March 3rd was the original date set for the National Boys competition and 9 teams from across the country turned up in Oxford ready and raring to play.
The tournament started well despite the unseasonably chilly weather, but a couple of hours in the teams were then faced with a new challenge as the weather took a turn for the worse with sleet, snow and freezing temperatures, it was decided that postponing the event was the best for all involved.
After consultation the 1st July was chosen as the new date and Cheadle Hulme offered their facilities. The replayed event saw 6 of the original 9 teams enter these being;
Thankfully the weather was kinder to us this time round with intermittent rain showers and all teams were raring to go. The tournament started well with a very close fought game between Brooklands and Poynton with both teams striving for that extra goal to ensure the win but it was Brooklands who managed to hold on a secure the win.
As the tournament continued both Brooklands and Sheffield continued to rack up the points and remained undefeated whilst the other teams battled for position against each.
Wilmslow came up against Timperley and with some very determined play both teams racked up 3 goals apiece and at the final whistle both teams had managed to deny each other that winning goal.
Wilmslow also took one of the tournament favourites Sheffield by surprise by scoring 2 unanswered goals before Sheffield were able to reply. After digging deep and some excellent team play from both teams Sheffield were able to pull the score back and ran out eventual winners defeating Wilmslow 5 – 3.
The second to last game saw the tournament leaders face each other in what was to be the gold medal game, both teams fought very hard with some excellent lacrosse it proved to be a real showcase game, after some end to end play it was Sheffield who were able to score 3 goals whilst Sheffield’s keeper was able to deny Brooklands and held them to 1 goal, meaning that Sheffield retained the trophy as tournament winners.
The last game of the tournament saw Rochdale and Wilmslow fighting for position a win for Rochdale would see them finish fourth above Timperley and Rochdale. It was a close very fought game with Wilmslow and Rochdale both showing the determination and grit of a team who wanted to win and after some outstanding team and individual play it was Rochdale who were able to hold the lead and run out winners defeating Wilmslow 4 – 3.
Final standings were as follows: