On Saturday 6th October, our senior Lacrosse Teams competed in the South West Schools in miserable conditions. In the persistent rain and wind it was a real test of their resilience, character and love of the game!
As the 1st Team were reigning Champions and our 3rds won the 1st division in the 2nd Team Tournament last year, there were high expectations.
Sport can be relied on to provide elation as well as despair and we experienced every emotion in the horrendously wet and miserable conditions. From our opening game (where we beat the eventual winners 6-3 ) we proceeded to dominate throughout the day, playing some magical lacrosse all the way to the final. We were on course to achieve our aim of the day - to retain the South West trophy. It was no surprise that we would meet Downe House again in the final and that they would be out for revenge. It would be ours to lose. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be and our minor mistakes resulted in us conceding goals, while Downe House took risks which paid off. Although the girls were disappointed with the result in the final, we can reflect on the outstanding standard of play up until then and it has only left the team hungrier for more!
We won the Championship Pool A convincingly and faced the team that finished second in Pool B which was Cheltenham Ladies' College. After full time, the score was 3-3 which took us into Golden Goal overtime. The first three minutes of this extra time was a very tense and nervous half but we managed to calm our play down in the next three minutes of extra time to come up with the win, 4-3. Goal scorers in this game: Annie (1), Hannah B (1), Sophie (2).
In the final, we faced St Swithun's 2nd Team which was a very tough-fought game, where the score did not reflect the girls' effort and intensity throughout. The final score was 5-1 to St Swithun's, with Annie scoring our only goal of the game.
This was a fantastic tournament with some amazing play by the 2nd Team, they should be very proud of the outcome of the day, despite the challenging conditions faced throughout.
Once again the 3rd Team were entered into the 2nd Team Tournament (one of only three teams). It was a tough morning in the conditions and the team struggled to get going and were playing significantly below par. Finishing third in their pool, qualified them for the 1st Division for the afternoon’s play. After a re-group and a positive team talk, the 3rds rallied hard and started to play the kind of lacrosse of which we know they are capable, beating St Bartholomew’s and Sherborne Girls' but narrowly losing to St Swithun’s 3rds. However, it was enough for a place in the semi-final and here we faced Monmouth Girls. Spirits had returned and motivation was high and we beat them convincingly 5-0. Now we had a rematch with St Swithun’s in the final and we were prepared. We started to play as a team, with everyone in the right position at the right time and the goals started to flow, winning 6-0 and retaining the 1st Division trophy. The girls can feel immensely proud of their achievements.
3rd Team Results:
v Godolphin Lost 1-2
v St Swithun’s 2nds Lost 1-2
v Marlborough College Won 4-1
v Sherborne Girls 2nds Won 5-1
v St Swithun’s 3rds Lost 3-2
v St Bartholomew’s 2nds Won 2-0
Monmouth School for Girls Won 5-0
St Swithun’s 3rds Won 6-0
For all the match scores of all the teams, please see the Sports website.