Women’s Lacrosse

A History of Women’s Lacrosse at Eltham

Eltham Women joined the women’s competition then known as the Victorian Women’s Amateur Lacrosse Association, in 1982 with an entry into the Under 16 girls competition. A full team of local schoolgirls took part in the first team representing Eltham. In 1980 President Ray Shannon asked Kendrea Kendall (Lacrosse Victoria Life Member) to be the Women’s Director. After some preliminary work in 1980-81 Eltham Women were up and running in 1982. Eltham Lacrosse grew out of the demise of Montmorency Lacrosse Club which ran from 1975 to 1981.

Since Eltham Women’s entry into the competition back in 1982 we have had teams compete every year since. Women’s teams have entered in A and B Grade over the years and have won a number of premierships in both Senior and Juniors including 5 years straight in A grade.

Eltham Women have seven life members, 5 of who still play for Eltham. A Life Member at Eltham Lacrosse is a player who has played more than 200 senior games for the club.

A number of Eltham women have proudly represented Victoria and Australia in both junior and senior competitions. We also have many junior girls who are currently playing and participating in State and National squads.

Eltham Women continue to be an ever present force in the Lacrosse Victoria Women’s League and will continue to be in the future. We have been running a local schools competition for over 30 years, which has driven successful recruitment at Junior and Senior levels, 2011 marked Eltham’s 30th Anniversary in Women’s Lacrosse and we will be celebrating many more in years to come!

Team of the Half-Century

Julie Benedierks-Evans
Elizabeth Brown-Fleming
Jacqui Carter-Armstrong
Carly Cleveland
Caryn Cramp
Belinda Easton
Katie Faulks
Kendrea Kendall
Julie Lincoln-Sparks
Deanne Montague-Buchanan
Dani Norman
Robyn Wearne-Cambell

Women’s Committee

In addition to the overall Executive Committee, each section of the club (Women’s, Men’s and Juniors) has its own voluntary committee run by players, parents and interested parties. The women’s committee usually comprises about 7 Senior women including the Senior Women’s Director and Senior Women’s coach. Monthly meetings allow the committee to plan upcoming events, discuss any concerns, and give players the opportunity to promote ideas to a broader platform. The Women’s Committee can be contacted at seniorwomen@elthamlacrosseclub.com.au

About Eltham Women’s

The Eltham Women’s Lacrosse team is made up of varying levels of experience. The team is made up of experienced life members to those who have picked up a stick for the first time. Many players have come from other sports including hockey, netball, basketball and tennis. We are all about having fun as well as fitness, learning new skills and growing as a team and individuals. We are a group that loves having fun playing a sport we love.

About the Women’s Competition

The season of lacrosse generally runs from late March and finishes up in early September. Games run on two 25 minute halves and generally last for an hour. We play on Sunday afternoons with games starting between midday and 5pm. In 2013, the women’s competition will run according to a Home and Away fixture. Clubs are located all around Melbourne including Williamstown, Altona, Footscray, Caulfield, Chadstone, Surry Park, Camberwell, Newport , MCC and of course, Eltham!.

The Women’s competition includes three playing grades: State League (this is the highest level of competition within the state with many State and National Representatives come from this level); A grade and B grade. More information regarding the women’s competition or the game of lacrosse can be found at http://www.lacrossevictoria.com.au/.

Equipment

There are few essential items that are needed for lacrosse

Lacrosse Stick (new comers to the sport will be able to borrow one until you’re ready to get your own)
Mouth guard – mandatory for both training and playing
Boots – Footy boots are recommended for the wet muddy winter days; runners are fine in dry weather.
Skirt – Playing tops are supplied and each player requires a black skirt for games

Training

The women’s squad train Wednesday nights at Eltham Lower Park from 7pm – 8:30pm, followed by a team dinner at the club house.
Preseason begins early February

Eltham Family Dinner!

A favourite part of our Wednesday night training for Eltham women is the team dinner… Each week, someone volunteers to cook dinner for whoever wants; a) a free meal; b) time away from the kids; c) to taste something different; d) a weekly dose of laughter and gossip. Wednesday night dinner has come to be known as “family dinner” which most of the team stay for to chat and gossip over some delicious home-made food until well after training has finished. It gives us a chance to catch up socially and is such an integral part of our team bonding that past players keep coming back just for dinner at the club rooms!

Stay tuned for 2011 recipes and photos of some of the Wednesday night delicacies from Eltham family dinner.

Touring teams

Every now and then the Eltham Women are involved in putting together a touring team and traveling the great world and sharing our love of lacrosse with others. Our most recent touring team was February 2009; Eltham teamed up with MCC Women to form the Victorian Sapphires and travelled to New Zealand to play 5 exhibition matches against the New Zealand national team in the lead up to the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. A lot of fun was had by all, experiencing their great country and playing against a fierce but friendly opposition.

Season 2013

In 2013, Eltham Lacrosse Club turns 50! We want to get as many past and future players down to the club as possible to help celebrate in style. We had two women’s teams in 2012 and hope to continue to build the women’s contingent over season 2013. Come and join us for a throw!

Coach’s Corner

Lance Kaufman has been appointed head Senior Women’s Coach for 2013. Lance stepped up to the role in 2012 and proved to be enthusiastic, committed and inspiring. We are still looking for a B Grade coach – let us know if you’re interested in helping out and building the skill base of ELC women.

Shout out for new players

This is a SHOUT OUT for players! If you or a friend are looking for a new sport or wondering if you should return to the game you love just let us know, we have a place for you!

If you are looking for a new sport, new challenge or just to fun and friendly people to hang out with, then lacrosse is the sport for you. If you are worried about taking up a new sport, don’t be… Over half our team last year had been recruited as first time seniors and will be coming back for more this year! If you’ve only ever seen a men’s game of lacrosse – don’t be scared, women’s is very different, so get in touch and come on down to training to see what it is all about.