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Japan does the double at the 2013 ASPAC Games

Olympic Sports Centre, Beijing, China – This past week saw the 6th annual Asia Pacific Championships take place at the Beijing Olympic Sports Centre in China. This year’s tournament was the biggest to date with a total of eight nations represented including; Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and representing the United States of America was the touring side USA Starz.

New comers to this year’s tournament included China, Singapore and Thailand the latter two are both due to compete in their first FIL event next year when they travel to Denver for the 2014 Men’s World Championships.

Like the European Championships the ASPAC tournament hosts both a Men and Women’s championship at the same time but unlike the euro’s it is held on a bi-yearly basis this year saw the absence of New Zealand and Malaysia.

In the Women’s Championships ASPAC, powerhouses Japan and Australia both fielded U23 sides with their senior squads busily preparing for the World Cup in only two weeks time. Japan’s U23’s were dominant throughout, winning all their groups games and went no to meet the Australian U23’s side in the final. Japan proved too strong for the Aussies winning the game 15-10.

Australia and Japan also decided to send U23 representative sides to the men’s championships and Japan’s men tookinspiration from their female counterparts to complete the double for Japan beating the young Sharks 15-5 in the final.

2013 ASPAC FINAL RANKINGS

Men
1. Japan U23
2. Australia U23
3. Thailand
4. China
5. South Korea
6. Hong Kong
7. USA Starz
8. Singapore

Women
1. Japan U23
2. Australia U23
3. South Korea
4. USA Starz 5. China

All images the copyright of the Japan Lacrosse Association.

About the Asia Pacific Lacrosse Union (ASPAU) 

The Asia Pacific Lacrosse Union (APLU) is the governing body for the Asia, Pacific and Oceania regions for both men’s and women’s lacrosse. The ASPAU currently has 9 member nations and is responsible for the Asia Pacific Championships (ASPAC) which are held on a bi-annual basis.