FIL World Championships Preview: Yellow Pool

(Photo Credit: China Lacrosse)

The 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships are just a few weeks away and I know everyone in the lacrosse world is very excited. This years FIL World Championships in Netayna, Israel will feature 46 countries that will compete for a Gold medal. This is the tenth of this series previewing each of the 14 pools and today we cover the Yellow Pool. 

This pool has a little bit of everything and makes it fun. In this pool you have a well established program, a surging program, and a program crawling back from the depths. 


Denmark

The Fighting Pastries! Denmark is a fan favorite as they have done a ton of work resurrecting this Denmark program. The Fighting Pastries nickname was revoked by the FIL by the way. 

Denmark is competing in their first World Championships in eight years and nobody is exactly sure what to expect. They have put in a lot of hard work to build this program back up again and that has been really great to see. 

They were present at the 2016 European Championships and didn't exactly have the best showing going 1-7. It wasn't the performance they were hoping, but at least they were back on the international stage. In February Denmark took second place in the Scandinavian Cup which is a great sign of good things to come.

A lost of hard work has been put in to get Denmark lacrosse back to this point and they should be able to at least make some noise in Israel. I know many eyeballs will be on the Danish team this year as we get to see them on this stage for the first time in eight years.

China

China is a rising power of sorts as the seem to be getting better each year, especially regionally. China will look to breakout of their usual selves this year in Israel and shake some things up a bit.

The last time we saw China was in the 2017 ASPAC Games where they had a tough time. They would finish dead last in 6th place. That is a little bit lower than their 2015 ASPAC Games performance of 7th out of 8 teams, but there were more teams in 2015. The Chinese have been growing and hopefully they can build more off of those two performances than not.

In Denver in 2014 China finished 33rd overall and last in the Green Pool. China didn't win a game in pool play but did win a few games outside of pool play. They would be able to beat Argentina, Uganda, and regional rival Korea to gain a 3-4 record. It certainly wasn't the best performance but they did take some things away from that. China should be back and ready to shake some things up in Israel. 

Ireland

Ireland is the sure fire favorite in this pool as they have always been a force on the international stage. They look to be back strong and do more than they were able to in Denver in 2014.

The Irish have been improving a ton as they really use that Irish-American connection to the fullest. In the European Championships in 2016 they went 5-3 and finished in 11th place. They would be able to get wins against teams such as Denmark, Norway, Austria, and more. It wasn't their best showing but it was something to build on nonetheless.

In Denver in 2014 we saw Ireland finish 10th overall and 1st in the Yellow Pool. The Irish would boast a 6-2 record. They were able to go undefeated in pool play, defeating Bermuda, France, and Uganda. They also got wins over Poland and Norway out of pool play. That performance is one that the Irish look to improve on as they can go far in this tournament. They can give a lot of teams trouble as they will be a favorite for sure.

Yellow Group Schedule

Ireland vs China - Thursday, July 12th

China vs Denmark - Friday, July 13th

Ireland vs Denmark - Saturday, July 14th



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