When I first started playing lacrosse the World Series was contested by only 4 Countries – USA,Canada,Australia and England.
I played,coached and managed England at various levels – simply because Wales hadn’t been a lacrosse nation since before the 1st World war – the Lockerbie outrage changed all that!
In 1994 I was privileged to coach,play and captain Wales in the inaugural World Series for emergent nations – where we met and lost to Scotland – in the final.
I was proud to represent Wales in the inaugural European Championships where we lost to an England side by a narrow margin but full of players I had coached in my previous ‘incarnation’.I remember the England captain in defence saying to me just before the face off –‘’ ok Jacko – lets see how good you really were!’’
I didn’t fail to disappoint and was ‘retired’ from International playing duty after that.
I coached Wales in 2006,2008 and 2012 – as both a generalist but also a specialist offence strategist.
The 2014 squad is without doubt the best and most committed ‘Team Wales’ I have had the priviledge to be involved with and I truly believe we are destined to achieve great things in Denver.
My thanks go to Alan O’Brien,Bill Downes,Ray Harry,Dan Funnell and the late Graham Lester – without whom I would not be involved in this great sport and Nation of ours.