Bendigo teenagers team up for Warriors at national lacrosse championships
The Bendigo Lacrosse Club hopes its three young guns selected for the national championships will be the trailblazers for establishing a stronger junior presence in the sport in central Victoria.
Fifteen-year-old Tim Davis, plus Rordan Brayshaw and Jarrod Topp-Lowe – both 14 – will be the first BLC juniors to play for the Northern Warriors at the under-15 nationals from October 1-7 in Melbourne.
“This is the first time it’s happened,” BLC secretary and senior coach Chris Thompson said yesterday.
“The next step now for us is to establish a junior competition so the younger players have a bit more of a pathway.
“It will help for parents once we start the competition for them to see how there is places for the kids to go.”
Thompson coaches the three players in Bendigo and nominated them for the Warriors team where he will help out as an assistant coach.
He said the young stars should acquit themselves well against the best players in their age group after gaining experience playing against men for Bendigo.
“The biggest thing that I was really impressed with (at try-outs) was just seeing how they went against people their own size.
“I was really proud of them, because for Timmy it’s his first year of playing, it’s Rordan’s second year and Jarrod’s first year.
“How they matched-up against their own age group was quite good and I expect they’ll do quite well.”
The BLC wrapped up its season with its second win at the weekend and is looking at introducing a mixed under-12s autumn competition next year.