AFTER a four-decade gap between launches, WA has a brand new lacrosse club.
The Alkimos Pirates Lacrosse Club is bringing the sport originally played by North American Indians to north coast suburbs.
The sport, mainly played in winter, involves players throwing, carrying and catching a ball using a long-handled stick with a net at the end.
President Simon Danby said he was one of the first junior players in the Wanneroo-Joondalup Lacrosse Club, where he was now a life member.
“The sport of lacrosse hasn’t had a new club (in WA) for about 40 years,” he said.
“The closest club is Wanneroo – that was the last club to be started in 1977.”
According to Lacrosse WA, the sport first started in the State in the late 1890s and there are seven other clubs in WA.
Danby said the fledgling Alkimos club already had about 50 members and would host the first round of the women’s state league games at Heath Park in Eglinton on April 22.
“In the women’s league, everyone plays at the same ground,” he said.
Bayswater’s women’s league team will face Wembley from 12.30pm, followed by a game between Wanneroo-Joondalup and East Fremantle from 2.30pm.
Danby said the club had a men’s division three team, which would have its first game at home on April 21, and was looking for more women and junior players.
“It’s quite a unique sport,” he said.
“It’s basically the fastest sport on two feet; it’s quite dynamic; it’s got lots of strategy.
“It’s got a lot of good hand-eye coordination, like hockey and small ball sports.”
Danby said the main focus was building up modcrosse, a non-contact version of the sport for five to 14-year-olds.
He said training sessions took place on Wednesdays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at Heath Park and the $120 annual fee included equipment and club shirts.
The senior training sessions currently take place on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 8pm at ECU Joondalup because the Eglinton ground does not yet have floodlights.
The club held pre-season training sessions at Waterfront Park in Alkimos on Sundays in the lead up to its inaugural season.