William Ransom regain their pop lacrosse national title
The lacrosse team from William Ransom Primary School in Hitchin went one better than last year to become national champions. Having won in 2006 and finished runners-up in 2007, the school won the Primary Schools Pop Lacrosse Championships at the Universi
The lacrosse team from William Ransom Primary School in Hitchin went one better than last year to become national champions.
Having won in 2006 and finished runners-up in 2007, the school won the Primary Schools' Pop Lacrosse Championships at the University of Hertfordshire at Hatfield on Sunday.
The team met again at The Novotel, Stevenage, for a pre-tournament breakfast.
The first league game was against Lochmaben, the Scottish champions, and the team got off to the perfect start.
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Tyler Reading was looking strong on the court, dominating the defence and his accurate passing was setting up Harvey Walton-Adams with regularity.
By the end of the match, William Ransom had pulled away comfortably and had won by nine goals to five.
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Game two was against a London team, Coulsdon, and a 6-6 tie set up a crucial final league game against three-times champions Bowdon School.
The team played well and were getting back to the sort of form that had seen them reach the fifth national final in as many years.
With Elizabeth Hodge and Justine Bourrelly finding the net and Tyler again looking like a 'giant' at the back, the final score was 6-5.
After lunch, and a chance to enjoy the sun, the quarter-final was against The Downs, last year's champions.
William Ransom had the edge, and they got an all-important two-goal lead to win 6-4.
The semi-final was against St John's and with one minute to go, William Ransom were three goals behind and it was looking bleak.
Up stepped Tyler again to take control and inject a new lease of life and a sense of belief.
As the final whistle blew, William Ransom had managed to find the equaliser, and with the team filled with a new sense of belief, extra-time went to form.
The final, against St Peter's School, was a little less nerve wracking and was a little more comfortable with a final score was 10-7.
The team was: Kieran McQue (captain), Tyler Reading, Harvey Walton-Adams, Oliver Payne, Laura Mumford, Elizabeth Hodge, Justine Bourrelly, and Serena Brooker.
Steve Mills, assistant head and PE teacher, said: "This is an incredible achievement. Another national title in a sport we have only been playing for seven years is just amazing.
"The players work so hard and are always looking to improve.
"I am so proud of what they have managed to achieve and I am sure they will remember the day for many years to come.