The Lax Road to Denver – 30 Days and Counting

We’ve received word from Mr. Gordon again! This is the third post in a series portraying Team Scotland’s preparations for the World Lacrosse Championships 2014 in Denver and this time the final 30 days have started ticking away. See what Nye and his team have been up to since our last post!

The last tests were performed…

…despite the initial moans and groans, the squad was obviously well prepared for this last batch of testing…

30 Days left until Scotland’s first game against Thailand in the World Championships in Denver. Our team is flying out on the 4th of July to make sure that we have fully acclimatized to the heat/altitude and to take part in a few training games against some really world class opposition. In final preparations for our warm up games, Scotland have been busy at home over the past weekend.

On the weekend of the 7th and 8th of June, Scotland had our last practice together before flying out to Denver. This weekend also came as the last chance for the coaches and staff to impose fitness testing on us, again, but for the last time. However, despite the initial moans and groans, the squad was obviously well prepared for this last batch of testing, with players hitting high scores in all of our different tested areas. We followed up the fitness with some refresher work on our tactics, covered some different plays we wanted to work on and then headed home to recover.

Scotland Lacrosse 2014

The team also got to put this last training into practice when they met up and played against the USAAI team:

…and the results were as great as expected.

After the game this weekend, you can tell Scotland is hungry, get ready to see us go far!

 

When we came back together on Sunday, we came up against the USAAI touring team, a collection of Div 3 College players who tour Europe every year once their college season has finished. The USAAI team always provides a tough challenge and did again this year, however it provided clear pointers on what needed to be worked on and where we had improved over the previous months. With this practice, and when we come together in Denver with the rest of our squad and coaches on the 4th of July, we will be more than ready for the challenges that we will face at the World Championships.

As always it was an honour to put on the jersey for Scotland, and a big confidence boost for me to get a full game under my belt after my injury worries the month before. After the game this weekend, you can tell Scotland is hungry, get ready to see us go far!

– Nye Gordon, Scotland – June 2014

We’re also glad to hear that Mr. Gordon has recovered from his injuries and is back in the game and we’re anxious to see what else these next few weeks before the flight have in store for him! Check back for his next guest post soon. Until then, as always, sticks up!

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