NWLA – Week 1 Roundup

After a shaky start the North Women’s Lacrosse League finally got going this weekend with some exciting results. Division two had started their season a little earlier and had already seen two teams withdraw from their league, so with a frustrating start their games continued this weekend and after a good season in 11/12 it looks like Liverpool are still going strong. With three wins already under their belt Liverpool headed to Sheffield feeling confident. It was to be an 11-a-side game, and both teams were excited to play, especially as they were both welcoming new players. Despite their strong opening to the season, Liverpool got off to a hesitant start, conceding the first goal, however, they soon managed to organise their attack, with newcomer Sarah Latham putting away their first goal. Liverpool found their feet and more goals landed in the back of the Sheffield net. At half time the score was 5-1 to Liverpool.

It was a scrappy second half with both teams receiving yellow cards, but Liverpool continued to dominate scoring three more goals in quick succession, the Liverpool defence was solid and only one more Sheffield goal found its way home. After one of the Sheffield players sustained a nasty ankle injury in the closing minutes, Liverpool saw the game out and came away with a 12-2 victory. Match MVP was awarded to Victoria Wolfe, who played a remarkable match having only started her lacrosse career this September.

Another division 2 clash saw Brooklands take on Wilsmslow, with Wilmslow only having 10 players; both teams agreed to a 10 aside game. Brooklands came out fighting and were ahead by 4 in the opening 15 minutes, despite Wilsmlow’s effort they never managed to take the lead. The extra subs Brooklands had as a result of the 10-aside game gave them the advantage and they continued to dominate throughout. Wilmslow fought hard, but Brooklands early lead and fresh legs proved to be too much for Wilmslow, the game finished 13-6 to Brooklands.

Division 1 got off to a flying start this weekend with all 6 teams getting their opening game played despite a rain filled week.

Mersey headed to Birmingham and opened their season in style coming home with an impressive 10-1 victory.

Timperley also had a great start to their season as they took on Stockport at home. Though Stockport came out strong putting themselves on the score sheet first,

Timperley quickly responded. It was a reasonably close first half but even with their early lead Stockport never got back in front and Timperley went into the second half with a 6-2 lead. Timperley continued to dominate in the second half, keeping Stockport off the score sheet for nearly 15 minutes and putting away 5 back-to-back goals. Outstanding performances from players like Lizy Gill, who clocked up 4 goals in the second half, five overall, meant Stockport struggled to control Timperley’s attack and even with solid performances from the likes of Stockport attacker Jen Aiton, Mickey Cahill (Timperley GK) refused to let much get past her. The game finished and Timperley came away with a convincing victory of 16-5.

Last years league winners and current club European Champions, Oxton headed to Mellor for their opening game. Oxton were missing a lot of players, including 4 of their key team members who were out on England duty in America, they headed to Mellor with no subs and a lot to prove with many inexperienced players making their debut. Mellor came out strong, scoring first and Oxton looked nervous. It was a feisty game and the first half remained a close affair with both teams scoring, Mellor’s defence put the pressure on the inexperienced Oxton attack, but the Oxton defence remained solid, holding out several fast break attempts. The half time whistle blew with Oxton on top by a few goals. In the second half Oxton’s younger players had found their feet and gained confidence, that with a couple of Oxton’s experienced players taking control saw Oxton begin to dominate the game. The Mellor defence continued to fight, with a gutsy performance from Toni Simpson, but the Oxton ball movement and strength proved to be too much. Oxton pulled away and the game finished 14-5 to Oxton. Match MVP goes to young attacker Emily Kealey who rose to the challenge of being without her England attacking team mates and put away 4 fantastic goals.

Congratulations to Northern players, Alex Bruce, Charlotte Lytollis, Jane Brierly, Keely Watt, Liv Higson, Liv Wimpenny, Sophie Brett and Sophie Whitehead who have been representing England at the Stars & Stripes Series this weekend