Pop lacrosse champions make history

Strathblane British Pop Lacrosse Champions 2019 image

Strathblane Primary School has won the British Pop Lacrosse Championships 2019. It has been 26 years since a team from Scotland has lifted the trophy. Strathblane represented Scotland after winning the Scottish Lacrosse Championships in May. In the British tournament, the team faced some tough competition in a tournament with the top 18 teams from England and the team representing Wales. After winning every game in their pool, Strathblane progressed to the Trophy play-offs in the afternoon, winning the quarter final, semi-final and then the final match.

Strathblane’s pool game results were:

  • Strathblane 15 – 0 Lister Junior
  • Strathblane 9 – 5 Hale Prep
  • Strathblane 6 – 5 Sparsholt
  • Strathblane 12 – 1 Milnthorpe

As a result of winning all their matches, Strathblane progressed onto the main championship for the chance to lift the top spot! The Quarter Finals followed after a short break.

Results in the quarter finals were as follows:

  • St Peter’s 12 – 7 Holy Trinity
  • Strathblane 11 – 10 Honeywell (extra time)
  • Mellor 10 – 11 Hale Prep
  • Buckland 5 – 7 Kingscourt

Strathblane went on to compete in the Semi Final against St Peter’s whilst the 5 time champions Hale Prep took on Kingscourt.

Results were:

  • St Peter’s 7 – 11 Strathblane
  • Hale Prep 6 – 10 Kingscourt
Mrs Bairner (lacrosse coach) said, “Winning the British Lacrosse Championships is an amazing achievement for our small village school in Stirling. We have been the Scottish Lacrosse Champions for four consecutive years and we are immensely proud that this year, we have gone all the way and lifted the British championship trophy. The children in the team showed real grit and determination as well as outstanding talent! I’m so proud of the team. Special thanks to all former Strathblane Primary lacrosse players (now at high school) for helping me to coach the team this year. Thank you to family and friends who travelled to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield to support and cheer on our team as they represented Scotland.”

 

Amanda McKie, PE specialist said, “As a specialist teacher of physical education and having represented Scotland at lacrosse on many occasions, I introduced the junior version of the game pop lacrosse to several schools in the Stirling area in 2005 and have been developing its growth, organising yearly regional and national events. Lacrosse Scotland have been invited to enter our Scottish national winners into the English National Championships for a number of years. On two occasions Stirling schools have taken second place in this twenty team event, but this year I am delighted that Strathblane Primary School pop lacrosse team won through beating some very tough opposition to lift first place. The children’s performance was truly outstanding and their skill and determination was impressive beyond their years. The immense support received from everyone involved was very much appreciated and a true reflection in the results for the team. It was a very proud moment seeing our team represent Scotland and lift this much sought after title.”