Week 25 means we are nearing the end of the season. It has been a curate’s egg of an affair .
This week the clear highlight was our Girl’s U15 who beat a powerful Oxton side 20-10 to clinch their League title.
Every Wednesday I spend a couple of hours at Timperley watching the Boy’s U12 and U14 practice . There is a significant bonus in that I get a chance to watch some of the Girl’s U15 practice. They are fantastic and it did not surprise me in the least to learn that this group of girls has been undefeated for the last 3 years.
On Tuesday the U15 went to Manchester Univ and earned another impressive feather in their cap playing a half against the Univ 1st winning 4-3 and taking a comfortable 5-1 win over the 2nd. The girls were playing against people who were 4 and 5 years older than them – possibly more!
Our Girl’s programme is a credit to Timperley Lacrosse and I must pay tribute to the tremendous job done by Cengiz Ilhan and his team of managers and coaches. Over the last few years our whole girls programme has gone from strength to strength.
Our Men’s A and B teams were always going to have a tough season as they had fought their way to play in the top Leagues for their teams which meant they were facing some very difficult games.
Amongst the teams faced by our B were Rochdale A who only a couple of years ago were the equal of our A team.
Our A team has spent the season mixing it with the big boys like Cheadle A, Stockport A and Heaton Mersey A and took an historic Junior Flags win over Mersey in the last round.
Last Saturday Timperley A and B both faced very tough cup semi final games against Cheadle A and Rochdale A respectively and although both games ended in defeats for Timperley we are far from disgraced.
Our U12s have gone toe to toe with a fine Mellor team this season and on Saturday Mellor took a well deserved 11-7 win.
On Sunday, under the excellent leadership of David Lawton our U10-those not playing with U12 gave an impressive performance in one of the monthly U10 Tournaments.
The beginning of April marks the start of the holiday season for the OAPs and Christine and I are off to Holland and Germany to show our solidarity with the EU and Donald Tusk who was pointing out that MEPs would the representatives of the Remainers. Certainly as far as the Maybot is concerned we are the “Citizens of Nowhere”.
Because of our OAP mission I will, you will be relieved to know, not be able to produce a Newsletter next week. However it would be my intention to produce a composite the week after ie week commencing 6th April. I would then intend produce something prior to the Flags Weekend and then a Newsletter covering Flags Weekend.
Please let me have reports and any news that you have.
SATURDAY 23rd MARCH
MEN’S 1ST NO GAME
MEN’S A V CHEADLE A (JUNIOR FLAGS SEMI FINAL) LOST 4-15
This week Timperley travelled to Stockport to play the anticipated semi-final vs Cheadle. The team looked to turn around the disappointing result last time these two teams played. It would be a tough ask, with the Cheadle A team being littered with experienced players against a much younger Timperley team.
The team unfortunately found themselves under the cosh quite quickly, with it becoming all one-way traffic. The defence as much as they tried, found themselves under repeated attacks from the Cheadle team. Their off-ball movement made extremely difficult for the Timperley team to cope with and Timperley were punished regularly on the fast breaks. It was a shame to see after much anticipation that we found ourselves around 5 or 6 goals down with no reply at the end of the first quarter. It could have already been much worse if it wasn’t for some strong defending and Gregor in net, who again made a multitude of saves to keep it respectable.
The second and third quarters became much tighter after Timperley had regrouped from the disappointing first quarter. The team started to hold much more possession in attack, and not waste the ball away as needlessly. The team began to create a lot more chances in turn, and the Cheadle keeper had to keep stay vigilant to stop Timperley from gaining any hope of a comeback. Despite Timperley scoring our only goals of the game, we still found ourselves going into the final quarter trailing by a substantial amount.
This resulted in the final quarter being uneventful from a Timperley point of view. Cheadle at this point went into cruise control, dictating the game. They did extremely well in choosing when to push to goal, with their experienced players dictating their play. Sadly, despite the best efforts of the team, the game ended 15-4 in favour of Cheadle.
So where does the team go from here? How do they learn from this experience?
