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NEMLA – Stockport Crowned Premiership Champions

Stockport Lacrosse Club claimed their 27th league title at the weekend with a 10-6 victory over long-time rivals Cheadle. Stockport needed just 2 points from their remaining two games to claim the 2015-16 Premiership title and end Poynton’s hopes of winning an historic double. The result also goes some way to alleviate the disappointment of missing out on the Senior Flags final having been beaten by Poynton in the semi-finals.

Captain Tom Gosnay commented “We are obviously delighted to bring the Premiership title back to Stockport after being so close these past two seasons. We would have loved for it to have been the double but that wasn’t to be, we’re proud to have the record of being the most consistent team this season and we would like to wish Poynton and Cheadle all the best in the final of the Flags.”

The result now confirms that Stockport will face SEMLA Premiership champions Spencer on Sunday May 15th in the National Club Championship game at Hough End as part of the Manchester Challenge weekend. The two clubs last faced each other in the 2012-13 season. Both teams will be battling it out to be crowned National Champions and for the honour of representing England at the 2016 European Club Championships in Ghent, Belgium this September.

“We want to go to Ghent in September and defend our European title and to have the honour of being crowned National Champions but we know we have a tough opponent in our way and we wont be taking that game lightly. They have some quality players and we are extremely excited to have the chance to play them again.” commented Gosnay.

Stockport’s 1st team weren’t the club’s only team to claim honours this week as Stockport’s A team lifted the Championship 1 league trophy. They will also face long-time rivals Heaton Mersey A in the Junior Flags final this weekend. More to follow this week on the build-up to the 2016 NEMLA Flags Festival including a preview of the NEMLA Senior Flags Final between Poynton and Cheadle.