Cambridge High School’s boys lacrosse team bounced back from their previous loss against Te Awamutu with an emphatic victory over St John’s College on Sunday.
With their opponents placed at the bottom of the table, coach Anthony Warrington saw the match as a prime opportunity to give the team’s junior players more game time, though the opposition managed to score within the first few minutes of the game. “I wasn’t too fazed and thought I’d let the lads play it out,” said Warrington.
Senior player Alistair Hearmon was unfortunately injured during the first third, in what looked like a twisted ankle. “In the absence of one of our main playmakers the lads still managed to scrape it back to 1-1 in the second third of the game, and 2-1 in the last third,” said Warrington.
“Defensively, we played really well and prevented St Johns from getting many opportunities on us. Any shots they managed to get were quickly eaten up by our goalie and co-captain, James Burns.”
The game ended 2-1 to CHS, with player of the day awarded to Deon Hampson-Tindale, a latecomer in the season for Cambridge. “It was his first proper game on Sunday and he didn’t hold back at all,” said Warrington. “Deon took quite a big body-check from one of the bigger St Johns lads, which put him on the floor with some force, but he took it like an absolute champ and didn’t let it get to his head.
“He was really hustling to get us possession on the loose balls, and I’m glad to see he’s fitting into the team.”
This Sunday the team’s competition will crank up when they face top-of-the-table team Hillcrest. “It will be a tough game, but I remain optimistic as always!”
The game takes place at 4pm on Sunday at Hamilton Inline Hockey Centre, Old Farm Rd, Hamilton.