Lacrosse Nationals U19A

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Nationals Week

6 March 2016


It's been a busy week for Lacrosse with 5 teams going to Nationals since last weekend.


The U19 A and B teams got things off to a great start last weekend with the U19Bs reaching the semi finals and U19As (pictured above) acheiving their goal of reaching the highest Championship level. Huge congratulations to all who played in what a competition which bodes well for the forthcoming Lacrosse Tour to the USA.


Following in the senior players' footsteps during the week were the U13, U14 and U15 squads.


Our U15, U14 and U13 teams were in action at National Schools on Monday and Tuesday this week.


Our U15s played very well in their section games and came up against some tough opposition. They won 2 matches against St Helens and St Katherines and Marlborough College, drew one against St Helen’s Northwood and lost 3 against Downe House, Putney High and St Catherine’s Bramley. This gave them 4th place in their section and they can be very proud of how hard they fought in all their matches.


In their tournament, our U14s made light work of their section games – beating Cheltenham Ladies College, Godstowe, Queens Anne’s, Heathfield and St Helen’s Northwood. They finished their section play by drawing 2-2 with St Helens and St Katherine’s – these results placed them top in the section and took them through to the play-offs where they met St Swithuns. Having lost to us last year, St Swithuns came out strong in this game and scored 2 early goals  - although we managed to score to put ourselves back in contention, St Swithuns controlled the pace of the game and added a 3rd goal to seal victory. The 14s can be proud that this this was their only loss of the day and they will come back stronger and more determined next year!


The U13s also enjoyed a very successful tournament and exhibited some fantastic energy, team spirit and fighting play throughout the day. They won 4 matches against Abbotts Hill, Westonbirt,  St Barts,  St Helen’s Northwood and drew 0-0 with Queen Margaret’s, York. They just lost their last section game 3-2 to St Swithuns but these fantastic results were enough to give them 3rd place in their section and take them through to the play-off stages. Here they met Godstowe and, in a thrilling match, the U13s had to dig deep to win possession – they were unable to convert their chances and Godstowe won the match 2-0.


The U13s can be incredibly proud of the manner of their victories and how hard they fought in the games they lost, and can be very pleased with finishing in the top 16 at their first time of playing at National Schools.


Well done to all 3 teams for representing the school so well at this very important tournament.


There was also still time for Netball last week. Walthamstow Hall’s U12s enjoyed a decisive win over a Combe Bank team including both U12 and U13 players on Monday. Also against Combe Bank our U14D team lost to Combe Bank's U14A team 12 - 6. On Thursday at Kent College the U15As had a close and exciting match but lost 10- 17 whilst our U15B team won by 20 goals to 9.