No one could have failed to notice that the National Schools Lacrosse Championships started on Friday for the 1st and 2nd Teams. The 2nd Team worked hard through their section, doing just enough to qualify for the top 16. Here, the matches got even tougher after a grueling morning’s play losing to Downe House, St Catherine’s Bramley and Berkhamsted 2nd Teams. It meant that we once again faced last year’s eventual 2nd team champions Guildford High in the first stage of the play offs, knocking us out of the tournament, albeit at a frustrating but respectable stage. The 1st Team had been preparing hard for the tournament and the whole team were very much up for the Tournament. Our St Mary’s tents were put up before breakfast, game day hair perfected and a delicious banquet beautifully laid out in our lunch marquee, courtesy of our faithful parents. Our play on Friday was just as perfect, unbeaten throughout the first day and winning the section, including a draw against the eventual champions, qualifying for the Championship Division for the top 16. Day 2 was always going to be tough but we played hard and finished runners-up in our pool, the only team to score against LEH. This gave us a better play-off chance and we were faced with Stowe. They were quick out of the blocks and scored first before Georgi quickly equalized. Tense, tight and nail-biting, it was anyone’s game. We created chances, had numerous shots and with an equalizing goal disallowed for a cross over. It was agonizing to finish one short on the hooter. Nevertheless, the team had had a fabulous tournament and the whole school can feel immensely proud of your 1st Lacrosse team who flew the St Mary’s flag so brilliantly for you.
The Hockey Teams had three resounding wins last week over Royal High and Sheldon, maintaining a clean sheet and scoring 11 goals. Netball results were mixed with some good wins and frustrating losses and a very exciting 20-20 draw for the 1st Team against King Edwards.