Over the weekend, four of our senior Lacrosse teams as well as three U15 teams and an U14 team went to Marlborough to compete in the Lacrosse County Tournament. We had the most number of teams competing and everyone had a great time with some very close matches.
The Senior First Team got off to a great start, taking a 4-2 win against Marlborough College, even with Marlborough fighting back, we were able to maintain possession for the win. The second game was closer, but we were able to take their opportunities and close the game with a 6-4 win. The final was then against Godolphin who had also won their two other games. In a tight contest, Godolphin took an initial two-goal lead butwe answered back with our own two goals. This would repeat with the opposition gaining the advantage to be 4-2 up, however, this spurred on the SMC team and they were able to level the game. Godolphin, however, were able to score just before the final whistle. In a hard-fought game, which could have gone either way, we lost out by one goal and finished in 2nd place.
The Second Team put in an excellent effort at the Counties with some great quality attacks as well as solid defence throughout the day. They started strong with a 4-1 win against Marlborough College which set them up nicely for the following matches. Some great goals helped us to secure another win in our second game against Sherborne. Their next match against Godolphin gave us the hope of another win. Godolphin managed to draw the game 4-4, winning the tournament on a one goal difference. Superb efforts by the team throughout the day!
The day got off to a good start for the Third Team winning 4-2 against Godolphin, but an unfortunate loss to Marlborough's Third Team meant that we faced our own Fourth Team for the last match. This proved to be a fun match with some highlights including the goalkeeper Eliza (UV) running all the way down the pitch. The Thirds ended up winning 5-2 which gave us enough of a goal difference to beat Godolphin to 2nd place overall. Goal scorers throughout the day were Quitterie (UV), Zara F (UV), Hesper (UV), Sofia (UV) and Clemmie (UVI).
The Fourth Team's first match was against Marlborough's Third Team and this was a very hardworking game but our girls came just short by one goal, with a final score of 3-2. Their next game against Godolphin's Third Team was another tough game and they fought hard to make it only 3-2 to Godolphin. Then, with the final match being against our own Third Team, the girls had lots of fun but were also very determined to play well. The Fourth Team largely dominated most of the game, with some strong driving by Olivia (UV), clean catches by Clemmie (UV) and some solid re-defence by Bluebell (LVI) and Tilly (UV). The goal scorers were Clemmie (UV), Allison(UV), and Olivia (UV).
Our U15A Team finished as runners-up at the County Championships following impressive wins against Sherborne and Marlborough College. We knew Godolphin would be a tough game and it did not disappoint. Possession was back and forth with both teams having opportunities to score, sadly for the team, Godolphin scored 3-2 to win the game and the tournament.
After arriving at Marlborough for the Wilts County Tournament, the girls began to warm up and prepare for the three matches ahead of them. The first match was against Marlborough's U15B Team. Unfortunately, Marlborough were a little strong for us and pulled ahead to win 3-6. The second match was against Marlborough's Senior Fourth Team and in the second half we managed to pull ahead winning 2-1. The final match saw the U15B Team play our U15C Team. Both teams enjoyed the game and the B team took victory winning 6-0. A lot was learned and spirits were high. Well done to everyone who played and all the goal scorers.
The County Tournament proved to be a good day for the U14 Team, showing a great level of attacking skill in their first two games to beat Marlborough 10-0 and Sherborne 7-1. This showed their ability to control the game and deny the opposition opportunities to goal. The final game against Godolphin saw another close game with low scores, the opposition, however, managed to score one more goal, meaning we lost out on the title by one goal.
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