U18 Victorian Boys Results

The following article is written by the 2016 Victorian U18 Boys Head Coach, Glenn Meredith.

National Championships always throw up lots of challenges and lots of great lacrosse with the U18 Championship just held in Perth last weekend it was no different. 

The Vic’s were slow out of the box against WA in game 1 and paid the price against the slick WA  outfit and found ourselves down 9 to 3 at the half time break but Clinton and l juggled a few players around and found our game and mojo after the half to rattle home to win in golden goal overtime and after a the very slow start all things seemed back on track.

Tim Graham MVP

Game 2 against SA was a close game from the outset and full credit to a well organised SA team and we really struggled against their 6 zone and they pipped us 11 to 8 in a terrific battle all day. Our shooting and man down defence both needed a bit of work.

Liam Fothergill MVP

The game between WA and SA then determined everyone’s fate for the final and whilst some say for SA to stall the ball with 5 minutes left and not try to win the game was not in the best interest of the game  I will tell you all in the same circumstances l would have done exactly the same thing.

So after the 3 round robin games that were all won or lost by less than 3 goals each,  the wash up is we missed the final by 1 goal but that is what National Championships do and expose the kids to what elite lacrosse is about and the learning curve for these players has been huge.

Congratulations to WA who I believe were clearly the best team there and if not for a poor run with injuries would have gone through undefeated.  

Full credit to the WA Coaches Thomas Graham and Gavin Leavy for the great Championship win and to SA Coach Lee Vickery for putting a bit back into the kids and hope they both push on with their coaching .

Tim Graham, Liam Fothergill and Matthew Singleton all got selected in the All Star side for the Victorian team and after losing 14 players from last years Championship winning side we will have 10 players still under the age and returning next year so the Vic’s will be back in 2017 better than ever.

One final shout out to W.A player Sam Kozwara who unfortunately tore his ACL in the Championship and we all wish him a speedy recovery. 

Glenn Meredith

 

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