Ken Galluccio Cup 2014

It’s almost time again (13th-14th of September 2014) for one of the biggest lacrosse events in Europe, the Ken Galluccio Cup! Now at its 6th edition, it promises an amazing competition between 12 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams.

Short history

The tournament didn’t start out as the Ken Galluccio Cup, instead it was called the European Champions Cup and it was Ken’s idea and concept from the start. He had already successfully developed not one, but two junior lacrosse teams and while he’d given away the reigns of the first team, he lead the second team all the way to the U.S. and Canada to make sure they saw what a world championship meant. But handling the juniors did not mean that he forgot about the already-established lacrosse teams in Europe.

That’s when he started the European Champions Cup, to give the best European lacrosse teams a chance to battle each other and win the title of European Champions. The first edition took place in Hamburg, Germany in 2008 and brought a total of 5 teams together to compete for the title and in the end, the Wilmslow Lacrosse Club was victoriousSadly, the second edition of the cup had to be skipped because of the tragic death of Ken Galluccio at just 40 years of age. It was a big loss to the European lacrosse community in which Ken had invested so much to develop and teach.

The cup returned in 2010, this time with 8 teams and held on English grounds in Manchester and also featured a final game between two English teams, the Stockport Lacrosse Club and the Wilmslow Lacrosse Club, the former coming out of it as victor.

It returned to its origins in Hamburg in its third edition, but has changed cities ever since, taking place even in Prague, Czech Republic and Ghent, Belgium.

The cup in 2014

KGC14 FB

In 2012, the cup saw a drop in participating teams, with only 3 men’s and 3 women’s teams signing up for that year’s edition. This year, the tournament stays in Ghent, Belgium for the second year in a row, but while last year brought about 12 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams, this year we have an equal number of 12 and 12 for even more quality games and a lot of fun! The defending champions for the women’s teams, Oxton Wirral, will be participating this year again and we’re curious to see if they will keep their title this year as well.

Here are the men’s and women’s team schedules:

Men's Schedule KGC14

Men’s Schedule KGC14

Women's Schedule KGC14

Women’s Schedule KGC14

The Ken Galluccio Cup always promises a lot of fun and great games and sportsmanship between the clubs, so this year should be no different. Be sure to check back after this weekend for news and pictures from the cup, because our Captain Lax team will also be there to cheer for each team.

Until then, sticks up!

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