Bermuda National Lacrosse Team - 2014 World Championships
Organized by: John Saur
In mid-July of 2014 I will be joining a 23 man roster representing Bermuda, traveling to Denver, Colorado to compete in the 11th World Lacrosse Championships. The tournament has been held every four years since its inception in 1974. This is the highest level of lacrosse played on the world stage, with a record 38 countries fielding teams this year as the sport continues to grow. With a population of only about 65,000 people, Bermuda is by far the smallest country represented. Despite this, team Bermuda was able to finish 18th out of 29 teams in the 2010 Championship after a last place finish in their inaugural showing in 2006.
The format is similar to the soccer World Cup, with opening round play beginning with four teams in each pool vying for a spot in the winner's bracket. Our draw begins with a game against France the opening day of competition, followed by an upstart Uganda team (yes, you read that right) and a tough matchup against Ireland. In all we will be playing 7 games over an 8 day period. You can find a full listing of teams competing below.
Given that the Bermuda government is in the midst of what some might call a significant deficit, our team can't rely on them for support. Unfortunately that means our entry fees, medical and insurance costs, equipment, coach's fees, travel and lodging, etc are all self-funded. While I'm thankfully fortunate enough to be in position to pay my own way, some of our younger team members are having more trouble funding their share (many of our players are under 25 - at nearly 32, I'm an old man in this game!). Any donation, no matter the size, would be greatly appreciated to help the team. Most importantly, regardless of whether you contribute, please cheer us on from afar! The ESPN television schedule and live streaming information is listed below.