Saturday, 19 December 2009
The results for this term have been very encouraging. The U12A have played 12 and won 12, whilst the U12B have played 14, winning 7, drawing 2 and losing 5.
Monday, 14 December 2009
It was great to be watching the B team and see how much they have progressed since we split the squad into A and B teams almost 2 months ago……..and sure enough as if to prove a point, B team scored first – a great opener from Simon Briggs.
The first quarter showed an enthusiastic B team and a dis-jointed A team, however the A team pulled a couple back (Lucas and Nathan). And ater a stern team talk at first interval, the A team cranked into action and picked up 4 more in the second quarter (Joe / James H / Harry and Alex).
Some good saves from both James S for the A team and Adam L for the B team were noted.
B team picked up 2 further goals in the 3rd quarter (Simon and Harry) but the A team were on a roll now and further goals from Alex Winton (too many to count) and a great run from Josh P all the way up the field resulting in a sneaky goal finished the story of this quarter – with the formal score ending at 10 – 3 win to the A team.
It wouldn’t be right to finish the report without mentioning the 2 coaches – James & Tim who have developed 2 very able teams and I think we are going into the cup rounds in January with 2 teams to be proud of……as long as the squad keeps up the training, learn from the coaches and keep the practise up over the Xmas break!
Training as usual Wednesday night followed by the last match of the season on Saturday 19th:
Timperley A team at home to Sheffield
Timperley B team away at Heaton Mersey
Meet at TLC as usual for 8.45 for final team selection.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Before the game started Nelly painted a picture to the team, that this was the Onondaga Cup, and that the big prize at the end is a game at Flags Weekend, watched by a big crowd, with a trophy and medals at stake. The boys need to keep this in mind, because this team can go all the way - they have to believe in themselves and want to do it. Timperley U12 last won the Onondaga in season 2006/7 so it is time to deliver again. Nelly, Rory and myself want the boys to win – they have all got to want to win too.
During this half term we have, at times, played some excellent lacrosse, most notably in the wins against Sheffield, Brooklands and Wilmslow. The first half of today’s game was on the same level as any of those performances, as we outpassed and outclassed a determined Wacs team.
The first quarter was close – Wacs always compete well and we were only 4-2 up at end of the first quarter. It was in the first 5 minutes of the second quarter that I felt the game was decided, as our top string midfield of Oli Loveland, Oliver Crosby and James Prickett outgunned Wacs and put us a further four goals to the good. Half time was 11-2 with eight of the goals being assisted – great stuff. The third quarter saw the boys relax somewhat and the passing wasn’t as crisp, and the scoring turned to individual efforts as we put another 5 on the scoreboard. Our opponents were not giving up and threatened at times, but Matthew Stewart and his defence kept them at bay. The fourth quarter saw most of the team making contributions as the scoring was spread around, with the result that for the first time this season all the midfield and attack scored in the same game. Notably, Tom Cox, now playing midfield, had his best performance of the season and is really starting to enjoy his new role.
O Loveland 6 (+2 assists), Cox 5, Hirst 2, E Loveland 2 (+1), Hunn 1 (+2), Prickett 1 (+2), Townsley 1, Walker 1 (+2), Crosby 1 (+1).
This was always going to be a tough assignment for our B team, but to come away having only gone down by 6 goals was a good effort. Last season the B team consistently got beaten by Brooklands B, so to run their A team close this season shows how much of an improvement we have made over the last few months.
This defeat puts the B team into the Plate competition for all the defeated first round teams. It is very much an achievable target for this year's B team to get to the Plate Final, and even win it.
Monday, 7 December 2009
With a few close wins under our belt - were we going to have another nail biter on our hands? Judging by Norbury's results so far this season - there was every indication that this would be the case!
We got off to a good start with a great attacking move that unfortunately didn't result in a goal, however we didn't have to wait too long as Timperley went into an early lead. Despite the Norbury No. 17 pulling one back, James held firm in goal making some good saves and Timperley ended the first quarter in strong position leading by 3 goals (1 - 4).
Q1 goals: Tim 1 (assisted by Nathan) / Lucas 1 assisted by Tim / Alex 1 / Harry 1
The second quarter saw a strengthening of our lead with Q2 goals coming from Lucas 2 assisted by Alex and Joe & Charlie getting in his stride and scoring a belter! No. 17 came back for Norbury but on a further attempt, Josh P managed to block him with a full on body check! It was now 2 - 7 as we entered the second half - looking good Timperley.
