Lacrosse Tournament Week 2012
On the Friday 17 August, the Mount Albert Grammar School A and B Lacrosse teams competed in the Auckland Secondary Schools' Lacrosse tournament at Avondale Race Course, competing in the 1st and 2nd divisions respectively.
Furthermore 12 girls from the A team were selected to represent Auckland, 11 at the U19 level and one at the U15 level which is an absolutely remarkable achievement considering there are only 10 on the field at a time!
Report: Josh Harvey.
Girls' Lacrosse - 2012
Premier Girls - Auckland Champions
The season began with an away game at Epsom Girls' Grammar. The team welcomed our new goalie Kalisha Moore who did a sterling job. Final result, a win by 7 goals to 3.
The next week saw the team at home at May Road against Avondale College. Avondale had a young team and the MAGS girls had a solid win, 14 goals to 1. Special mention must go to Amelia Scharting who scored 6!
Third week in and we had a road trip to Whangaparaoa College. The girls expected a hard fought game as Whangaparaoa has New Zealand reps in their squad. It was an extremely tight and intense contest with both teams strong on defence. In a real nail-biter the MAGS girls had a narrow win 5 goals to 4, largely thanks to a hat-trick from captain Olivia Hext.
Our next opponents were a team from Michael Park School, back at home. Morgan Puru with 5 goals lead the team to a comfortable 13 to 2 win. We're going well and equal top of the table with Western Springs College who also have won all their games.
The following week we knew we were in for a difficult game against Diocesan. Three of our senior players were off to Melbourne with the New Zealand representative team and both coaches were unavailable to attend the away fixture. Despite some gallant work, particularly in the second half, the girls went down 6 to 3. Our first loss.
Two games to go and the next opponent was AGGS, a bottom of the table team. The girls realised that to give themselves the best chance in the play-offs, they needed to score plenty of goals to increase their goal differential and move them up the table. An impassioned half-time talk from captain Olivia, saw the score blow out to 21 goals to 1 at full time. 8 goals to Olivia Hext, 5 to Olivia Adams and 4 to Tania Boikov. Just what we needed and with Whangaparaoa spoiling Western Springs unbeaten record the girls were back where they belonged, on top of the table.
Final round-robin game, final places on the ladder and semi-final positions to be determined by the outcome and we were up against equal top of the table, Western Springs. This promised to be a nail-biter and so it turned out. The score see-sawed, the spectators were nervous, the coaches were going wild, but the girls came out on top in the end 5 goals to 3. Special mention to Olivia Hext, 3 goals and Amelia Scharting 2 goals.
So, we finished top of the table after the preliminary round. We won our semi-final 10-2 at home on Tuesday 17 July against our previous nemesis Diocesan College, the only team to beat us to date. The girls were determined to prevail with a full-strength team.
The Grand Final - Thursday 26 July, 2012
After a convincing win in the semis, the girls eagerly awaited playing the final against Whangaparaoa College. As top-qualifiers, the game was scheduled for our home ground at May Road. The girls were delighted when the school sports office decided to transfer the game to the school grounds.
After many days of rain, it was great to see the sun on game-day and the game was played in fine conditions. The rain had, however, affected the state of the ground and it turned out to be a muddy affair.
Supported by a crowd of enthusiastic fans, including some nervous mums and dads and Albert the lion, the girls took the field with the last-minute instructions from the coaches, Josh and Vlad ringing in their ears. After a tense few minutes of resolute defence from the Whangaparaoa team, the MAGS girls finally broke through with a goal to captain Olivia Hext. Further goals followed and the girls were dominant, only conceding one goal to the opposition. Final score, 6 1 to the home team, 3 goals to Morgan Puru, 2 to Olivia Hext and 1 to Amelia Scharting.
A huge thanks to Albertians Josh Harvey and Vlad Boikov our coaches who gave up their time to train the girls and attend their games during the whole season.