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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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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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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Liverpool v Stoke
Oct18

Liverpool v Stoke

    Match Report: Saturday 17 October Unfortunately Stoke were unable to field a full team however they still travelled to Liverpool with 8 players. Having agreed to provide them with two of our Liverpool players and another referee, we played 10 a side in quarters. Stoke started the game strong by maintaining possession on attack, passing it around and scoring. However, the defence unit led by Ally Stutley and Katharine Hughes kept us focused. Liverpool were able to dominate the draw thanks to Jenna Boon and Charlotte Clulow who fought hard throughout the game in the centre. Our attackers worked well with many goals although some shots, mainly from me, left much to be desired. Coral Evans was the top goal scorer whilst there were goals from seven different people including defender Kate Sweeney getting on the score card. We had some of our players successfully try new positions. Sarah Mir showed a great passion in defence whilst Ashley Bruen took ‘defending back’ to a new level with midfield being dominated by Hannah Forshaw and Kate Sharkey. I would also like to welcome Laura Bibby to the squad. MVP deservedly went to Charlotte Clulow with Captain’s special mention going to our referees, Paul Bibby and of course the birthday girl, Linda Musker. All in all an excellent game. Fleur...

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