Cheadle and Centaurs both finished in the top three at the 2017 Ken Galluccio Cup (European Club Championships) in Ghent, Belgium over the weekend.
Centaurs missed out in the Women’s Final to Edinburgh University, while Cheadle claimed 3rd in the Men’s competition with victory against Köln in the ¾ Play-off after being edged out against Turku Titans in the semi-final.
Both teams got off to flying starts on Saturday morning in the group stages with Centaurs completing comfortable victories over Poznan Hussars 17-1 and hiOA Queens 21-0 with Cheadle winning 13-2 v Braine Lions and 10-4 v Sundbyberg.
With the two sides finishing top of their respective groups, they moved in to their QFs and continued the good form; Centaurs 14-2 v Wettingen Wild and Cheadle 9-2 v Jizni Mesto.
On Day 2 the stakes increased with the semi-finals providing a much sterner test for the English sides.
Centaurs delivered a strong performance to defeat German rivals, Rot-Weiss München, 10-5, while Cheadle came up against a strong Turku Titans side from Finland in a match up that was worthy of the final.
In a nip-tuck contest, Cheadle did have more shots, but struggled to make the opportunities count and as Turku scored twice in a minute, the men in green were always behind the 8-ball, bringing it back to 3-4 but unable to level things and just missing out to the eventual winners.
To their credit, they put that disappointment behind them and in the 3rd/4th play-off against Köln, Ryan Bevington scored the OT golden-goal winner after it finished 3-3 in normal time.
After their semi-final victory, Centaurs matched up against familiar opposition in Edinburgh University with many of the girls having played against each other in the past.
Centaurs put themselves in to an early lead but as the game wore on Edinburgh came in to the game, working the ball well on settled possessions while Centaurs were guilty of giving away too many free position opportunities and Edinburgh established a 3-6 lead.
Centaurs did step up their efforts in the latter stages of the game but found Edinburgh’s goalie in inspired form throughout, thwarting multiple Centaurs attacks and the English side were unable to find their way back ultimately going down 6-8.
Footage of all the matches can be found on the Ghent Lacrosse YouTube channel