SEMLA Flags Finals: Six in a row for Spencer

Spencer won a sixth consecutive South of England Men’s Lacrosse Association (SEMLA) Senior Flags recording an 11-8 win over Premier Division champions Hampstead at Reading LC.

Spencer claimed revenge after being pipped to the SEMLA Premier title, going ahead in the first quarter and, despite being pushed hard by Hampstead, it was a lead that they never relinquished.

The South London side took a 3-2 lead at the end of Q1, which was extended to a 5-3 half-time advantage.

Rumblings of a comeback were afoot as Hampstead brought the game back to within 1 at the end of Q3 trailing 8-7, however an assured performance from the reigning Flags champions in the final quarter to see out the match gave Spencer victory and made sure that Senior Flags went back home once again to Earlsfield.

Not since Lee, between 1970-75, have a club won six consecutive SEMLA Senior Flags and, although premature, a victory for Spencer in 2018 would put them in uncharted territory with no team having seven consecutive titles.

In the Intermediate Flags, it was a battle of East Division One v West Division One champions as Hillcroft A and Bath faced off for their second successes of the season.

Hillcroft A put in a commanding performance running out 21-3 winners on the day. Bath were still relatively in touch at the halfway stage with Hillcroft only 6-1 ahead, however they accelerated away after the break to win scoring 15 second-half goals for their second Intermediate Flags in three years.

There was also another victory for East over West in the Minor Flags Final as London University also completed a 21-3 victory against Cheltenham reclaiming a title the team won back in 2014.

Senior Flags – Spencer 11 – 8 Hampstead

Intermediate Flags – Hillcroft A 21 – 3 Bath

Minor Flags – London University 21 – 3 Cheltenham