After a hit and miss season for the first and second teams, Beth Gunter ponders what the future might hold for the London Lynx.
London Lynx 1 have had their best season to date, finishing fourth in the regular season but losing to a tough IBB Polonia side in their play-off semi-finals. With the new found partnership joining Lynx and the UEL Scholarship programme they are sure to find a lot of new and talented players.
With both Taylor Wilson and Jermaine Miles leaving the club for the following season there are places up for grabs in the squad. Wilson is now focussing on a summer wedding and his career before moving back to America.
Miles will spend the summer training in Sheffield but will move back to his childhood club, Malory Eagles, and be reunited with coach Jefferson Williams.
UEL Head Coach, Simon Loftus, is currently focussing on sixteen male and seventeen female recruits for the new season.
With the new partnership deal all players who play National League will be part of either the Super 8 Lynx squad or the London Lynx second team.
Lynx 2 have had a poor season, after finishing in tenth position in the league they are automatically relegated to Men’s Division 2 South. With a single point between them and ninth position their forfeited game against Black Country VC became even more vital.
With Division 1 giving a point for playing the match, that one point would have saved them from automatic relegation, but it wasn’t to be. Head Coach, Antonio Codrington said: “It’s not been a great season, we can’t expect to stay up with only two wins.”
Overall Lynx had a successful season with their first team making history by reaching the semi final of the league play-offs. However, their second team failed to make an impression and are now automatically relegated.
With new players coming from overseas and Loftus taking more control of the teams and their coaching they hope to make the semi-finals again the following season and be in a position contest a place in the final. The second team will also be looking for a route back up to Divison 1.
Only time will tell whether the new team lineups will bond and whether the partnership between UEL and Lynx will be as fruitful as everyone hopes it will be.