Monday, 5 April 2010

U19 - Treble Champions

Sunday 21.3.10 cometh the hour, cometh the men - well, the Under 19 team, who were aiming to complete a treble of trophies this season, having already won the Ted Donnet and league cups. The match was six weeks after the original schedule due to the snow over the winter and the team were chomping at the bit to get at Brooklands.

A super turn out of supporters were awarded with a feast of fast, skilful lacrosse. It was especially good to see many young players supporting the Under 19s and I bet many of them went home and thought that they wanted to play like that. Timperley were rocked by an opening blast from Brooklands which saw them go 0 - 2 down, but it's a sign of the Timperley maturity that they did not allow this to trouble them and they fought their way back to level the match at the end of the quarter with two goals from Greg Sandy and Ollie White.

The second quarter saw Timperley turn the screw - unusually Jay Armstrong struggled on the face but the defence held out, regained the ball and set up the attackers. Brooklands began to wobble with four minutes of penalties due to the Timperley pressure. Jack Brook was a constant threat and Timperley pressed throughout with eight shots and in was no surprise when they scored three goals to one from Brooklands, which nosed Timperley ahead.

Timperley continued to play controlled skilled lacrosse and even when down to a four man zone did not concede a goal. (This was the third time in the season when they have had a four man defence and not conceded). Ollie showed his strength and determination to score a goal, despite knowing that the huge defender was about to clatter him. Tommy Kirkland hustled and bustled and shut out the Brooklands main threat (Scotland 1 England 0). Score at quarter end 7 - 4

The crowd were getting giddy, but the Timperley team didn't and the end result was never in doubt in the fourth quarter. Timperley kept possession superbly with Brooklands having to chase all the time. Scenes of great joy and the end of the match (8 - 5) as the players celebrated a historic treble for the first time in the club's history. These celebrations went on in the bar afterwards!!

All the players played a full part in this result, this is not a one man team and they played with a confidence born of winners. The coaches Justin Hager and Rory Sanborn kept the players on track and focussed throughout the season and the team got their just rewards as they were the best team in the competitions by a mile.

23 shots, 14 on target, 8 goals (Ollie White 3, Greg Sandy 2, Jay Armstrong 1, Jack Brook 1, Elliot Shaw 1
14 face offs, 4 won.
5.5 minutes penalties
Stats by "Statto" Toby Hawksley

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