Lacrosse: Rochdale players help England win first U20 European Championships game
Date published: 01 July 2019
L-R: Daniel Madeley, Tom Teal and Alex Halliday
The England lacrosse team had a cracking start to the LAX U20s European Championships in Prague on Sunday (30 June) with a 15:1 win over Latvia.
This year’s contest is the first ever European Lacrosse Championship for the U20 Men with the U20s team made up of players from 12 different clubs across the country.
Three of the team – face-off Daniel Madeley, 18, goalie Tom Teal, 17, and Alex Halliday, 17 – are homegrown members of the Rochdale Lacrosse Club, chosen to represent their country earlier this year.
In their first game of the championships, Halliday secured three of England’s goals, and assisted in two others, whilst Madeley won eight of his 10 face-offs.
The Rochdale Lacrosse Club is one of the five eldest clubs in the UK with the sport having been played locally since 1888.
Modern day lacrosse descends from and resembles games played by various indigenous American communities, originally devised as a war game to stop killing among the tribes of the Iroquois Indian Nations.
The very first Men’s European Lacrosse Championship in Prague was held in 1995 by the European Lacrosse Federation (ELF).
England are currently ranked 5th in the world junior rankings after the 2016 U19 World Championships and England’s senior men are the current European Champions.
England next play Wales today (Monday 1 July) at 4pm, followed by Germany on Tuesday (2 July).
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