Suburbs Falcons Back-to-Back Champions in Women’s Club Summer League
Suburbs Falcons have won the Waikato Women’s Club Summer League A Division for the second year running after a confident display of lacrosse at the weekend at Tamahere Park.
Suburbs came into the finals as strong favourites, completely unbeaten in their previous 10 games, while opponents Kaipaki Phoenix earned themselves a place in the top two after a surprise upset in the semi-finals against the Hamilton Devils.
In the final clash, Kaipaki Phoenix kept the Falcons in check during the early stages of the game but the balance shifted quickly after they lost a key player to injury. After half-time, the Falcons took control and pulled away to finish the game on a final score of 14 goals to 4.
Commenting after the game on the differences between the two teams, Falcons coach Mike Rush said “I think it was the skill level of our players, and the depth. We go down to 12 or 13 in terms of really good players, other clubs go to about 8. Our depth comes in to it…. that’s the difference. And [a key Kaipaki player] being injured made a difference…. that was a bit disappointing.”
In the play-off for third place in the A Division, Cambridge capitalised on their improving form and won against the Hamilton Devils to take the match by 19 goals to 8. Hamilton Devils were a force to contend with during the round-robin series of the League, but appeared to lose form in the final games. They will be looking to re-establish themselves for the future and deliver on the great promise they showed in this their first season.
In the B Division, the two top teams – Cambridge B and Suburbs Hawks – lined up against one another to tough it out in the finals. They had played each other twice during the season for one win apiece.
Charlotte Walker, coach of Cambridge B, said “the girls came into the finals super nervous”, whereas the Hawks had “more hustle” and quickly chalked up 5 goals to 1 at half time. Some mental regrouping changed things around for the Cambridge side as they went on to score 12 goals in the second half, and win the match by 13 goals to 9. The Cambridge team is made up mainly of year 10 students together with a couple of more experienced players. Walker commented that they had “meshed really well during the year and have developed hugely over the season”.
In the C Division, Cambridge was again in the frame, with Cambridge 1 winning over Cambridge 2 by 12 goals to 8. The is the first year that the Waikato Women’s Club League has included a C Division to encourage less experienced and first-time players, as well as Mums who have decided to pick up a stick and give it a go!
Waikato Lacrosse Women’s Club Summer League 2020 Final Results
1st Suburbs Falcons; 2nd Kaipaki Phoenix; 3rd Cambridge; 4th Hamilton Devils; 5th Suburbs Eagles; 6th Te Awamutu Sports Emerald.
1st Cambridge B; 2nd. Suburbs Hawks; 3rd. Morrinsville; 4th. Te Awamutu Sports Emerald; 5th. Suburbs Black; 6th. Kaipaki Phoenix B.
1st Cambridge 1; 2nd Cambridge 2; 3rd Te Awamutu Sports Navy; 4th. Te Awamutu Sports Gold.