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NEMLA Flags Final Weekend

  This weekend sees the NEMLA Flags Final Weekend where teams of all ages and across all senior divisions congregate to play their respective cup finals, the culmination of an entire season of hard work and effort. Featuring a fixture-packed schedule with 24 teams battling it out for the honour of being crowned cup champions for their age group/division, this weekend is the highlight in English club lacrosse and is sure to be well attended by fans in their droves flocking to see UK lacrosse at it’s most competitive and hard-hitting. The main spectacle for the weekend is the Senior Flags Final (which faces of at 15:00 on Sunday), and is considered to be the most prestigious lacrosse competition in the nation. The Senior Flags competition is the oldest in the UK, having first been played in 1883 as the award for the club’s battling it out in the highest[…]

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NEMLA Club Roundup 30/01/2016

It was a welcome return to competition for the NEMLA Premiership with big games featuring all of the current top 4 teams. League leaders Stockport maintained their 100% record with a resounding 12-1 victory away at bottom-placed Sheffield Steelers to continue in their quest for league domination, meanwhile 2nd-placed Cheadle used their home advantage to full extent, beating Brooklands 13-5. 3rd-placed Timperley continued their excellent form, hammering Wilmslow by a thumping 22-6 including a 6-goal haul from LTP student and Coquitlam Adanacs attacker Brian Gillis. Timperley sit in 4th place on 10 points, just behind Poynton who they face in 2 weeks’ time in a fixture which will have a massive impact upon the league standings come the end of the season. Timperley enjoy strong links with a number of the Manchester Universities where they assist with their coaching, and have willingly found homes for a number of LTP students in[…]

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A Unique Perspective

My name is Andrew Zehr and I am from Jackson, Mississippi, USA, and am attending Newcastle University this year to (hopefully) receive my Master’s in Engineering Geology. I currently play for Newcastle University’s lacrosse team and for the Newcastle Knights Men’s lacrosse club. Now, I don’t have the most extensive lacrosse background, coming from a state where there was only one other team to play against (the rest of our games required travel to neighboring states) and playing on a team that, for the most part, only had enough guys to fill the positions on the field. But, I quickly fell in love with the sport and taught myself how to play. This was not enough, as I found out when I went to college, as the talent there was on a much higher level than I was accustomed to playing on. So I was quickly cut from the varsity squad, but made the[…]

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NEMLA Roundup 25/1/2016

The Northern Premiership enjoyed another set of intriguing match-ups this past weekend as Premiership stalwarts Cheadle travelled up to Lancashire to visit 7th-placed Rochdale and 4th met 5th when Heaton Mersey hosted Timperley. Heaton Mersey, having not played a fixture since their disappointing loss to rivals Poynton, were eager to put their last result (and performance) behind them by registering a solid win to regain confidence and remind everyone of their undoubted potential, and fielded a full-strength team including LTP student and Rutgers Alumni Kevin Albert against their Lancashire County counterparts. Standing in their way of the 2 points were a Timperley side featuring fellow LTP’er and New England College alumni/Coquitlam Adanacs player Brian Gillis, who are enjoying a strong season thus far, only registering losses against the unbeaten Stockport and 2nd-placed Cheadle. Mersey started brightly and their attacking intent was clear for all to see from the first whistle, putting themselves[…]

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Clash of the Titans

With the league standings beginning to take shape and the big guns starting to find their rhythm and form, this weekend will see the most hotly-anticipated matchup of the season so far with current league and cup champions Spencer hosting the behemoths from across the city, Hampstead. All eyes across the SEMLA teams and fans will be at Earlsfield where this London derby game is set to explode with arguably the South’s two biggest juggernauts coming head-to-head in a clash which neither can afford to slip up in. Both Spencer and Hampstead have enjoyed enviable silverware success over the past 10 years and are seen as the hottest two outfits in the South of England. With both teams sitting on one loss to their name, neither team will want to give an inch on their rivals and we can expect a fast and hard-hitting battle from start to finish which[…]

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SEMLA Roundup 26/1/2016

  It was a typically frenetic set of fixtures in the SEMLA Premiership this weekend with arguably the key 3 league challengers battling to carve out a stranglehold in the division as well as a mid-table clash between two teams fighting to climb away from their rivals with East Grinstead visiting Hitchin. Last year’s league champions Spencer were at their Earlsfield home in South London where they faced premiership strugglers Bristol Bombers. Whilst their comparative league statures may give the impression the result would be a foregone conclusion, Bristol are renowned as producing combative performances and on their day can be a tough team to tackle, something Spencer were acutely aware of and keen to avoid at all costs. The hosts set about the fixture in typically dominating fashion and, with one eye on next week’s Clash of The Titans against fellow league hopefuls Hampstead, ensured they got their shooting[…]

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Post-College Blues?

Last week Laxallstars.com published a very valid and heartfelt article about the distinct lack of lacrosse US athletes have available to them post-college – a common feeling we hear amongst new and potential LTP students. Too often our students tell us that having endured all of the dark early morning practices, the extra pre-season running sessions, the struggle to manage the workload of college life on top of athletic commitments, the world post-college can often feel a desolate place without the outlet of playing the sport they have committed such time, effort, blood, sweat and tears into.   Starting off as children playing for the love of the game, our lacrosse experiences become increasingly competitive until the point where for many of us, lacrosse literally rules of daily lives, as well as those around us. Going from this state of “lax is life” to having nothing but a couple of[…]

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SEMLA Club Roundup 18/01

With 1st-placed Hillcroft’s game being postponed this weekend, this was the perfect opportunity for the chasing pack of Spencer, Blues and Hampstead to reduce the deficit and make up ground on the league leaders, all of whom did so in style! In the Battle of the Capitals, London-based Hampstead dispatched their Welsh counter-parts, Cardiff Harlequins, 18-4 in a dominant display to remind all around them of their potency and ensure they are still very much in the title race despite their current points trail, a result which extends their win total to 4 for 1 loss. Across the city, Premiership stalwarts Spencer carried on where they left off last week by hammering their visitors East Grinstead by 13-6. Despite the away team leading the game 4-3 at first quarter time, Spencer rallied in the 2nd to lead 7-4 at half-time and won the second half 6-2 to continue their win-streak which[…]

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NEMLA Club Roundup 18/01

With the winds of winter striking across the country, several of the scheduled English club games games were postponed this week due to frozen pitches. However, the heat of the Northern Premiership competition was enough to melt the snow away in the two arguably biggest games of the weekend, with Wilmslow hosting Rochdale in their fight for top-level survival and Poynton welcoming Heaton Mersey in a match which could go to some distance in deciding the final standings toward the top of the table. Following their disappointing loss against fellow Premiership strugglers Sheffield Steelers last week, Wilmslow came into this weekend desperately needing a win to ensure they didn’t slip to the bottom of the table. Rochdale, who hadn’t played a competitive game for over 5 weeks, were equally as eager to register a W having been unable to take full points from a match since their 2-win streak at[…]

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English Club Roundup 11/01/16

Following the Christmas break, the majority of English club teams returned back to training in the early new year in preparation for the stretch of fixtures which will form the final standings for the English leagues in both the North (NEMLA) and the South (SEMLA) as well as including the cup fixtures which will give us the teams who will feature in our Flags Final festivals in April and May. Unfortunately, the perils of playing lacrosse in the winter were present again this weekend where a number of top flight matches had to be postponed due to inclement weather conditions and waterlogged pitches. Whilst this is frustrating for all of the teams fighting it out for honours and survival, it now means that the fans get to enjoy competitive matches every weekend from now until the end of the season, with some clubs having to play two games over the[…]

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