July 12th - 22nd | 2017

Surrey Sports Park

Guildford | Surrey

England’s lacrosse women deliver convincing win to secure test series against Australia

A storming 13-7 win over Australia in Melbourne, in the early hours of Sunday morning UK time, saw England wrap up a 2-1 series victory over the hosts. The long awaited test series saw the England side draw first blood in what is seen by both sides as the opening shots in the campaign for next summer’s World Cup, in England.
“Australia versus England, in any sport you care to name, is always going to produce a rush of expectation from both sides,” said Jane Powell, English Lacrosse’s Performance Manager. “It is one of the great traditional sporting rivalries and one that neither side wants to loose.
“Following our reorganisation this tour was the first opportunity to see if all the hard work we had put in had paid off. It also provides us with a clear benchmark of where we stand, as a team, just a year out from next year’s World Cup in Guildford.

“While we still have work to do, I think that the series win here has laid down a distinct marker that this England team will be competitive come July 2017. It has been a terrific tour, a significant win, and all the players have stepped up and played their part in securing the series win.”

England had set off for Australia as the clear underdog having not beaten the Australian national side since a friendly in 2009. In fact, the last meeting in competition between the two sides, in the 2013 World Cup, saw Australia come out a comfortable winders 12-6. However, this year’s tourists are a very different kettle of fish with a new development structure, management team and a much refreshed squad.
The squad arrived in Melbourne at the beginning of the month in time to play a series of Australian state sides and a New Zealand XII taking part in the Australian National Championships. Early results were mixed with England overall holding their own, but posting a significant losses against Victoria and a draw against South Australia. Significantly those two teams supply most of the players for the Australian national side.
The test series was played on consecutive days 9th, 10th and 11th June at the Footscray Hockey Club, Melbourne. England set the pace in the first test delivering a convincing 13-7 win and a clear statement of intent that they were here to win. Australia picked up the challenge and levelled the series with a close 9-8 win in the second test.
With all to play for in the final match Australia came out with a barnstorming start, running up an early 5-1 lead before England got a grip on the game. A concerted effort by the tourists saw them claw back the deficit and go on to outscore the Australians 12-2 to win the final match and the series 13-7 – a repeat of the first match score.
England’s next challenge on the road to 2017 will be a match against the current World Champions, the USA on the 2nd July at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford. Jane Powell is looking forward to the challenge. “The game will definitely be exciting and a great showcase for top-level women’s lacrosse,” said Powell. “We hope that lots of fans will be able to come along and support the England team. In return we are looking to put on a performance that will make the fans proud.
“We are Europe’s number one team and the prospect of playing the World Champions is one that we relish. If you want to be the best then you have to compete against the best. Bring it on!” Tickets for this event are on sale now. BUY TICKETS

torz sophie celebrates 13458676_1008174199279366_5856861858862829705_o 13458676_1008173155946137_4668592301979048026_o 13443061_1008174085946044_3353089455658627795_o 13434879_1008174395946013_8488805091223180702_n 13433348_1008173979279388_2426296912804181083_o 13428524_1008174789279307_9197823693954978638_n 13427769_1008173302612789_7029648843665777104_n 13416979_1008173202612799_8132469711714906641_o 13413512_1008173422612777_6425203328288265827_n 13411801_1008173435946109_203427729409418085_o 13403112_1008174985945954_7902750052219806687_o 13394057_1008174425946010_2176046654758773514_n