By - Sour
4 hours is a long time. The earth travels approximately 266,800 miles around the sun and my office computer can make 26,784,000,000,000 sums in that time. Jack Bauer can go from a washed out junky to a presidential advisor, be killed, and come back to life in that time, not to mention saying “Dammit” 34,267 times. A lacrosse player can go over every minute detail of his/her performance in that day’s game a hundred times. It’s also about the time it takes to get from Newcastle to Liverpool (or vice-versa).
Two teams not entirely dissimilar to the Newcastle and Liverpool sides that will take the field this Saturday met twice over the summer at Bluesfest. Even though that doesn’t really count for anything in lacrosse terms purely for forms sake I’ll say that each side won a game, with the Knights (and hobbled French lacrosse hero Robin Webb in particular) pulling out a big win in the 43rd period of overtime in the Super Gammer (or Minor as it was actually called) Plate final.
Liverpool come into this weekend’s game off a bye week that saw them lose the Premier 3 top spot to Oldham, despite being the only remaining undefeated team. The Liver-lads were, like Leeds, very close to promotion from the old D4 last season, missing out to Stopfordians and Cheadle Hulme in a promotion race that went right down to the wire and was decided in the end by a series of 1 goal games between the top 4. Proving the old adage that the best competition isn’t necessarily at the top!
They started this season robustly with a 9-4 decision over Leeds, followed by a solid win over York and a 1 goal victory over Oldham, putting them firmly in the driving seat in the promotion race. The influence of Wales LSM Jason Jones returning to the club after his pre-World Championship sojourn at Wilmslow can be understated. One report from Leeds last weekend suggested he had some sort of magical powers that he used to, and I quote(ish, “either knock [players] on [their] arse[s] or [their] stick out of [their] hands”
Meanwhile, Newcastle spluttered to a 12-4 home loss to Leeds. “We’re all very disappointed with the way the game went last weekend,” says Aussie attackman Liam “Skippy” Thomas, “we just didnt get any part of our game together really, I mean the lads worked hard but we struggled both in D and in attack – which is a recipe for disaster”
And a disaster it appeared to be against a Leeds team that were continually talking down their promotion chances, but are in fact a decent team who’ve had a couple of decent results and want to look unlikely on the back of it for a while as they pull themselves together for the second half of the season. However, in the pubs of Jesmond on Saturday night and cold light of day (with a stinking hangover) on Sunday discussions concluded that had the boys in silver and black converted their chances, they would have been in with a shout right up until the end of the game...and in that situation anything can happen, which is a heartening conclusion.
That being said Newcastle will need to up their game considerably to stay close to their hosts this weekend. The result will be a foregone conclusion by about 4 on Saturday and we all know that 4 hours is a long time, and it’s a fact that it’s an even longer time when you’ve had a spanking in a lacrosse game and have to make the arduous trip back north and east to Newcastle. Here’s to making that fact a fiction.
Author’s Note: I’m aware that Google has the journey at 3hr 27 mins, but that doesn’t take into account the 50mph zones, getting lost, or stopping for KFC at Hartshead Moor on the way there, or at Wetherby for BK etc on the way back.
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