It’s getting colder, wetter and darker therefore it must be lacrosse season again! I still don’t understand why lacrosse is a winter sport in the UK but with a handful of games already complete, how’s the 2002/03 season shaping up for Spencer?
The Spencer 1st team’s season has been a bit hit and miss so far, the main problem being getting a regular squad together for games. A combination of some “old-hands” hanging up their sticks and player injuries left a gaping hole in the core squad for the start of the season. Player numbers seem to be problem for many southern clubs this year but things are looking up. We were delighted to see a few new faces this year, namely James Bowyer (ex-Bath Uni), Paul Ogden and Tony Borden (both from early retirement). The fact that Tony had not picked up a stick for 19 years made little difference against Hitchin two weeks ago – it was like he was a teenager again, apart from when he was sandwiched by two Hitchin middies and suffered a chipped shoulder bone as a result. Tony, hope you’re fit again soon.
We hope to see a few more new players as the season progresses, starting this weekend against Hillcroft (you know who you are). Anyone reading this who is interested in playing, use our contacts page and email me or anyone else from the club.
The decision to merge the ‘A’ teams of Walcountain Blues and Spencer (making Wasps) is proving an excellent move. The combination of youth and experience (or is it just age?) is developing a core of young players who one day progress into the 1st team. Pete Compton’s junior programme should keep the kids coming through so lacrosse development should go from strength to strength. Results are not the priority for the Wasps however last weekend they chalked up their first points of the season with a tight 3-3 draw against Southampton Tridents.