Wales Names Initial Training Squad for Worlds

Wales team photo from 2013. © ZK Photography.
Wales team photo from 2013. © ZK Photography.

from staff reports

Following Wales’ success in winning the British National Championship Plate competition, head coach Dan Funnell announced his initial training squad for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, which will be held at Dick's Sports Good Park outside of Denver from July 10-19, 2014.

Coach Funnell, who has recruited former Wales keeper Simon Jones to join Martin Jackson as part of the coaching set up, said, "The initial squad is performance based. "Our team work during the (British National Championships) got better and better, and the performance in the Plate final beating South Development 12 – 1 was outstanding."

“The squad is a good mix of the 2010 and 2012 World and European teams spiced up with the crop of our Under 19 programme to keep the boys on their toes”.

“We’re expecting to add to the squad at the next couple of training camps as injuries and university exams have prevented some players from being available.”

Squad:
Casey Hughes (Cardiff Quins), Cameron Chaundy (Norbury), Peter Llewellyn ( Manchester University), James Richardson (Cardiff Quins), Chris Bishop (Hitchin), David Copple (Purley,), Marc Cork, (Wilmslow/Cardiff Quins), Rhodri Evans, Andy Hopkins (both Sheffield Steelers), Glyn Johnson (Poynton), Jason Jones (Wilmslow), William Lucas (Poynton), Steve Parkinson (Timperley), Matt Parkes (Bristol), Alan Croft (Cardiff Quins), Matt Davies (Swansea Hawks), Adam Fadle (Timperley), Adam Grey (Cardiff Quins), David Howie (Walcountian Blues), Myles Johnstone (Poynton), Jon Mills and Rhodri Stanford (both Hitchin), Eddie Owen (Manchester Wacs), Ryan Walker (East Grinstead), Eoin Dunne and Jonny Harry (both Hitchin), Rob Hopkins (Sheffield Steelers), Steven Mcdermott (Hitchin), Jack Murray and Paul Simpson (both Brooklands).

The next series of training camps begin on 1 and 2 June in Manchester, followed by Monmouth on 6 July and 3 August in the South of England. Players wishing to try out for the Wales squad should contact:

Dan Funnell, Head Coach, mens-performance@welshlacrosse.co.uk giving playing details and experience.

Wales finished 11th at the 2010 FIL World Championship in Manchester, England.