It was a weekend where the weather was a major disruptive influence on the local Lacrosse programme but some games managed to escape the deluge.
For Timperley it was a matter of more quality and less quantity. There were 12 games scheduled for the weekend but only 6 of them escaped the weather.
In the games which were played there were some notable results.
Pick of the crop was the 1st team’s impressive 12-5 win over Cheadle. We do not beat Cheadle very often but this win took us to the top of the Premiership.
We can but dream that a target of a Premiership title is not beyond us and would make many old men happy. We were not at full strength on Saturday, missing England attacker Jack Brook, top middie James Bates and top young attackman Ed Loveland so we are certainly capable of beating anyone.
Competing for weekend bragging rights were our Boy’s U19 who faced up to Poynton Sunday night in a game held over from December which would decide the Autumn League. A well earned 7-4 win saw Timperley take the impressive silverware.
The top of the table women’s league clash of Timperley v Oxton ended up in fiasco as an umpire was determined to overrule the opinions of Timperley Lacrosse officials and some 30 players from Oxton and Timperley who felt the pitch was perfectly fit for play.
The U16 and U12 Cup games were both victims of the weather and will be rescheduled for next week, weather permitting.
There were some impressive results from our increasingly successful Junior Girls’ programme. Our U18 Girls team went to Mellor and in Arctic conditions came away with a commendable 9-9 draw which leaves them top of the table. The destination of the League title could well be determined by the match when Oxton travel to Timperley.
There was a great win for our Girls’ U15 Blue they when they entertained Oxton on Friday evening game on the Timperley ATPs and took an impressive 9-6 win.
It is also encouraging to see the improvement in our U13 girl’s team.
Friday 18th Jan
U15 Blue v Oxton (H) Won 9-6
For our 4th game of the season, we had 14 players, with 4x from U13s (Jess Haywood, Katie Young, Zofia Jenkins and Tilly Young).
We started well and took a lead but were never comfortable till the last quarter. We were in control but allowed Oxton to come back closer then comfortable for the parents watching the game. It was a great game of Lacrosse from both sides. During the game we made some silly passes, were forcing the play and rushed a bit but these were momentary blips that we need to eliminate totally. Otherwise a great team performance from everyone on the pitch. Defence nullified their best players, good transition from defence, midfield to attack and great team goals. First half we were leading 5 - 3 and second half it was 4 - 3, so the final score was 9 - 6 for us.
At the end, the Oxton coach commented to both teams what a great game it was.
Man of the match: Niamh Gribbon - she made some crucial saves at critical times to keep Oxton a bay and calm our nerves.
Defence: Ana Green - worked very hard and made some great interceptions.
Midfield: Alice Allan - worked hard and contributed a lot to the team.
Attack: Henny Wright / Sophie Hurlstone - both worked tirelessly for the team.
Scores and assist.
Alice Allan 5/2
Henny Wright 1/2
Katie Young 1/-
Chloe Fergusson 1/-
Jess Haywood 1/-
Sophie Hurlstone -/1
Ana Green -/1
Saturday 19th Jan
Women v Oxton (H) Abandoned as a Fiasco
The Men’s B team was sacrificed to provide a pitch for the top women’s fixture between Timperley and Oxton.
The two teams were warming up when the Oxton umpire decided that the pitch was unfit for play!! During the morning the pitch was inspected by 4 or 5 very experienced and knowledgeable lacrosse people and additionally both teams disagreed with her.
That the decision of one person, who in my opinion was on another planet, should be able to effect the enjoyment of 60 people on a Saturday is wrong.
I walked the pitch before and after the men’s 1st team game (which was played on a pitch in arguably worse condition but its playability was never questioned by players or officials) and it was in excellent condition. It is January!!!
Men’s 1st v Cheadle (H) Won 12-5
An epic win for Timperley which saw them at the top of the Premiership table.
It was an historic win. It is not often in my life time we have had wins over Cheadle! As far as I can recollect this was only the second time! (May be wrong).
Timperley opened the game strongly and took a 3-1 lead at the end of the 1st Q. The second period was nip and tuck and at half time Timperley just kept their noses in front 4-3.
