Bantam Brutes ready to open season

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April 19, 2016 6:00 AM

The Lloydminster Brutes bantam B lacrosse team has an automatic entry into the provincial tournament this year, as Lloydminster will play host to the Alberta tournament.

The Lloydminster Lacrosse Association is hosting the Alberta provincial lacrosse tournaments, bringing to town teams from novice, peewee, bantam and midget divisions, at three different levels, as well as female.
It means for the Lloydminster Brutes bantam B lacrosse team that they already have their entry into the tournament and don’t need to win the Wheatland Lacrosse League (WLL) in order to qualify, bringing them one step closer to earning a medal at the provincial level for the first time.
But the Brutes aren’t just looking for a walk in. They want to earn their way to the provincial tournament.
“You still want to prove yourself,” said Dusten Todd, head coach of the bantam B Brutes.
“You don’t just want to go ‘yay, we’re here’. You want to go and have some force and possibly win that tournament.”
The tournament was hosted last year in Grande Prairie and Todd said it was a great experience for the community to host such an event. He said it was a special feeling for the Wheatland league to host, which includes teams from Vermilion, Bonnyville, Wainwright and Cold Lake.
For local players, it’s also a chance to see different lacrosse from across the province, something they haven’t been able to see too much in the past.
This year’s Brutes team Todd said was quick team that moved the ball extremely well. During practice leading up to the start of the season, Todd put the focus on defence, saying that there are plenty of players who can put the ball in the net, but championship teams are built around a strong defence first.
“I grew up playing defence first,” said Todd. “Always defence first. When you preach it at a young age they get it in their mentality by the time they get up to juniors and seniors, even midgets. I think we can push league for sure. It’s about growing as a team and growing as person. That is what lacrosse is all about.”
The bantam Brutes begin their season on Wednesday in the WLL at the Russ Robertson Arena.

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