Taiwan x Japan High School Friendship Games 2017

Date: 2017/11/22-26                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             View Photos

The Magpies Toned Up Through Extensive Training

In November 2017, the Men’s and Women’s Teams travelled to Sendai and Tokyo, Japan for a series of high school friendship games. Despite the cold weather, we received warm welcomes and gracious hospitality by the hosts.

The cold couldn't stop us!

The first series of games took place in Sendai, where the teams competed in wind chill. Playing in the cold was never favourable for us, yet the U19 Men’s Team demonstrated utmost energy against the home team and claimed their first win.

The U19 Team made their way to Tokyo on the 25th. The Men’s Team reunited with Team Iwakura, whom they played two years ago, at Iwakura High School. The Women’s Team faced teams from some highly-acclaimed high schools, namely Asuka High School (飛鳥高校), Iwakura High School (岩倉高校) and Seitoku High School (成德高校). Through training and competing with such skilled players, not only did our young blood manage to get a glimpse of the typical fast-paced style of the Japanese, but they also learned the importance of perfecting the basics.

“We worked with teams from Japan and particularly designed a multitude of drills that simulate the man-up or fast-break situations to make players accustomed to speedy movements up and down the field. We want them to be able to think fast, decide fast, act fast,” said Coach Wan. Even junior players on the Japanese teams showed strong fundamental skills. But on top of that, the teams’ great discipline as a whole and their desire to do their best were what impressed our players the most.

Both teams hustled on the field.

Both teams hustled on the field.

Players got to know each other through fun warm-up games. Agility was involved too!


Players got to know each other through fun warm-up games. Agility was involved too!

From players to coaches

A majority of those who participated in the interflow trip two years ago as U19 Team has advanced to the Men’s Team. For the first time, the Association selected two senior players from the Men’s Team as Assistant Coaches for the trip. “As the role of a player, all we need to do is to play what we learn. As a coach, you ought to keep watch on the entire team and the entire game, and be able to make decisions, deliver tactics and make substitutions timely. At the same time, you have to read the opposing team. It has been a big challenge but such an experience is going to prepare us to be a coach in the future,” said the Assistant Coaches.

With the 2017 Season concluded in Japan, we hope that all our younger and passionate players have gained valuable experience and personal growth through every training and competition throughout the year.

Our Teams were in awe of the Shodo (書道/パフォーマンス)performance by Ikuei High School.

Our Teams were in awe of the Shodo (書道/パフォーマンス)performance by Ikuei High School.

Despite the language barrier, the love for lacrosse brought us together. Lacrosse does make friends!

Despite the language barrier, the love for lacrosse brought us together. Lacrosse does make friends!

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