Wilmslow win 30th Eights

 Bath miss out on quarter Final place as Wilmslow take the title

on a day where 499 goals scored in 100 games played.

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The 30th Bath Eights Lacrosse tournament proved to one of the best yet for the host club, after the six preliminary games Bath LC found themselves equal on points with Croydon LC in 8th place.

In the event of a tie, the number of goals scored by each team is taken into account, Croydon outscored Bath 20 goals to 15, putting Bath in 9th place, so near but so far.

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Bath started the day with a rude awakening as eventual winners Wilmslow came out of the blocks with all guns blazing scoring 9 goals and keeping a clean sheet. A repeat of 2014 looked on the cards, where Bath finished bottom of the pack in 31st.

Game two against Plymouth University (nickname, the Goon squad) saw a better and more settled Bath, although the defence looked nervous, making some fundamental errors. Relying on the attack Bath pulled away in a physical encounter to win 4:2  

Bath then went on to add two more comfortable wins against Bristol University (4:1) and UWE (3:1), both expected results based on league positions.

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Game 5 against East Grinstead from the Southern Premiership turned out to be pivotal, Bath could have stolen the game, missing a couple of clear chances, unfortunately the game ended in a 1:1 draw.

The final game of the draw turned out to be a home derby against Bath University old boys (The Exiles). In reality, Bath needed to pile on the score to have any chance of catching Croydon on goals scored; the Exiles however were in no mood to be charitable, holding the hosts to 3:0, which turned out to be short of the mark.

 

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The final was between Cheadle, last year’s champions, and 2009 winners Wilmslow. This was a really tight affair, Wilmslow thought they’d taken the lead just before Half time, the crowd and the Wilmslow players were convinced the rocket shot by American Harrison Parr had actually broken through the net, but on inspection no goal was awarded. Cheadle had several shots, all neatly saved by the very capable Wilmslow keeper, and the Cheadle defence looked pretty watertight. It took a real solo effort and a slip by the Cheadle defender half way through the second half to break the deadlock, this turned out to be decisive with Wilmslow winning 1:0.

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All the profits from the day go into Bath Lacrosse Clubs development fund, subsidising coaching in schools in Bath and the surrounding areas.

 

 

 

Bath Results

Bath 0:9 Wilmslow

Bath 4:2 Goon Squad.

Bath 4:1 Bristol University

Bath 3:1 UWE

Bath 1:1 East Grinstead

Bath 3:0 Bath Exiles

Tournament Results

Quarter Finals

Wilmslow 4:2 Croydon

Timperley 5:2 Hitchin

Cheadle 4:0 Loughborough

Spencer 3:1 Hillcroft

 

Semi Finals

Wilmslow 5:2 Timperley

Cheadle 2:1 Spencer

Final

Wilmslow 1:0 Cheadle

 

Some Stats

499 goals scored in 100 games played on the day