In the second half Timperley started to dominate with Tom Bracegirdle winning out at the face offs despite some fairly bizarre officiating. In attack Ollie White started to move into his top gear and 3 goals from him and 1 from Brendan James saw Timperley build on their lead to be 8-4 ahead at the end of the quarter.
In the final quarter Timperley domination continued with 2 goals from Mikey Armstrong and 2 from Brendan James which saw Timperley home 12-5.
The real reason for Timperley’s emphatic win was an outstanding performance from the defence who were totally dominant. Backed up by an outstanding display from Tim Blower (the David de Gea of Lacrosse-stops the ball with anything!) in the Timperley nets, arguably his best of the season, the long stick quartet of England’s Tommy Kirkland, Rory Norris, Josh Blower and the inspirational team captain Jason Armstrong strangled the Cheadle offence. Of the 5 Cheadle goals 3 could probably be attributed to the few errors Timperley defence made.
The win saw Timperley clear at the top of the table. It is a highly competitive League and anyone can beat anyone else. On paper Timperley’s next 3 fixtures against Mellor and Sheffield Steelers twice should be winnable but it is essential that the team do not take their eyes off the ball and concede upsets.
On Saturday Cheadle, without England attackman Nicky Watson, were not at their strongest but TLC were missing England Attack Jack Brook, leading middie James Bates (who was apparently skiing –the bane of Timperley Lacrosse over the years) and outstanding young attackman Ed Loveland.
Ollie White 4.0
Brendan James 2.2
Taylor Wallace 2.2
Mikey Armstrong 1.3
Pat McGowan 2.0
Tom Bracegirdle 1.2
Men’s A v Poynton (A) Postponed
With all the rain in recent days the postponement of the game at Poynton with their notoriously poorly draining pitches (Used to be what TLC was like!) came as no real surprise.
Men’s B v Sheffield A (H) Postponed
With an important Women’s game against Oxton the B team were scheduled to be moved to the small pitch on the front field. Unfortunately, heavy rain on Saturday morning and the water draining off the ATP tipped the balance and made the pitch unplayable forcing the postponement of the game against Sheffield A.
The frustration was then the very playable second pitch was decided by an umpire to be dangerous. An extraordinary decision.
At least the postponements swelled the crowd to support the 1st team in their win over Cheadle.
Boy’s U16 v Sheffield (H) JS Cup postponed
Sheffield pulled out of this Cup game as they claimed that road conditions made travel to Timperley unacceptably hazardous so the game will be rescheduled for next week.
Boy’s U14 v Brooklands (H) Lost 8-16
Sadly another defeat 16-8 but that does not reflect on how well we played. Another game and yet again 2 players missing, Callum Legg injured himself trampolining and Matt Fazal was down with the flu, we did however have 4 U12’s playing, Jack Dearden, Jim Hartley, Cai Alty and a first run out for young Owen Shuttleworth.
So first game of the season where we had a full bench but ironically the opposite Brooklands & Stockport only had 9, so 9 aside it was. Frustratingly we would have won if it was 10 aside, the 9 aside with the transition between the lines cost us goals on every break. Once the team did settle and controlled the ball we played very well we never gave up and won the final quarter 4-2.
Goals scored by
Cai Alty x 5
Joe Tomlinson x 3
Mackenzie Bear x 2
Boy’s U12A v Norbury (A) Onandaga Cup Postponed
It was always likely that the Norbury pitches would be unfit in the monsoon season.
The match should be rescheduled for next Saturday.
Boy’s 12B v Boardman and Eccles (A) Cancelled
Another game which was a victim of the weather.
Sunday 20th January
Girl’s U13 v Liverpool (H) Drew 5-5
Thank you to all who came today.
Just to clarify we had already taken the winning points as Liverpool could not field a full team and some of their players were beginner U15s.
A young U13 Timperley team played very well despite the bitterly cold and wet conditions.
The Liverpool team brought 8 players so we leant them 4.
Today was all about succession planning as many of our more experienced players were either not available, played for the opposition or assisted the Umpire.
