The Tournament started with a tough game against Moreton Hall. Shrewsbury’s defence were under constant attack and did well to limit the score to 0-2 at half-time. A great start in the second half meant Shrewsbury had a lot more of the ball, and their perseverance paid off with a goal by Phoebe Wasdell (MSH) to make it 2-1. It stayed like this for most of the second half until Moreton scored two goals in the last two minutes to finish 1-4.
The second game was against Bolton and although Shrewsbury started well, it was only 2-1 at half-time (Phoebe Wasdell and Georgia Kannreuther the goal-scorers). We were able to convert more of our chances in the second half to win 5-1, with excellent passes and supporting play from Izzy Morris (and goals from Laura Elliott, Mary Lees and another from Phoebe).
Game 3 was against the hosts Queen Margaret’s, and Shrewsbury were 0-3 down at half time. An amazing display of attacking play brought Shrewsbury back to 3-3 (Phoebe Wasdell 2, Georgia Kannreuther 1), and with 30 seconds to go Georgia scored the winner. An amazing victory and our best game of the day.
After this, Shrewsbury had three games in a row. We beat Birkenhead 4-0 and Harrogate Ladies’ College 7-1. Goal-scorers were Wasdell, Kannreuther, Mary Lees, Poppy Collingwood-Cameron, and Georgie Nicholas. By the time we played Timperley Lacrosse Club, fatigue was starting to show. Despite having chances, we struggled to play our best lacrosse and the final score was a 0-1 loss.
But Shrewsbury picked themselves up for game 7 against Withington. It was a very even end-to-end game, with Shrewsbury 1-3 down at half time. Our defence held firm and Kannreuther scored two goals in the last few minutes to give a 3-3 draw.
Our final game was against Queen’s Chester. Queen’s started stronger, before Shrewsbury started to regain their structure. It was neck and neck at 3-3 (Wasdell 2, Kannreuther 1) with only seconds to go. Birthday girl and youngest on the team, Izzy Morris scored on the whistle to make the final score 4-3.
A great afternoon and some superb play from the whole squad: played 8, won 5, drew 1, lost 2; 3rd place overall.
Phoebe Wasdell led the team brilliantly with 13 goals and Lucy Lees was awarded MVP by the Tournament Umpire.
Nicola Bradburne, Head of Girls' Games