Every day, it’s not hard to find out what’s going on in major mainstream sports. But what about those sports that don’t have the same profile, star players or commercial sponsors as hockey, baseball or golf?
This is where the London Thrashers come in.
The senior women’s lacrosse team has a mission to develop its sport, and in particular women’s sport.
“It makes you feel good, and there’s no better feeling than coming to play lacrosse or play a game,” Skye Antone said. A member of the Thrashers, she was at Lambeth Arena on Wednesday night for an exhibition game against the Hamilton Lady Bengals. “Even in training it feels good to just pass the ball,” she added.
The London Thrashers lacrosse team at Lambeth Arena in London, Ontario. on Thursday June 30, 2022. (Bryan Bicknell/CTV News London)The 26-year-old is one of 25 women on the Thrashers roster. The team is part of the Women’s Major Series Lacrosse League. They play games across the province throughout the summer, with the championships taking place in August. General manager Karie Wells launched the team in 2018. She said they were trying to step out of the shadows of men’s football.
“We’re trying to break that barrier for sure,” Wells said. “We see progress there. There is certainly work to be done, but we are very happy with the progress made, the expansion and the interest in women’s lacrosse, that’s for sure.
Some of these women play hockey in the winter and play box lacrosse in the summer to stay in shape. Others do it for recreation or camaraderie.
But the one thing they have in common is that when they’re on the court, it’s all business, Wells said.
The London Thrashers lacrosse team at Lambeth Arena in London, Ontario. on Thursday June 30, 2022. (Bryan Bicknell/CTV News London)“It’s pretty tough, and women aren’t kidding either,” she said.
Just as hectic as the men’s game, but it’s also a heart game,” said Thrashers player Melissa Kennedy. “It’s not just a boy’s sport, it’s a girl’s sport. This is where you develop friendships, develop long term friendships. Where you not only learn skills. It’s a medicine game, you know?
That night, the exhibition game ended in a 6-2 victory for Hamilton. But it’s not so much about the final score as about the joy of playing,” explained Antone.
“You know, enjoying each other’s company, and just being here just makes me happy, and it’s kind of my happy place again,” she laughed.