Festive Lax Tournament raises money for Teenage Cancer Trust


Team Surrey Lacrosse hosted their first Mini Lax Festive Tournament on Wednesday 12 December engaging new students, with players making donations to Teenage Cancer Trust.

The tournament, set up by England Lacrosse University Lacrosse Officer Honey Wheeler, with the assistance of Lacrosse Development Officer Luke Wylie, aimed to provide lacrosse players an opportunity to introduce the game to other non-lacrosse playing students.

The tournament saw 6 teams enter, two of which comprised mostly of newcomers to the game. Varsity rivals, Royal Holloway Lacrosse, were present for some friendly competition in the form of the “Big Bad Bears”.

Team Surrey Lacrosse put their best foot forward with a variety of lacrosse experience across their two teams “Slugs” and “Gunners”. Three local Guildford Gators players banded together to form the basis of “Team Awesome” and were supplemented by two Royal Holloway freshers.

Our newcomers to the sport were “ASJA”; a group of campus housemates that came to challenge themselves and “EU, E-WHO?” a squad of enthusiastic european based students studying abroad. They played superbly after a 20 minute crash course in lacrosse expertly delivered by key members of Team Surrey Lacrosse.

Mini Lax, a 5v5 game played with any stick and a softer foam ball, is an adapted version of POP Lacrosse which builds upon the principles of fun inclusivity through its simple rules and fast gameplay.

All players jumped right into the spirit of the game for a friendly, fast and competitive tournament - Within moments the games sparked some instant classics, “Big Bad Bears vs Gunners” was a varsity clash, whilst “ASJA vs EU, E-WHO?” proved to be a spectator game with other teams backing their favourite newbies.

The tournament champions were Team Awesome as they came out victorious with a single goal edging them in front of the home favourites the Gunners who finished 2nd. Despite their offensive onslaught, a lack of finishing prowess placed the Big Bad Bears in joint 3rd alongside Slugs.

ASJA’s dominant performance of fellow newbies EU, E-WHO? secured them 4th place. EU, E-WHO?, gracious in defeat and uncertain of their future finished in 5th with a smile on their faces.

Team Standings

  1. Team Awesome

  2. Gunners

  3. Big Bad Bears / Slugs

  4. ASJA

  5. EU, E-WHO?

Sean WhiteSurrey