Match reports for Sat. 17-May

Camberwell U11 Scorpions 4 def by Malvern Black 14

The Scorpions started promisingly but found themselves  4 goals to 2 down in the first quarter against a much more experienced Malvern team.  Matthew Baker opened the scoring for the Wells when he took a close-in pass from Zac Watt and David Quim, playing in his first lacrosse match, posted a second Camberwell goal after grabbing a loose ball near the crease. Edward Whelen was lively and made nice position to score but was turned back by the Malvern goalie.

Mason Lewis, Charles Palfreeman and Aidan Zupan were giving the Scorpions drive from the midfield but the Malvern defence was too strong, cutting off Camberwell passes and driving the ball forward.  Our defenders looked non-plussed at times as the Malvern forwards made quick accurate passes.  But for some good goalie play from Max Broeks the Malvern tally at half-time would have been higher than the 6-2 lead they achieved.

In the second half the Camberwell team was good on the groundballs with Finn Whelen and Dale Wilson adding some bite but we struggled to get the ball forward.  Trinity Meacham, in her first game of lacrosse, held her opponent scoreless and showed that she will develop into a very effective player.  Mason Lewis and Edward Whelen scored for the Wells in the last term but Malvern was dominant now and finished the match with five last-term goals.  Matthew Baker was outstanding as goalkeeper in the second half.

Best for Scorpions:  F. Whelen, Z. Watt, E. Whelen and M. Baker
Goalthrowers:   Baker, Quim, Lewis, E. Whelen

Camberwell U18 Chiefs 11 def Chadstone 5

Facing a talented Chadstone team, we finally had an almost full roster with only one player missing. However the boys were off to a sloppy start. In the first quarter we turned the ball over on every possession resulting in putting a lot of stress on our defense, which again - anchored by JT - did a good job but it is hard to stay on top of it when you are constantly on the back foot. Chadstone scored 2 in the first quarter and with a quick one to open the second, were 3-0 up. However, Camberwell tightened their game, started taking better care of the ball and with Azza and Linc dominating the faceoff X, we had plenty of possessions and we managed to pull ahead on some nice assisted goals, with Azza (4G) and Nick (3G) doing most of the scoring and Eddy (3G, 5A) taking more of a feeder role. Entering the fourth we had a 6-5 lead and 3 quick goals gave us a nice cushion. In D Benny, Sam and JT continued to hold the fort while Linc and Josh Scott did a great job in midfield, fighting for GBs. We kept Chadstone scoreless to finish up with a 11-5 win

Camberwell State League Chiefs 12 def by MCC 16

Unlike the first couple of games, where we were off to a slow start, this time we started strong. Led by some faceoff wins and good offensive execution and defensive pressure, we build a 2-0 lead. MCC answered back but we continued the pressure and were 6-3 up. During this period, both Azza and Eddy notched their first career state league goal. However, due to some puzzling calls and non-calls, tempers flared and we ended up with multiple penalties allowing MCC to score easy man-up goals and gain the lead. In the 2nd half, MCC dominated the face off and built a 3-4 goal advantage which depsite a push in the last quarter, we were unable to close.