After six years of hard work and effort, Croatian Lacrosse has finally been able to rise above all obstacles and take the story a step further.
2017 will be the inaugural season for Croatia’s first lacrosse league. Four clubs, LK Split Legion, LK Varazdin Royals, LK Zagreb Bulldogs and LK Zagreb Patriots fight will be for the Croatian title and the opportunity to show everyone in Croatia what this sport is all about.
Lacrosse is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. The main objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent’s goal past the goalie, using the lacrosse stick to catch, cradle, and pass the ball to do so.
To get the ball rolling, the Croatian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and LK Split Legion held the first ever lacrosse clinic in Split. The clinic was held on 18th and 19th of March and it was open for beginners and for players with experience.
“The goal is to promote and develop lacrosse throughout the Dalmatia region. There was a great turnout from the local and the expat community and the future looks bright. We are all so excited to start one big journey and we want to invite everyone who is interested to join our Lacrosse family in Split and in Croatia,” CLA told Croatia Week.
The sport of lacrosse in Croatia was started by two sports enthusiasts, Matej Bodul and Ante Pilić, in 2011, and like other minority sports in the country, has grown thanks to the dedication and backing of a small group of people.
Last weekend, to start the build up to the start of the league, a friendly between a Zagreb Select team and Split Legion was held in Split.
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) announced last year that Croatia had been approved to become its 53rd member nation. For more information you can visit the CLA website here.