News & gear by players, for players ★ Powered by Fivestar App ★ Grow The Game®
AHM Ales Hrebesky Memorial 2017 Photo: Martin Bouda

Pool by Pool Preview – Ales Hrebesky Memorial 2018

We stopped what we were doing to tune in live to the pool by pool draw in Radotin and now it’s time to start speculating on who got it easy, who got a tough one, and what’s the best path to the top. We’re under a month from the 2018 Ales Hrebesky Memorial.

Editor’s Note: We’re heading back to Prague! For the first time, LaxAllStars.com will have three of our members on the ground in Radotin for the Ales Hrebesky Memorial to give you the most in-depth coverage and behind the scenes views of the week. Thanks to the support of MaxLax, the world leader in box lacrosse gear for goalies and players, we’ll be showing off the AHM like never before! Make sure you peep the new MaxLax player gloves – super protective, super comfortable, old school inspired beauties!

Maximum Lacrosse Max Lax https://maxlax.ca
AHM 2018 media coverage powered by MaxLax!

This year is a bit more confusing than years past, and that’s just the way we like it. With the addition of three more teams, plus the Wolves replacing the Pioneers, things were shaken up a bit. Have no fear, make sense of nonsense is (almost) what we do best and there’s nothing more precious to us than the Ales Hrebesky Memorial.

For an explanation on how the teams got organized before the draw, jump back to when we announced all 24 teams heading to Radotin. Let’s set our sights on the pools for 2018 and the paths that can follow. You might not have the best roster at the AHM, but your draw and the path in front of you mean oh so much.

Get Early Access

"*" indicates required fields

A mobile app that empowers athletes and fans to create and enjoy their best sports highlights, + enter to win a Playstation 5. Learn more...
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Pool Preview – Ales Hrebesky Memorial 2018

Silver

A: TJ Malesice (CZE), Chocolax (SWI), Non-Olympic Athletes from Everywhere (Earth)

B: Adler (GER), Bratislava Bats (SVK), LCC Wolves (CZE)

C: Helan Gar (SWE), Polish Eagles (POL), Jagged Mountain (USA)

D: Dublin Riggers (IRE), London Knights (ENG), Plzen Old Dogs (CZE)

AHM ALes Hrebesky Memorial 2017

Gold

A: LC Custodes (CZE), Alberta Warriors (CAN), Vienna Monarchs (AUT)

B: Megamen (USA), Goldstar Tel Aviv (ISR), Istanbul Sultans (TUR)

C: Turku Titans (FIN), Green Gaels (CAN), Bundeswehr (GER)

D: Glasgow Clydesiders (SCO), SK Jinzi Mesto (CZE), Nova Scotia Privateers (CAN)

AHM 2018 System

24 teams were drawn into four upper round-robin groups (Gold A–D) and four lower round-robin groups (Silver A–D). The teams were divided into three pools for the upper group and three pools for the lower, based on their results from last year. The four newbies were all entered into the final pool.

In the round-robin games, the winning team gets 3 points, each team gets one point for ties, and the team who wins the shootout gets an extra point.

Ales Hrebesky Memorial 2018 System

Here’s how they decide the team order in round-robin groups:

  1. Number of points;
  2. Head-to-head outcome;
  3. Difference between goals scored and goals against;
  4. Higher number of scored goals;
  5. Coin flip.

The winners of the Gold groups automatically advance to the quarterfinals. Second place from the Gold groups will meet the winners of Silver groups in Play-in games 1–4. The winners of the Play-in games head to the quarterfinals, the losers continue on to the 9th–16th place playoffs (Blue Bracket).

The third teams from the Gold groups will play the second teams from the Silver groups in Play-in games 5–8. The winners of these games move up to the to 9th–16th place playoffs (Blue Bracket), while the losers continue compete for 17th–24th place (Green Bracket).

The third place teams from the Silver groups fall directly into the 17th–24th place games (Green Bracket).

maxlax maximum lacrosse logo

We’re Pickin’ Winners!

What better way to get hyped for the Ales Hrebesky Memorial than speculate on who’s going to win and how things will shake out?!

