It’s no secret that Australia lacrosse has been an international power for quite some time, with their most recent world championships finish in fourth-place at the 2018 FIL World Championships. The Aussies have come oh-so-close to tasting gold at the world games, with three second-place finishes to their name. This quality brand of lacrosse was once again showcased at the recent Western Australian State League Grand Finals held in Bayswater, Western Australia.
Both the men’s and the women’s game were streamed via LaxAllStars through the Australian Lacrosse Network.
Western Australian State League Grand Finals (Men’s)
Wembley (which completely missed out on a brilliant marketing strategy by not having their mascot be a wallaby) claimed the Western Australian Men’s State League Grand Finals title in what was a dogfight all game long. The Australian Lacrosse Network reported that the game was a “hard-hitting contest” that went down to the final moments when Bayswater’s Adam Sopp apparently had scored the equalizer, but the goal was waived-off due to an illegal stick. Bayswater then had another opportunity to score with just seconds to play, but Wolves goalkeeper Sam Williams made a “spectacular” save to seal the victory for Wembley. This was Wembley’s first Grand League title since 2011.
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Western Australian State League Grand Finals (Women’s)
The Wembley women had also made it to the State League finals, but couldn’t complete the State League sweep. The East Fremantle Lacrosse club claimed their fourth title, according to the Australian Lacrosse Network, as they pulled away from women of Wembley in the fourth quarter to secure a 15-8 victory over the Wolves. East Fremantle goalkeeper, Sarah Mutch, was awarded the Kuljak Medal for Best On Ground.
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