Well, firstly and most importantly, we need to address face offs. Much like last time we played them, Cheadle dominated possession from face offs, and the team really struggled to push for possession after any of the goals we conceded. It resulted in the defence being constantly under pressure and the attack struggling to get into the game at points. We desperately need to start training up other players so we can start to compete at every point of the game, rather than hoping we don’t concede so we can attack. Needless to say, ground balls have to improve as well, which is a problem in all levels of the club.
The team also need to focus on two elements of its attack. It’s individual elements and it’s teamwork elements. Individual players need to have the confidence to drive past opposition defenders and initiate the contact from them. We should strive to have 6 players in the attack who can be a threat to the oppositions defence; who can create great opportunities for the team to feed off. If we can develop our young team in this direction, then the off-ball movement, which the Cheadle team did so well, can be pushed and worked on to great effect. That is the aim for this team, as we cannot have one without the other.
Overall, I think this season has been a success. With such a young team, losing to a Cheadle team littered with a combination experience and youth does not define our season. It is a shame that we lost so convincingly, but when you look at the start of the season where the team was struggling to win games, to the point where we are disappointed to lose to Cheadle, then I think that proves how much the team has improved over the season.
Patrick McGowan (2,0), Nathan Walker (1,0), Billy Kershaw (1,0), Sam Hirst (0,2)
MEN’S B V ROCHDALE A (DAVID BEESLEY CUP SEMI FINAL) LOST4-13
It does not seem very long ago that our A team was having battles with Rochdale A and it is a sign as to how far we have come that it is now our B team that is facing up to a strong and experienced Rochdale side.
Rochdale got their noses in front to lead 1-3 at quarter time.
Rochdale dominated the second quarter and scored 5 unanswered goals to extend their lead to 1-8 at the half time break.
One thing about our B team this season is that their heads never drop and they came out fighting in the 3rd quarter edging the period 2-1 to make the score at the break 3-9.
Rochdale regained their control to take the game 4-13. It was a real fight from our B team who emerged with their heads held high.
A special mention for defenceman James Walker who has had an outstanding season.
Will Greaves 3, Dan Flisk 1
BOY’S U16 TRIANGULAR V BROOKLANDS AND SHEFFIELD
Tri-game this week at Brooklands for the U16’s. Weather was lovely and all the games were played with great sportsmanship and enjoyment with much making up of numbers between the teams.
Final scores were:
Game 1 – Brooklands 7 vs. Timperley 3
Game 2 – Timperley 7 vs Sheffield 6
Game 3 – Brooklands 3 vs Sheffield 3
BOY’S U14 NO GAME
BOY’S U12 V MELLOR (H) LOST 7-11
Timperley were off to a flyer when Ben fought hard for a ground ball, passing to Owen who shot low to score. This was followed by 2 more goals for Owen, the second a great catch off the rebound with Owen proving quicker reactions that the Mellor goalie. Unfortunately, despite some great saves from Lucca, the Mellor number 11 ferreted through our defence to score 2. Q1 3-2
Owen opened the scoring again for Timperley but a resilient Mellor fired back with 3 goals, proving patient where necessary with passing to expose the gaps in our defence. Noah made a quick break to score then Tom Hayton reacted well to beat their keeper closing the first half with a marginal lead to Timperley 6-5.
Timperley were passing better and there were flashes of pace in midfield with Bruce, but the ball spent most of this quarter in Timperley’s half with Mellor’s defence clearing quickly. Mellor scored 3 with our best chance falling to Sam who was unlucky not to score. Q3 6-8
A strong run from Noah and he executed a great pass through to Sam who was clear in front of goal and he got himself on the score sheet. Unfortunately the momentum was still with Mellor who rounded off the game with 3 more goals to end 7-11.
Sam Ginger 1, Noah Brennan 1, Tom Hayton 1, Owen Shuttleworth 4
SUNDAY 24th MARCH
GIRL’S U15 V OXTON WON 20-10 LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
League Champions 2018-19.
