Highlights from the start of last season included the annual Holder Trophy, a 6-a-side tournament hosted by Spencer Lacrosse during October.
During the school half-term break we introduced more youngsters to lacrosse through our skills clinic. Many of those returned later in the year for more lacrosse action.
The regular competitive games against other local clubs ran from October to December and Spencer’s U12 and U14 teams faired well, winning the majority of games.
During the spring we continued our Wednesday midweek training sessions on the Spencer astro pitch and prepared for the busy spring/summer schedule. This included tournaments in Brussels, at TASIS and the highlight of the year, the FIL World Championships in Manchester.
Our Wednesday evening sessions on Wandsworth Common ran successfully through the Summer and it was really great to have the players from Bishop Gilpin come along. Usually there were between 20 and 30 players – even through the football World Cup!
It was a little tougher putting together teams for all weekend events we had planned, as might have been expected, but we managed to do nearly everything.
The U12s played against TASIS early in the Summer then towards the end, the team won the Flags Tournament and recorded a solid win against a touring Stockport team. The summer events game many players their first chance to play ‘real’ Lacrosse.
The U14’s managed a win against TASIS, were then runners up in the TASIS tournament early in the summer and towards the end won their Flags Tournament and a game against Stockport.
The U14s also played at the Club Tournament, the lead in event to the 2010 FIL World Championships being held in Manchester, winning three out of four in the ‘league’ round of games but losing the first ‘knock-out’ game. I’m sure the 4am start to the day began to be felt in that last game.