Lacrosse: Rochdale lads to face Germany in final of LAX U20s European Championships

Date published: 05 July 2019


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Three Rochdale Lacrosse club players and the rest of the England squad will be facing off against Germany in the final match of the LAX U20s European Championships in Prague on Saturday (6 July).

The team, which includes Rochdale players Daniel Madeley, 18, Tom Teal, 17, and Alex Halliday, 17, landed a coveted spot in the final after a nail-biting semi-final playoff against Ireland on Thursday (5 July).

The game saw each team catch up point-for-point until the final quarter, when England’s Daniel Hilditch scored their winning goal, for a final score of 5:6.

 

Tom Teal (no.2 in goal), Daniel Madeley (no. 4), Alex Halliday (no. 12) before the match against Ireland
Tom Teal (no.2 in goal), Daniel Madeley (no. 4), Alex Halliday (no. 12) before the match against Ireland

 

Josh Croney, of Rochdale Lacrosse Club
Josh Croney, of Rochdale Lacrosse Club

 

Wales, which includes Rochdale Lacrosse Club member Josh Croney, has won one match so far, and will face Poland on Friday (5 July) and Latvia (6 July) to determine their final placing in the competition.

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.

The very first Men’s European Lacrosse Championship in Prague was held in 1995 by the European Lacrosse Federation (ELF).

The Rochdale Lacrosse Club is one of the five oldest 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.

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.

The England v Germany final will be live-streamed here, at 3.00pm on Saturday (6 July):

Danny Hilditch's OT winner taking England to the U20 Euros Final

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