Big hand for the attitude! Our Men's and Women's U19 Teams have made their best debut in Greater China Cup 2017
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.
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.
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.
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
Taiwan Women’s U19 1:6 Hong Kong U23
Taiwan Women’s U19 2:9 Hong Kong U25
Taiwan Men’s U19 3:2 Hong Kong Youth Academy
Taiwan Men’s U19 3:4 Hong Kong Stars
Day 2 - 2017/02/19
Taiwan Men’s U19 4:2 Hong Kong Stars