Berkhamsted School have been crowned the 2016 Rathbones National Schools Champions following a closely contested final against St Catherine’s Bramley.
Berkhamsted had to come from two goals behind after St Catherine’s attacked the game from the whistle and scored twice quickly. Berkhamsted were able to establish a foothold by the end of the first half.
Following good draw control they were able to score and reduce the deficit to one goal. Berkhamsted dominated the ball during the second period of the game, scoring two clinical goals.
The winning goal scored in the final minute, leaving St Catherine’s with no time to equalise. Berkhamsted enjoyed their victory all the more, as it is their first win at the Rathbones National Schools Championship in 16 years.
The 2000 winning team featured current head coach Jo Vila, who commented: “Winning the Rathbones National School Lacrosse Championship is really big for the school, we are working hard to make Berkhamsted a big lacrosse school again, so winning the U19 championship is a massive statement.”
Berkhamsted midfielder Immy Tyer won the prestigious Vivian Jones Trophy and a STX Crux-i for playing with spirit and endeavour throughout the championship.
Most Valuable Player Awards
Tilly Shires (St Catherine’s Bramley) – Midfield
Izzy Yates (Berkhamsted) – Attack
Phoebe Smith (Berkhamsted) – Defence
Katie Jackson (Lady Eleanor Holles) – GK
2016 Rathbones National Schools Lacrosse Championships Results
Championship – Berkhamsted School
Division 1 – Wycombe Abbey
Division 2 – Sherborne Girls
Division 3 – Rencombe College
Division 1 – St Paul’s Girls School
Division 2 – Queen Annes Caversham