BECKENHAM Lacrosse Club emerged from a two-month break to compete in the Hatch End indoor tournament against eight of the best indoor teams from London and the south east.
Indoor lacrosse is played five-a-side, with four seconds allowed on the ball before a pass.
It’s fast and furious and, for a non-contact sport, can also be brutal.
There is a premium on technique and Beckenham soon shook off the winter rust to show their mastery of the sport with excellent stick skills, movement and passing combined with quick, abrasive defending.
In their pool games, Beckenham beat Hatch End B 17-2, Clapham 14-5 and Pendley 13-2, meaning they had won their group and were drawn to face Harpenden in the quarter-finals.
Beckenham soon pulled into a 5-1 lead but then lost their focus and allowed Harpenden to come back into the game.
With the clock running down, Beckenham’s advantage had been cut to one goal.
But Hollie Harrington and Sophie Brett stepped up, stopped the rot and re-established control with a smartly taken goal and then controlled possession to seal a 9-7 success and a semi-final clash with Putney.
Putney were dangerous opponents but Beckenham put their wobble behind them with perhaps their most impressive performance of the day, winning 11-5 and not giving their opponents a sniff.
Hosts Hatch End A awaited in a very tight, physical final and Beckenham drew first blood and built on their lead before Hatch End fought back.
The game was nip and tuck throughout and at full-time, Beckenham emerged victorious 8-6 to win their first tournament of the New Year.
Stef Davis, Chris Monaghan and Bekki Day were the foundation of the team, getting better and better throughout the tournament, winning possession and keeping it with sensible movement and neat passing.
Jessie Fullenkemper, making her debut for Beckenham, impressed with her movement and control and Jess Saville was her usual livewire self with pace her opponents couldn’t cope with.
Sophie Brett showed her usual tactical mastery and Hollie Harrington was the player of the tournament with imperious stick skills, pace and power.
Beckenham’s scorers were Day, Monaghan, Davis (3), Saville (6), Fullenkemper (7), Brett (17) and Harrington (35).