Saturday, 3 February 2018

U14s WACS/Cheadle Hulme v Stockport/Brooklands

The debate often rages on about the merits of joint teams and what this does for the game of lacrosse at junior levels.  Some people even have the audacity to refer to them as 'Mongrel' teams.  However, what they do miss are the benefits that's teams/players still continue to play, and still continue to commit to the sport.  Benefits include friendships, different coaching methods, different facilities, and above all else they are still playing.  There are downsides, but lets not dwell on those, and lets look forward to our own U14s team for a few years to come.
The game itself was the proverbial game of two halves, with players playing outside of their normal positions, players struggling to cope with the zone being played and generally moving the ball at a walking pace.  The first quarter was very even all over the field, even at face, even in attack and even in defence, which is probably why we ended up with a 1-1 quarter.  The 2nd quarter things moved in favour of the hosts, with a 3-1 quarter leaving us 4-2 down at half time.
Then the game changed, by playing players in the strongest positions we looked much stronger in Defence, Mid and Attack, and we moved the ball quickly, from one end to the other with some delightful goals scored along the way.  By not allowing our hosts time to set up their excellent zone, we were incisive and made it count with 0-6 quarter in our favour, before a 2-2 final quarter.
Thoroughly enjoyable game, played well, by all teams participating.  Good participation from our U12s, and U14s, and the Brooklands players and coaches.

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