Well done to Timperley u15s who played superbly well to beat Oxton 20-10, ensuring they won the league and finished the season unbeaten.
Oxton were the only other unbeaten team in the league and proved to be strong opposition, with some outstanding players. However Timperley were excellent all over the pitch: strength in depth and great teamwork proving to be the difference.
Oxton had good periods of possession, but Timperley got their noses ahead early and maintained a good lead throughout.
It was really pleasing to get very complimentary feedback after the game from experienced umpires. They were impressed with Timperley’s movement, passing and unselfish team play. Often a Timperley player could have gone for goal, but instead popped off a pass to player in a better position to score.
Goals / Assists
Charlotte (0,3), Chloe (1,0), Ana (1,6), Jess (2,2), Sophie (4,2), Jazzy (5,1), Henny (7,3), Katie (0,1)
BOY’S U19 TOURNAMENT
The penultimate weekend of the U19 season saw the second evening tournament take place, with seven teams taking part.
Four round robin games were guaranteed, and then it was into placing games, semis and a final.
After our first three games we were staring down the barrel of an early finish, with one win and two (poor) losses. It was only in our final game against Cheadle that we began to show a bit of fight and spark, and clawed our way back from 1-3 down to snatch a 3-3 draw. The overall inconsistency of play was affecting most other teams, and (somewhat surprisingly) we ended up tied on points with two others teams, and squeezed into 4th spot on goal difference.
This gave us a semi final place and brought us up against Mellor (again) and they comfortably beat us (again).
So it was one final match up with Brooklands for third place, and the team performed at its best all night, with the scores level at full time before snatching a 3-2 win over our neighbours in extra time. So even with 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses we reached the respectability of a third place finish.
The U10’s had their fourth outing of the season in a tournament hosted by Monton Sports Club. The team have clearly made progress through the season and it has been nice to see their skills progress. The sunny day was a far cry from the previous outing at a frozen Stockport.
The team were white-washed by Mellor in the first game, but Fraser Gregory and Josh Macklin displayed strong ground ball skills in mid-field and Zach Lawton saved two goals. The next game was against Cheadle - Noah Burt, Sam Shawe and Jacob Brickell played outstandingly, fighting for the ball at every opportunity; there were two good saves by Josh Macklin but Cheadle led throughout the game. Poynton was a more level game with Jack Broatch, Noah Bowpitt and Thomas O’Reilly showing strength in attack and mid; Thomas Barlow excelled in goal. The team were dwarfed in the last game against Heaton Mersey Blacks, the team did not give up though and showed strong resilience- a skill they’ll need when some of them move up to the U12 team next year. Big thanks to Alan Holdsworth and all the parents for helping out this year.
Team: Fraser Gregory, Josh Macklin, Thomas O’Reilly, Zach Lawton, Noah Burt, Sam Shawe, Jacob Brickell, Jack Broatch, Noah Bowpitt and Thomas Barlow.
TUESDAY 26TH MARCH
U15 GIRLS V MANCHESTER UNIV 1ST & 2ND TEAM (AWAY) WON 4-3 AND 5-1
More good experience for our talented u15 team, thanks to Fab’s Johnson’s arranging a friendly against Manchester University. Fab thought our girls would give the uni a run for their money, and so it proved.
We played one half against the first team, and the second half against the second team.
Despite some pre-match apprehension amongst the team, Timperley won the ball from the first draw and once in possession proved they weren’t at all intimidated by the older opposition, quickly taking a two goal lead.
Timperley were strong in every position, dominated possession throughout the match, but were hit on the break very effectively by the University team, which will have taught the whole team a few defensive lessons. Nevertheless, we finished the first half with a 4-3 victory over the first team.
Timperley were more dominant against the second team, winning 5-1, and should have scored many more!!
A 9-4 victory overall and great experience for the team.
Goals / Assists
Jazzy Torevell (1,1), Alice Allan (2,1), Henny Wright (1,2), Jess Haywood (1,0), Sophie Hurlstone (1,0), Chloe Ferguson )2,1), Ana Green (0,2), Charlotte Christian (1,0)