Ghent – Belgium, September 2015.
This weekend in september the Legends pulled out an awesome achievement, 3rd place in Ken Gallucio Cup – the European Club Championships.
With a 4-1 record, losing only to the reigning champions – Stockport Lacrosse, the Legends took on Amsterdam Lacrosse in the Bronze-final and claimed our spot on the podium.
The Oslo Legends team in ghent september 2015! Missing players: Thomas and Jerome
This September we took a strong team to Ghent and the Ken Galluccio Cup – European Club Championships.
We shared group with teams from central Europe such as Stuttgart and a mixed Belgium team.
We started off versus a group of less experienced guys in a mixed Belgian team since LC Radoutin had to pull their team shortly before the tournament. They hustled and fought, but being a team put together at the last minute it was clear that it would be a tough game for them. Final score 12-0 in favor Oslo Legends.
Playing Stuttgart for the group final it was evident that we met a more experienced team. The level of lacrosse increased and we got a much closer game. Stuttgart brought a good squad with many talented players. Although in the end the Legends were able to pull away with a one goal win and claiming #1 in the group stages.
Team spirit were good inbetween games. Erlend «Earl» Hoel showing off som dancing skills to CP
Winning our group meant that we would face #2 in group 3 – Vienna Monarchs – for the quarter finals.
Vienna Monarchs had big and solid squad in Ghent. A good game, but the Legends pulled away to end on a 6-3 winning score, ready for the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals, we faced the strongest, oldest and most merited team the Legends have faced in any game to date.
Also the defending European champions – Stockport Lacrosse established as a lacrosse club in 1876. have a long history of lacrosse in England.
No doubt this was going to be a hard game, but we were not going to make it easy on them.
Coming out of the starting blocks running, the Legends gave a big shock putting down the two first goals of the game.
1st quarter score was 2-1, 2nd quarter 3-3, final score 7-3.
Fighting hard, disciplined and with a calm for most of the game we gave them a run for the money. But in the last quarter Stockport drew advantage of all their game-experience since 1876 and put three goals for the final win. Solid game by both teams.
Losing the semi-finals we got to play Amsterdam in the bronze-final. A big club on the European mainland with a lot of talent. The goal of making the podium within reach, only Amsterdam in the way.
A two quarter game where the first quarter was a close 2-1 lead by the Legends – then the Legends pulled away putting 4 goals in the net only conceding one for the 6-2 win and the 3rd place secured.
Oslo and Amsterdam after the bronze-final
Oslo with the best placement in Ken Galluccio by any Norwegian team to date.
Certainly happy with the results – but always wanting more – we hope to be back next year for more good lax!
Stockport went on the win the tournament 9-2 vs Farsta.
Shoutout to the ladies from NTNUi Lacrosse for giving us support on the side-lines
Celebrating with belgium beer
Two guys in the box in the last quarter vs Stockport – a smug canadian
Coach R. tasting the metal like a true Viking