The SEMLA league fixtures have been published.
Milton Keynes will start their life in SEMLA in the bottom division, East Division Three, with six other teams.
UPDATE (1st September 2015): Croydon A have joined the division at the last minute, meaning another two league fixtures.
SEMLA East Division Three
- Canterbury Christchurch University
- Chichester Crusaders
- Croydon A
- Epsom 2’s
- Milton Keynes
- Maidstone 2’s
- Oxford University Iroquois
- Royal Holloway College
Let’s look at each team and what we can expect during the season.
Canterbury Christchurch University
The students at Canterbury have run a lacrosse programme for many years. Although it’s a long way away, they always welcome the traveling team, both on the field, and always in the pub afterwards. We expect the usual mix of novice fresher players amongst those with 1 or 2 years experience. Expect two close games this season.
Chichester were a surprise package last year in their first season, beating some more experienced teams, so have some quality players. We expect them to be strong again this season and possible promotion candidates.
Epsom’s second team should be a mix of older experienced players and novice/beginners. If we play smart we could take them close. If we play dumb and allow their experienced players to have time and space, they could rip us apart.
The Maidstone club gets stronger each season. They flirted with 3 teams last season but have consolidated back to 2 for the 2015/16 season so we expect them to be strong in both player depth and player quality. Probably two tricky games ahead.
Oxford University Iroquois
The Iroquois are Oxford Uni’s second team and lacrosse is thriving at the famous university. There should be novice freshers in their squad but with numerous training sessions each week plus Wednesday BUCS fixtures it’s fortunate we play them at away for our first game as they will only get better as the season progresses.
Royal Holloway College
Another college with a long history of lacrosse, but always in the lower divisions, so unless the new crop of students includes some with previous lacrosse experience, we should give them two very competitive games.