Interschool Lacrosse Championships 2017

Date: 2017/11/11-2017/11/12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 View photos

Seniors piloted younger fellows and relayed their love for the sport

The long-awaited Interschool Lacrosse Championships was successfully conducted over the last weekend. It was the greatest-ever Interschool Championships rallying dear members of the lacrosse family from 10 different schools. We expressly introduced new elements to the event to bond the youngsters.

Intensive schedule, extensive experience

The three divisions, namely, the men's elite, the men's challenge and the women's divisions featured a total of 10 high schools and college across Taipei, Taichung and Taitung. Some schools participated in the event for the very first time and newbies were raring to make a debut!

Players had a very hectic 2-day round-robin game schedule which allowed their maximum potentials to be unleashed. The fierce "derby" between the two teams from TPCU and the impassioned performance by the junior high school players were beyond impressive. Girls of all ages were mixed and divided into three teams. We appreciate the senior girls who stepped up to be leaders and the junior girls who humbly learned and progressed throughout the tournament.

Novices and seniors showcased unrivalled efforts, neck and neck

Despite the very quick formation just two months prior to the event, some new teams showcased sheer perseverance on the battlefield. They fell, rebounded, persisted and kept fighting. We could not be more proud of them!

The chairperson of the event, coach Kinson, recognised the tremendous improvements of our players. “Senior players are demonstrating advanced Lacrosse IQ and developing great esprit de corps. They swiftly get the hang of the seven-on-seven format. For newbies, without a doubt, there is much room for improvement in skills, particularly the movement up and down the field. That being said, we are thrilled and proud to be treated to displays of dogged persistence and hard work.”

The Skill Contest – a mutual breakthrough for the event and the players

On top of the tournament matches, the highlight of the event must have been the maiden Skill Contest that consisted of an Individual Skill Challenge and a Partner Throw-Catch Challenge. Contestants had to harness their skills to complete a variety of tasks. The Contest just levelled up the fun and fatigue!

It has been a mission we feel obliged to fuel the flame of passion for lacrosse within every player. The Interschool Championships is going to be a major annual showcase that puts players’ polished skills and knowledge into test. We are already looking forward to even more fresh blood next year, and our senior players piloting the juniors through the steep learning curve!

 

Champion Teams

Men's Elite - Taipei City University of Science & Technology Blues (16 points)
Men's Challenge - Hsin Sheng Junior High School (14 points)
Women's - Team “Smile" (11 points)

 

Game Scores (Chinese Only)

Summer Camps 2017

Date: 2017/07                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            More photos

Summer Camp series was a blast! Everyone ain’t got enough of the fun.

This summer, we proudly provided a brand new summer activity option for teenagers. Taiwan Lacrosse Association (TWLA), which has been giving full measure to grow lacrosse at all ages, launched a series of Summer Camps. Apart from the Taipei City University of Science & Technology (TPCU) Summer Camp, we also hosted the 2017 Summer Lacrosse Camp and the Taipei Fuhsing Private Elementary School Summer Day Camp, targeting 3rd to 6th graders. Amateurish youngsters and kids surely got the hang of basic lacrosse skills through simple and fun drills.

Dissimilar from authentic intense lacrosse, we turned the game into simple interactive drills, prioritizing ease, safety and entertainment. Such skills as cradling, ground ball, passing and catching, and shooting were merged into familiar childhood games to create interest and boost performance. Even though the heat was bouncing off hard the fields, the events were full of screams and laughter.

These events could not have been done without the supports of participants and their parents. The Association is planning to roll out a winter edition, and thinking about bringing parents in to learn with their children, just because we believe people of all ages ought to enjoy the fun of lacrosse! We hope all participants had a great time and we are so looking forward to more and more people knowing and learning the sport.

ASPAC Championships 2017

Date: 2017/06/17-2017/06/24                                                                                                                                                                                               View photos     |     Watch video

Intense battles in ASPAC 2017 featuring Team Taiwan and five more

The ASPAC Championships 2017 held in Jeju, Korea had been a great success. This trip meant great challenges to Men’s Team Taiwan’s mentality and physical strength, considering the length of the tournament. Moreover, we put six female players up for the APLU United Team, looking to bring international lacrosse exposures to the growing Women’s Team.

Well-deserved overall results with an electrifying win

Team Taiwan faced Korea, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and China in the round robin games. The very physical, skillful and fast opponents had not stopped us from hustling up and down the field.

The most exciting game could only be the play-off. Facing the significant number of predominant players from the opponent team, we were thrilled to have led with a few goals first. The crucial 9-9 situation was killed at the final 17 seconds of game time, by midfielder Li Chi-En who scored the game winner. The boys richly deserved the win and the 5th position in the tournament.

