Day Five of TLA boot camp was not only productive for the players, who faced Mexico in a scrimmage, but for President Payu Nerngchamnong, who presented the plans for Thailand’s lacrosse stadium to the FIL and other nations.
Payu’s presentation focused on the growth and development the sport needs, and the community that must evolve in order to facilitate this process. This is a global sport, and as Payu stated, everyone must work together to make the community a little smaller.
For Thailand, the lacrosse stadium will provide a way to connect the Asian Pacific countries for competition without needing to travel around the world. The facility will be used during the 2015 ASPAC tournament hosted by Thailand.
Later that afternoon, Thailand lacrosse faced Mexico in a three-quarter scrimmage. TLA had an excellent showing in their first time playing together as a team.
“I felt like the team did really well,” Liew Pornkulwat, who played offense, defense and took faceoffs, said. “Offensively, we moved the ball really fast, kept the ball off the ground. Defensively, we slid correctly, made sure the slides were there, communicated. Faceoffs were good all around. We won most of them. We had possession for most of the game. We’ve just got to correct our defense a bit because we can’t give up those shots on the inside on the crease.”
Goalie James Suriyodorn agreed that the defense helped to keep the Mexican team at bay.
“It was really good,” James said. “The D was really organized and made the shots really easy for me to see. They did a great job of putting pressure on the shooters’ hands and forced them to make some not so hard shots for me to save.”
The scrimmage allowed the team to face competition and see what upcoming games will be like.
“It definitely brought us together,” James said. “We’ll see what our weaknesses are, and we’ll see what our strengths are and what we need to work on.”
Liew agreed that the scrimmage helped TLA as they prepare for the real games beginning Friday.
“There is definitely some work that we need to prepare for. The team is a pretty good team, but there’s always critiques that could be made. We just need a little more practice. Work on some man-up, man-down. And we just need to make sure we get the zone defense nailed down, so we can run it correctly.”
Overall, the team found the scrimmage to be a fun experience that will help them get ready for the actual competition. James, in particular, is ready.
“It was great. I love competing. Anywhere, anytime, I’ll play.”