Sunday, 14 January 2018

U12s at Home against Liverpool

It has been a couple of years since we last entertained Liverpool, and appreciate all the efforts they are doing to #growthegame down the M62.  Unfortunately they could only manage 7 players and we agreed to make up their numbers to have a 10-a-side game, so firstly a massive thank you to Sam P, Henry P, Archie, Thurston and Noah for kindly playing for Liverpool today.
Due to the excellent work of everyone, and supportive parents, our numbers are increasing.  We even had the luxury of playing 4 lads at U14s, which allows us to get more players involved and allows for other players to have a bigger impact on the game.
The game was a little closer than expected, and despite our numbers we were unable to make the advantage count, with a Q1 quarter, only going 2-1 in our favour.  The strength and athleticism of some of the Liverpool players gave us a surprise, and our new defensive line will be tested today.  with a goal right at the end of Q2, we had a 3-1 quarter and a little bit of breathing space.  Q3 was an even 1-1, and Q4 went 3-2 in our favour leaving us with a 9-5 victory. 
Really impressed with the defence, who improved massively as the game went on, and another thank you to Jay and Jacob for taking turns in between the pipes.  The other goal which is worthy of note, was Henry's towards the end of the game, not just the finish but the work which Sam P did to win the ball in the first place.
Excellent teamwork today, and no giving up from any of the team.
Cup Quarter final next week.

Luca coming up against strong Liverpool resistance

Defending from the front

Breaking through

Cormac hiding behind the stick

Liverpool No2's favourite seat

Monday, 8 January 2018

U12s Away at Cheadle

Happy New Year and all that but more importantly the continuation of the U12 Lacrosse season which is much more important, this weekend away at Cheadle.
The weather was cold with mix skies and a chance we might get wet but everyone was up for a good start to 2018 and continuation of the previous good games.  It was great to be playing our first game in 5 weeks, and although the pitch had taken a lot of water everyone was keen to get a game on.
The guys seemed to have learnt from previous games as there were no fouls in this game on either side which is great to see and the focus showed in a first quarter score of 1 - 7 which was a great start.
The dominance continued into the second quarter with a score of 0 - 3 although with the number of shots on goal (35no) this could have been substantially higher.  Face offs were mixed with 3 won and 5 lost at which point the scoreline was such that Cheadle took advantage of the free clear.
Into the third quarter legs were getting tired and communication lapsed leading to a goal by Cheadle and a quarter score of 1 - 5 which was still a positive result.
In the final quarter  the cold was taking its toll on all players and the spectators but the boys played on taking four more goals from the opposition whilst Cheadle scored another consolation goal giving a quarter score of 1 - 4. Final score 3 - 19.
Goals were shared about this week but special mention goes to two of our newer players, Dan O'Brien & James Thompson who both continued to battle through the game and both getting on the score sheet with one goal each, James on his debut.
Goals were also secured by Hugo, George & Jacob M all getting three a piece, Rhys, Ben & Luca all getting two and Jacob B, Dan, Daniel & James with one each.  Assists came from Dan and Hugo (5).
Dan getting used to the conditions straight from the off

Defensive cohesion

In the Back - Referreeeeeeeeee

Ben feeling the cold - Time to do a few press ups to keep warm

Not seen Hugo at face for a while

Cormac and James ready to get involved

Cant play without them - Thanks Chaps

James getting some advice from Rhys

Don't think its supposed to go there - Jay

Dan T now getting down for Press Ups

James battling hard on his debut

Love this picture - Look at the ref in the background paying attention

Jacob needing a bit of warmth from the Cheadle player

Cormac working hard

Oh no You Dont