Clean Sweep for Team England at Home Internationals

Team England completed a clean sweep winning all four tournaments at the 2018 Home Internationals in Edinburgh.

England retained the two senior and two junior titles they won in Cardiff last year with a thoroughly impressive display of lacrosse across the weekend.

After beating Wales 21-7 on Saturday, the senior A team followed it up with a 14-6 win against hosts Scotland to take the crown for another year.

The England senior B team also came out victorious after a comfortable 17-2 win over Ireland in their final match after their 19-6 wins against both Wales and Scotland.

In the junior tournaments both England U19 A & B teams competed in the A tournament for a four-team championship, while a young England U19 C team competed in the B Tournament.

Across the first two days, the A and B teams both delivered impressive performances in winning all of their matches –( England A 24-4 v Scotland A & 23-10 v Wales A) (England B 18-6 Wales A & 22-7 v Scotland A)

This set up an all-England decider on the final day with the two sets of players in unfamiliar territory in taking on each other.

After a joint national anthem, both teams delivered a very competitive game in which the As only led 9-5 at the start of Q3.

However, the greater experience and consistency eventually shone through with the As winning 20-6 to win the Junior A tournament.

Meanwhile, the U19 C team produced a fantastic couple of performances to win the Junior B tournament with most of the players getting their first experience of playing for their country.

On Saturday, they played Wales B in a back-and-forth contest with Wales wiping out a five-goal deficit to lead midway through Q3 before a storming last quarter from the England girls gave them a 18-13 win.

The confidence gained from Saturday’s win was then evident going into Sunday as they showed great skill in comprehensively beating Scotland B 25-6.

Four of the five England teams went undefeated throughout the tournament and the U19 B team only lost to their England teammates.

Each and every player that took part this weekend should be proud of playing some exceptional international level lacrosse and the successes on the field are further evidence of all the hard work being done off the field by the coaches and players to get to this point.