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Northern Flags Festival Weekend Round-Up

This year’s Flags Festival Weekend got underway at Rochdale Lacrosse Club with Timperley claiming the first honours of the weekend in the U12 Plate Final.

The Timperley youngsters were dominant in the first half, but Cheadle fought back in the second to provide the spectators with a exciting game to start the weekend. Despite the Cheadle fightback Timperley proved too strong the game finishing 13-9.

Next up was the Boys Under-16 Plate final, Sheffield Steelers beat a joint Manchester Waconians and Heaton Mersey team 6-5 in a highly competitive fixture.

In the David Beesley Cup, Cheadle came out on top in a decidedly one sided fixture against Heaton Mersey. The game was close at the start, but Cheadle cranked up the pressure in the second half to finish 15-2 victors.

Timperley claimed their second title of the day in the the U14 Centurion Final against Sheffield. The Stockport Road club lead throughout and finished the game 12-6.

Stockport’s only success of the weekend came in the Junior Flags Final coming from behind against Poynton 12-9 to retain the title for a second year in a row.

In the Stockport Cup, Boardman & Eccles got off to an excellent start leading the game 5-2 at half-time. Rochdale had to fight from behind to get back in the game and tied the scores 7-7 in the last quarter.

Two periods of over time resulted in stalemate and ensured the game would progress to sudden victory. After a tense couple of minutes at both ends of the field, a fantastic goal from Boardman & Eccles ensured victory for the Monton club.

The weather was more kind to the spectators on Sunday which ensured a decent crowd was in attendance throughout the day.

The U14s plate got proceeding underway with Cheadle claiming first honours of the day, beating Stockport. Despite a last quarter fightback from Beech Road boys the game finished 15-12 in Cheadle’s favour.

Poynton emerged 12-3 victors over Brooklands in the Under-16 Junior and Schools Cup Final, The Blackbirds were in control for the majority of the game and complete a successful season for the club.

Cheadle Hulme A were dominant in the Nigel Wayne Cup beating hosts Rochdale B in a one sided fixture 12-2.

In the Lancashire Cup, Premiership 3 champions Leeds complete a memorable double beating Ashton 15-4. Despite the scoreline, Ashton put up a fight in the second half but Leeds proved to strong for the Lancashire club.

The U12s Onongada Cup was undoubtably the game of the day. A nail-biting contest between Mellor and Wilmslow, the game was neck and neck throughout. Mellor hung on to a narrow one goal lead to claim the trophy for the second year running. Final score 4-3.

A great weekend of lacrosse culminated in Cheadle beating Heaton Mersey, 14-8 in the Senior Flags final. It completed a memorable league and Flags double for the club having also won the Men’s North of England League Premier Division crown this season. (Full report coming soon)

English Lacrosse would like to congratulate NEMLA and Rochdale Lacrosse Club for hosting another successful event. English Lacrosse would also like to thank all the officials and timekeepers for their commitment to the game.

Flags Festival Results (Saturday 25th April)
U12 Plate Final: Timperley A 13 Cheadle 9
U16 Plate Final: Sheffield 6 Wacs/Mersey 5
David Beesley: Cheadle B 15 Heaton Mersey B 2
U14 Centurion Cup: Timperley 12 Sheffield Steelers 6
Junior Flags: Stockport A 12 Poynton A 8
Stockport Cup: Boardman & Eccles 8 Rochdale 7*

Flags Festival Results (Sunday 26th April)
U14 Plate Final: Cheadle 16 Stockport 12
U16 Junior & Schools: Poynton 12 Brooklands 3
Nigel Wayne Cup: Cheadle Hulme 12 Rochdale 2
Lancashire Cup: Leeds 15 Ashton 4
U12 Onongada Cup: Mellor 4 Wilmslow 3
Senior Flags: Cheadle 14 Heaton Mersey 8

*Overtime victory

Further reports and Images will be published later this week.

*Overtime victory

Further reports and Images will be published later this week.