Congratulations to the 1st team today on their 15-3 win over Newbury Royals. The play was much more coordinated as a team rather than just individuals this week, and the attacking unit were able to implement some moves practised in training on Thursday. Well played also to the 2s against East Grinstead in the second match of the day. Despite losing 18-4 the team fought right until the end and never let their heads go down.
Fantastic results just in from the first Sunday matches of the season:
2s beat Reigate 11-9
1s drew with Centaurs 9-9
Bodes well for things to come!
Welcome to our new season! Indoor training has now started on Thursdays at 7.30pm at Putney High School. Our first matches are the weekend of the 18th September so get those sticks ready!
Thursday 7th July 2016 – Summer Social, 7.30pm, venue TBC
Tuesday 19th July 2016 – First summer training in Battersea Park, with training continuing on Tuesday nights at 7pm throughout the summer
Saturday 10th Semptember – Welcome social, 1pm, venue TBC
1st Team vs Newbury – 11th October 2015
West London started out strong against the Newbury team at our home ground, Wormwood Scrubs. Our defensive unit was working well and preventing many of the drives by strong Newbury players from resulting in goals, helped by some fantastic saves from goalie Prina. Our midfield transitions and attacking play resulted in several goals, despite a number of new players to our team and a lack of experience together. The score at half time was 4-2 to West London, but the Newbury team were beginning to gain momentum.
That momentum continued into the second half and Newbury gained back ground, with several drives from behind goal resulting in them leading by one goal. After a time out pause to regroup, West London came back fighting and determined to win every ground ball, and our play improved. We regained the lead, but Newbury promptly drew even again, until our final goal was scored by Hannah with 15 seconds left on the clock. Final score was 8-7 to West London, our first win of the season!
West London MVP voted by the team was Helly Muir.
Huge congratulations to everyone who played in the games this weekend especially our new members who were playing their first games for the club. Hope to see you all at training on Thursday. Brief match summaries are below:
1st Team V Centaurs
The 1st team had a tough game against Centaurs at their home ground, Wormwood Scrubs. Centaurs are always in the top 3 in the league so we knew we would have to work hard. The game started in a scrappy fashion and we were showing we had just as much, if not more, fight than our opponents. Goals were going in on both sides and our defensive unit played fantastically to limit Centaurs to only 5 goals at half time. After the break, we came out fighting hard and got the first two goals of the half. With five minutes to go, we were two goals down but just lost the flow of the game to concede two late goals. Final score – 11-7. There are so many positives to take from this game, most noticeably, the fight shown from the entire squad all over the field.
West London MVP (voted by the team) – Kelly Leaper
West London MVP (voted by Centaurs) – Helly Muir
2nd Team V Caterham
The 2nds had an exciting game against Caterham. The final score was 14-4 to Caterham, but there was some exceptional play by everyone and if we continue to work as well together it should be an exciting season! V scored two goals, Grace Howarth scored one goal and Sarah Hersum scored a goal.
Man of the match chosen by West London was Kathryn Dally
Man of the match chosen by Caterham was Vanessa Gater.
It was a warm and bright day for our first game of the season against Putney Lacrosse Club. The game started energetically with both sides enjoying early possessions and a number of turnovers. Putney broke the deadlock first and followed on with a few quick goals. West London’s defence did well to slow them down on their fast break but they were able to find holes and hit their shots. Just before the quarter time break, West London put together a nice defensive turnover and transitioned the ball to the offensive side. A strong drive from the top of the fan allowed Annabel Thorburn to net the first goal and the score was 5-1.
A tough second and third quarter and a number of missed opportunities meant that as the final quarter started we were 14-1 down. The final quarter was by far the best quarter of the match and after a long possession, Hannah Grant drove through the fan and was fouled on the shot, resulting in a free position. Hannah took the free position brilliantly and scored the final goal of the match. Final Result:17-2. Congratulations Putney on a great game and we will see you later in the season.
West London MVP – Hannah Grant
Putney MVP – Rusty Cashman
Congratulations to all our current and past West London international players on their fantastic performances at the European Lacrosse Championships in the Czech Republic! They were:
Wales – Kate Herbert, Charlotte Williams (ex-West London) and Sophie Le Hardy as Manager
Scotland – Emily Knight (Flame), Julia Rennie (ex-West London)
Ireland – Robyn Morris, Orla McCourt, Lucy Morris (ex-West London)