Changhua County Tianjhong Senior High School has the freshest team. All their players have started playing the sport for 3 months only. Because of that, every match is a valuable lesson to them.
The last team is the Taitung united team. It was formed by players from various schools. Despite not having their own teams, these players are enthusiastic and are excited to meet some new friends. We hope that these players would be able
to lead their own school teams to join the tournament next year!
Many new learners have became more interested in the sport of lacrosse after having their first experience on the field. “At first, I thought lacrosse is just getting
a stick and throw the ball around.” Li Yi-Chen said. “But after I had a first hand experience, it turns out to be a hot-blooded team game.”
The overall champion of Advanced Division went to Taipei City University of Science and Technology, whereas the Tian-Pei United Team won the Beginners Division.
Lacrosse matches are never about winning or losing. The most valuable thing for players are what they were able to learn from in and out of the field.
Kung-Tung team captain Chen Wei-En believes that the most important thing he learnt is the spirit of sportsmanship - never give up. “Never blame your teammates,” he said. “It is understandable for our junior players to feel scared and nervous in their first match. As a team captain, I would always do everything I can to help them. The most important thing we need to keep in our mind is to never give up regardless of how many points we are losing. The time left in the field is the room for us to improve.”
Hu Jian-Ying, 2nd year student from Kung-Tung , mentioned that the two things he deemed the most important in a lacrosse match are communication and attitude. “Good communication would come through building up the habit of talking on the field, but you have to build up your own attitude first. Do not bother to go on field if you do not treat every game or practice seriously.
The game is all about fighting until the end, be it winning or losing . You would only lose even more if you do not fight till the end. You can always learn more from being defeated.
—Kung-Tung Year 1, Li, Kun-Han
We are delighted to know that each lacrosse player was inspired in different ways . Apart from hoping to see improved skills on the field, we hope everyone can uphold the "Taiwan Magpie spirit"* of the Association – to spread the game of lacrosse. Let's hope that everyone will continue to learn, take care, and at the same time compete with each other in this one big family.
We would like to take this opportunity to show our gratitude to our helpers, teachers, coaches and players who participated.
It was a wonderful weekend of lacrosse. We cannot wait for the second year to come.
*General species of magpie babies leave their nests when they grow to become an adult bird and capable of taking care of themselves. Only the Taiwan magpies would stay in their nests to take care of other younger sibling birds before leaving. We hope our lacrosse players would continue to pass on this tradition of succession.