Ugandan Lacrosse has had a fair level of good fortune this year.
The men’s national team secured a place at next year’s World Lacrosse Championships in Israel, which was an achievement for a country looking to break onto the International scene.
In lead up to the prestigious event, Uganda’s training woes were addressed after securing the services of an accomplished coach Peter Ginnegar from Israel.
The Israeli coach has a good background having had coaching spells in the United States and the Barak Netanya Lacrosse Club in the Israel Premier League where he guided the Bolts to their first ever championship in 2015.
With Ginnegar, Uganda expects a fair outing in the World Championships.
The national team captain Patrick Oriana has already had an international break though, turning out as a franchise player for Barak Netanya.
Oriana’s experience in Israel was reflected in the King’s Lacrosse Cup, where he guided Makerere University Business School team to the men’s title.
Uganda for the second time running hosted the East Africa Lacrosse 7s and more importantly, the hosts won the U-19 boys and girls categories, a reassurance of the country’s supreme position in the region.
Domestic player Sasha Philips was a revelation, emerging the MVP in the girl’s category.
The Uganda Lacrosse League was held in spite of it being more like a tournament that an actual league.
Going forward, there must be a deliberate move by the rather lethargic Uganda Lacrosse Association to spread out the game.
True, there has been some attempt with activations in schools like Namagunga, Gayaza, and Nabisunsa.
But clearly this is not a good enough sample.
The lack of sponsors remains an overwhelming issue in the country, which has left clubs to survive on individual initiatives.
However, with the country making an appearance at the World Championship, this could be the beginning of a new dawn for the game in Uganda.