Birmingham University played host to the midlands women’s development tournament on the 6th December. In previous years the tournament has been played as a full 12 a side but the switch to 8 a side for this year meant that we could run more games at once on Birmingham’s 3G pitch.
The day before had seen windy conditions, however on the day the wind had calmed to allow the 12 teams from 9 different Midlands universities to play in some exciting games. The teams were split into 3 groups to play for spots in the gold, silver or bronze knockout based on where they finished
Loughborough topped their group without losing a game, while Keele and staffs topped their hard-fought groups. Following the group stags teams were placed in a knockout competition.
In the Bronze Knockout final, Coventry took the win against one of the Warwick teams and in the Silver knockout final, Warwick faced Keele in a very tight contest with both teams level after the time elapsed meaning a golden goal period was played. Every pass and catch was cheered on by the supporters on the side-line but it was the Warwick team who managed to get the goal decisive goal to take the win.
The build-up the Gold final was close with Loughborough overcoming Staffordshire 3-2 and DMU beating Keele 4-1. The final was also a close and exciting affair with both teams having lots of chances; however a well drilled Loughborough finished more of their opportunities to win 3-2.
The day proved a success with lots of new players having their first taste of lacrosse competition.