2018 East Coast Cup Results

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The 2018 East Coast Cup was played over the weekend of 5-6 May at The University of Queensland lacrosse ground. The annual tournament is a celebration of the growth of the game on the East Coast.

Saturday 5 May:

Game 1: NSW Men vs. Queensland Men

It was immediately evident that the hard work put in at training over the past few months was paying dividends. Our forward line was patient and methodical and the defence were disciplined and very effective. By half time we had control of the game. Queensland put up a great fight in the second half, but we took the game 14 goals to 9.

Game 2: Juniors

In between senior matches the Queensland side organised a match for juniors. It was so inspiring to see kids of all ages enjoying the game we all love!

2018 East Coast Juniors Match

2018 East Coast Juniors Match

Game 3: NSW Women vs. Queensland Women

The New South Wales started strong by netting a few fast goals within the first few minutes. Melie Pemberton (C) was named MVP for dominating all over the field with 4 goals, 3 assists, 7 draw controls and 5 ground balls. The attack saw 14 goals come from 6 different players, most of which were assisted. The defence was led by Bec Putna, with some impressive saves by both keepers, Savannah Duncan (C) and Tess Clancey.

Sunday 6 May

Game 4: NSW Women vs. Queensland Women

The women kicked things off Sunday morning. A very competitive 60 minutes saw 15 goals from 8 different players, including an incredible off angle shot from our youngest member, Micayla Krauklis. Well deserved MVP honours went to Emma Agnew for 5 goals, multiple assists and 2 caused turnovers.

As a coach, I'm super proud of how we played together as a team - most goals were assisted, the team stepped it up on defence and redefending, and the team was led by a super strong and selfless midfield squad. We're excited to take this team to Nationals (with Danielle + Tash) and show the other states how much we've improved since 2017.
- Coach Britt Faulkner

Captains Melie Pemberton and Savannah Duncan with the shield.

Captains Melie Pemberton and Savannah Duncan with the shield.

Game 5: NSW Men vs. Queensland Men

The men's side were fortunate enough to start with a fully fit squad. The first half was a great and fiercely contested with NSW going into the break with a 4-goal lead. Early in second half Queensland pulled a couple of goals back. After a time out, the team settled and dug deep and really played some great lacrosse. We went on to 16 goals to 7 victory. With victory on the Sunday NSW retained the East Coast Cup.

As the Coach, the winning of the tournament was great but there were a number of things that I found pleasing also. The defence played brilliantly and stuck to the plan. Their communication and read of the play was exceptional. Very disciplined play across both games. Our keeper was as usual, fantastic!

Our midfield worked tirelessly providing great support to our hard working face off players. The transition play of our midfield players was excellent. Our attack line was fantastic. The experience of the attack showed with their patience and continual movement of the ball to open up the Queensland defence resulting in goals.

Most pleasing for me was the progress made by our younger and newer players. These players
stepped up and delivered when it counted. They are improving every game.

A big thank you to our Captains and members of the 2018 NSW Men’s Lacrosse team. You did
everything asked of you, played hard and made our tournament successful.
- Coach Paul Young

Captains Michael I-i, Jack Stokes and Omar Al-Khayat with the shield.

Captains Michael I-i, Jack Stokes and Omar Al-Khayat with the shield.

The coaches would like to thank Caroline McLuckie, for her effort in organizing everything and for being an amazing manager. Thank you to Queensland Lacrosse for hosting a fantastic tournament and for great matches played in the true spirit of the game. Thank you to all of our supporters and match officials.