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Strathblane Crowned National POP Lacrosse Champions

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Strathblane Primary School saw off all the competition to be crowned winners of the 2019 National POP Lacrosse Championship in Sheffield.

Strathblane, from the outskirts of Glasgow, defeated Kingscourt from Hampshire 12-9 in a hard fought final after beating Honeywell Junior School and St Peter’s Primary School in their quarter-final and semi-final respectively.

The Scottish team were looking to improve on their semi-final place in last year’s Plate competition and they certainly did that by winning the main Championship title.

Last year’s champions, Hale Prep, from Altrincham, were looking for a sixth title in seven years but were unable to get past Kingscourt in their semi-final, losing 6-10.

21 teams in total travelled to Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport on Sunday 23 June for the National POP Championships after qualifying through their respective regional tournaments earlier in the year.

In the morning session, the teams competed in the pool stages with the aim of finishing in the top two in their pool to progress to the Trophy knockout stages.

Based on the teams’ pool stage rankings, the schools were then split into the main Trophy competition and Plate and Bowl competitions for the afternoon’s games.

Sparsholt Primary School, Winchester, who were quarter-finalists in last year’s Trophy competition, managed to bag themselves a trophy this time out, defeating St Gabriel’s RC Primary School 6-4 in the Plate final.

And the third trophy of the day went to St Hugh’s School who beat Lister Junior School 5-2 to be crowned Bowl champions 2019.

Congratulations to all the teams and their players at the Championships for making the National Finals.

National POP Lacrosse Championships Standings

Pool A
1st - St Peter’s
2nd - Kingscourt
3rd - Gawsworth
4th - St Gabriel’s
5th - Malvern St James

Pool B
1st - Strathblane
2nd - Hale Prep
3rd - Sparsholt
4th - Milnthorpe
5th - Lister Junior

Pool C
1st - Mellor
2nd - Honeywell
3rd - St John’s On-the-Hill
4th - Withington
5th - St Hugh’s

Pool D
1st - Buckland
2nd - Holy Trinity
3rd - Morven Park
4th - St Aiden’s
5th - St Mary’s

Trophy Competition

QFs
St Peter’s 12-7 Holy Trinity
Strathblane 11-10 Honeywell
Mellor 10-11 Hale Prep
Buckland 5-7 Kingscourt

SFs
St Peter’s 7-11 Strathblane
Hale Prep 6-10 Kingscourt

F
Strathblane 12-9 Kingscourt

1st - Strathblane
2nd - Kingscourt
3rd = Hale Prep & St Peter’s
5th = Holy Trinity, Honeywell, Mellor, Buckland

Plate Competition

QFs
Gawsworth 10-4 St Aiden’s
Sparsholt 7-2 Withington
St John’s On-the Hill 7-5 Milnthorpe
Morven Park 7-8 St Gabriel’s

SFs
Gawsworth 6-7 Sparsholt
St John’s On-the-Hill 4-5 St Gabriel’s

F
Sparsholt 6-4 St Gabriel’s

1st - Sparsholt
2nd - St Gabriel’s
3rd = Gawsworth, St John’s On-the-Hill
5th = St Aiden’s, Withington, Milnthorpe, Morven Park

Bowl Competition

SFs
St Hugh’s 4-3 Malvern St James
St Mary’s 3-8 Lister Junior

3rd Place Play-off
Malvern St James 1-5 St Mary’s

F
St Hugh’s 5-2 Lister Junior

1st - St Hugh’s
2nd - Lister Junior
3rd - St Mary’s
4th - Malvern St James

Lacrosse Legend, Michelle Tumolo, to Host Special Coaching Clinic this Summer

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STX Athlete and Team USA player, Michelle Tumolo, is set to host her own special lacrosse coaching clinic at St Swithun’s School, Winchester, this summer.

The two-hour event on Thursday 15 August will coincide with Tumolo coaching at the St Swithun’s Triple Arrow summer camp on 15 & 16 August.

Tumolo is one of the stars of the modern game and has been playing since 2005 when she was at high school in her home state of New Jersey.

The 29-year-old attacker graduated from high school with records for goals, assists, ground balls, and draw controls and was quickly snapped up by the Syracuse Orange lacrosse team while studying at Syracuse University.

It was during her three years playing for the Orange that Tumolo really came into her own, posting the highest ever single-season totals in points and assists for a first year student.

In 2012, she also became the first Syracuse Orange player to be awarded the National Attacker of the Year award by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

After graduating from Syracuse, and despite suffering a serious ligament injury in 2013, she was named in the US national team for the 2015-16 season where she continues to play, wearing the number 35.

Off the field, Tumolo has been a coach since 2013, spending two seasons at the University of Florida before returning to the Syracuse as assistant coach in 2015.

Since 2016, she has been a coach for the University of Oregon, specialising in coordinating their offense.

The St Swithun’s Triple Arrow summer camp is in partnership with England Lacrosse’s equipment supplier STX and is a unique opportunity to listen to one of the best lacrosse players in the world speak about her craft and offer insight and advice on developing your game.

England Box Squad Announced for World Indoor Championship

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England Box has confirmed the selection of its squad heading to Canada for the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, 19-28 September.

The 23-man squad has been selected following multiple training camps and participation at tournaments including the E-Box Invitational in the Czech Republic in April as our squad attempt to build on our 5th place finishes at both the last two tournaments.

The schedule for the Championship was released at the beginning of the month with England taking a spot in the blue division giving them headline match-ups against the world’s best including an opening fixture against reigning champions Canada.

The squad contains nine players who have represented England at previous Indoor World Championships while for Dave Cluney, it will be a remarkable fourth World Championship appearance after first representing at the 2007 tournament.

Squad

89 - Eliot Pugh
92 - Frank Scigliano

2 - Cai Jefferies
9 - Jamie Sutton
12 - Matt Marsh
13 - Tyson Roe
15 - Will Walker
16 - Chris Wainer
17 - Nate Clare
19 - Jesse King
21 - Dave Cluney
22 - Brandan Smith
24 - Ben Colville
25 - Caleb Kueber
29 - Tony Joseph
36 - Matt Tatton
40 - Will Allsop
48 - Albert Whitehead
49 - Dan Eckersall
51 - Tom Roche
87 - Dominic Fitzgerald
88 - Gavin Abrahamson
93 - Sam Clare

Pool Game Schedule

Friday 20 September: (12:30am 21 Sept) : vs Canada

Saturday 21 September: (12:30am 22 Sept): vs Israel

Sunday 22 September: (3.30am 23 Sept): vs Iroquois Nationals

Monday 23 September: (12.30am 24 Sept): vs USA

Note: Stated dates are for the date of the game in Canada, however times listed are UK Time which move into the next day

Full tournament schedule can be accessed HERE