Sports News - March 2017

Lacrosse Nationals

The official definition of teamwork: the combined action of a group especially when effective and efficient.

The CLC 1st XII definition of teamwork: the combined action of 18 talented young women playing lacrosse with skill, strategy, heart and hustle, working together effectively and efficiently to earn a place in the Division 1 Final and finish Runners Up at the National Schools Lacrosse Championships 2017.

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Fifty-six school teams participated in the two day tournament. On the first day of play, sections were divided into eight groups of seven based on the previous year and CLC achieved four wins, one draw and one loss. Both CLC and Bedford High needed to win the head to head match in Pool Play to advance to the top 16. CLC stormed into the lead 3-0 but with the opposition clawing goals back and converted a penalty just before end of play, the match ended in a draw. CLC bounced back to win against Haberdasher's Monmouth, but Bedford took second place based on goal difference, leaving CLC in third place. 

For the second day, teams played in four randomly selected sections of four teams, from each division of 16 teams. The results of these round-robin matches provided the seeding for the crossover knockout Round of 16. The CLC 1st XII opened the second day of play with three victories and earned the #1 seed in Pool C. At the next stage the team met #4 seed Haberdasher’s Aske, Elstree, and decisively dispatched the opposition 6-0.

Rounds from then were particularly tough, but the players stayed focused – all eighteen players knew their roles, pulled their weight and believed in each other’s ability. In the quarter finals against Putney High, the team produced beautifully crafted play, including a textbook fast break off a goalkeeper, clear down the pitch – the ball flew from stick to stick and ended in the back of the net producing loud cheers from the sidelines. CLC snatched a 3-2 victory, taking them through to the semi-finals.

The weather started to turn, but the team kept going with their eyes firmly fixed on a place in the final. In an intense match that drew a crowd, CLC battled St Paul’s Girls School. The match swung from end to end with both sides fighting to gain an edge. After regulation play, the 2-2 score line dictated that overtime determine the outcome through Golden Goal, but with no goal produced the organisers determined the winner through goal difference from previous games. This worked in favour of CLC and they moved on to face Wycombe Abbey in the final.

The final match encapsulated the intense beauty of a sporting competition. After 12 games in two days both teams exerted every ounce of energy they had left. No player gave up until the final whistle blew and, despite losing, CLC held their heads high with nobody finding fault in their overall performance.

The National Schools Lacrosse Championships 2017 should remain a special memory for all the players involved. The young women of the 1st XII rose to each challenge placed before them and the exemplary leadership of the captains, Zimeng Wu and Olivia O’Hara, on and off the pitch empowered the team to achieve great things. In the end it was a success in many ways, the most important being the growth and understanding of what can be achieved not just through hard work, but by working together.

Miss Cornbrooks, 1st XII Senior Lacrosse Coach

SQUASH

A fantastic day of matches and results for Cheltenham Ladies’ College at the Cadbury's Squash Tournament. Joycelyne Sun won her matches and the U15 age group, with Ola Okoroafor coming runner up to her in a close final. Nicole Palmer displayed some competitive match play, coming runner up in her round-robin group, but losing at the next stage, meaning she came fourth overall.

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NETBALL

The U12 Cheltenham and District Tournament was played in glorious sunshine and the team stepped up to each challenge it presented, demonstrating the massive improvements the girls have made and their superb cohesiveness as a team. They sailed through the pool matches, beating Pate's Grammar School to qualify as winners of Pool A.

The semi-final was a fantastic display in every part of the court, as the team turned over the ball and were strong throughout, beating Chosen Hill 6-0.

The final saw a rematch with Pate's Grammar School, who were keen to even the score. It was a tense, down-to-the-wire game, with both teams giving it their all in a fiercely contested match. At half-time the score was 2-2, at full-time it was 4-4, and in extra time 5-5. The match then went to Golden Goal, which Pate's Grammar School achieved in their first attempt.

Although it was disappointing not to take the title, the team should all be very happy with their achievement and Mrs Birks was extremely proud of them - they are all her 'Coach's Players of the Match'.

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PGL 

Last weekend, 31 Lower College girls and five staff descended on the PGL Centre in Liddington. The girls participated in Netball Tournaments throughout the weekend and were involved in outdoor activities and team building. The girls also met Ebony Beckford-Chambers, England and Team Bath Goal Keeper.

The Under 12 team finished third in their competition, the Under 13 team were runners-up and the Under 14 team won their tournament. The girls were a credit to CLC and were complimented on their sportsmanship and manners by the competition umpires and PGL staff.

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EQUESTRIAN

Congratulations to the equestrian team who finished in first place at West Wilts in the 1m show jumping class. This success means Alice Hall, Morgan Henry, Scarlett Paton, and Alina Sverdlova have now qualified for the County finals at Bury Farm at Easter. Scarlett Paton finished in first place overall in the class. 

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FENCING

Well done to the girls who competed in the Public Schools' Fencing Championships held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. The team did extremely well and achieved the following results: 

Girls’ Mount-Haes Foil
Izzy Keniston-Cooper - 7th
Elspeth Charles-Jones - 23rd

Girls’ Senior Foil
Ruby Darrington - 27th

Girls’ Mount-Haes Épée
Christy Ma - 13th

HOUSE NETBALL 

In the recent house netball competitions, the girls played with passion and enthusiasm. The atmosphere at Well Place was vibrant and enjoyed by all. The winners were as follows:

LC1 winner: St Margaret’s  LC1 runner up: Farnley
LC2 winner: St Margaret’s  LC2 runner up: Farnley
LC3 winner: Bellairs LC3 runner up: Glenlee
UC4 winner: St Margaret’s UC4 runner up: Glenlee
Senior winner: Farnley Senior runner up: St Margaret’s