Played 2, Won 2, Scored 29, Conceded 9 is the record for pre-season as Hull now prepare for the new NEMLA season which begins this Saturday at home to Cheadle Hulme.
This pre-season marked a significant change for the East Yorkshire club as they trained every Tuesday night through the summer to keep the cobwebs off. The two pre-season games were also a new thing, last year was prepared for by playing Hull University, who we share players with, twice - not ideal preperation. The 19-1 battering of Lincoln LC allowed Hull to dust off the cobwebs properly and put some things into practice. It also allowed the defence to have a run out together for the first time and utilise the potential of 4 different LSMs. The game against Sheffield Steelers 'A' had been anticipated to be a battering for Hull. But the 10-8 scoreline to the travelling team was surprise to everyone.
The standout performers in pre-season have without a doubt been Jack Stamford, as ever, and Sam Hanson. The inexperienced keeper looks well set for a big season between the pipes and with an experienced defence of Cornelius, Wilkinson & Hutchinson infront of him, with the dynamic Tom Peel coming into the season strongly, Hull look well set to deny teams an easy day infront of goal.
The midfield looks impressive, with 3 strong face-off men in the experienced Paul Harsent and new boys Jimmy Nsouli & Aiden Jakubik adding a new dimension. If Hull can bring Chris Jolliffe back to the field then possession should be easily won all season long.
In attack Jack Stamford looks set for a great season and hopefully the opportunity to beat his tally of 42 goals from last season. It also looks as if he will be ably supported by Dean Harris, Phil Steele, Darryl Harris and Sam Hemsley, who all found the back of the net in pre-season.
The aim for the men in black & amber must be to improve on last seasons 5th place finish but with strong challenges coming again from Leeds & Oldham, plus the newly relegated Cheadle Hulme & Ashton it will no doubt be very close at the top. A strong cup run must also be the aim for the team, allowing the club to build nicely towards promotion in 2012/13.
This website will keep everyone up-to-date with stats & match reports throughout the season so keep checking back regularly to see what is going on with Hull Lacrosse Club in 2011/12