APPLEBY Grammar School played host to Cumbria’s first Pop lacrosse tournament.
Lacrosse teams from Lowther, Shap and Morland schools with the Appleby Grammar School sports leaders.
Pop lacrosse is a non-contact version of the game which usesinexpensive plastic-headed sticks and oversized lacrosse balls
Sixty pupils from Shap, Morland and Lowtherprimary schools took part, with a group of Appleby’s year nine students helping to organise the teams and referee the games.
The tournament was played in a competitive spirit, with 71 goals scored in the 12 games.
Shap Primary School were first in both the year three/four and year five/six competitions, with both teams winning three games and drawing one.
Lacrosse is growing in the county, and foursecondary schools will be running an after-school club next year, including Samuel King’s, Alston, and Queen Katherine School, Kendal.
As more primary schools in Carlisle and Penrith area taking up the sport it is hoped that lacrosse can be included in the Cumbria School Games next year as a demonstration sport. Primary schoolsinterested in coaching and tournament opportunities should e-mail Mike Orme at michaelormehotmail.com.