Spencer’s Purple Reign

Spencer were officially crowned champions and they took the title in style with a 17-5 victory over their closest rivals Blues.

The Earlsfield team has stormed through the Premier League with fluent, impressive lacrosse that has lit up the season.

The stats show confirm they are the first team since Purley in 2004 to win every game of a campaign and the numbers will stand testimony to an outstanding achievement.

But their on-field style, with abrasive defence, rapid transition and clinical marksmanship, will be a picture postcard memory for purists.

“We played some of our best lacrosse of the year, which we completely needed to do to beat a very competitive Blues side,” said co-captain Tom Leahy. “Tom Bailey scoring the goal of the game, showing his blistering speed with a run from defence.

“We are sure Blues will come back stronger to set up a fantastic Flags Final to be a part of. From the start of the season we always believed in the ability of the players and the depth of great talent within the club. Our objectives at the start of the year were to push for league and cup success and we are pleased to have met one of our objectives.”

The Spencer machine has churned out impressive numbers this season, scoring 283 goals while conceding just 58 in 18 league games.

And their hopes of a League – Flags double have been rekindled after Hampstead forfeited the semi-final because of ineligibility of players in their line up. When it was brought to their attention, Hampstead immediately conceded.

“We are pleased to have finally made it to the Flags Final and, with credit to Hampstead for quickly acknowledging our appeal post game,” added Leahy. “We will enjoy the tough test against Blues in the final which should be a cracking game.”

At the other end of the table, Welwyn captain George Breese and his team are relegated after Purley won the Basement Battle 15-10.

“We went 4 nil down and started to come back but it was a bit too late by then. Given a fifth quarter I think we could\would have won it,” he said. “In reality loosing to EG last week was pretty much the last nail in the coffin for the season. We’ve talked at committee meetings and as a team and sadly going down seems the best outcome.

“We need to rebuild as a club and team for a bit then we’ll come back stronger. Were going to play put our two rearranged fixtures vs Reading and Hillcroft to start that process and training will continue over the summer so we can develop then too as well as preseason in September.”

Purley breath a sigh of relief but still have the potential of a play-off game versus the loser of the East West Play-in match up to maintain their Premier survival.

“This important win puts us into 9th place but we still have the play-off game to go, so we’re not quite safe yet,” added captain Dave Copple. “The game was a rare occasion for the Purley attack to bail out the defence. We got an early lead and kept the pressure up on Welwyn by regularly scoring throughout the game. Welwyn came back in the second half and made the game quite nervy at the end, but we scored enough to keep ahead.”

Spencer are also looking for a remarkable champions clean-sweep for the club. The 2nd team has sewn up East 1, edging Hillcroft A to the title while the 3rd team visit East Grinstead A in a winner takes all game in East 3.

By Danny Buckland