It’s tournament season, especially for the Ladies game and as one of the staff, mucking in is the name of the game. The National Schools tournament over 4 days brings together all the big Lacrosse playing schools at U19 and U15 age groups, it’s open to 1st and 2nd teams (strings) so involves literally thousands of school girls, dozens of coaches (both kinds, the ones with a whistle and the ones with wheels) and of course lots of spectators (mummy and daddy). For the staff that means wearing fluorescent jackets and waving your hands around a lot.
Bus drivers though, in my experience will do exactly as they want to, it amazes me how those guys throw those huge monsters around, especially when you see “mummy” unable to get into a parking bay in her 4 wheel drive Chelsea Tractor.
One big advantage of the whole event is that I get to catch up with lots of the School Community Officers, they are out and about managing their respective teams, friendly rivalry of course.
For those not in the know, the English Lacrosse Association in conjunction with the large Private girls schools employ American graduates with Lacrosse coaching experience, they stay for a year (some longer) and basically coach girls Lacrosse. They are spread out a bit and tend to really look forward to the times they can get together and have a wee drink or two (or more!). For the Guys it’s all based around clubs, and they run mixed training at all sorts of levels and ages. As the South Development Office I have to keep a “paternal” eye on the current crew, we have a couple of mass meetings a year, and mine are due this weekend, cool.
For me the big highlight has been Bath LC’s first ever junior girls game, we took 20 girls up to Rendcomb College near Cirencester for a couple of games, considering half of them had never played on a full sized field, I was extremely pleased with the results, losing 7 to Nil and 3 to 2, definite improvement. I just need to get them a uniform now!
Wednesday was Pop Lacrosse day, in Wiltshire this time, 90 kids all running about, great stuff.
Like I said it’s tournament season.
The National U12’s went really well, although my lot struggled, but they are only 9 yrs old and some of the 12yr olds are giants!
Me I’m a year older, feel it too, my Bro got married, we all got very drunk, the wedding was cool, sort of mix between western and Chinese, we elders had to drink tea with the couple and offer “sage” advice. Tough for me as I don’t even take my own advice.
Flags finals and Harrow Cup (U17 boys) over the weekend, as I said before predictions on a post card.
Photo 1: SCO’s all together, Apparently Americans are the best
Photo 2: After a goal at Rencomb