Club History

Est. 2008

Established in 2008 the Maidstone Lacrosse Club was founded by Joey Burnett and Riaz Russool. At the time, there were no lacrosse clubs in Kent for people to play and the squad mainly consisted of Alumni players from Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent. The club started in the lowest league at the time, SEMLA East 2, playing on a muddy field at Oakwood Park Grammar School with no changing rooms or toilet facilities. The club got off the ground by offering to coach at the school in exchange for the pitch.

2009 – 10

We were entered into the 2009/10 season and after a hard fought campaign the Redwolves finished a very impressive 4th, narrowly missing out on promotion in their debut rookie season.

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2010 – 2011

Due to this success Maidstone made the top half of the league split. Our second season (2010/11) had a similar story, growing strength to strength and recruiting a pool of players from the local community. Maidstone managed to become a team to contend with in the new league structure, and managed to emulate the previous season by narrowly missing out on promotion by a single point. However, in a weird turn of events, the team also avoided relegation by the same margin. Sitting third in the league and playing your final game of the season potentially getting promoted – and – relegated dependant on the result was a season the Maidstone boys won’t forget for a while. It was during this season Maidstone forged strong links with the University of Kent squad in a bid to strengthen their playing pool and hopefully offering the Uni guys a slightly higher standard of play for those who wanted it. In search of changing rooms and an after game pint the club moved to Aylesford Bulls RFC to stage their home games. This was a short lived fling and the club were moved to their third and (touch wood) more permanent home ground in sleepy Sutton Valence.

2011 – 2012

Improving on the two previous seasons, Maidstone finally gained promotion to East 1 in the 2011/12 season. This was due to a fantastic end of season run which saw them winning the final six games – no mean feat considering this included defeating the unbeaten division champions at the time, Hillcroft A, who would have had a whitewash season if not for the temerity of the Redwolves.

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2012 – 2013

2012/13 was a big year for the Redwolves; the first team played a very up/down season and finished 4th in the league but had a more impressive run in the flags competition, narrowly losing to Swansea in the final of the flags plate. In more positive news with the strong support of the University of Kent players Maidstone took the plunge and decided to enter a second team into East 3 the following year.

2013 – 2014

2013/14 was set to be Maidstone’s year, making a conscious effort for the promotional battle between the eligible teams – Maidstone started out the gates with clear intentions. In true Maidstone style the firsts missed promotion into the Premiership to Buckhurst Hill by 1 goal in the final seconds of the game. The seconds however stole the lime light in their opening season captained by University of Kent Goal Keeper Jacob Farr, the side won 9 of their 12 games and gained promotion to East 2.

2014 – 2015

This year saw Maidstone Men’s 1st team finish third in the East 1 division to finally gain that all important premiership play-off position. Seven seasons of hard work and commitment was rewarded by two tough games. First off was Swansea, with a narrow defeat of 9-7 meant that Maidstone then had a second chance against the premiership’s play-off specialists, Purley. Unfortunately Maidstone couldn’t get past the play-offs, however, finishing in the highest position the club has ever known has only increased the hunger to get back to that play-off position next year. The men’s second team is looking strong for next year after a growth in youth players coming through, this should help the 2nd team fight for promotion after being relegated from East 2. Some of the best news to come out of the 2014/2015 season is the creation of Maidstone’s first ever women’s team. During the season the team entered the Jan Kiddle Development Cup and won, and had one friendly which they narrowly lost by just 1 goal. The women’s team is now entering the Rosebowl and Invicta leagues for the coming season, with high expectations following their early success.

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