After 3 exciting tournaments, one in Berlin, one in Radotin and one in Pilzen the European Lacrosse League (ELL) returns to the center of European boxlacrosse, Radotin. To determine the winner of the 2013 competition the previous ranked teams meet in the semifinals with top seated Wolves playing Pietro Filipi and last year’s champion Deutschland Adler facing home team Custodes.
The youth is taking over
In the first game of the day Wolves, who mainly consist of LCC Radotin youth players and only a few foreign drafts like German player Philip Broz, will face a newcomer to the ELL, Pietro Filipi who have a heavy British bench but couldn’t dominate during the previous tournaments. As expected by most spectators Wolves were showing great offensive play with lots off ball movement. But Filipi fought back in the second period making it a close 8-7 game with Wolves in favor. But the young Wolves squad kept calm and carried home an 11-9 victory to be the first team in the final game.
The German powerhouse
In the second semifinal last year’s champion Deutschland Adler faced Custodes, both teams with great players on Offence and Defense. Custodes, who restrengthened their team with returner Dominik Pesek, never won the ELL before and were hungry for the win this time. It was not a big surprise that the offense around Pesek, Skala and Poupe Where dominating up front and the first on the score board. But Adler fought back and shocked the host team by putting in unanswered goals to take a 6-3 lead in the first period. Motivated by Plunkett Adler would not let down and finished strong with a clear 13-7 victory over Custodes.
The Irish show, an entertaining little finale
Custodes and Pietro Filipi would face each other for third place. You could clearly tell that both teams were disappointed of not making it to the finals but the following 45 minutes of game time should provide a great showcase of how good and entertaining a small final of European Boxlacrosse can be. A close game from the start turned to a 12-8 lead for Filipi at the end of the 2. Period with Irish player Sean Gibson putting in a nice BTB and no look shuffle shot. Filipi managed to keep Custodes off the scoreboard and won the third place with a great 13-11 game.
A game of runs
Wolves facing Deutschland Adler was the final game everyone was waiting for. Both teams showed great games in the previous competition and totally deserved to be in the final. Wolves were the first to score but Adler were always there to make it a close and very exciting game. After the first period a close 3-3 game seem to turn in favor of Wolves who scored 5 consecutive goals to enter the final period with a 7-5 lead. Adler threw everything they got on the Wolves defense but were not able to get enough numbers on the board and so LCC Wolves won an exciting and great final with a final score of 9-8. The crowd in the arena was celebrating the hometown winner and I am sure that all the other teams took home a great experience combined with great boxlacrosse and are all looking forward to the 2014 edition of the European Lacrosse League.
watch the final game online HERE
A lot of respect and a huge thanks go out to the organizers of the ELL and the 4 events. Without this great voluntary work boxlacrosse would not grow in Europe as it is right now. kepp it up.
All games of the 2013 ELL season are available HERE
More information about the ELL 2013 HERE