Liverpool Junior Boys – Liverpool v Brooklands
Feb29

Liverpool Junior Boys – Liverpool v Brooklands

Match Report: Saturday 27 February. Is it possible to start one of these match reports without a comment on the weather? Doubt it. We have been subjected to rain along with soggy pitches for months. Yet on Saturday, we were were blessed with the bluest of skies and a perfectly dry pitch with our junior boys playing Brooklands at home. This season, Patrick Hill has come out of goal whilst Jude Taylor has stepped up to the mark. It’s pretty terrifying watching someone come hurling towards you ready to smash the ball into the back of the net yet nothing seems to phase Jude who defended each goal with vigour and at no point did he look even slightly concerned that he would be on the receiving end of an attempted goal! Kudos Jude. We then have his brother, Gabe Taylor, who has really come out of his ‘lacrosse shell’ – he just dominated the pitch in the first half picking the ball up from the face off before driving past three of his opponents and slotting the ball in the bottom left of the goal.  He was ably assisted in the mid-field by Chris Meadows and Harrison Denton who identified prime positions allowing them to take possession of the ball. Joseph Roladan truly deserved his ‘Man of the Match’ award for setting up some beautiful assists and remaining alert allowing him to monopolise on the ground balls which meant that his opponents were left scratching their heads wondering when and how he had acted so fast. Joseph is quickly developing into one of Liverpool’s most agile players. Harry Marshall and Patrick Hill, demonstrated some forceful drives which left the Brooklands coach exclaiming ‘just don’t let that big guy through‘ – I’m not sure who he was referring to at the time but our boys showed their opponents that they are no longer playing as individuals on a pitch but as a united team which made for some incredible viewing from the side line. In Defence, we had a bit of a mix up with Reuben Denton astutely staying goal side of his player at all times and soldiering on despite being winded allowing Matthew Meadows and Rafael to make some accurate interceptions even if they then got shoved off the pitch as they were making progress along the side line. The best part of course is to see Matthew smiling at you through his helmet even after some rather crazy tackling but his hard work paid off allowing Rafael to dodge past a number of defenders before putting the goal in the top corner. Last but not least are two players who consistently demonstrate a great lacrosse IQ with Chris Wood putting in sharp and concise checks before taking possession and passing to Christian Maden who delivered...

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Getting the weekend off to a great start!
Feb28

Getting the weekend off to a great start!

After a number of improving performances it was time for Liv Lax to get a win. To help us achieve this aim we had individual and team targets. The game didn’t really get off to the start that we were hoping for and we were quickly 4 nil down. Luckily the team were determined to get back into the game. So instead of giving up and crumbling we went back to the centre and won the ball straight from the draw. With a number of quick and accurate passes the ball was soon with Lyndsey Sung. She dodged past a number of defenders before putting the ball into the top corner. After an excited celebration the team were back focused and ready to win the draw again. The next two goals were moments of magic from defenders. Helena Fox used her speed to cruise past a number of Heaton Mersey players before scoring a well-placed goal. Then it was time for Alex McCaldon to step up and show us her skills in attack. She impressed us and the opposition with her smooth change of hands and the goal of the season. With momentum in our favour it was time to capitalise and Lyndsey Sung did this for us with another two great goals and a well-deserved hat trick within the first 15 minutes. Unfortunately we didn’t run away with the game and Heaton Mersey made our defence work hard. After holding them out for a number of minutes they created enough space to get themselves ahead in a matter of minutes. Charlie Raymer scored a great goal from a feed from behind and Fiona Graham topped this off with an amazing goal from and acute angle. A timeout was taken with 9 minutes to go as it was important not to let a lapse in our concentration give Heaton Mersey the upper hand just before half time. It seemed to work as the team chased the ground ball, worked it into attack and passed it off to Jocelyn Robinson who got herself on the score sheet and the team level. It would have been a super way to finish the half but the fairy tale ending wasn’t to come just yet! Tired legs and a turnover in attack enabled Heaton Mersey to break quickly and finish the half one nil up with the score 6-7. With everything to play for in the second half we were a little slow off the whistle. With a number of Heaton Mersey players getting ahead of us, Kate Sweeney was left with the difficult decision of sliding to the ball and leaving her...

