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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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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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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Lacrosse – Junior Girls – Mellor v Liverpool
Oct27

Lacrosse – Junior Girls – Mellor v Liverpool

March Report: Sunday 25 October Having trained hard over the summer, our junior girls’ squad travelled fifty miles to Mellor for their first friendly fixture of the season.  There were a few last minute drop outs from both teams which meant that Chris Wood and Jude Taylor, who had turned up to cheer the girls along, ended up sharing the role of goal keeper appeasing Mellor who also had a boy in goal.  Liverpool seemed nervous to start with conceding a couple of goals from Mellor but Phoebe Taylor, who captained the team, then decided to dominate the centre draws whilst Mellor were unable to keep up with Beth Mulligan who transitioned rapidly from midfield into attack. In the second quarter, Eve Turner took centre position before driving down the pitch scoring goal after goal at which point the referees felt the need to introduce the rule of ‘at least one pass from the centre draw before goals could be scored’ – not that that impacted on Eve’s incredible goal count!  Mellor gave a good performance and had speed on their side however Scarlett Smith was a force to be reckoned with ensuring her opponent constantly lost possession of the ball. In the second quarter, Emily Turner led the defence unit and fought relentlessly scooping up nearly every ground ball before clearing it out to Beth along the side line resulting in one of the best assists and goals of the game! Our youngest player, Olivia Wood, assisted in defence and by the end of the third quarter ran alongside the attack in an effort to steer them off course.  As the third quarter concluded, Liverpool found they were down by three goals perhaps because I kept forgetting about the offside rule! A quick team talk realigned our focus on the importance of being positive and fighting for every single ball…. and that is exactly what they did! Chris delivered strong clears astutely identifying Emily Kidd for her optimum positioning and by the final quarter Emily excelled in attack and despite being sandwiched by Mellor’s defence, she dodged past them by maintaining a strong momentum coupled with some excellent and undefeatable cradling all of which allowed, Phoebe, Emily Turner and Jude to deliver some powerful goals resulting in an 11-10 win to our girls!  I have awarded the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award to Emily Kidd who showed calm and determination in the face of pressure from some of Mellor’s strongest players – well done Emily!  I should also give our joint goal keeper, Chris and Jude, a nod for the ‘goal off’ antics that they initiated which ensured that no one...

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Lacrosse – U12 Boys – Liverpool v Timperley
Oct14

Lacrosse – U12 Boys – Liverpool v Timperley

Match Report: Saturday 10 October 2015 For the first time in the history of Liverpool Lacrosse, we have been able to enter our boys into an U12 league. Whilst Liverpool is a newly formed team, the boys have made great progress training hard over the summer. Saturday’s home game was always going to be a tough one particularly as the experienced opposition, Timperley, kindly loaned us one of their players to ensure the game started on an even footing. Although the boys did not win, they did not let their heads drop and there were many positives – our two new starters, Chris and Matthew Meadows, gave a sterling performance whilst Gabriel Taylor, Kai Hollingsworth, Christian Maden and Chris Wood had good positional play resulting in some cracking goals! By the second half, Liverpool were a robust unit and despite countless shoves and falls, the boys fought right to the end with Daniel Brune working hard for every ground ball whilst Jude Taylor made life difficult for his opposition with some excellent defensive body work. One player that stood out from beginning to end was Patrick Hill who made some outstanding saves in goal along with a number of good and tactical clearances. For that reason, the ‘Most Valuable Player’ goes to Patrick! As ever, thank you to the boys’ coach, Oli Jones and the parents for your support on and off the pitch. I would also like to thank Elena and Mark for taking some great photos.   For more information regarding Junior Lacrosse don’t hesitate to contact me or Oli. Kind Regards Sarah...

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Liverpool Lacrosse U10 Tournament at Macclesfield – 13th April 2014

It was a lovely sunny Sunday when five Liverpool Junior players set off to the third tournament of the year. There were some new clubs but they were up for the challenge. The team won three of the games convincingly, drew one and lost one against a well organised Mersey team. The first few games we leaked unnecessary goals as nobody wanted to be in defence. It is much more exciting scoring the goals! Special mentions go to: Chris who stuck to the task given to him and patiently waited in defence for most of the third game. It clearly paid off as we only let one goal in. Harry who distributed the ball well and scored some excellent goals. Libby who got into some fabulous positions. Jamie who shows brilliant determination by chasing down every ground ball. Our top goal scorer Christian. He scored 8 excellent goals as well as the unforgettable golf shot! At last but not least Nathan who is definitely a player for the future! The highlight of the day was when the boys realised the importance of including everyone. Up to the third game they were eager to score as many goals as possible but eventually the advice sunk in. They looked up and passed the ball to Libby who was in acres of space. She calmly netted the ball into the top corner. The special moment was when Jamie and Christian sprinted over to tap sticks in a memorable celebration. The tournament was another success and juniors are moving from strength to strength. We started the season by running the ball from end to end and now we are choosing the most appropriate pass. With us aiming to head to the next tournament in a months’ time we still have things to work on. Our end of game cheer is the most important as this tournament Norbury definitely won that competition hands down!...

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