Waikato Lacrosse Intermediate School League Just Keeps Growing
The steady growth of Waikato Lacrosse Intermediate School League shows no signs of slowing since it was first started 4 years ago.
This year, a total of 25 teams from 10 different schools took part, up from 21 teams from 8 schools in 2018. The two new schools to this year’s League are Matamata and Hautapu.
The growth in the Intermediate School League has a direct flow-on effect to the Waikato Lacrosse High School League as well Waikato U15 and U18 representative teams.
After an intense 7-week season, the 2019 League drew to a close at the weekend (Saturday 7th December) in a blaze of sunshine at Tamahere Park and with a great turnout from parents, friends and supporters.
In the Girls A Division, the final ranking was so close in the 7-team round-robin competition that it had to be decided by a for-and-against goal count back. The CMS Buzzards emerged as the overall winners after a consistent season, with St Peters Red in second place. Te Awamutu Intermediate A completed in third place.
In the Girls B Division, the CMS Hawks won the Group A finals by a narrow 1-goal margin over Matamata in a tight final show-down. And in Group B, the Southwell Magpies defeated the CMS Falcons by 15 goals to 5 in the finals to take the win.
In the Boys Division, Morrinsville Gold had a decisive win against the CMS Condors in the finals by 13 goals to 1. Te Awamutu Intermediate won the play-off for third place against the CMS Harriers.
Huge thanks to our League Coordinators – Georgia Clarkin-Rush and Will Chisholm – who make our Leagues happen, to our umpires and referees, coaches, team managers, and of course the parents and supporters who turned out in force to enjoy the play.
Girls A Division: 1st CMS Buzzards (photo); 2nd St Peters Red; 3rd Te Awamutu Intermediate A
Girls B Division (Group A): 1st CMS Hawks; 2nd Matamata; 3rd Peachgrove Flyers
Girls B Division (Group B): 1st Southwell Magpies; 2nd CMS Falcons; 3rd CMS Eagles
Boys Division: 1st Morrinsville Gold (photo); 2nd CMS Condors; 3rd Te Awamutu Intermediate
Photo credit: Lou Kibby Photography and Cambridge Middle School