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LivLax Juniors: 2015 summary
Jan03

LivLax Juniors: 2015 summary

The Junior Squad has had a rather remarkable year although I wish I had a better memory and/or jotted down some of the highlights as they happened for fear of them being excluded in this ‘summary’.   First and foremost, it has been wonderful to watch the Junior Squad grow in size comprising around 30 players. To other sections that may seem a meagre membership count but lacrosse has historically struggled in popularity against other mainstream sports. Hopefully that has all become a thing of the past – initiatives such as National Lacrosse Day have been instrumental in promoting the sport locally and nationally.    LivLax remain indebted to the work of our former Local Development Officer, Monica White, who worked tirelessly offering taster sessions across many schools in Merseyside along with all three Universities whilst coaching and playing for LivLax. If you have forgotten what she looks like, here’s a picture of her, wearing a green cap, on a very rainy Saturday!    One of my favourite ‘rainy’ Sundays with Monica was on 22 February when the boys and girls played in the Junior ELA Tournament at Mellor. By rainy, of course I also mean sleet, snow and hailstones. Not surprisingly there are no photos from that tournament but it was the juniors’ first real exposure to a competitive tournament – the boys won all three matches whilst the girls also tasted victory in spite of the muddiest pitches I have ever seen. I will always remember Oli for daring to wear jeans that day and Katharine Hughes for standing in the rain cheering them on! In March, we hosted a Quiz and Bingo Night at the Club to raise money for Alder Hey and LivLax. The event was a great success raising close to £500 whilst Ashley Bruen’s ‘Scouse Round’ should probably never be repeated again! It is always an uphill struggle in the first few years to source kit and equipment particularly because it’s all so expensive! However, a rushed application to the Lee Grainger Trust for funding just shy of £2,000 was successful. Thanks to Linda Musker for making sure I’m not too abrupt in my request for money! The money we secured from the Trust has allowed us to buy the junior boys brand new STX arm pads, Warrior Torch sticks, hard mesh kits and Cascade helmets.   For the first time in the history of Liverpool Lacrosse, the boys have been able to enter into an U12 league. They have made great progress over the year and stood united as a team when playing against very experienced clubs such as Timperley and Mellor. It is also great to see...

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Back to winning ways!

On a beautifully sunny and cold afternoon Liverpool Ladies were really motivated to put in a good performance and leave the pitch with a convincing win. The team took to the pitch with two clear targets and the aim of winning the possession straight away. With Jenna in the middle our attackers knew that the ball would be heading in their direction. Hannah sprinted off the line on the whistle and plucked the ball out of the air. It wasn’t long before a few passes later, Jenna had the ball back in her stick and the first goal on the score sheet. Excited to get off to the start we had hoped for, it was important not to get carried away! It was hard though as pretty swiftly Jenna had doubled her tally. We seemed to have turned things around and continued to gain possession from the centre. A few silly shots on goal gave Stockport possession but the defence stood strong and forced the attackers into making passes or taking shots from narrow angles. It was great to have Ally back in defence and others responded well by communicating to each other and sticking to their own player. We remained on the front foot for the rest of the half and the high percentage of possession gave us a number of chances. Lyndsey scored two, Tam scored her trademark goal by rolling the crease and Coral used her pace to cruise past a number of defenders before putting it into the back of the net. But the contributions from the attackers didn’t end there due to the support from players like Linda and Carina who put in an excellent shift in the midfield. It was pleasing to see Jo scoring a goal and Bridget back on the score sheet after injuring her ankle. It wasn’t the only time that Jo made it onto the score sheet. Just before half time she received a yellow card for a lunging check. Not great but pleasing as she was showing the commitment to get back and help support the defenders. Disappointingly when put in this position we failed to use our brains when lining up again and left the defence one down! Good pressure from Kate and Bethan enabled us to turn the ball over. They calmly got it back to me in the goal circle. Hannah was quick off the mark to use the knowledge that Joss had given us on Wednesday and provided me with an easy safety pass. Even though we had some magical moments it wasn’t all about us. Stockport scored three in the first half. Two...

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Liverpool Lacrosse Triwizard Tournament
Nov03

Liverpool Lacrosse Triwizard Tournament

Liverpool Lacrosse are hosting their Annual ‘Triwizard’ lacrosse tournament. Registration takes place at 10am and costs £48 per team (£3 per person). Northern Soul, UK Lacrosse and England Lacrosse will be in attendance. Please contact Linda Musker or Sarah Mir for further details on...

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