Moreton Hall crowned national lacrosse champions
Moreton Hall’s under 14s lacrosse team have achieved the title of national champions at the 2019 National Schools Lacrosse Tournament held at Aldershot
The team faced challenges against schools renowned for lacrosse, such as Guildford High in the quarter finals and Lady Eleanor Holles in the final.
Louise Lewin, lacrosse coach, said: “This win encapsulates everything about Moreton: the teamwork, the dedication to each other, the camaraderie, the sheer guts and fitness.
“The girls have achieved the best possible accolade. There is nothing higher than this. They are the number one team in the country for their sport.”
Parent Clare Downes, who watched all of the matches, added: “The Under 14s went to the Nationals with no expectations, apart from to enjoy a great day of playing fantastic lacrosse. Gradually the opposition teams became fewer and the coaches kept warning me, as we made it into each new round, how big the schools were and how good! None of us dared hope that they could keep going. The girls just kept believing they could win, though, and did!”
Team captain, Georgia Thomas, said: “Our amazing goalie, Iris, achieved so much in the final match, saving so many shots on goal. The attacks and the defenders worked solidly, heeding Mrs Lewin’s words to keep possession. Every member of the team gave their all. Our coaches have been amazing. We couldn’t have achieved this without their dedication and faith in us.”
Principal Jonathan Forster commented on the performance saying it “exceeded all our expectations in ways difficult to encapsulate”.