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NEMLA – Poynton Look To Make History In The Flags

Poynton Lacrosse Club will look to make history on Sunday when they feature in their first NEMLA Senior Flags final in the club’s 127 year history.

The Blackbirds finished second in the league this season, beating eventual league winners Stockport in convincing style last month and then again in the semi-finals, securing a historic 8-7 overtime victory. To read the full report from the semi-final game between Poynton vs. Stockport CLICK HERE

Cheadle captains Paul Flowers and Darren Baythorpe.

Cheadle captains Paul Flowers and Darren Baythorpe.

Poynton’s rise to the top this year has challenged the dominance of Cheadle and Stockport and they could cap off a memorable season for the club, if they beat the reigning Senior Flags Champions on Sunday.

Standing in their way is one of the most successful clubs in English Lacrosse history. Cheadle are 19-time winners of the prestigious Senior Flags trophy and have players with big game experience who know exactly what it takes to lift the oldest club lacrosse trophy in the World.

Poynton first team manager, Mike Bartlett, commented on the Blackbirds path to the final this year: “Every player has stepped their game up massively and over the course of the season we have nurtured an ever-growing confidence and belief in our ability and talents which has seen us break a number of club records along the way”.

Cheadle's Nick Watson

Cheadle’s Nick Watson

Bartlett went on to comment about Poynton’s opposition in the final: “Cheadle are an incredible opponent and we are more than aware of the threats they pose and the ability they have, as well as their fine history, but we have not come this far to purely be spectators. As with every other week, we have a plan to deliver upon, supporters to make proud and we will do everything we can to live up to our potential”.

Cheadle’s Captain Paul Flowers also commented: It’s been a tough season with injuries but we are all excited about being in the flags final for the 6th year in a row. Poynton have had an excellent season coming 2nd in the league and first flags appearance in over 120 years of existence. I hope our flags experience prevails on the day but I wish Poynton the best of luck and congratulate them on a great season”

The two teams will face-off at 3pm this Sunday at Rochdale Lacrosse Club. Don’t miss out on what could be one of the most competitive finals in recent years.

2016 NEMLA FLAGS FESTIVAL [SATURDAY]
10:00 – U12 Plate Final – Cheadle vs. Timperley A
11:00 – U16 Plate Final – Cheadle Hulme/Norbury vs. Sheffield
12:00 – David Beesley Final – Brooklands Ex. A vs. Poynton B
13:00 – U14 Centurion Cup – Mellor vs. Timperley
14:00 – Lancashire Cup Final – Sheffield Steelers A vs. Heaton Mersey A
15:00 – Junior Flags Final – Heaton Mersey A vs. Stockport A

2016 NEMLA FLAGS FESTIVAL [SUNDAY]
10:00 – U14 Plate Final – Brooklands vs. Rochdale
11:00 – U16 Junior & Schools Cup – Stockport vs. Timperley
13:00 – Stockport Cup – Rochdale A vs. Brooklands A
14:00 – U12 Onondaga Cup – Heaton Mersey vs. Mellor
15:00 – Senior Flags Final – Poynton vs. Cheadle