First time for Taiwan Women’s lacrosse – the APLU United Team was about valuable friendships

Our girls’ participation in the APLU United Team merits our attention too. This year, six female players joined the United Team which consisted of players from Japan, Korea, Singapore and China. These girls could not but communicate with body language, but language barrier meant nothing when enjoying lacrosse was everything – lacrosse knows no bounds!

Having Japanese coach Minami Kikuchi coaching the Team, our girls went from being shy to building teamwork with multi-national teammates. It was indeed a week of wonderful experiences to be treasured.

“Succession, perseverance, smiles, breakthrough” – values to always bear in mind

The tournament had indisputably exposed players to precious game experiences. Players made their best efforts putting their knowledge into good use, and demonstrated the core values we always treasure: Succession, perseverance, smiles, and breakthrough. The coaching team hopes the Team, in the future, could keep up the perseverance and spirits. On the field, they shall give all out and regret none. Off the field, they shall pass on the great things and always be ready for challenges.

Let’s look forward to the Team scaling heights in the short future!

Overall Results

Day 1 - 2017/06/18
Men's Team Taiwan 3:11 Korea

Day 2 - 2017/06/19
Men's Team Taiwan 0:24 Australia

Day 3 - 2017/06/20
Men's Team Taiwan 11:16 China

Day 4 - 2017/06/21
Men's Team Taiwan 1:21 Japan

Day 5 - 2017/06/22
Men's Team Taiwan 2:10 Hong Kong

Day 6 - 2017/06/23
Men's Team Taiwan 10:9 China

Hong Kong Lacrosse Open 2017

Date: 2017/04/14-2017/04/16

Team Taiwan made an all-out effort in Hong Kong Lacrosse Open 2017

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Most diversified teams ever had participated in the Hong Kong Lacrosse Open held during the Easter weekends. It was also Men’s Team Taiwan’s very first challenge against foreign teams. Our boys’ gained tremendous experiences and showcased outstanding physicality and teamwork, impressing the coaches and instilling themselves greater confidence.  

Men’s Team Taiwan arrived Hong Kong on 13th April, kicking off their matches on the other day. This year’s tournament assembled Hone Kong’s home teams, namely the Men’s and Women’s Representative Teams and Youth Academy Teams, also one formed by expatriates, and teams from Shanghai, Beijing, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Australia, and Singapore. Unlike former years' two-division format, all teams enjoyed the chance to play off regardless of the years of experiences, making the tournament even more exhilarating.

Our first battle was the boys’ most memorable one – against Team JJ formed by expatriates in Hong Kong. The boys did panic at first considering the sizes of the opponents. To our coaches’ surprise, they demonstrated great physical and tactical strengths as well as impressive teamwork, tying tight with Team JJ in the first half despite the loss in the end. 

In the rest of the tournament, Men’s Team Taiwan showed improvements in both teamwork and lacrosse IQ. They used to learn the tactics by rote, but they showed increased autonomy with the seniors carrying the team. Every single player showed off their edges on the field. The coaches commented, saying that alongside techniques, physicality and experiences that can be trained and accumulated, players’ concentration in games is, above all, the core value. The essence of shaping such an attribute is the player’s demands on oneself.

The Chairwoman of TWLA, Sarah Lin, holds firm to her belief that TWLA was founded to provide local teenagers a whole new sport experience and an opportunity to enrich themselves.  Therefore, results never top the agenda. We focus on giving players’ exposure and inspiration. 

 

Overall Results

Day 1 - 2017/04/14
Team Taiwan 3:11. HK Team JJ
Team Taiwan 1:16 Team Siam

Day 2 - 2017/04/15
Team Taiwan 6:12 Shanghai
Team Taiwan 7:3 HK YA

Day 3 - 2017/04/16
Team Taiwan 8:2 Bayswater

Greater China Cup 2017

Date: 2017/02/18-2017/02/19

Big hand for the attitude! Our Men's and Women's U19 Teams have made their best debut in Greater China Cup 2017

OUR PLAYERS ARRIVED HONG KONG ON 15TH IN ADVANCE FOR PRACTICE SESSIONS, GETTING BOTH MIND AND BODIES PREPARED.

OUR PLAYERS ARRIVED HONG KONG ON 15TH IN ADVANCE FOR PRACTICE SESSIONS, GETTING BOTH MIND AND BODIES PREPARED.

The Second Greater China Cup (GCC) took place in Hong Kong from February 18th to 19th, 2017. Both our boys and girls did a really great job on the field, showcasing their skills and eagerness to win.  We are grateful to witness the growth of our young players and this would definitely strengthen our belief to devote ourselves in developing lacrosse all across Taiwan.  

