiliate countries. In 2005, the Irish won their first trophy at the inaugural Celtic Cup. Ireland is now a full member of the Federation of International Lacrosse and will be in Manchester to compete in the World Championships beginning July 16. Divisions have not yet been announced.In addition to the National Team, four universities in Ireland have lacrosse club teams. There is also an adult club team in Dublin. Take a gander at these beauties:No, they are not the actual team shorts. But they are pretty sweet. Pick them up at the Lax Zone. Other nations are also available.

Official Ireland Lacrosse apparel can be purchased here. These items directly benefit the national program, so please take a look and help the sport grow.

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