Match Report
Marlborough College Girls-U18A vs  National Schools
On: Sunday, 03 Mar 2019
Venue: Away

Lacrosse National Schools Report
Friday 1st March saw the 1st XII team depart the College for Aldershot Garrison Sports Complex to compete against the top Lacrosse schools in the country at the National Schools Lacrosse Championships 2019. The girls were fuelled with carbohydrates in the form of team ‘pasta party’ on Thursday evening, followed by a brief team meeting where the team discussed their aims for the two days. It was an early start on Saturday morning, as the team headed to the pitches to prepare for the first game of their pool against St Albans School High school for Girls. It close one with 50:50 possession and a 2-1 lead at half time. However, by the end of the 18 minutes play, St Albans had one more goal on us with a final score of 4-5 to St Albans. Goals from Claudie Grainger (L6, IH) Ester Lambert (L6, SU) and Jemima Money-Kyle (Re, IH).
Game 2 of the pool stages was against The King’s School Canterbury where Marlborough came out storming. Great slides in the defence and work in attack resulted in an 8-0 win. Goals from Claudie Grainger (L6, IH), Molly Marvin (Hu, NC), Hester Bromovsky (U6, MM), Jemima Money-Kyle (Re, IH) and Kitty Lee (U6, NC).
3rd game of the day saw Marlborough face Withington Girls School, a tough match with many shots against us but Daisy Mitford- Slade (U6, MM) doing some fantastic saves and Honor Mills (Hu, EL) wonderful slides to reduce the score line to a 2-5 loss.
Next Marlborough faced North London Collegiate School. Jemima Money-Kyle (Re, IH) made several ground balls, as well as Honor Mills (Hu, EL) successfully turning ball over down in defence, followed by a successful transition to Molly Marvin (hu, NC) who converted that to a goal. Magic moment of this game was Anna Tchen (L6, NC), driving down in to attack, and stepping causing her defender to fall, meaning Anna could then have a successful shot on goal. Other goals in this game scored by Nell Hargrove (U6, IH).
The girls then faced a very strong Benenden side and even with some amazing saves from Daisy Mitford-Slade (U6,MM) and with Honor Mills (Hu, EL), Violet Mackintosh (U6, MO), Nell Hargrove (U6, IH) and Anna Tchen (L6, NC) causing lots of disruption to Benenden’s attack we were unable to convert this to goals resulting in a disappointing 8-0 loss.
The final game of the pool stages, Marlborough faced Claremont Fan Court School, a team we had played previously in a fixture and won. Unfortunately, in the short game we were unable to take the lead, resulting in a 3-2 loss. There were still some amazing goals in the game, including one off a rebound from Alessandra Pidgeon (L6, LI) and a great drive from Jemima Money-Kyle (Re, IH). That brought the end of day 1 to a close.
Day 2 started off with torrential rain, so conditions were far from ideal, but the girls remained in high spirits. From yesterday’s performance, the team were put in to division two where we hoped we would make an impact. First up, we faced Birkenhead School which was a game full of defensive pressure from us. Even so, we were unable to take the win with a late equaliser from Birkenhead to make it 3-3. Next up was St Albans School where Marlborough had lots of drives in to the fan and amazing defence but once again were unable to get a win, finishing with a 2-2 draw. Then we played Bolton School, where we faced some fast breaks to goal but fabulous work from Honor Mills (Hu, EL) and Tegen Dixion-Clarke (L6, DA) to stop them in their tracks. Goals from Claudie Grainger (L6, IH) and Jemima Money-Kyle (Re, IH) but it unfortunately resulted in a 3-2 loss.

After the morning’s games the team were disappointed not to have come away with a win in some very close fought games. But we had one more chance in the knockouts where we faced Cheltenham Ladies College in the first round. Having played and lost to this team several times in the past, we had nothing to lose. There was so much fight for the ball from the Marlborough players, you could tell that they wanted a win. A great loose ball pick up from Alessandra Pidgeon (L6, LI) resulted in a goal for Marlborough causing the score to be 1-1 at half time. Great saves from Daisy Mitford-Slade (U6, MM) and calmness of the ball from Claudie Grainger (L6, IH) in the second half caused CLC to panic and start making mistakes. Another goal from Jemma Money-Kyle (Re, IH) brought us in to the lead. At full time, Marlborough took the win 2-1 and the happiness in this moment was indescribable. Marlborough had really fought for the win and managed to beat a team who they had struggled against in the past- a fantastic achievement and one that Miss Hudson and the other coaching staff were very proud of the girls for.
The win against Cheltenham Ladies College meant Marlborough College were through to the quarter finals, facing Tudor Hall school, who we had played back in September and won. Spirits were high after the last win and the team had got its motivation back. Amazing saves from Daisy Mitford-Slade (U6, MM) yet again and more fantastic work from Nell Hargrove (U6, IH) in the midfield. It was an extremely close game with 50:50 possession. At full time, there had been goals from Esther Lambert (L6, SU), Hester Bromovsky (U6, MM) and Jemima Money-Kyle (Re, IH) making in 3-3. This meant we went in to golden goal; the first team to score would win. Amazing work as a team from Marlborough lead to a beautiful transition off the draw, resulting in a goal and a place in the semi-finals.
Our opponents Monmouth School for Girls in the semi-finals were a strong side but Marlborough had showed up and were ready to fight for a place in the final. A combination of calm midfield transitions and great defensive pressure from Tegen Dixion-Clarke (L6, DA) made it very hard for Monmouth to score. Goals from Molly Marvin (Hu, NC), Nell Hargrove (U6, IH) and Claudie Grainger (L6, IH) gave us a score of 3-2 and a place in the final at the end of full time.
The final saw us face North London Collegiate school again, who we had previously faced on day 1 in the group stages. When it came to it, the girls just couldn’t get the ball to goal and NLCS were very quick to score off any possession of the ball. A result of 8-0 meant that Marlborough came second. Even though it was disappointing not to get the win, the team did amazingly to get 2nd place in division 2. It is a fantastic achievement, one that the girls should be very proud of. A fabulous although tiring weekend for all but let's see what next year has in store!