1953 - A Year to Remember
Winners Senior, Intermediate and Junior Flags, Senior and Junior Championships
A couple of newspaper reports document a season which will probably never be beaten.
Purley's Splendid Season
By Our Special Correspondent
Purley Lacrosse Club will go down in the annals of South of England lacrosse as the first club to win all three flag trophies in a season since flag matches were begun in 1884. By beating Oxford University 17-6 at the Chislehurst and Sidcup County Grammar School ground, Footscray, on Saturday, they retained the senior flag won there last year when Cambridge were runners-up. They won the intermediate flag on February 21, and the junior flag on February 14.
The final was played in ideal conditions, but the uneven hard surface occasionally affected picking-up. Purley's speed, skill, and drive were beautifully demonstrated in the first quarter, at the end of which they led 8-1. The Oxford defence, who lacked Higgins, had no answer. In the second period, however, Wilkinson rallied Oxford and checked Purley's advance, both sides scoring four each for Purley to lead 12-5 at the interval. In the third quarter play was robust, and Oxford pressed, but the Purley defence held, of whom F.Marsh marked Rosier well. Oxford also missed Chouinard on attack. They did not score, but Purley added two. In the final period Oxford tired and Purley mastered the play, adding three goals to one from Oxford. For Purley Metcalfe played brilliantly. Their scorers were Wilson (7), Metcalfe (5), Johnson (2), Church (2), and Walker. Rosier (4), Lawrence and Davidson scored for Oxford.
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Purley's Triple Success
Purley beat Oxford University 17-6 in the final of the South of England Senior Flags lacrosse competition at the Chislehurst and Sidcup School ground, Footscray, Kent, on Saturday, and so hold the trophy for a second year. Purley thus have created a record by being the first to win the senior, intermediate, and junior flags in the same season since the competitions began in 1884.
The final was well attended and played in ideal conditions. Oxford seemed tired after their hard game with Cambridge on the Thursday and also missed Higgins on defence and Chouinard on attack. Purley did not have Bristow on defence, but opened in brilliant style and combined on attack at such speed that Oxford could not control them. At quarter-time, indeed, Purley led 8-1. Oxford fought back, but Purley led 12-5 at the interval. Play was lively and robust in the third period, during which Oxford pressed again. Purley's defence held, however, F. Marsh's marking of Rosier being particularly good, and at three-quarter time Purley led 14-5. In the final period Purley's fine attack and hard tackling had so tired Oxford that they were able to add three more goals to Oxford's one.
G. Metcalfe was outstanding in Purley's attack and S.B. Rosier was the best of Oxford's, but lacked support. Purley scored through Wilson (7), Metcalfe (5), Johnson (2), Church (2), and Walker, and Oxford through Rosier (4), Lawrence, and Davidson.