The Irish men’s and women’s national Lacrosse teams are currently competing in the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships in Amsterdam this week along with 17 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams from across Europe.
The Irish men’s Lacrosse team retained their Top 10 world ranking with a ninth place finish in the 2010 World Championships in Manchester and will now compete in the Top Division at the European Championships.
Their opening game will be against reigning champions, England, on June 21st, followed by group games against The Netherlands, Germany, Finland and Sweden. Games between Ireland and these teams have been tight over the past few years (including a heart-breaking 11-10 loss to The Netherlands in 2008), so the men will be eager for a medal winning finish over the next few weeks.
The women’s team will be hoping to better their fourth place position at the previous European Championships in 2008 and a strong fifth place standing in their first World Cup appearance in 2009. They are coming into the tournament after a rigorous warm-up schedule including the Home Internationals Tournament in April, an annual international women’s
tournament between neighbouring nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
The Irish women’s Lacrosse team launch their campaign against England on June 23rd, in the Yellow group along with Austria, Germany, Switzerland and host nation Netherlands.
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