Our Men’s and Women’s U19 Teams for GCC this year are composed of players from several schools across different regions, including Kung-Tung Technical Senior High, Taitung Senior Commercial Vocational School, Cheng-Kung Commercial & Aquaculture Senior High, Changhua County Tian-Jhong Senior High, Taipei American School, and even Junior High like Hsin-Sheng Junior High and Tung-Hai Junior High. Most of these players are under 19 and had less than a year experience. Not only has GCC allowed these freshers to play their first overseas tournament, but it has also provided a golden opportunity for them to interact with foreign lacrosse community. 

WOMEN'S U19 TEAM PLAYED 1-ON-1 AGAINST EACH OTHER TO WARM UP FOR THE COMING MATCHes.

WOMEN'S U19 TEAM PLAYED 1-ON-1 AGAINST EACH OTHER TO WARM UP FOR THE COMING MATCHes.

Pre-Match Practices

To better prepare themselves for their first-ever tournament, both teams arrived Hong Kong in advance on 15th.  The coaches decided that the girls could make use of some extra challenges, so they went straight up to conquer the Lion Rock. The amazing night view of Kowloon after night hiking marked the start of their journey.

During the next two days, our teams had morning practice sessions and night scrimmages against various club teams, focusing on developing team chemistry and intensity. As the Men’s U19 Team was composed of a few sophomore players and a group of freshmen, it was important for them to get along with each other and work things out utilizing these sessions. Meanwhile, despite being established merely six months ago, our Women’s U19 Team surprised everyone with their tough mentality and vigorous performance.

Day 1

OUR MEN'S U19 TEAM PLAYERS HAD A REALLY INTENSIVE MATCH WITH THE OPPONENTS.

OUR MEN'S U19 TEAM PLAYERS HAD A REALLY INTENSIVE MATCH WITH THE OPPONENTS.

On 18th, the 2017 Greater China Cup kicked off in Kowloon Bay Park. Our Men’s U19 Team sharpened their performance throughout the training sessions and was able to win their first game against Hong Kong Youth Academy by 7-1, while losing a close game to Hong Kong Stars by 3-4. On the other hand, our Women’s U19 Team had two solid games against Hong Kong U23 and Hong Kong U25, losing both by 1-6 and 2-9 respectively. Regardless of the score, our girls had seized every single opportunity to improve and displayed passion towards the game that beyond coaches’ expectations. We believe that the girls would be capable of a much better performance next time as long as they can carry on with such dedication. 

Day 2

The second day of GCC would determine the winner of the tournament. After a night of recovery and team evaluation, our boys were all fueled up and ready to take on team Hong Kong Stars once again. The battle was intense and the score was tied at 2-2 throughout the first three quarter.  Attacker Chiou Bing-Ruei stood up for the team in the fourth quarter, making two straight goals to wrap up the game, leading the Men’s U19 Team to finish first in the tournament.  

What is definitely worth mentioning is that two of the assistant coaches were in fact our existing senior Men’s Team players, who were trying to learn to be good coaches as well. It is exciting to see our players transforming into coaches, passing on what they have learned from their experience. 

While the performance of both teams was satisfying, all coaches agreed that reinforcing teamwork would be the first priority in the coming trainings. It is not uncommon that more experienced players would prefer to go it alone whereas freshers could rarely contribute. Learning to play together as a team is vital in order to push ourselves to achieve greater success in the future.  

The 2017 GCC marked a wonderful start of both our U19 team programs.  For sure, our boys and girls will come back faster and stronger next time. Stay tuned for our next competition!  

 

2017 Greater China Cup Overall Results:

Day 1 - 2017/02/18

Women's:
Taiwan Women’s U19 1:6 Hong Kong U23
Taiwan Women’s U19 2:9 Hong Kong U25

Men's:
Taiwan Men’s U19 3:2 Hong Kong Youth Academy
Taiwan Men’s U19 3:4 Hong Kong Stars

Day 2 - 2017/02/19

Men's:
Taiwan Men’s U19 4:2 Hong Kong Stars

2017 GREATER CHINA CUP HAS OFFERED OUR MEN'S AND WOMEN'S U19 TEAMS A PRECIOUS EXPERIENCE AND AN EXCELLENT CHANCE TO BUILD FRIENDSHIPS WITH OTHER TEAMS.

2017 GREATER CHINA CUP HAS OFFERED OUR MEN'S AND WOMEN'S U19 TEAMS A PRECIOUS EXPERIENCE AND AN EXCELLENT CHANCE TO BUILD FRIENDSHIPS WITH OTHER TEAMS.