Nationals again for William Ransom

William Ransom Primary School in Hitchin have reached the national lacrosse finals for the fifth successive year. With the previous two school teams having won the regional title and then gone on to win and finish runners-up in the national finals, this y

William Ransom Primary School in Hitchin have reached the national lacrosse finals for the fifth successive year.

With the previous two school teams having won the regional title and then gone on to win and finish runners-up in the national finals, this year's team are determined to show that they are just as talented.

The four group games at the regionals saw them score 32 goals without conceding before beating Springmead School from Welwyn GC 11-2 in the semis.

William Ransom met Sandon School in the final and narrowly won through to make it four regional titles in a row.

They will now take their place in the national finals on June 8.

The team was Kieran McQue, Tyler Reading, Harvey Walton-Adams, Sebastian Walton-Adams, Laura Mumford, Justine Bourrelly, Elizabeth Hodge and Serena Brooker.

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Pupils have really taken to playing lacrosse since its introduction in school about seven years ago. Four classes now play lacrosse during lessons and up to 60 pupils during the lunchtime clubs.

The school first took part and won the local tournament six years ago and have successfully defended it every year, including earlier this month to make it six in a row.

They then defended the East of England regional title at the University of Hertfordshire last Thursday.

Steve Mills, assistant head and PE teacher, said: "The team set very high standards for themselves and were determined to emulate the success of the previous two years.

"Some of the lacrosse they played in the regional finals was excellent and they have certainly learned a lot through watching others and listening during practices.

"They clearly trust each other when they play and that makes a big difference. We are looking forward to our day out at the national finals.

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