Four Welsh Women’s teams took on competition from England, Scotland, Ireland, and the Czech Republic at the Rathbones Home Internationals 2017 last month. The tournament, an annual event featuring some of the best of European lacrosse, was hosted by Rathbones and the Welsh Lacrosse Assocation and held in Cardiff this year.
The Welsh contingent featured A and B teams across the Junior and Senior categories. The Junior teams showed great promise for the future of Wales Lacrosse, each posting convincing wins over their Scottish counterparts. The Wales Senior B team opened their campaign with a draw against Scotland before easily beating guests Ireland. Whilst England took the wins in each of these tournaments, Welsh team performances put on passion displays for home supporters.
In the Senior A tournament, Wales handled Scotland (12-8) and the Czech Republic (14-6) before falling in a one-goal battle to England (8-9) in what became the tournament championship game.
Attacker Ellie Jones was named U24 Player of the Tournament as Wales retained the Robertson’s Cup, given to the annual winner of the Wales-Scotland match up.
Captain Ellie Walshe praised the squads’ showing at the Rathbones Home Internationals 2017: ‘We are really proud of our performances over the weekend: we played as a team and showed how gritty we can be in tough games. The tournament is another stepping stone on our journey to the Rathbones Lacrosse World Cup and we are working hard in the next few months to improve even more, getting ready to compete for the best Welsh result to date.’
Photo: Grace Archer