U13 National Lacrosse Team

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U13s 3rd in UK

4 March 2015

Walthamstow Hall’s young lacrosse players are following closely in the footsteps of the school’s 2013 national champions by reaching the semi-finals and finishing 3rd in the country at the National Schools Lacrosse Tournament held in Guildford on Monday.

In what was their first National Schools tournament the determined and fearless U13s played extremely well, fighting with energy and enthusiasm in an afternoon of thrilling matches which included penalties and golden goals against very strong opposition.

The team improved and increased momentum with every game they played, beating  St Albans, St Barts and Bedford and just losing to St Cats and Berkhamsted to finish in 3rd position in their section. This took them into a play-off against Lady Eleanor Holles and in a very tense match that went into overtime, they won the match with a golden goal!

This gave them a quarter final place against St Swithuns and this match proved to be even more nail-biting than the last. Despite going behind following 2 early St Swithuns goals, the team kept their heads and clawed back the game to a 2-2 draw just before full time. Another period of extra time  followed and the team held their nerve to close out another tight match with another golden goal!

A semi-final place against Berkhamsted was their reward and the team was able to put aside their earlier loss to Berkhamsted and matched them in every area of the field. They once again went behind to 2 early goals and although they were able to draw closer with a goal of their own in the second half, they were unable to add the second goal which would have taken them into extra time. Berkhamsted finished the game with a strong performance, scoring another goal to win the match 3-1. They went onto the final to meet Guildford High who they dispatched very efficiently with a 4-0 win.

Speaking after the match Walthamstow Hall’s Head of Lacrosse Alison Earnshaw-Punnett said, “Our U13s can be very proud of how close they pushed the tournament’s eventual winners and of how well they played – winning two matches in overtime demonstrates their resilience and determination and they have learnt much from their experiences.


3rd place in a National Tournament is a fantastic achievement.”


Congratulations to team members: Harriet Alcock, Isabel Avery, Eleanor Chitty, Holly Collens, Nancy Dennis (Captain), Rosie Dennis, Emilia Donovan, Molly Goldsworthy, Bethany Hook, Sophie Lee-Amies, Hannah McGowan, Grace Pelling, Rebecca Smith, Ella Stennett, Olivia Sturgeon and Rosa Zanelli