The team that played today is broadly next year’s U13 team as many of our more experienced players will move up so they should be really encouraged by today’s performance especially Charlotte who saved several goals and was put under more pressure than usual.
In the opening part of the game Liverpool took it into their half but Timperley quickly recovered and eventually scored the opening goal.
Natalya really came into the game with some excellent fast breaks the full length of the pitch.
Our defence worked hard to clear the ball.
Bella scored and assisted several goals and overall the Timperley attack worked well as a unit.
The Timperley team started to demonstrate some mature passing around the fan.
Goals were scored by Bell and Louisa Davidson, Laura Kelly and Amelia Wynn and Karina (for the opposition) - well done.
Thanks to Karina, Jess, Katie and Olivia for playing for the opposition as it is never an easy job and for Jess and Katie for stepping up to assist the Umpire.
Also to the two Sophies who substituted on and off in truly freezing conditions.
Apparently the Withington girls are not entering Packwood but are playing in Bolton late that morning so it would be too difficult to get to Packwood on time as we need to be there by 12.50 pm
If there are any Withington girls not playing for school who would like to be considered for Packwood on 24 th Feb please let me know before we select the team.
Thanks for all the parental support and to Paul Kelly for keeping a check on the scores.
Timperley U18 White v Mellor (A) Drew 9-9
Away at Mellor was going to be a tough game especially in the cold and wet of the Derbyshire hills, the girls listened to the coach and went out believing they could win this one. Within 10 minutes TLC were 3 goals up and looking very strong, food transition and great passing around the D.
Mellor were in the back foot and called a time out which they made the most of coming in at the half 6-4 in the lead.
The snow was coming down and the girls were freezing but went out strong and determined second half. Mellor were still sting as we knew they would and it was end to end.
When we passed the ball as discussed in the breaks we were on fire and when time was called we were in the ascendency, the score finishing 9-9.
All in all a fair result to both teams in extreme conditions
Elena Rink 1/0
Ellie Racle 3/0
Jodie Pollard 2/2
Alice Allan 2/1
Emma Coglan 1/0
Emily Meppen 0/2
Boys U19 v Poynton Won 7-4
The final game in the U19 league saw Timperley take on Poynton, with the winner of the game winning the league. A draw was no good to Timperley due to our inferior goal difference, so it was a case of win the game, win the league.
In wet and cold conditions, Timperley put in a performance to be proud of, controlled almost everything on the pitch and came out on top in a low scoring game. The first quarter ended 1-1, which was totally at odds with the three previously high scoring games we’d had, but we felt really comfortable with our gameplan. The start of the second quarter saw Poynton score two quick goals, but even at 1-3 down, we did not panic as we had enjoyed opportunities and long spells of possession; for the last five or six minutes of the half we upped the tempo, moved the ball well in attack and got two goals to be level at 3-3 at half time.
More of the same in the third quarter with Poynton scoreless and Timperley bagging two more, the second by pushing a full field transition in the final seconds to really hurt Poynton. 5-3 up and 15 minutes to go.
Everyone was pumped yet focussed on the job in hand by now, and we were really calm on the bench as the boys delivered exactly what was needed. We stretched the lead to three goals, before setting about killing the game. There were no scares in this period, with plenty of possession, and after one final man down situation, ended up with the ball in our sticks as the final whistle blew, with us winning the game 7-4.
For me this was a proper game of lacrosse, a tight low scoring game as opposed to a high scoring blowout. The team was excellent. At the back the defence was the best it has been all season, getting their match ups and slides spot on for the most part. The clearing was faultless. The midfield and attack dealt in long scoring possessions and when we turned the ball over the effort on the ride and groundball by the whole team was exemplary.
Well done boys. U19 league champions for the first time since 2012.
Goals / Assists
Billy Kershaw 4/0, Marius Robinson 1/0, Patrick McGowan 1/0, JD Bulmer 1/0, Louis Humblet 0/1, Ed Loveland 0/1
Updated 16:51 - 24 Jan 2018 by Michael Armstrong