March 15, 1997
The Philadelphia Wings visited the Buffalo Bandits in front of a sold-out crowd at the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York.
Philadelphia came into this game first place in the league, actually being more dangerous on the road, than they were at home (finished the season 4-1 on the road, and 3-2 at home), while the Bandits coming off their 1996 championship, were looking to defend the championship and repeat.
The Wings had Gary Gait, Scott Gabrielsen, Kevin Finneran, Paul Deniken, and John McAvoy to carry their offense.
Buffalo had John Tavaras, the Kilgour Brothers (Darris, Rich, and Travis), Ted Dowling, Jason Luke, and Troy Cordingley on their offense.
Two of the greatest lacrosse minds were pitted against each other…Head coaches Tony Resch for the Wings vs. Les Bartley for the Bandits.
Dallas Eliuk was the Philadelphia Wings goalie, facing Pat O’Toole in the Bandits net.
Another classic game between two perennial rivals.
***The audio only worked through the pregame…there was no audio during the game***
Sit back, relax, and enjoy this game in it’s entirety.
Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.