The Advertiser - 1899
A meeting was held at the Norwood Hotel on Mon- day evening to consider the advisableness of forming a lacrosse club in the district of East Torrens. Mr. M. C. Moore presided over a good attendance.
It was decided after discussion to form a club to be called the East Torrens Lacrosse Club, and to enter the South Australian Junior Lacrosse Association. Mr. H. J. M. Hooper was unanimously elected secretary of the club. The following were nomi- nated for office:—Patron, Sir E. T. Smith ; presi- dent, Mr. J. Henderson ; vice-presidents, Messrs. F. W. Coneybeer, M.P., John Darling, M. P., T. Graves, G. Auld, and J. W. Cowell, and Rev. P. R. P. Dodd ; captain, M. C. Moore ; vice-captain, H. E. Allen ; association delegate, Messrs. P. Evans and H. J. M. Moore ; selection and general committee, Messrs. Moore, Allen, and Hooper. The colors of the club were fixed as dark-blue jersey, with red sash, dark knickers, dark-blue stockings, and cap of red. Over 20 members have been enrolled, and a successful season is anticipated for the club.
Source: Trove Digitised Newspapers
East Torrens Payneham Lacrosse Club ("The Redwings") was founded in 1902 although it celebrated its centenary year in 1999. We have long been a respected force in Australian Lacrosse with our home base being Patterson Sports Ground at Payneham for approximately the last 25 years. We have recently negotiated with our local Council for a renewal of a license agreement for grounds use for at least the next 20 years. Over the years we have captured many Premierships in all grades and codes of Lacrosse including representative players at State, National and International level. Season 1998 was a very successful one for us as we secured the Men's "A" Reserves & U15 Boys Premierships after a rebuilding player process at our club. Unfortunately our men's "A" Reserves lost in their consecutive 1999 Grand final but another very pleasing aspect was the outstanding achievements of our new women's "B" grade side. This is the first women's team the club has nominated in 16 years. The side comprised a majority of novice first year players (some mothers of children attracted to the club during 1998) and they improved continually throughout the season to finish a creditable 3rd overall in the women's Lacrosse Association competition. Junior recruitment has also been very strong over the last few years mainly due to the coaching clinics we conduct at local schools within our club area.
OUR GOALS & OBJECTIVES: To continue to increase the number of school students in the local and near fringe areas (both Primary & Secondary) wanting to participate in school based non-contact and field lacrosse. This in turn will be beneficial not only to our sport but to the community in general by also involving the parents of these students to come to our clubrooms at Payneham to support their children in their new chosen sport of lacrosse. As part of this process and to encourage juniors of all nationalities to take up the sport of lacrosse it is the clubs policy to provide these children with the necessary equipment so as the monetary barrier is minimized for parents whose children wish to follow an alternative sport. We will also provide football boots (second hand) and club uniforms free of charge to new participants. As an example the cost of a Helmet, Gloves, Lacrosse Stick & uniform is approximately $360-00 which can be prohibitive for many parents given many in our club come from single parent families. We will further promote our game to new recruits by financially sponsoring 5-10 new players both boys & girls to the Lacrosse SA Fort Largs Camp. This camp is held each year and concentrates on the skills of our sport which are introduced to the children via coaching clinics etc over a period of a week.
OUR SUCCESS TO DATE & OUR FUTURE INTENTIONS: E.T.P.L.C has over the last few years made inroads into various schools within our immediate area by holding lacrosse coaching clinics. We have realised that the future of our club relies on attracting more juniors into the game of lacrosse. We will continue to promote our game to students (Junior and secondary) at schools within our area utilizing our club members to conduct Coaching Clinics during school terms. Our end of term Lightning Carnivals continue to be very successful for us and an excellent avenue to recruit new players. Our last inter school carnival held in October saw our club host at our clubrooms approximately 320 students. Payneham Council are well aware of our efforts in this regard and have observed these events first hand and encouraged us in our endeavors to to promote sport at Patterson Sports Ground. Our new Junior Teams (boys & girls) have already reaped benefits as parent involvement at the club to date has been tremendous. Parents were so pleased and appreciative of our efforts in getting their children involved in lacrosse as our members have taken the time to show them that there are alternative sports that they can be participate in. All of the children are new to our sport with some passed over by the major sports because they were either not well coordinated or had health problems. These children are now playing lacrosse and have been given opportunities previously denied. We are proud of our success to date and are determined to see our membership continue to grow and emanate the period during the 60's & 70's when we were very strong. Lacrosse being a minor sport, we find that the retention of existing members and obtaining new recruits at junior & senior level has been a difficult task. We see the continuance of our coaching program as a way of rebuilding the numbers at E.T.P.L.C and for this to be successful we need financial assistance to purchase new equipment to promote the game properly and provide the new juniors with the necessary protective gear and lacrosse sticks. During November to Xmas of 1999 we held a modified Summercrosse competition at our clubrooms for Schools involved in our Lightning Carnival and 46 students who have not previously had exposure to lacrosse before were involved. We intend to continue this competition again in mid February for a further six weeks and hopefully recruit most of these students for our winter field lacrosse season due to commence in April 2000. Apart from these contacts we have also approached several local schools (prior to school break-up) regarding our own coaching clinic program for term one. With results achieved in the past we are confident of nominating another two junior teams to enter our Association competition this year.