Monday, 16 October 2017

U12s Away Day in Yorkshire

It has been a couple of years since we last played over in Sheffield, and you forget how good their facilities are, with a fantastic 3G Astro, and great clubhouse.  We wanted to use this game, to introduce as many of our new players to a game at U12s, and although disappointed to only get 9 players, we were delighted to have 9 fantastic lads willing to give it their all.  Moving 3 of our lads up to play for the U14s at Cheadle.  Debuts were given to Sam, and Joshua B, and when you consider 3 other lads were playing the 4th game ever, one could say we were travelling with an inexperienced team.  Due to Sheffield also having an inexperienced team, this decision lead to a very even contest, and certainly made the decision a good one as it was an excellent game, thoroughly enjoyed by all the spectators.
Sheffield very kindly gave us a player for the full game, Matty, to make it a 10-a-side game on a small pitch, with a couple of referee's who wanted to let the game flow.  We started with an experienced keeper (Jay), and a strong spine down the middle of the field, and an attack line of Thurston, Sam and Matty, we managed to get a 1-2 lead at the end of Q1.  Our Midfield were working very hard, with lots of running coming from Jacob and George.  Q2 was a different story, with Sheffield growing in confidence, finding some good passes and some good goal scoring opportunities gave them a 4-1 quarter leaving us trailing at half time. 
We were always going to change the keeper at half-time, as not only was Joshua making his debut, he was desperate to play in goal for the 2nd half  and made a couple of great saves.  With Jay coming out of goal, and a strong midfield of Jacob, George and Wil we managed to use some of Jay's strength, and the others energy to get us back in the game with a 2-4 quarter and going into Q4 we were evens.  As the game was close, the importance of the face was there for us all to see, and with all the guys (Jacob/George/Jay/Wil) doing well at face, we managed to gain possession more times than not and went on with a 1-4 quarter.  Leaving the final score a victory of 8-11.
5 Different scorers today, Wil, Jacob (4), Jay (2), George (3), and our Sheffield debutant Matty.
Massive thank you to our hosts, and a massive thank you to the parents who made the journey, albeit going was only 1 hour, coming home was well over 2 hours for a 36 mile journey - Oh well.

Strong Battling, fantastic running all day from Jacob

Strong defending as a unit

George put a shift in today

Wil lead by example, using his expeience

Good ground ball on a new surface
Looking at the New Stato in the background

George watching the ball

George doing a few press ups?

Joshua on his debut

Matty (on his first and only performance)

Time for a short rest

Jay bringing it round the back

Strong at face all day

Joshua executing his clear

Jay using his strength

On his way to his 2nd of the day

Sam on his debut, wanting the pass

Sam making Sheffield know he his there

Handshake's all round

Thursday, 12 October 2017

U12s v Cheadle

Looking forward to Saturday's and watching the young boys in Blue play good lacrosse against good competition, is something we should all look forward too.  This Saturday we welcomed Cheadle, who are always a good side, but potentially our overall experience paid dividends this morning, with a convincing 17-3 victory.  Starting brightly, with a 5-0 Q1, and with an excellent save at his feet keeping Cheadle goalless, certainly set the tone for the game.  Q2 was a little closer, 3-2, leaving us 7-2 up at half time, another 5-0 quarter in Q3, before Q4 finished 4-.  5 Different scorers today, with only 6 goals assisted, but a good game played in the right spirit by two well drilled teams.

A meeting of such minds!

And we're off

Even as a keeper - Always wants to be ivolved

Luca about to change direction

Ever improving George showing Cheadle a clean pair of heels

A change at face, but the same result

Jay being chased by the Cheadle Hill Mob

Wills turn at face

Lots of game time for all our players

Cormack getting in on the action

Rhys turning his man well

A strong performance today

Luca on his way to scoring

A strong check by Jacob

Henry showing great promise even against bigger opposition

Will was excellent all day in defence

Midfield working hard in unison

Keep your eyes on the ball

Where is the ball?

And finally.............

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

U12s Away at Timperley A

On a terribly wet morning, played on Astro Turf we met a strong team from Timperley.  The strong nature of some of the challenges threatened to over shadow two good lacrosse teams trying to play both the weather, and the pitch (Not so familiar to Stockport) as soon as the ball was dropped it just runs and runs out of play.  The first quarter, certainly didn't go our way with Timperley rushing to a 4-2 Q1, and the 2nd quarter went Timperley's way 2-1 leaving us trailing 6-3 at half time.  At this stage, a change was needed, and our less experienced defence, was changed around for some more experience and size, and we started to get used to the conditions and started to turn it around.  Stockport managed a 0-2 quarter, and with 15 to go in Q4 we found ourselves 1 down with it all to play for.  The little lads in Stockport Blue did the business, with a 1-3 quarter, with Rhys popping up for the all important last two goals of the day.  Only 2 scorers today, Hugo (6), and Rhys (2), and a terrific performance between the pipes from Aaron, with 12 fine saves (even one with his butt end).  So a tough morning overall, which ended with a victory.
Rhys just after facing off

Always 1 foot ahead

Henry in his second outing

Jacob battling hard as he did all morning

A sea of Stockport Blue making it difficult on this occassion

Rhys making a telling pass

Ethan backing up Jacob

Jay keeping Cool

Even contest at face today

Defensive Team Talk

Issues with the ball Sticking after Facing Off

Luca not lying down, but kneeling this week

George under immense pressure

Odds stacked in Jays favour

Solid performance all day by Wil

Any ideas what Thurston is doing?

I am sure there is a reason Cormack is running into space.....lots of space

The team is now taking shape