Wales Names Final Roster for World Championship

from press release

Coach Dan Funnell has selected his Welsh squad for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Denver. After a series of competitive trials held in the UK, the coaching team made their final choices on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

"The trials were hugely encouraging and it was tough to make a final call but we wanted to get the squad fixed early to help preparations for the Championships," said Coach Funnell. "It is a fantastic honour to represent your country and we are looking forward to Denver and know it will be a brilliant tournament with the opportunity for our players to test themselves against top players from around the world.

"Expectation is starting to build now and, although we have a lot of work still to do, everyone involved with Wales Lacrosse has July, 2014 firmly focussed in their hearts and minds."

The coaching team - which includes former England World Championship players Martin Jackson and Rick Summers - picked its team from players in English Premier Leagues with the Hitchin club providing seven players. Andrew Gresham, based in British Columbia, Canada, who was a Midfield MVP for Wales at the 2012 European u-19 Tournament, is included in attack.

The squad is as follows:

James Richardson - Norbury
Simon Jones - Sheffield Steelers

Jon Mills   - Hitchin
Mark Jones -  Cheadle
Jason Jones - Wilmslow
Rhodri Evans – Sheffield Steelers
Matt Parkes - Bristol
Andy Hopkins - Hitchin
Chris Bishop – Hitchin

Ryan Walker – East Grinstead
Rhodri Stanford - Hitchin
Eddie Owen – Manchester Wacs
Alex Williams - Leeds
Steve McDermott - Hitchin
David Howie – Walcountian Blues
David Leach - Hitchin
Alan Croft – Hitchin

James Perrin - Wilmslow
Johnny Harry -  Hitchin
Jack Murray - Brooklands
Paul Simpson - Brooklands
Eoin Dunne - Hillcroft
Andrew Grisham – British Columbia