Connor – Green Gaels
First Second Third
Silver A TJ Malesice NOAFE Chocolax
Silver B Adler Bratislava Bats LCC Wolves
Silver C Polish Eagles Jagged Mtn. Helan Gar
Silver D Dublin Riggers London Knights Plzen Old Dogs
Gold A LC Custodes Alberta Warriors Vienna Monarch
Gold B Goldstar TA Megamen Istabul Sultans
Gold C Green Gaels Turku Titans Bundeswehr
Gold D Glasgow Clyde SK Jinzi Mesto NS Privateers
Mark – NOAFE
First Second Third
Silver A NOAFE TJ Malesice Chocolax
Silver B Bratislava Bats Adler LCC Wolves
Silver C Helan Gar Jagged Mtn. Polish Eagles
Silver D Dublin Riggers Plzen Old Dogs London Knights
Gold A LC Custodes Alberta Warriors Vienna Monarch
Gold B Goldstar TA Megamen Istabul Sultans
Gold C Green Gaels Turku Titans Bundeswehr
Gold D Glasgow Clyde NS Privateers SK Jinzi Mesto
Brian – Glasgow
First Second Third
Silver A TJ Malesice NOAFE Chocolax
Silver B Bratislava Bats LCC Wolves Adler
Silver C Jagged Mtn. Polish Eagles Helan Gar
Silver D Dublin Riggers Plzen Old Dogs London Knights
Gold A LC Custodes Alberta Warriors Vienna Monarch
Gold B Goldstar TA Megamen Istabul Sultans
Gold C Green Gaels Turku Titans Bundeswehr
Gold D Glasgow Clyde NS Privateers SK Jinzi Mesto

Brian’s Two Cents!

Silver Draws

The best group draws go to the Dublin Riggers and Jagged Mountain. I’m thinking 2-0 is a sure bet with these two. The Bats are also pretty safe, but I can see a letdown loss. NOAFE and Chocolax have the best group to sneak out 2-0 pulls.

A – While Malesice is the safe money, NOAFE is the safest money for an upset. Chocolax can’t be counted out. This is the tightest silver group

B – Bats beat the Wolves in NBLL play. SVK will be loaded with some helpers and the Wolves will lose some of their top players to other teams. Adler could be legit, but it’s a different roster every year in a pool with two actual teams.

C – Colorado gets beginner’s luck. Poland and Helan Gar have had rough luck in the past few years, but they’re improving. Poland is skipping Ebox to focus on the AHM, and I think this is the year they punch someone in the nose and take their lunch money. Helan Gar upset Malesice last year and is putting more goals up where in the past they’ve lacked. Colorado won’t come out clean, but they’ll come out. I see the 2 seed beating the 1 and the 3 beating both. Very interesting group.

D – Riggers have the path to glory out of Silver. Being just out of gold gives the advantage of playing weaker silver 2+3 teams and then getting your first test. That’s opposed to being a few spots higher and getting the brunt of the storm game one from a gold 1 or 2. Plzen will bring everything they’ve got. They’ve been missing for a few years, and now they’re back to prove something. Knights…. I have no idea. Hopefully some English talent decides to give the box a try. Plzen chemistry > Knights experience.

AHM ALes Hrebesky Memorial 2017

It’s Not Easy Being Gold

A game of two sides. On the one half of the bracket: LCC, Alberta, Gaels, and Titans all have to slaughter each other, with the unfortunate prospect of seeing the other pool’s phoenix team shortly after. The other half of the bracket has Goldstar, Glasgow, Megamen and Nova Scotia as the contenders… without throwing stones, this is the preferred party to be at in the prelims.

A – The most recent two champions will have a dogfight day 1. Vienna has a bad day.

B – Three teams that have familiar faces as a core, but change every year. Who brings what? Impossible to be accurate with revolving door teams, but I believe Goldstar is always bringing in better talent than what leaves.

C – Gaels will have a physical batter with Turku, but ultimately the average talent level of Ontario > average talent level in Finland. Bundeswehr goes up 1-0 in the first two minutes on both of these teams, but has a bad day after that.

D – Who shows up ready to play? Nova Scotia can be amazing, Nova Scotia loses to people who they shouldn’t. Jizni Mesto has defeated excellent North American teams, the two trick pony is in trouble when it gets exposed. Glasgow plays great when Glasgow plays great, until the clock strikes midnight.

The Path Easiest Travelled

Gold Paths – Glasgow and Tel-Aviv
Silver Paths – Bratislava and NOAFE

“The Path” defined – you don’t necessarily need to be the best. “The path” refers to that tiny little window of opportunity that enables teams to slingshot into higher placements than maybe the average AHM fan would predict.

“Phoenix” defined – the Gold group teams that go 1-1 will get a second shot at the finals. You can lose to someone and as a result have a different path to hardware. Is that path harder? Easier? “The path” is the path?

Maximum Lacrosse Max Lax https://maxlax.ca
AHM 2018 media coverage powered by MaxLax!
Previous Article
Trevor Baptiste relaxin with Paul Carcaterra

Trevor Baptiste ReLAXin' with ESPN's Paul Carcaterra

Next Article
warrior lacrosse warp head

Warrior Lacrosse - 2018 Gear Reviews

Total
14
Share