Berkhamsted 1st XII have been crowned champions at the 2019 National Schools Lacrosse Championships. The tournament, renowned as the pinnacle of the lacrosse calendar in the UK was held in Aldershot from 2-5 March. Seven Berkhamsted teams competed from U13 upwards, with four teams reaching the semi-finals and beyond.
Exceptional form throughout the tournament saw Berkhamsted 1st XII go into the final on the back of twelve straight wins. Eventually they claimed a 4-1 victory over Guildford in the final to claim the coveted title as National Champions.
NSLC our 1st XII National Lacrosse Champions 🏆 pic.twitter.com/Fd2vBaQZY5
— Berkhamsted Sport (@BerkoSport) March 3, 2019
Having claimed two major lacrosse titles earlier in the season, the 1st XII have earned a formidable reputation. Members of the squad had also lifted the national trophy in 2015 (as U13) and 2016 (U14) and reached the final in 2017.
England Lacrosse accolades
Further to the team success, England Lacrosse named three Berkhamsted players for the four most valuable player awards.
- Defender – Emma Savage
- Midfielder – Eleanor Bruce
- Attacker – Bella Streule
All seven Berkhamsted lacrosse teams competing at the National School maintained their highly applauded commitment to rotate all 18 players throughout ever stage of the competition. Players and parents celebrated the successful philosophy that places cohesion, camaraderie and collaboration above all else.
— Berkhamsted Sport (@BerkoSport) March 5, 2019
The weight of expectation did not phase the team as the girls worked through each game with focus and determination. The team showed class, consistency and unrivalled chemistry throughout the competition.
Overall it was brilliant achievement that showcased the strength and depth of the Berkhamsted Lacrosse setup which had over 120 girls participating in the tournament who were supported by a devoted team of staff and parents.
- 1st XII – Champions
- 2nd XII – Finalists
- U15B – Semi Finalists
- U13A – Semi Finalists
- U15A – Quarter Finalists
- U14A – Quarter Finalists
- 3rd XII – Last 16
Head of Lacrosse Asha Riley said “To have all our Lacrosse teams perform so well at the National Championships this year and to make the two finals with our Senior teams was a huge achievement for the school, and bodes well for future success.
— Berkhamsted Sport (@BerkoSport) March 4, 2019
“It was fantastic to see the girls relishing every moment on the pitch. Despite the continuously poor weather and challenging conditions, the atmosphere amongst the players was immensely positive and supportive. The girls never stopped smiling or enjoying the magnitude of the occasion.”
Berkhamsted are looking to have back-to-back weekends of sporting success. This Saturday, 16 March, three Berkhamsted teams are competing in the netball national finals. It’s almost unprecedented for one school to have a triple representation at the finals. Remarkably, many of the same pupils who competed at the lacrosse nationals will now be aiming to bring another trophy back to Berkhamsted – this time for netball.