Lacrosse is alive and well in the North East with New South Wales and Queensland claiming the Womens and Mens East Coast Cup titles respectively this weekend in Parramatta.
The three team tournament, Australia’s most established Sixes tournament, got underway yesterday with Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory joining New South Wales in the battle for East Coast Cup glory.
In the Women’s Queensland dominated Day 1 to progress to the Grand Final meaning New South Wales had to get past the ACT early on Day 2. NSW seemingly were in control throughout but the ACT Women showed tremendous progress, cuulmulting in a gutsy display in the semifinal loss. That set up a Queensland – NSW final and Queensland looked the stronger early, however a dominant second half, led by Taya Jackson’s 7 goals, was simply too good as NSW flipped the script on their Day 1 loss to claim the Women’s title.
On the Men;’s side, the ACT and New South Wales met early for a spot in the final against Queensland and it was a hot game from the start with the ACT taking it up to the home side. However, NSW were too good across the game, particularly up front as their depth was the difference in the win. In the final, that offensive depth was tested by a rested and skilled Queensland outfit who seemed to have the measure of NSW at every turn, especially in transition as Queensland opened up a gap in the second half which would prove to be insurmountable as Takashi Wada up front and Jeremmy Beck in the cage would lead Queensland to the win, keeping their title.
Lacrosse is alive across the 3 states and territory, so if you live in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra message us so we can hook you up with the local club. Congratulationis to Steph, Fiona and the entire NSW lacrosse community on a wonderful tournament and to everyone who travelled from near and far. We can’t wait for the 2024 Cup!!!