Last weekend, the Charterhouse lacrosse team took part in the Nationals at Surrey Sports Park.
Despite a wet and drizzly start, the depletion of a goalie on Friday and despite losing a couple of games, we did not lose our fighting spirit!
Friday was a tough day as we were drawn into a difficult division, with Stowe and Downe House 1sts included who were semi and quarter finalists. Despite our efforts we lost several games however we won one game against St Swithuns C’s beating them 4-3 and had a very tense match against St Bartholomews where they conceded a goal in the last few minutes to make it 4-3.
One player who showed great initiative was Sima who stepped up to fill in as goalie and ended up making some great saves throughout the day! On Saturday, with our goalie making a brave return, we were placed into Division 3 and all came with high energy levels (with the help of numerous sausage rolls and Alpen bars) and motivation to try and beat all the teams. Phil had done some research on our opponents so we knew their weaknesses and planned our tactics based on this information. Phil’s research paid off as we beat Rendcomb and Abbots Hill 3-2 and 6-1!
However, we then drew to Coloma Convent 4-4, but this did not make a difference as we still won our pool and went through to knockouts. We played well under pressure and got straight through to the semi finals with the aide of Wellington College not coming we automatically won 5-0. The game that followed was intense, made worse by the bellowing voice of the opposition’s coach. However, we managed to pull ahead and win by a comfortable margin, which put as through to the final of our division.
With a small, but dedicated support base of parents who huddled under their umbrellas behind the side-line, we coped very well under the pressure and managed to keep our cool. We eventually finished as winners in the U19A tournament overcoming Rendcomb 6-2 in the Division 3 final, winning a trophy and medals for the team!
Miss Pounder, one of our coaches said she was “very proud of [us] all” while Phil, our other coach who works with the Women’s England lacrosse team was over the moon with the result! As a team we’re all really pleased with the result, and hope to be achieving the same next year!
On behalf of the team we would like to thank Miss Pounder and Phil who have supported us since day one and try their best to make us into the best team possible even when we are all a bit tired on a Thursday afternoon. Without them, we would not have got this far.
Romilly Cotta (1YS, R), Dasha Nikolaeva (1YS, V), Emmy Nicholls (1YS, F) & Izzy Huber (1YS, V)