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National Pop Lacrosse Championships 2012

Altrincham C of E Primary School Win Pop Lacrosse Championships 2012

Today Altrincham C of E School won the National Schools Pop Lacrosse Tournament for the first time in their history. The journey that had already seen the team battle through three regional qualifying rounds to even get to the finals, ended in glory with a truly gutsy win at the University of Hertfordshire.

Bowdon Church School were also at the tournament today, and they did well, narrowly missing out on a quarter final spot on goal difference. Both teams have received coaching and encouragement from Timperley Lacrosse Club as part of the schools programme (from Sarah, Di, Craggie, Alan and the LDOs) and they have both represented Timperley and Trafford brilliantly today.

From an Altrincham C of E point of view our expectations were modest at the start of the day and we just wanted to be competitive. Two hours and four wins later, we’d topped our group to ensure a quarter final place. Great effort by the team – top 8 in the country was OK wasn’t it?

Our next opponents were Heathbrook School who had squeezed into the quarterfinals on goal difference so we actually fancied ourselves to go one further. A solid performance gave us the win by 8-4 and we were quickly revising our expectations upwards as we were now in the semis.

Sunninghill School were our opponents and these two teams produced probably the best match of the day. It was 9-9 at full time, 10-10 after one period of extra time, then 11-11 in the second before Altrincham broke the resolve of their opponents with a twelfth goal to clinch the win by 12-11 in double overtime.

The final was against the defending champions, William Ransom School, and when they took the lead after 7 seconds and quickly extended it to 3-1, we were resigning ourselves to second place, and wanting to avoid being totally turned over. However, the next four or five minutes showed the determination of this team as the game was turned on its head and we battled our way into a 6-4 lead. Now it was a case of thinking that we could actually win the whole tournament, and we’d have been incredibly disappointed if we’d lost. It was real end to end lacrosse and the game plan of man marking their best player was paying off. We kept conceding, but, importantly, kept scoring on our centre possession, so we were always ahead. Finally the whistle went, and we’d won it 8-6 to the absolute delight of players and parents alike. National Pop Champions? You bet! Fantastic!

On behalf of the parents, I’d like to thank Miss Gregory and Miss Boughen for coming down to Hertfordshire this weekend, and for supporting the team over the last 6 months.

The team owes a massive thank you to Di Gill and Pat Acone who tirelessly came into school every week since February and have brought these kids to a level where they can compete with the best in the country.

Finally well done to all the players, who made their own little bit of history today:
(L to R) Ben Grime, Josie Canham, Sam Penner-Moran, Marius Robinson, Charlotte Lowe, Hannah Henin, Harriet Leah, Ed Loveland (front with trophy).