Australian men's lacross team ready for camp in Dimboola

PREPARATIONS are complete for an Australian men's lacrosse training camp in Dimboola this weekend.

The national team, known as the Sharks, will train at the Dimboola Health and Fitness Centre located at Dimboola Memorial Secondary College tomorrow and Sunday.

The team is training in preparation for this year's World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado.

The Sharks are the reigning bronze medalists at the world championships, which are played every four years.

A group of 35 people, including players, coaches, a sports nutritionist and a videographer will use the pitch located at the rear of the college during the training camp.

Plans for the camp include drill and training sessions on both mornings followed by practice games prior to lunch.

Sharks head coach Glen Meredith said the team hoped the Wimmera's hot conditions would help replicate the heat the team will experience in Denver at the world championships.

Children's come and try introductory lessons and games will be hosted at the college after lunch on both days if the temperature is not too hot.

The Sharks team will supply a set of children's sticks for the games, and Meredith said the team hoped to promote the sport in the Wimmera where it is not well known.

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College principal Rob Pyers said the training camp represented a great opportunity for residents to see athletes who compete on the international stage.

"How many people end up coming might depend on how hot it is, but we're very keen for people to come along and have a look because it's all free," he said.

"We don't get too many national teams come up and train in the Wimmera so we'd love people to come along and support it and have a look."

Pyers said the fact the team had chosen Dimboola for its training camp was a reflection of the standard of the college's sports facility.

"The team needed to train on a synthetic field and they needed somewhere that was between Melbourne and Adelaide because the majority of the team is from Victoria and South Australia," he said.

The team will return to train at Dimboola in April in one of their final training sessions before the world championships in July.

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