The best U19 athletes assembled at Timperley Lacrosse Club on Sunday for the inaugural East v West All-Star game. In an extremely close but relatively low scoring game.
The East All-Stars started the game strongly, dominating with early possession from the face-off. East’s coach Mike Armstrong praised his two face-off men Tom Bracegirdle (Timperley) and Rhys Jefferies (Sheffield) who shared face-off responsibilities; “We were able to control the majority of possession from the X to ensure that East had the lion share of possession in the opening two quarters”.
The attacking trio of Dane Carney, Toby Hawksley and Matthew Rowarth were also working well together throughout the opening two quaters, using excellent ball movement and testing their matchups, leading to them netting five of the teams six goals.
Stockport’s Dane Carney lead the talented attack and finished as the games top scorer with three of his teams six goals. Matt Rowarth, Toby Hawksley and Lewis Curtis also netted for East All-Stars.
West All-Stars also spread the goals evenly, with all five goals coming from different players. Jake Weddell (Manchester Wac’s) got his team’s first goal on the board but Heaton Mersey’s Ryan Hunn’s finished the West’s top point scorer with one goal and one assist. Dan Condren, Ryan Forshaw and Jamie Powell also scored for the West.
Matthew Collier’s (Boardman & Eccles) may not have scored but his work rate was of particular merit in the game, drawing praise from his Coach (Mike Armstrong) “Matthew is so consistent in everything he does.” as he was impressive throughout, hustling for loose balls and creating transition for his team.
Half time saw a change of tactics and a change of fortunes for Coach Weddell’s team. An aggressive approach on defence and more possession from the X ensured his team could take hold of the game for the first time. “We were forced to make adjustments in the second half to try and win more possessions and cause turn-overs, we wanted to play with a little more intensity. We asked a lot of our defence but they stood up to the task”
This aggressive approach certainly inspired the rest of Weddell’s team as his offence went to work to bring the game within one goal, with under a minute to go. “We were only one behind with a few minutes to go and the momentum started to turn our way, unfortunately we left it too late and time ran out”.
The East managed to survive the West’s assault and clinch the game 6-5.
Coach Weddell applauded the new format “It’s great to have a showcase game for the players to participate in and for the younger players to be inspired by, the Elite level Lacrosse in this country is improving and it was great for the English Lacrosse to recognise and provide this platform.”
English Lacrosse would like to thank the Refereeing staff, Dom Fitzgerald at McLellan Clothing Ltd for providing the shirts worn by both squads, Timperley Lacrosse Club for hosting the game and the spectators for braving the conditions to enjoy a high-tempo game of Lacrosse.
West All-Stars Point Scorers
Ryan Hunn’s 1g,1a
Jake Weddell 1g
Dan Condren 1g
Ryan Forshaw 1g
Jamie Powell 1g
Jamie Tomlinson 1a
Coaches: Scott Weddell, Tom Gallon & Jak Wawrzyniak
East All-Star Point Scorers
Dane Carney 3g
Matt Rowarth 1g,1a
Toby Hawksley 1g
Lewis Curtis 1g
Coaches: Mike Armstrong, Tom Williamson & Tim Blower