The School Challenge Cup took place at Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre. Eight schools were invited, based on finishing places at last year’s National Schools. Teams competed in a knockout competition across 40-minute matches using the new rules; including 10-a-side, self-start, and reduced numbers at the draw.
The tournament gave the top performing schools in the country the opportunity to test themselves over longer matches than at the National Schools Championships and to showcase school lacrosse at the highest level.
Moreton’s first match saw the girls take on last years’ finalists and eventual winners of the day, Guildford. Captain Hattie said: “It was a hugely competitive game with the scores running level for much of the match. It was only in the last two minutes that we fell behind.
“This was a really encouraging start to the cup. We worked cohesively as a team, supporting one another, and we felt ready for the subsequent games having performed so well against Guildford.”
Further matches saw Moreton beat St Mary’s Calne with another nail-biting finish and a score of 10-9. Hattie added: “This match ended on an incredible note. Our goalie, Elin, came out of her goal in the final seconds of the game, took an Olympian leap to intercept the ball, passed it down to Maddie who shot the winning goal. It was heroic!”
Senior Lacrosse Coach, Mrs Lewin, was full of praise for the team: “The girls represented Moreton with flair, passion and resilience. Their teamwork was commendable and we look forward to seeing what they achieve at Nationals.”