Showing posts from February, 2019

Team Ireland: Irish roots allow McBride to play at home

Retired from professional lacrosse, the lure of playing at a World Championship less than an hour from his hometown was too good of an opportunity to pass up for Andrew McBride.

McBride called it a career following the 2014 National Lacrosse League season, following a 182-game career, all for the Calgary Roughnecks. That also included another 23 playoff games and a pair of NLL titles (2004 and 2009).
But come September, the 36-year-old will be back on the floor, serving as a veteran presence with the Irish National Team at the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.
His coach with Ireland – who was also part of the Roughnecks staff when McBride was on the roster – knows just how valuable McBride is to the team.
“You can only coach so much. Once they are on the floor, especially on those big rinks, the players can’t hear what you are saying and you need a calming influence like Andrew on the floor, which is great for us,” explained Jeff Dowling. “G…

Team Finland: Kelusky set to lead Finns

After helping Canada win gold as a player at the first two Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Championships in 2003 and 2007, Tracey Kelusky now finds himself on the other side as one of the many countries scheming to end Canada’s reign as the four-time defending champion of the event.

The 43-year-old from Peterborough, Ontario has taken the reins as head coach of Finland’s men’s national team after serving as the team’s offensive coordinator on the squad four years ago. Finland placed ninth that year out of 13 teams and returns roughly 60 or 70 per cent of that roster.
And Kelusky likes what he sees in his squad.
“They remind me a whole lot of the Canadian guys, blue-collar guys who aren’t afraid to get their noses dirty and who aren’t afraid to get in and mix it up,” he enthused. “We are a passionate group, a hard-working group.”
When Finland takes to the floor at the 2019 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Langley, they will be aiming to build on their ninth-…