Thursday, 17 May 2018

U13’s - Season Report 2017/18 - Written By Jim Bramwell

This season was always going to be a challenging one for our group of U13’s girls due to the age distribution within the team. The team consisted mainly of U11’s, a few under 12’s and only 3 girls who were actually in the U13’s age bracket, one of these being a new recruit. The league seemed well organised but the new management team (Katherine and I) took a while to find their feet.  I’d like to suggest that the junior section looks at the possibility of producing a management Handbook to allow new managers to slot in and allow a smooth transition.  
The influence of the age and size difference diminished as the season progressed and our girls grew in confidence. This was team that, in the previous season, had experienced heavy defeats to pretty much everyone. At some point during the season the girls seemed to decide that they weren’t going to let this continue to happen. We did still experience a couple of heavy defeats to the two stand out teams, Mellor and Timperley, but they were nowhere near as one sided as previous encounters. The final game being at Timperley, probably the best team, where we certainly stayed with them for large periods of the game. It would have been interesting to see how we would have faired against Mellor if we had played them later in the season.
The best moment of the season involved an early morning trip to Oxton. This team destroyed us by something like 20-0 the previous season and with most of Oxton standing about a foot taller than our girls we thought we may be in for more of the same.  That’s not the way it panned out!  Despite the long journey, the size differential, and the fact that we were not at full strength we somehow managed win the game.  
The attitude, commitment and improvement of all the girls has been a pleasure to watch.  We had five girls involved in the Cheshire U13’s tournament which was successfully hosted by Stockport.  This tournament highlighted what a great group of supportive parents we have and the inclusion and involvement of parents should be a top priority moving forward.  
The team were unlucky not to make the final of the cup tournament, beating Oxton again but narrowly losing to Cheadle.  The team will lose three players due to age next year but will have more players in the U13 bracket.  All those who represented Cheshire will remain at U13’s.  It is important to keep trying to bring new players in, especially at Years 5,6,7 and 8.  

There is going to be a change of manager with Stuart Dumbarton agreeing to take over the reins. Stuart is a parent who has kindly agreed to step up and help out. This kind of assistance is desperately needed and I’m sure that any help, advice, and support that we can offer would be gratefully received.  It’s been a pleasure to work with this group and they have been a credit to the club.  Hopefully they will continue to progress and develop and benefit from being involved with our Great Club and this fantastic sport!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

End of Season Friendly as Home to Mellor

Although no official match report, thought it would be nice to put up a few photos of the game at Home to Mellor.  Some good passages of play from both teams, ended with a Mellor victory.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Last Game of the Season at Home to Norbury

It is incredibly rare to have such a low scoring game at this level of Junior lacrosse, but that's exactly what we were treated to.  It wasn't a slow game, or even a bad game, it was a tight well fought game of junior lacrosse, with lots of end to end action.  Good movement 'On' and 'Off' the ball, with both keepers playing well.
We always knew this would be a close game, and we invited all the more senior U12s to play for the last time at this level (some of them have played for 5 years plus at U12s), and it will be sad to move on, but move on they must, as they grew older, and more talented they need to be pushed and tested at higher levels.
The first quarter seen us, race to a 3-1 lead, with 2 goals from Luca and 1 from Rhys, with 2 of these coming from Assists from Rhys and Hugo.  Uncharacteristically, we never managed to score in Q2, and Norbury scored 3 leaving ourselves trailing 3-4 at half time.  Q3, seen a couple of goals from Hugo and Jay, before Q4 proved scoreless for both teams.  Leaving ourselves, victors on the day, at the end of a good season (decimated by weather), we can look back and be thankful to all our new recruits, the reality that we will have an U14s team for the first time in 4 seasons, and believe it has been a success.

An Excellent First Season - George

2 Well taken Goals This Morning

Lots of Support

Good to See Rhys Playing with the U12s, having spent large parts of the Season at U14s

The future is bright for Young Daniel

Hugo doing the defensive work

Little & Large

A lot more about technique than size

Jump to It!

At present our only Year 7 Next Year

Wil doing his defensive work well as usual

Scored 2, time for a Lie Down

Little Henry making sure Norbury Know he is there

Stockport queuing up

Not something you see everyday.  Our ever dependable referee (Ed) running

Last pearls of wisdom from the U12s Coaching Team

James was strong in Defence today

Luca about to topple over

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

U12s Away against Timperley A

It has been an awful long time since we last wrote anything in the U12s Blog, (9 weeks in total).  With a number of the more experienced players playing up at U14s (Cup Semi Final Away at Mellor) it provided us with an opportunity to show our strength in depth and let the young guns have a go against one of the strongest teams at U12s this year.
Despite the final score, please don't take anything away from this young & inexperienced team.  11 Players (8 under 10 - 1 Playing his 3rd game & 1 other playing his first)
To be fair to the Stockport team their average age was about 10 years old 
this is probably obvious in some of the pictures.
We tried hard in midfield and got stuck in, and occasionally won the ball and put some passes together and made some offensives moves.
James was strong standing up to the Timperley aggressiveness in defence.
Josh was very busy in Goal on the Timperley counter attack as they were just to fast for the younger Stockport players to engage but on occasion made some funny saves when it looked like a goal was inevitable.
The Coach reassured the keeper not to worry too much about their Goals in case he went under.
The snow storm that came became a distraction as well as the cold and we lost count of the score at one point.  The fourth quarter the game was almost abandoned with the amount of snow falling but the boys wanted to play on.
Timperley despite being told used unnecessary roughness at times which detracted from their game as they really played quite well and due to the age of our team, we really could have done without it.
Final score 18-2, with a couple from James.
Pre Game Huddle