05 Dec 2011

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1st XII Nicky Peck 2nd XII Sarah McBean U13B XII Lucy Cowham

U15 Indoor Lacrosse Tournament

Last Friday two Berkhamsted teams entered the U15 County Indoor Tournament. It was a challenging task to keep up with Schools who clearly play this form of the game a lot more than us. Although the evening was enjoyable the games were so short that we had just begun to get into our stride and the tournament was over. The As won 3 matches, lost 4 and came 4th overall. The Bs had some tough matches with close scores finishing 6th. It was a steep learning curve for everyone, but our congratulations and thanks go to all the girls who represented the school so well on the night.

Saturday Matches v LEH

On Saturday 11th November the girls set out to play Lady Eleanor Holles School, a notoriously strong Lacrosse school who are regular national finalists. The results were as follows:
1sts W 5-3 Flora Brown
2nds L 6-10 Jess Bolden
15A D 7-7 Lottie Crawley and Chrissie Apthorp
14A W 8-3 Olivia Iacaponi
14B W 5-3 Olivia Howe
13A W 8-5 Libby Day
13B D 6-6 Rae Hemming
12A D 3-3 Dora Manson
12B W 12-4 Amber Meech and Sophie Roberts
12C L 5-9 Ailis Fitzgerald

Match of the week
Won 5-3 MVP Olivia Howe

A dedicated and disciplined performance from the offset, the squad of 18 players were utilised well, drawing upon everyones individual strengths, which combined superbly well in defence, with the girls continually thwarting any goal scoring threat from LEH. In attack, we passed the ball well, making use of the well timed cuts, particularly from Sorcha Alford, Lexi Masters-Peach, Amy Walton and Ella Gordon. The score line would have been more, had it not been for some fine saves from the LEH goalkeeper! The constant pressure we placed upon the opposition eventually wore them down, resulting in Berkhamsted pulling away with a comfortable three goal margin by full time. Great goalkeeping from Megan Evans (only her second game for the team) and Annie Mansfield completed the effective overall team display. Olivia Howe was awarded MVP for her diligent and consistent impact within midfield.

East Lacrosse

On Sunday 27thNovember 8 Berkhamsted girls attended the final training day for East of England Lacrosse. Congratulations to these girls who got secured a place on the East of England A Squad: Emma Oakley, Lizzie Apthorp and Erica Wood. The following girls should also be mentioned as they were selected for the B squad, in particular, Beth Highfield who was named Captain: Freya Burgess, Sophie Lee, Zoe Thurz, Anne-Marie Dupree and Beth Highfield. Congratulations to all the girls for their achievements.

Girls Rugby

Our first Girls Rugby fixture of the season was played last week against Richard Hale School and the team did really well. Girls from years 11, 12 & 13 played two games of Sevens and winning both and followed that with a short game of Tens, which we won 10-5. Outstanding players of the match go to Sophie Lee who scored 6 tries overall, as well as Sarah Wiggill and Nicky Peck scoring two apiece. Congratulations to the Year 11s: Niamh Alford, Alex McLaren, Yogi Nagam, Vicky Smith, Izzy Spoerry, Emili Stevenson and Katie Bill all in year 11 who made a great start in their first match.


On Tuesday 22nd November the U19 B team played Longdean in the District League. It was a slow start but it followed promptly with 3 quarters of linked play and team possession. Charlotte Marshall, Chloe Roberts and Beth Highfield found their rythym and converted some tough shots securing a victory of 23-4. Robyn Marsh was the MVP.
The U16A team played Cavendish in the Semi-Final of the District Cup and played exceptionally well. The girls dominated play with strong, accurate passes, clever movement into space, and accurate shooting from Amy Fantham and Sarah McBean. The girls won 34-6 and the MVP was Sarah McBean.

The U19A, U16A and U15A teams all travelled to Dr. Challoners last Wednesday and all teams had very competitive matches. The U19A won 24-19 and the MVP was Freya Burgess. The U16 and U15 teams unfortunately lost their matches but gained valuable team experience and ability to play different positions.


A hearty congratulations goes to Old Girl turned colleague and coach in the Girls PE Department, Emily Gray, who has just been selected to represent the Senior England Lacrosse Squads final 21 in the build up to the World Cup 2013 in Canada. They go on tour to Florida in January and will be playing some of the USAs top Lacrosse teams Well Done Emily!