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.
2nd Team V Caterham
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)