Welcome to our group previews for the 2016 Aleš Hřebeský Memorial Tournament in Prague April 20-23rd. The past two memorials, lacrosse fans from around the world have flocked to deutschlandadler.com to see who we think will “win, place and show” from each group.  We will have several different authors giving their tips and thoughts over the next couple of weeks.

First off we look at Group A which features last year’s Champions The Pioneers, joining them will be Istanbul Sultans and Polish Eagles.

Pioneers  (2015 Results 1st Place) 

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The Pioneers will be the front runner in this group, as well as having a very good chance to win back to back championships, something that hasn’t been done since Megamen in ’08,’09.  General Manager Chris Fox has spent the offseason celebrating his championship at the Yale Saloon downtown Vancouver where he has been piecing together his roster since getting off the plane last April.  Fox has managed to lock up Goaltender Nathan “chief” Wilson, Jason Jones and Ryan Keith to take them back to the big game under the lights. Look for the Pioneers to win this group with only allowing 3 goals against the entire round robin. After Crunching some numbers it looks like Malešice or Bats will likely be their quarter final opponent. Click here to see the Pioneers full roster.  2016 predictions 1-4

Istanbul Sultans (2015 Results 8th Place)

12528643_10156673493030273_1028027366_oThe second ranked team in Group A is Istanbul Sultans, however calling them Istanbul, isn’t entirely accurate as lacrosse is still brand new in Turkey so they look to fill out their roster with players from around the world. The Sultans finished a very respectful 8th at last years tournament.  Not much is known about the Sultans roster this year, but  one thing we have learnt from social media is that there isn’t an article of clothing they won’t be rocking. The Sultans should advanced as the second place team, however discipline will be a key factor in determining their success. Lets see what Pat Dougherty puts together this year. Sultans will probably see Turku Titans in the quarter final. 2016 predictions 8-12

Polish Eagles(2015 Results 21st Place) 

12874220_10156673514645273_1402616403_oWell it can only get better then 21st. The Eagles are back for their 4th appearance in Prague, and hope to keep building their program every year, by attending tournaments around Europe.  The Eagles will look to get a couple more wins this year, and perhaps an upset vs the Sultans is what they will need to get things started. Jan Rydzak will likely lead the team in scoring but will need secondary scoring from Luke Stypulkowski, and Michal Bucki to really step it up if that have any chance. 2016 predictions 18-21

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Jamie Plunkett

About Jamie Plunkett

Jamie Plunkett is one of the two founders of Deutschland Adler Lacrosse Club. Jamie originally comes from Peterborough, On, but has been in Berlin for the past 2.5 years.