11 Berkhamsted students have been selected to represent their country at two major international Lacrosse tournaments.
It sets a new record for the most amount of lacrosse players at the School to be called-up for international duty. Berkhamsted are also thought to have the largest contingent of players in the England set-up.
For the U19 Women’s Lacrosse Home Internationals, Isla Duguid, Emma Savage, Bella Streule, Bryony Smith, Rebecca Ailles, Izzy Yates and Georgie Green will represent England while Ella Brown and Maya Frost will play for Wales. The tournament is held in Edinburgh, taking place from 6-8 April 2018.
Maya said “I’m looking forward to going to Scotland this Easter with the team and hope that we will persevere to win as many games as possible!”
The best young players in the continent will compete in Katowice, Poland for the U20 European Championships in August. Fiona Fletcher, who captained England U19 during the tour of USA in 2017, is selected alongside Tara Dempsey and Isla Dugid.
The three Berkhamsted girls to represent England at the inaugural Euro competition could face a selection of the 30 member nations of the European Lacrosse Federation.
Isla Duguid said “It came as a massive shock when I saw the e-mail that I’d been selected for Euros as I never thought I’d be playing at such a high level with players I had always looked up to, particularly when I was only Year 11.”
Isla attended her first ever training session with the squad in September, and quickly caught the attention of the selectors. While focusing on the great challenge ahead, she hopes her performances will earn her a place in the World Cup squad.
“Hopefully, at the tournament I can play well enough so that I will be considered for the U19 World Cup Team for the 2019 World Cup, taking place in Canada, which would be a surreal experience.”
Berkhamsted’s Lacrosse call-ups
England – European Championships
Fiona Fletcher – Year 13
Tara Dempsey – Year 13
Isla Duguid – Year 11
England – Home Internationals
Isla Duguid – Year 11
Emma Savage – Year 11
Bella Streule – Year 11
Bryony Smith – Year 12
Rebecca Ailles – Year 12
Izzy Yates – Year 13
Georgie Green – Year 13
Wales – Euros