While coaching staff continue to be happy with improvements in the various skills necessary for a successful lacrosse team, wins continue to elude the Stettler Thunder teams after another winless weekend.
Saturday’s May 2 Midget game against the Red Deer Chiefs, a 10-7 defeat for the Thunder, was the closest of the games, a hard-fought battle that saw the Thunder trailing slightly each period, but keeping in the game.
“It’s not unusual to see games in double-digits in lacrosse,” Kim Smyth, past-president, said. “These scores aren’t terrible by any means.”
At the end of the first period, the Chiefs led the Thunder 3-2, with Stettler’s Noah Smyth and Ryan Mielke scoring. The Chiefs added another four goals in the second and Stettler’s Mielke and Smyth adding another two, for a score of 7-4. Stettler’s Derek Smyth added two more goals and Mielke another to bring Stettler’s final tally to seven, while defense managed to limit the Chiefs to another three goals.
The tykes and mini-tykes didn’t play this weekend. On May 2, the Peewee hosted Didsbury, suffering an 8-1 loss. Bantam hosted Innisfail, losing 9-1. Novice also faced a team from Didsbury, losing 11-3.
On Sunday, Peewee hosted Sylvan Lake, dropping the game 12-4. Bantam headed to Red Deer, where it lost 10-3. On Monday, May 11, Bantam Thunder hosted Red Deer, another loss.
On Friday, May 8, the Bantam Thunder will host Olds at 6 p.m. in Stettler, followed by a Midget Thunder game versus Blackfalds.