The first weekend of Super league kicked off at Warwick University on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Players arrived to be greeted with brand new Under Armour kit in their changing rooms before heading out to the pitch. Everyone involved was excited to see how the games would play out with modified rules, including the use of a power-play quarter meaning each goal would counts as double.
Warwick Maverick’s v Surrey Jets
The first game was a close affair with Surrey Jets opening the Super League scoring through Clare Halliday after some good attacking play. The Mavericks answered back quickly to level the score, before the Jets hit the pipe before the end of the first quarter. The Jets were first to use the Power-Play quarter and capitalised, netting twice (to give 4 goals) against the Mavericks one goal. The third quarter saw Mavericks use their Power-Play to score one goal, which left the score at 5-4 (Jets) heading into the last quarter. The Mavericks would come out on top out-scoring Jets 3-1 with goals by Torz Anderson, Lara Owen and Keely Watt
Warwick Mavericks 7 – 6 Surrey Jets Statistics
After a close first game, the next two teams took to the field and excitement rose as Northern Storm had elected to use their Power-Play from the start. However it would be the Royals to score first through Katie Lehovsky’s solo effort. Northern Storm would go on a run of three goals, including a goal from influential player Laura Merrifield, collecting her own draw to drive to goal and score. Northern Storm would take a commanding lead of 6-2 into the second quarter, leaving the Royals with a steep hill to climb. The Royals used their Power-Play in the third, however Northern Storm used this opportunity to limit the Royals time on the ball as well as capitalising on mistakes to score four more goals.
London Royals 4 – 11 Northern Storm Statistics
The two teams with a win under their belts faced each other in the third game of the day and both elected to use their Power-plays in the first quarter. It took only seventeen seconds for Mavericks to register a goal with Torz Anderson netting. In a quarter which both teams had fairly even possession, Goalies were called upon to make a number of saves. The Power-Play quarter from both teams ended level (4-4). The second quarter saw the Storm move away with more possession of the ball and scoring three goals and leaving the Mavericks goalless in the quarter, leaving the score at the half 7-4. The second half of the game saw much the same as the first, with both teams having good spells of possession, but the Mavericks unable to break down a good solid defence, while the Storm took their opportunities with a number of players scoring. A final quarter saw lots of end to end lacrosse, but the Northern Storm sealed a second impressive win of the day.
Mavericks 6 – 12 Northern Storm Statistics
London Royals made use of their Power-Play first quarter, netting three times against the Jets two goals to give them a good lead (6-2) at the start of the final game. The Jets never recovered from the first quarter and did not manage to put any further goals on the board. The Royals game-plan had worked well, stifling the Jets play especially on the Power-Play quarter. Six different players registered goals for the Royals in a very attacking game, with Sophy Coombs-Roberts leading the way (3 Goals).
Surrey Jets 2 – 13 London Royals Statistics