It was a beautiful sunny day and as the inaugural Rathbones National Schools Lacrosse 3rd Team Championship, excitement was high as everyone wanted to be the team to get their name on the trophy first. The matches were extremely competitive and I genuinely couldn’t believe the standard of lacrosse. The level was very high and there were so many good teams.
At the end of the round robin it was down to goal average calculations to decide the 8 quarter finalists.
The quarters were fiercely contested including golden goal matches and made the day more exciting!
In the semi finals, St cats were thrilled to have 2 teams in the top 4 placings – their 3rd and 4th team. The draw meant they were split and GHS faced St cats 4th team and won 2-1 in a really tight match. St cats 3rd team played Benenden. Despite St cats being ahead 2-1 with 45 seconds to go, they forced a shot which was an inspired save by the Benenden GK and their team quickly gained possession moving the ball down the pitch with real determination. They managed to fire away a goal and literally the hooter blew for the end of time… the goal stood. This meant another golden goal match and this time benenden came away victorious.
In the final both team fought hard and GHS took their opportunities well scoring 2 goals. Benenden were playing catch up and did manage to get a goal away. With 3 minutes to go benenden had a couple more attempts to equalise – but the GHS GK stood firm and calm and did not let these shots pass her. With 45 seconds to go the GHS team took possession into attack and comfortably played out time to claim victory and be the first 3rd team Natioanls winners!
It was a great day and so well supported (sunshine did help!) but everyone agreed that it was a great tournament played with fun but also a sense of pride from all the teams and worth it’s weight on the National lacrosse calendar for future.
Well done to all the girls, umpires and coaches involved and a special well done to GHS for a great days performance
Vic Alexander, Director of Sport St Catherines