FIL World Championships Preview: Turquoise Pool

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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 third of this series previewing each of the 14 pools and today we cover the Tan Pool. 

This is a pool that has teams trying to break through to the top of their region as well as a newer team wanting to pull off a few surprises. 


Colombia

I actually do not know that much about Colombia. This is their second World Championships and they should be improved from 2014 when they made their I ternational debut.

Colombia did play in the Copa de America tournament in 2015 and they had a rough time as they took losses to Argentina, Mexico, and Chile. That is certainly a performance that they can learn from and look to improve on. 

During their debut in Denver in 2014 Colombia finished in 37th place and last in Turquoise Pool. They only won one game which came against Costa Rica. I feel we will see improvements from Colombia but I am not sure how much they will have improved.

Finland

The Fins have been rolling on all cylinders in terms of growth and development. This is one program that seems to be doing everything right at the moment as lacrosse in Finland looks to have a bright future.

Finland has been playing a ton of lacrosse all over Europe and looking good while doing it. They hosted the first ever European Box Lacrosse Championships. Finland has been improving both in the field and box game since 2014 and they look to continue.

Finland came in 14th place in Denver and they know that they can certainly improve on that. They went 3-0 in the Turquoise Pool in 2014 and they have the potential to do that again. Finland has improved and is looking like a team to be reckoned with in Israel.

Austria

This is another program that has been playing a ton of lacrosse all over Europe. It seems like they are in every tournament in Europe and playing better each time. Austria also has started tournaments of their own and they are winning. 

Austria finished in 18th place in the European Championships in 2016 and they played decently well. They went 4-4 there and they can improve on that. The Euros was a good test for Austria after a mediocre World Championships in Denver in 2014.

In Denver Austria finished 18th overall and 3rd in the Red Pool. They had a good showing but could have played better. We will see a much squad this time around in Israel. I am really excited to see how much they have improved.

Turquoise Group Schedule

Finland vs Austria - Thursday, July 12th

Austria vs Colombia - Friday, July 13th

Colombia vs Finland - Saturday, July 14th



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