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LAS Photo Blog: Live From Suffield, CT

Thai dye!
Thai dye!

Connor Wilson is on the road to Suffield, Connecticut to join Payu Nerngchamnong and Team Thailand for their big day of lacrosse this Saturday. Team Thailand will be taking on Connecticut Valley LC at Suffield Academy, Payu’s alma mater. Connor is joining the Thailand National Team to play and document his experience. Check out the photos below and stay tuned for more from Connor as the weekend continues!

Bags packed for CT. Time for some lax!!!

Still in nyc... Can you tell? Will CT look like this? Probably not.

Still in nyc... Can you tell? Will CT look like this? Probably not.

More nyc

More NYC!

Stupid CT traffic. Parking lot.

Stupid CT traffic. Parking lot.

Much better. CT is SUPER green!

Much better. CT is SUPER green!

Thai dye!

Thai dye!

Walking out to practice.

Walking out to practice.

Suffield academy at practice.

Suffield academy at practice.

Thai team throw around.

Thai team throw around.

Payu, Chazz, Sean Lindsay and the Suffield Coach have a little pow-wow.

Payu, Chazz, Sean Lindsay and the Suffield Coach have a little pow-wow.

Coach Rick Mercurio walks the TLA through their offensive sets.

Coach Rick Mercurio walks the TLA through their offensive sets.

Pre-pre game meeting. Getting ready a bit!!!

Pre-pre game meeting. Getting ready a bit!!!

Walk though for TLA.

Walk though for TLA.

Suffield academy  vs the king school out of stamford, CT.

Suffield academy vs. The King School out of Stamford, CT.

Not a bad set up here at SA!

Not a bad set up here at SA!

Walking back from team lunch.

Walking back from team lunch.

And now, photos from the bleachers courtesy of Swank Lax:

CVLC gearing up.

CVLC gearing up.

Thailand talks strategy after a CVLC goal.

Thailand talks strategy after a CVLC goal.

Thailand's goalie with the clear!

Thailand's goalie with the clear!

Transition play.

Transition play.

Injury on the field.

Injury on the field.

Back to Connor:

Back in the Brooklyn!

Back in the Brooklyn!

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15 Comments

  • Contact FIL. Federation of International Lacrosse. They implement and develope lacrosse worldwide.  

  •  EPIC FAILED! What was the point of this game? I notice that  the thai team looks more anglo-saxon then asian. Maybe FIL should take a look closer at their policies concerning people who are considered “national team members”. Instead of buying fancy equipments and MLL players maybe…just maybe they should concentrate on building up their own home grown talents. Starters kits are alot cheaper than whatever they are using. 

  • The team was not all Thai, you are correct there.  But that doesn’t mean it was an epic failure.  In fact, because this team is only 1 year old, I’d say the game was a rousing success.

    I’ll talk more about the game itself and what it means for the TLA in the future, but the key points are thus: The TLA is prepping for Denver in 2014, young Thai players got to play a game against a very experienced team, guys who have only played for a couple of months got a LOT of experience and coaching in a weekend filled with lacrosse.  The new players got to see exactly what it’s like to prep and play in a big game.  They got to see how MLL level players prep, and how hard they work.  Lead and learn by example, right?

    Not everyone who played was a national team member… also true.  But many of the other Thai players couldn’t make it… so other people filled in and tried to help out.  The Thai players that were able to make it learned a lot.

    A lot of small steps were taken towards an eventually very successful team!!!!

  • Connor, you make very sound points and I respect that. 

    First, in response to your explanation, you said that “But many of the other Thai players couldn’t make it”. Wouldn’t it make more sense to schedule games that the majority of the thai players can make it to?  What about them? They will never get to experience “MLL Level preparations” because they can’t fly all the way to the United States for one game.

    I assume that the guys who can’t make it attends thai schools, which iam pretty certain do not have lacrosse programs. Also, the majority of the guys that are there at the games, as you mention, are guys who attended schools in the states. Yes, it’s a once in a life time experience to play with lacrosse greats such as Chazz and Sean but how would that experience be useful to the players who are not able to make it? We could say that the guys who went to the game would be able to teach their experience to the guys who didn’t go. But we both know that this is not the case. Real game experience and teaching game experience is completely different as everyone would agree. 

    Second, Can you please give me the accurate ratio between the numbers of actual thai players who went to this game and the numbers of Americans who were present? Let say if a normal lacrosse team needs 26 players give or take. And let say that only 5-6 thai player went to this game, wouldn’t that raises some questions or concerns as to why one would organize a game 5,000 miles away? If all the players on the team are unanimous in not coming, why would you still have this game?To me, and you can protest this, it’s more important to go into the community and try to spread the game through coaching, teaching, and inter-nation club games instead organizing costly away games that only 1 percent of the players could attend. Why have we not heard anything about club leagues in Thailand? Hongkong, Japan and Germany all have established based for their programs. Iam just curious as to why Thailand, who seems to have very dedicated staffs and players, still have not have a club league?

    And Chazz, my sincere apologizes, i meant no disrespect. I was trying to say americans. I am one of your biggest fan and had always love watching you play the game. Once again I do apologize. But my point is that we need to take a better look at FIL policies regarding what is considered a “national team” and what is a “club team”.

    Sincerely, 

    A person who cares

  • Well, there will be a game in Thailand in less than 2 weeks so, the Thai players who couldn’t come will still get a chance to play and experience the MLL level prep.  There will be some SERIOUS players in attendace.  Some of the US based Thai players can’t make it back for that, so it really does seem like a fair trade off to me.

    There were also Visa issues for some of the other Thai players.

    There were 9-10 Thai players present and only 5-6 Americans.  We played with only 15 or 16 guys.

    I could see a potential Thai lacrosse league in the very near future… you should get involved and help out to make it happen!!!!

  • When the game was originally scheduled (several month back), we had enough guys who were committed to come. But every since that we’ve been effected by last minute scheduled conflict as well as highten is security and visa screening by the U.S. state department, alot of players could not obtain the visa in time after the death of Bin Laden. Instead of saying “uncle” and cancel the event we were committed to making it happen for 12 Thais that were able to make it. So rather than demonized us, you should give us credit for pushing forward when other international programs wouldn’t even do any thing of this sort… even if they’re alot closer to the U.S. than us.

    Also I am a little tired of this “internet tough guy” of hiding behind the annonimity of the username (“Thaimania”? give me a break, who are you kidding?) to lash out at someone who’s actually trying to do something about it… rather than knit-picking everything else that’s “wrong” in your view, if you can do better then do it. No one else in the U.S. seem to be doing it, besides a few selected groups and the LAS boys. The “correct way” you talked about doesn’t seem to work, so we try our way and it worked out well so far… We worked hard to get a league going, the infrastructure is there but we are way ahead of the actual number that is needed to have a league but its progressing… That’s why we going to have a GTG SHOWCASE GAME in June in BANGKOK to generate interest from the main thai community. Until you know the WHOLE story don’t start mouthing off, it just make you look silly.

  • You aren’t serious with any of this are you?

    If you are a true lacrosse fan you would appreciate all of the time, money and effort that Payu has put in to put the TLA together.  

    The reality is the TLA in it’s brief time of existence is way ahead of where HK and Germany were when they we 2 years old.

    Instead of being so negative why don’t you applaud the effort that Payu and his staff have done to bring this great game to there country and look forward to all the great things planned for the future of Thailand Lacrosse 

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