LAS In Thailand, Day 5

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7:30AM – Alarms sounds. GAMEDAY!

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Dave getting his breakfast

8:00AM – Breakfast at “the SQUARE” in the hotel with the referees who just arrived from Japan. Turns out two of the refs called the USA vs. Canada World Cup Championship game.

9:00AM – Trying to get some extra rest at the hotel. We leave at 10AM for a local market that fills 35 acres.

10:00AM – Jumping in the vans and heading to the Chatujak Weekend Market.

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The market map... this place is HUGE!

The market offers a wide variety of products including household items, clothing, Thai handicrafts, religious artifacts, collectibles, foods, and live animals. For tourists, there are a number of onsite companies who will send purchases abroad.

11:00AM – We arrive at the market and absolute tourism ensues. Each of us bought at least a bag full of clothing and souvenirs. Me? Ray Bans that fold up, a watch, shorts, tank, an LAS ninja and a thank you gift for my sister who’s watching Bear this week.

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Cool hanging dolls
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Lots of people at the market today
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Indoors at the market
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Dennis checking out the trendy tees
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Connor's new kicks
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Just plain awesome
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And so we dance
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Fresh squeezed juice anyone?
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Dave and Vinnie with their pineapple
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Fried squid eggs?

2:00PM – Leaving the Chatujak Market.

2:30PM – Back at the hotel for a tour of the IMPACT Complex.

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On the tour... More on this later.

4:00PM – In our rooms with 1.5 hours to rest and relax before we head to the field. Connor and I meet Payu in his room to go over teams and distribute shorts, etc. Payu surprises with a sweeeeeeeeet souvenir.

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GTG Invitational memento - this is going on my desk

5:30PM – Heading to Yamaha Stadium. Energy is high. This is a going to be a blast.

5:45PM – In the locker room with all the players, suiting up for pre-game shenanigans.

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Pregame

5:55PM – Out on the field tossing and shooting around. The sun is shining brightly on the stadium as it begins to go down.

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Still pregame. See Connor's shirt? That's how hot and humid it is in Bangkok.

6:30PM – Thirty minutes until game time. Jerseys are being passed out. I’ll be on the blue team, Team “Grow”, with Connor, Dave, Dan Willson and Phil. Our defense will consist of me, Dan W, Big, Kol, Patrick and Steve Hess.

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Our referees who traveled here from Japan

7:00PM – GAME TIME. Thai national anthem begins. We’ll be playing with International Rules, so quarters will be 20 minutes long with a running clock. No time limit for clearing.

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Halftime

7:55PM – Halftime score: Game 5, Grow 4.

9:00PM – Game over. Game 11, Grow 7. An unreal experience. We could care less about the final score – winning was not the goal. What an honor it was to play in a game like this. The first round of game photos can be found here.

9:05-9:30PM – Post-game photo session.

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GROW THE GAME
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Payu, Phil, Connor, Dennis, Dan H, Dave, Jeff, Rory, Vinnie, Glenn, Dan W
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Me, Payu, and Connor

9:30-10:00PM – Showering up at the hotel.

10:00-11:45PM – Celebrating at an Irish Pub in the IMPACT Complex. All players from both teams are here. Glenn found his #1 fan waiting for him outside of the bar.

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Glenn Morley with his #1 fan
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Thailand Lacrosse fans
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Connor talking with some Thai players
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The boys

12:00AM – Hanging out at the hotel lobby bar.

12:30-2:00AM – Working on editing video from throughout the week. Coming soon, promise!

2:00AM – Passed out.

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Jeff Brunelle
Founder of Lacrosse All Stars. A West Coast native and product of the MCLA, I moved back East after college where I truly fell in love with the game. I've dedicated my career to LaxAllStars since 2010, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I now live in my hometown of Boise, Idaho, with my wife Zoë, two dogs, and a baby girl expected to arrive around Championship Weekend this May. I'm a technologist at heart, I'm not into snow or the month of January, and one time I kind of stole a football from Gary Gait. Life is crazy busy, but it's worth it when you get to immerse yourself in the medicine of lacrosse every day. We are on a mission to Grow The Game® on a global scale by empowering storytelling by players, for players, and bridging the gap between lacrosse and the mainstream.

10 COMMENTS

  1. I have to agree with @503LaX that there should be more of these invitational events world wide.  I can think of one person off the top of my head who is heavily involved in Turkey Lacrosse who could probably put something similar together.  Payu is a heck of a guy and extremely generous…and looks he did not disappoint with this event!! Great work to all of you!!