In historic scenes, the SEMLA Flags draw was streamed live via Facebook. It was not only live but also coming from Poland as SEMLA Fixtures Secretary Brucie Morris was still there after following GB Lacrosse at the recent World Games.
Note: Our GB ladies came 4th, just getting pipped for Bronze by Australia – but we (England) beat them for the World Championships Bronze and we’d take that over the World Games any day.
Re-watch the Minor Flags (for SEMLA East & West Div 2 & 3 teams) draw via Facebook (Live Minor Flags draw).
Tension mounted as this year, six East teams could be drawn in the top half amongst the West teams meaning a potentially long road trip to play the semi-final, in fact as far away as Plymouth. When Milton Keynes did not appear from the pot we breathed a sigh of relief.
East teams worth avoiding in the early rounds include London University, Buckhurst Hill and Guildford. We avoided all them and came out 4th last, and with bye in Round 1! We progress directly to the Last 16 and face a trip to the winners of Brunel University vs Reading 2’s.
See our complete 2017/18 League and Flags Fixtures.
The Intermediate Flags (for SEMLA East & West Div 1 teams) will probably be the most competitive flags competition this year. Very hard to pick two favourites to make the final. In the top half, Spencer 2 and Hillcroft A could meet in the QF. In the bottom half my money would be on Birmingham, East Grinstead, Epsom and Oxford Uni making it through to the QF’s.
In the draw for the Senior Flags (for SEMLA Premier Division teams) the R1 highlight is the clash of Spencer and Hillcroft, both Premier powerhouse teams. The winner of that would be favourite to then progress to the final. In the bottom half of the draw Hampstead will be very happy to be avoiding the other ‘big’ teams and face Bristol in the QF. The bookies will now have short odds on another Spencer vs Hampstead Senior Flags Final come the end of the season.