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Woodies Begin Title Defence


By Fred Wallace

Normally when the ice is in at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore and the Attack Rookie camp begins, talk of lacrosse is minimal.

But this year, moreso than any other year, the spring and summer residents at the Lum are the focus of attention on this day and hopefully for the next 7.

The Owen Sound van Dolder Home Team Woodsmen begin defence of the President's Cup this afternoon at Six Nations when they go against Okotoks out of Alberta.

As we stated in the spring and repeated perpetually through the season, Owen Sound is attempting to do what no other Canadian Senior Lacrosse team has done since 1988; win the National title in back to back seasons.

Interestingly enough, while the Woodsmen are well known, if not wearing a bullseye for other teams to shoot for this week, the opposition today is a virtual unknown.

Such is Canadian Amateur sports.

Regardless, Owen Sound has a game every day this week which presents an endurance test.

Robin robin matches every day, hopefully a semifinal game on Friday and then, again hopefully, a Gold Medal game on Saturday.

Sunday, there will be no lacrosse, but the Woodsmen hope Sunday will be a day of celebration and historical reflection.

I'm Fred Wallace



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