Sunday saw both Lakers teams take on Harrow 1 – who behind Bucks are one of the strongest teams in the division. This afternoon’s eagerly anticipated match was to be the indicator of how far Lakers have come in our short existence. By this, our fourth match of the season, we have started to anticipate moves and know each others’ strengths, but would this be enough against a team who’ve played together as long as Harrow?
First on court saw Lakers M line up to play. Led by captain Kelly, they performed truly solidly and managed to hold Harrow to a slim lead throughout most of the game. Kelly even managed to pop up with two beautiful goals too. Tracey Edwards (who celebrated her Engagement on Saturday!) also popped up with a goal.
The first half was hard fought, with some fantastic displays of 4-0 being show by Lakers and some great fights for collect considering some of the quality of players on show from Harrow.
At half time, Kerry came on to play for Katie and Jimmy came on to play for Andy C. Jimmy managed to stable to the defence a little and helped to add to the goal tally.
It was a superb team performance and everyone was very proud – with a slim defeat of just 10-7 – spirits were high.
Team: Kelly, Katie (kerry), Cecile, Tracey, Andy C (Jimmy), Colin, Ronald, Jim
Lakers W match report comes from captain Nicki:
The first half was fast and furious. Derek started us off with a goal, taking advantage of Harrow’s errors. Harrow equalised and scoring continued with us leading and Harrow catching up; things were starting to look positive.
Both teams desperately wanted to show their dominance in the game which, combined with the fast pace, created a scrappy fight for every ball.
Even when Harrow gained the lead, securing a goal from a penalty and taking advantage of a couple of our defensive slips, we didn’t give up and (in some cases literally, Mark) threw ourselves into defending and gaining possession of the ball.
The second half saw Lakers continue to defend hard and put up shots that just weren’t dropping for us! Victoria started another scoring streak in the second half, but it wasn’t quite enough. The final 8-5 score line is a good starting point for the new Lakers. Harrow have the talent to obliterate weaker teams and we defended hard, we should be proud of our efforts; let’s work on our shots ready for next week!!
Team and Scorers: Dan, Alan (1), Mark, Derek (1), Victoria (1), Emma C (1), Nicki, Jeni (1)
Players’s player of the match: Mark Sanderson
(Runner up: Emma Collins)