Two great weeks for Stockport lacrosse club, and the many members who have helped their club become so successful over the years. Over the last two weeks they have seen a fourth consecutive league title, and another successful “Easter 8s” tournament, accommodating some great lacrosse and one of the best weekends of the season, especially when the sun holds out!
Last week saw the inevitable happen as Stockport retained their title as champions for yet another season. The Cale Green side have hit impressive form again this season, proving unbeatable so far, with only two games remaining on their schedule. Nearest competitors Cheadle hold three games in hand, which is no longer enough for them to overtake the Blue.
In what turned out to be the deciding game between the top two sides Stockport faced off against Cheadle. Cheadle seemed to be gearing up for this game based on recent league results, although they had a small blip in the flags, almost being upset by Heaton Mersey.
The game saw long drawn out possessions for Cheadle, making the most of the ball when they had it, however Stockport’s talented defence managed to limit Cheadle to only three goals in the game, all coming from talented American import Jake Nolan.
The face-off was one part of the game that Stockport couldn’t get on top of, a change of pace from last season’s flags final which saw Stockport win well over 50% of the draw, this time Chris Brady proved his worth winning 10 from 13 face offs, providing Cheadle with the opportunity to score on multiple occasions, an opportunity which Ben McAlister was quick to shut out making 16 saves throughout the match.
For Stockport Gosnay and Reynolds performed as usual, with the welcome addition of Bland after his short spell out of the game – all three grabbing a pair of goals each. In the cold weather where Cheadle held long possessions Stockport made sure to only take the chances that counted.
The last time a Stockport team won this many consecutive league titles was between 1895 and 1903, it remains to be seen how long the Stockport unbeaten run can continue.
Success again for a Stockport team at the 8s, making the most of home field advantage to win the tournament with a combination of their proven A team members and already dominant first team players. This year’s tournament featured 32 teams in both the Men and Women’s tournaments.
In the men’s tournament Stockport beat a throwback Stockport side in the semi-finals, which was sporting multiple members of the first team coaching staff, alongside current star Chris Bland. In the final they met the Stars & Bars team made up of current English Lacrosse LDO’S, who beat the English Knights alumni team in their semi-final. The final did not disappoint with the game going right to the wire finishing 4-3.
In the women’s tournament JNGLA won the tournament for a fourth consecutive time, beating the hosts Stockport in the final 9-1.
Words by Tom Roche | Images by Guy Ellis
Stockport Easter 8’s (Men’s Tournament) Gallery