We lost our way in the first part of Q3 with Norbury gaining momentum and getting 3 goals past us despite some good saves again from James S. Before long though, the Timperley attack regained it's composure with Harry showing real form (1 goal) Lucas adding to his tally and Mr Nicol showing stealy determination and scoring solo and then bagging another following a great assist from Charlie.
The score was now 5 - 11 as we entered the last quarter. Norbury continued their comeback with 3 more goals.........however, James Hackett scored a well earned goal and so did Joe Harris followed by Charlie, Tim and Harry making the final score 8 - 16. A good result for Timperley. Other performances and acts of heroism include - great runs from Nathan, strong face offs and play from Pick, great defensive play from James Littlewood and 2 great blocks to on target high speed shots - one from Charlie's bum and one from Josh's leg!
To summarise - a much better all round performance, good skills (in quite difficult conditions), good balance between strong attack and effective defence - well done lads.
Timperley B vs Mellor:
The B team put up a valiant effort scoring 5 goals but alas Mellor put 10 past us. Tim was pleased with the team's performance, well done lads - keep up the effort! Final score 5 - 10 loss.
It was really good that we had a stronger turn out this week - the A team really beenfitting from having 12 players. Remember to keep asking any of your mates to come along if they fancy a try. For the boys at AltyBoys - can you lobby Bradley and see if he would like to make a return appearance?
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Next week our cup campaign begins. If we can get our attacking play up to speed I think that this will be a formidable team with a real chance of going far in the competition.
A focussed coaching session on Wednesday led to a good performance from the attack. We had much better shape on the fast break with the boys more sure of their positions. I reckon that both Joe Hunn and Sam Hirst had their best performances of the season. The next improvement for the team is to get our positions sorted on settled attack play.
The defence is also good for a mention, as they had their first clean sheet of the season in a proper game.
Quarterly scores were 5-0 (getting the game won), 2-0 (lack of passing), 5-0 (better team play) and 7-0 (goal avalanche with good passing) giving the final score of 19-0.
Goal scorers were
Hunn 4 (or 5 if he is claiming the one the goalie knocked into the goal), O Loveland 4, E Loveland 4, Hirst 1, Walker 2, Crosby 1, Cox 1, Harris 1 (defensive dart up the pitch).
Next week is the first round in the Onondaga Cup, against Wacs at home.
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Sunday 29.11.09 the final match of the U19 league and Timperley players knew that a win would see them lift the trophy for the first time in the club's history. In the event, as closest rivals Brooklands lost in the match immediately before, Timperley had won the trophy before their own match started. But the players wanted to go out with a clean sheet of wins.
Cheadle had other ideas and quickly took a two goal lead but the Timperley players continued playing with the inner belief that cream rises to the top and soon the Cheadle keeper had to make two good saves but then Greg Sandy with a burst of speed drove from behind the goal and scored. 1 - 2
Elliot Shaw hit the post at the start of the second quarter, then Ollie White gave the final pass to Elliot who scored and Jack Brook who shot narrowly wide. Cheadle were rocked back by the force and power of the Timperley attacks which came at them from all angles with Tommy Kirkland getting the third goal to take the lead and then it was one way traffic with Jay Armstrong winning all the faces. "Rob Nob" Edwards, Jim Anderson and Will Hawksley all played their part in the dominance with Ross McDermott being denied by a great save from the keeper but Timperley added another three for a score at half time of 6 - 2.
Mike Smith got in on the act supporting the attack with his long stick in the third quarter and more goals came with the Timperley defence of Tommy, Matt Raven, Larry Poole and Pig Forster keeping Cheadle chances to a minimum. The quarter ended with Ollie shooting and diving at the same time but the goal was disallowed. Ollie looked good whilst doing it though !! 8 - 3
Coaches Justin and Rory did not let Timperley relax in the last quarter and more flowing moves saw another two goals, although at one point the Timperley defence were down to a three man zone with Mike, Ross and the Mighty Pig trying valiantly to keep Cheadle out which they managed to do for almost a minute, but Cheadle scored late on in the penalty. Will Hawksley took a face and showed he perhaps should have taken more in the league with a good effort. Final score 10 - 4.
The celebrations afterwards showed how much winning the league meant to the players and they had done it in style coming through some tough matches by playing excellent lacrosse. The team remained cool and calm when in a close match and is a sign of their collective maturity. They fully deserved the trophy.
36 shots, 24 on target, 10 goals (good display by the Cheadle keeper).
17 face offs, 12 won.
10.5 minutes penalties.
Stats by "Statto" Toby Hawksley, drier than last week.