Perfect season ends perfectly

The Eltham Lacrosse Club under 13 boys team hadn’t lost a game all season, and had no intention of changing that trend in the Grand Final on Saturday.

After Surrey Park scored a quick opening goal of the game, it was clear there were grand final nerves, but luckily for the Panthers they were more in the crowd then with the players themselves. They settled down quickly and resumed the game plan under the guidance of coach Jai Arambatsis. The frantic opening minutes gave way to some good strong possession by the Eltham team, and it was the last time the Parkers would hold the lead, as Eltham scored twice in the opening frame to hold a one goal lead before Surrey equalized with a late goal of their own.

The second quarter saw Eltham with the majority of possession, and were unlucky to not find the back of the goal more often, however the Surrey Park goalie made big saves and came out aggressively to challenge the shooters. Ethan Sprakel, Connor Ellis and Brayden Parker continued to keep up the running intensity and pressure on the Surrey team, allowing the bigger Eltham attackers to step up. Marcus Arambatsis took advantage of his teams hard work, scoring his second and third goals of the day, while Mitchell Wadsworth scored his second to give the black and gold a 5-3 lead at the long break.

The dominance of possession continued in the third, and it looked like Eltham would blow the game out when Wadswoth scored his 3rd and Marcus Bottrell his first, but Surrey would not lie down. Against the run of play they scored 2 goals of their own to keep in touch, and their Grand Final dreams alive. The frantic pace meant substitutions happened quickly, but with some difficulty as there was never a lull in play for the coaches to really work their benches. Turin Zobel, Archie McIntyre and William McBeath all played their roles for the team as the rotations continued, before the end of the third quarter say Eltham still holding a slender 2 goal lead.

The fourth quarter was a back and forth affair as both teams pushed hard into offense searching for goals. However both defences and goalies made strong saves to keep the shooters frustrated and tensions high. Brodie Hoyle held his nerve in goals, while he was supported by strong defense from Cooper Giann, Finn Clayton and Connor Warnock.

It was only a matter of time before one team must give way, and when Will McIntosh and Toby Templeton scored their first goals of the game, it was all but over. Time ran out for Surrey as they scored one final goal, but it wasn’t enough as Eltham headed towards their 16th and final win.

Will McIntosh scores the sealer under heavy pressure

Will McIntosh scores the sealer under heavy pressure

The captain and star of the Eltham team, Ethan Buchanan, was a workhorse across the ground all day. From winning the face-offs, to solid defense and fast-break transition down the field, he did it all. Although this could be misconstrued as selfish play, nothing highlights his team-first attitude as well as the five assists he gave to his scoring teammates. Although he didn’t find the back of the net himself, he was clearly best on ground for the premiers as the closed out their perfect season with a 9-6 win.

Ethan Buchanan clears the ball for Eltham

Ethan Buchanan clears the ball for Eltham

The win was a great start to the day for Eltham, who hosted the whole round of finals at Eltham Lower Park on behalf of Lacrosse Victoria. It drew large crowds for the 7 games, including state MP Vicki Ward, and Federal MP Jenny Macklin who are both long-time supporters of the Eltham Lacrosse Club.

The team celebrates its perfect season

The team celebrates its perfect season

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Pre-Season training

WHO: ALL players – New players welcome

WHAT: Starting with fitness sessions and getting into stick skills and game practice a few weeks in.

WHEN: Wednesdays starting Feb 3rd, 2016 from 6.30pm

WHERE: Eltham Lower Park Wear runners (no boots), bring your gear and water bottle (no or limited access to clubrooms until 1st April)

R.I.P Graham C. Webb

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Vale Dr Graham Webb
It is very sad news that Dr Graham Webb, Co-Founder of the Eltham Lacrosse Club, passed away quietly in a nursing home in Adelaide on Sunday 15/11/15.
In 1963 Dr Graham Webb was a teacher at Eltham High School, and introduced the game of lacrosse to his students. The participation grew quickly into an occasional interschool game against other high schools.
Dr Webb not only organised further inter-school games, but he also discussed the students interest in the game with other lacrosse identities that lived in the area. As a result of these discussions it was decided to form a new club, and use the nucleus of the school team along with a few older experienced lacrosse players, to enter a team in the Victorian Amateur Lacrosse Association competition in 1964.
Two men stood out as the clubs key administrators in these formative years, Bob Russell and Fred Durham. Together with Graham Webb they are recognised as the founders of the Eltham Lacrosse Club.
Grahams love for the game and for Eltham never diminished over time. He always made a point to have a chat with the Eltham players in the representative teams when they played in Adelaide.

As his brother communicated this week;

He had been ill for some time, but he enjoyed the occasion when he came over last year for the 50th Celebrations with Bob Russell.

I have kept Graham up to date with Eltham Lacrosse by phone and mail, together with News Articles etc. (local and International) at the nursing home in which he stayed recently. He knew lots of the players and their dads.

Graham loved Lacrosse and the people at Eltham.

Keith Webb

Graham Webb had a big impact on many local Eltham players and helped launch their careers. Eltham Captain Keith Nyberg recently returned from Captaining Australia at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in the USA, and had this to say:

Personally, I have always held a special place in my lacrosse memories for Graham Webb. He was my very first lacrosse coach in 1982 in grade 5 at Eltham Primary School for the Sof-Crosse competition. It was from his coaching and passion that I played 2 years of primary schools competition, before starting my lacrosse career at Eltham as an under 12 player in 1984. From there lacrosse has become the most influential part of my life, taking me to competitions across the globe, and spans some 33 years and counting.

Graham always made a point of finding me whenever he was back from Adelaide visiting the club, and asking about my lacrosse and the club. It was a very special night to have him at the clubs 50th Anniversary dinner, and hear him speak of his love for the game, and love of the Eltham Lacrosse Club.

I am, as he was, Panther Proud.