Goalie Declan Petersen of the Lacoka Gators keeps his eye on the ball Saturday

Field lacrosse teams working their way to provincials

Lacoka’s field lacrosse team Gators are making their way to provincials starting with three field days.

Lacoka’s field lacrosse team Gators are making their way to provincials followimng the first of three field days before the main event that pits the best teams against each other.

Held at the Ponoka Secondary Campus soccer pitches Saturday, July 23, the tournament hosted teams from as far as Cranbrook, B.C. and Saskatoon, Sask. plus the big cities of Calgary and Edmonton who joined to attend the challenge. Three teams played at once with more than 40 teams taking in the whole day.

The field day was packed with parents, families and close to 800 athletes, explained Mike Wood, president of the Lacoka Lacrosse Association.

“It’s an amazing big family. All of us, we work together to try to make these as successful as possible,” he added.

With lacrosse being one of the fastest growing sports in North America, Wood said these field lacrosse days are a way to ensure more kids get involved in the sport. Growth is coming and Lacoka wants to be ready for it.

“We’re going to see our biggest growth in field lacrosse and girls’ lacrosse,” said Wood. “So now we’ve got girls lacrosse playing today and it just keeps growing.”

Indeed, in speaking with the Mustangs organization in Calgary, Wood says they have seen 100 new players in their program just this year.

“It’s days like this, where we all barbecue together. Just in Lacoka we have kids that travel from Brooks. We have kids from Medicine Hat, Didsbury, Olds,” he explained.

“That’s kind of what builds this great big family.”

He was pleased to host the field day in Ponoka as last year the event was held in Lacombe as there are players from both communities.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Quebec police continue search for father, one day after missing girls found dead

Bodies were found in a wooded area of Quebec City suburb

Red Deer up to 4 active COVID-19 cases

Province announced 77 new confirmed cases across Alberta Friday

Samson chief election set for July 14

Nine candidates, including the incumbent, running

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

How Conservative leadership hopefuls would address the WE scandal if they win

The ethics commissioner has been called in to see if Trudeau broke conflict-of-interest law

With debt, deficit numbers out, experts say Liberals need plan for growth

Borrowing will push the federal debt past $1 trillion by the end of the fiscal year

Pedestrian-only downtown a hit with residents as St. John’s adapts to pandemic

‘The city really got this right this time. We’re very happy’

Bosnian-Canadians mark 25th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre

‘It’s sad for a child to think that it’s normal, actually, to … have family members killed’

PODCAST: COVID-19 and the US Election

The Expert welcomes Burman University Political Scientist Marc Froese

Sylvan Lake RCMP continue search for missing man

43-year-old Steven Hull’s last known whereabouts were in the Sylvan Lake area on May 28

Most Read