By – Sour
Well by jingo, by crikey, what a weekend. Not only was the weather nice, but there was some hard-core super competitive cup final lacrosse.
The location: The Rockerdome (aka Redbrook Field the home of Rochdale LC). The weather: sunny and pushing 20 C both days. The result: some sparkling games highlighting the best of Northern Lacrosse.
Saturday saw some top games with Poynton nipping Cheadle 8-6 in the U16 Plate and Brooklands overcoming some early nerves to beat Poynton 8-5 in the U14 Centurion Cup and in the U12 Plate, Brooklands smashed Cheadle Hulme 16-5.
In the David Beesley Cup (for teams in North 2) Stockport B topped Cheadle B 14-8, and in the Stockport Cup (Prem 2) Boardman showed why they wrapped up the title with a few weeks to go dominating Poynton 20-3.
The big (or last) game of the day the Junior Flags (North 1) saw Stockport A taking on Cheadle A. This game had all the ebbs and flows of an afternoon on the beach, but a strong final quarter saw Stockport emerge 12-9 victors.
A quick run through Sunday's junior scores: In the U12 Onondaga Cup Timeperly did for Stockport 10-5, in the U14 Plate Wilmslow took home the bacon 15-9 against Heaton Mersey Guild, and in the U16 Cup a determined and controlled Sheffield Steelers topped a fiery Timperley 5-4, in a game that saw some absolutely outstanding goalkeeping from both sides.
In the Nigel Wayne Trophy (North 3) former Knight Mark “the Heal Dogg” Healey led his Timperley B side to a solid 11-7 win over hosts Rochdale’s B team.
The Lancashire Cup final (the one that we were in) saw Liverpool jump out early to a 5-2 lead for Leeds to peg them back to 8-8 in the third. Liverpool again stretched it out to 11-9 with 4 minutes to go in the 4th, for Leeds to hit back to 11-10 with about 40 seconds remaining. Liverpool somewhat predictably (and disappointingly) got possession from the face and scored, leaving Leeds heart-broken, and Newcastle looking like we’ll be the only team to beat Liverpool this season.
The main event of the weekend, the Senior Flags (Prem 1) saw Cheadle taking on Heaton Mersey. I was exhausted from watching the first quarter as fast break followed fast break, with both goalies making numerous big saves against their former clubs keeping the score down to 1-1. Mersey trailed 4-6 at the half, and 6-7 at three quarters. The final quarter was nervy with mistakes from both attack units, Mersey pegged the score back level at 8’s with about 2 mins to go, but Cheadle struck back immediately. Mersey got possession and worked hard for an opportunity, but when a dodge from X was herded into the crease the defence cleared the ball with 16 seconds on the clock. Cheadle called their time out and killed off the remaining time to kick off the celebrations with their jubilant travelling supporters.
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