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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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SEMLA Club Lacrosse Roundup 14/12/2015

This weekend in the Southern Premiership, there were a number of huge battles at both the top and bottom of the league with undefeated win streaks being broken and several teams making a push towards the top of the league going into their Christmas break. At the top of the table, London-based Hillcroft continued their fine form with a 14-4 victory at home to Bristol Bombers to ensure they go into the Christmas break as league leaders with Bristol just 3 points off from bottom spot, where Purley remain having been resoundingly beaten 22 – 0 at home against East Grinstead. This result means East Grinstead will leap-frog Walcountian Blues into 6th-place on goal difference, with Blues beating Cardiff Harlequins 11-7 at home to take them within 1 point of the team from the Welsh capital with a game in hand on them. Over in Berkshire, 3rd-placed Reading Wildcats hosted[…]

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NEMLA Club Roundup 14/12/15

In a weekend where much of the UK was struck by Storm Desmond leaving several Northern towns and cities flooded and in a national state of emergency,  it was a surprise that any lacrosse games were able to be played whatsoever, however Sheffield Steelers with their 4G astro turf pitch and fantastic facilities at Sheffield Hallum University sports grounds, managed to play the only Northern Premiership game of the weekend, hosting 5th-placed Brooklands in a tie they needed to win to get themselves off the bottom spot of the table. Unfortunately for Sheffield, they couldn’t stem the tide of their pre-Christmas form and Brooklands made it two wins in a row, emerging as 10 – 6 victors. This takes Brooklands up to 4th-place however with 10 games played so far, they have at least 3 games more than the teams below them, meaning as and when these fixtures are caught[…]

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English Club Lacrosse Roundup 7/12/2015

Despite much of the UK being struck by Storm Desmond bringing strong gales and even floods in some areas, a number of huge games were played in both the North and the South this weekend affecting the top and bottom teams in the leagues. In the Northern Premiership, Heaton Mersey and LTP student/Rutgers alumni Kevin Albert returned to action and to winning ways, dispatching Wilmslow at their home ground with a 11-3 victory to take them to 5th-place and equal on points with Timperley. Timperley’s game (featuring LTP student and Coquitlam Adanacs shorty Bryan Gillis) was marred with controversy when they faced Cheadle away. Despite Cheadle leading throughout the match, Timperley were mounting a comeback, scoring three consecutive goals to reduce the deficit and turn the momentum strongly in Timperley’s favour when, with there still being 12 minutes left in the game, the whistle was blown and the game was[…]

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BUCS Rundown 3/1/15

As ever, Wednesday in university in the UK means sports day, which ultimately means another game of lacrosse for our LTP students! This week we saw top of the table battles for supremacy as well as bottom of the league struggles for survival in another frantic week of university lacrosse. This week, in an ongoing battle to get away from the bottom place in the Men’s Premier North league, Rutgers alumni and 15/16 LTP Student Kevin Albert’s University of Manchester side faced Leeds Beckett at home in the fixture known as “The War of The Roses”. With the game living up to it’s name and reputation, this was a battle from start to finish with the lead changing hands several times over. Unfortunately for Kevin and the Manchester side, the thrilling end-to-end encounter finished as a 10-9 victory for the visitors from Yorkshire, leaving the Uni of Manchester team at the[…]

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New Jersey to Manchester, A Doug Homan Perspective

Hey Guys, My name is Doug Homan and I’m from Manasquan, NJ. I am currently getting my masters at Manchester Metropolitan in International Business Management. I play for Poynton Lacrosse Club (Go Blackbirds!). I had a little different experience than most of the guys in the LTP program as I have worked in England before. Back in 2012, I was the Local Development Officer (LDO) in Sheffield, working for the English Lacrosse Association. My job was to assist in coaching the Sheffield Steeler’s U11-U19 teams while going into local primary and secondary schools to ‘spread the word’ of lacrosse to encourage students to play the game we all love. While coaching, I was also lucky enough to play with a great group of guys on their senior team. When I first started, I couldn’t believe that these English guys played about the same schedule as most European soccer teams by[…]

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English Club Lacrosse Update 30/11/15

  This weekend saw a number of fixtures ravaged by inclemental weather thanks to a huge storm taking over much of England – one of the pitfalls with playing lax as a Winter sport! In the Northern Premiership, the only game to survive the weather was to be found in Sale, Manchester, where Brooklands hosted league leaders Stockport. Stockport took full advantage of the opportunity to put themselves further ahead in the title race by registering a dominating 12-4 victory away from home. Stockport, coached by LTP’s own Ravi K Sitlani (Baggie), now sit 8 points clear at the top of the Premiership table having played 2 games more than the chasing pack, scoring the highest number of goals (134) and conceding the second lowest (42). With Stockport not scheduled to play next week, 2nd placed Cheadle will be looking to reduce that 8-point deficit, but standing in their way will[…]

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BUCS Rundown 25/11/15

This Wednesday saw a number of huge games in the BUCS University Lacrosse competitions featuring a number of the LTP student-base. Competing for the BUCS Men’s Trophy, LTP student Andrew Zehr helped his Newcastle side to a thumping 18-2 victory, grabbing 5 ground balls, 1 goal and an impressive 8 assists – team player! Meanwhile LTP student and Scranton alumni Doug Homan, despite recording a 100% face-off success and scoring 6 goals, couldn’t stop his Manchester Met side from losing 14-11 to Edinburgh. In the BUCS Premier South Division, Cardiff beat Southampton 10-1 and Bath beat Bristol 12-5. LTP students and LIU Post Alumni’s Mike Pritouris and Justin Watson enjoyed a week off from games to concentrate on their studies! In the BUCS Premier North Division, considered to be the elite league for university lacrosse in England, there were 3 huge matches all of which featured members of the LTP[…]

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