Bumper Busso Bash

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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An Alkimos Pirates player searches for a teammate amongst the phoenix defence.
Camera IconAn Alkimos Pirates player searches for a teammate amongst the phoenix defence. Credit: Supplied/Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Supplied

The Second Annual South West Lacrosse Tournament, affectionately known as the Busso Bash, concluded on Saturday, March 23.

A small but vocal crowd cheered on the sidelines as members of Alkimos, Phoenix and Wanneroo lacrosse clubs played a round robin tournament of three in a skilful exhibition.

More than 40 players and families camped overnight at Southern Stars Holiday Park.

Alkimos Pirates Lacrosse Club coach Brendan Ballarine said growing the game was a mantra of many lacrosse communities, and achieving this goal outside of Perth was a high priority.

“The weekend was a huge success and we hope to share this fantastic experience with other clubs and women’s teams in 2020,” he said.

Busselton local and Wanneroo player Jason Reynolds said his whole family was involved with lacrosse.

“My kids Cooper, Lily and Oscar and myself all play, and my wife Tina is always involved in some way volunteering around the club,” he said.

“We get up and leave Busselton at 5am every Saturday morning during the lacrosse season to get to Perth in time for Oscar’s first game, which is at 8.30am, and don’t return until after Lilly’s Sunday game.”

The lacrosse-mad family are led by 16-year-old Cooper, who has represented WA twice in the under-15 national tournament.

“The long-term goal is to grow the game to a point where we can potentially have a South West club that plays in the Perth competition,” he said. The event will return to Busselton next year aiming to include more Busselton players.

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