Lacrosse tour to USA blog

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Saturday, 07 April 2012

Following an early check out from the hotel, we travelled by coach to the Beverly Centre Shopping Mall for some last minute purchases before transferring to Los Angeles Airport for our flight to London.

Friday, 06 April 2012

This morning's visit to San Diego Zoo proved a great success  - this is one of the best zoos in the world and many endangered species are to be found amongst the 4000 animals in the beautifully landscaped park. Amongst the favourites were the giant pandas.

A visit to the beach was the highlight of the afternoon in La Jolla with some brave people swimming in the cove - at this time of the year, the sea temperatures are still relatively low despite the increasing air temperatures.

A farewell dinner was held at Barfly in La Jolla. During the meal, various awards were made to the girls including the most valuable players of the tour, the highest goal scorers and the most improved players. Some less serious awards were also made, for example to the person who had the dubious honour of the most lost property on tour!

Thursday, 05 April 2012

The girls checked into the Best Western Hotel in La Jolla - an attractive seaside town and then spent the morning exploring their new surroundings.

Later that day, the final matches of the tour took place at the Mission Hills High School with the St Swithun's B and C teams winning their matches against the Mission Hills High School JV B and San Marcos JV teams respectively. The St Swithun's A team also won their match 13 goals to 3 against the Mission Hills High School JV A team. These games took place on astro-turf under flood lights - there were squeals of delight at the sight of the extensive sports stadium with pleas of "can we have one like this...." being frequently overheard! There was a veritable feast provided by our hosts as part of their post-match hospitality.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012

The girls were collected from their hosts for a long-awaited visit to Sea World where there were a variety of activities including a shark encounter, turtle reef and the Shamu Rocks show. The girls had a whale of a time.....

Today was another hot, sunny day and so it was a relief that the lacrosse matches did not begin until 16.00. The St Swithun's A team played Granite Hills girls and convincingly won their match 18 goals to 3 and the St Swithuns's C team also played a team from Granite Hills winning their match 15 goals to 0. Jess Baker and Lilly Morgan were named players of the match for the A team whilst Miss Hillyard and Miss Godfroy were so pleased with the performance of the C team that they declared the whole team as players of the match. Scripps Ranch proved to be challenging opposition for the B team who lost their match 4 goals to 15. Congratulations to Jemima Tsang who was named player of the match.

Tuesday, 03 April 2012

After an alarm call at 04.00 the girls and their teachers appeared, bleary-eyed, ready to board the coach to Oakland Airport for the flight to San Diego. On arrival, the sun was shining and we embarked on an amphbious vehicle tour of San Diego bay where we saw sea lions, dolphins and bird-life. The afternoon matches were at Marshall Middle School with teams from Pacific Falcons and Scripps Ranch about an hour's drive from the city centre.

The Pacific Falcons Blue team drew with St Swithun's A team with both teams scoring 6 goals and Olivia Thorneycroft being named player of the match. The St Swithun's B team won their match against the Scripps Ranch  team 13 goals to 1. Congratulations to Hannah Hobhouse who was player of the match. The St Swithun's C team had a tough game against the Pacific Falcons White team losing their match 8 goals to 4. Well done to Ali Baylis who was named player of the match.

The teams enjoyed a post-match BBQ before joining their host families for a two night stay.

Monday, 02 April 2012

Our lacrosee-free day today began with a sight-seeing tour of San Francisco and was followed by shopping time in Union Square. As always on these occasions, the St Swithun's girls boosted the US economy with their purchases of clothes and souvenirs.

Sunday, 01 April 2012

The Southern Marin Wolfpack were the hosts for the St Swithun's A Team match at the St Francis Drake High School which we narrowly lost by 7 goals to 6. Mary Wake and Sophie Kinimonth were named players of the match. Well done to both girls for their contributions to the game! 

Ross Valley Grizzlies played both the St Swithun's B and C teams. The B team won their match 10 goals to 6 and the C team won their match 5 goals to 4. Congratulations to Lucy Neish and Flora Johnston who were named players of the match for the B and C teams respectively.

St Swithun's B team

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Torrential downpours greeted the girls at the California High School for their training session with coach Amy McCleary and her team. Unfortunately, the weather did not enhance the learning experience and the session had to be abandoned in favour of an early lunch.

We made our way back to the Radisson Hotel in Fisherman's Wharf via the Stanford University Bookstore where the girls made the most of the opportunity to stock up on T-shirts, hoodies and tracksuit bottoms! 

Friday, 30 March 2012

The sun shone in Pleasanton – even at 07.00 when the coach collected the girls from their host families but by the time we reached Pier 33 for our transfer to Alcatraz the drizzle had begun and the prison itself was surrounded by eerie low cloud. The atmosphere in the prison was enhanced by the sound track of the former prisoner’s tales…..

The excitement built in the afternoon for the Diablo Scorpions A and B team matches with the girls having the opportunity to play their games on astro-turf. The first defeat of the tour came when the St Swithun’s A team were beaten 11 goals to 7 but the B team managed to hold the Scorpions B team to a 7 all draw. Congratulations to the St. Swithun's C team who beat their oponents, Diablo Scorpions 2nd B team,  10 goals to 6.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

An early breakfast back at the Hard Rock Café set us up for an eight mile cycle ride across the Golden Gate bridge to the town of Sausalito. There were one of two eventful moments which included Miss Godfroy skilfully rescuing one of the girls’ shoes which had fallen to a dramatic position, teetering on the edge of the bridge below and Miss Webb’s bicycle chain which parted company with the remainder of her bicycle!

A ferry ride in the sunshine took us back to San Francisco for the first series of matches at Pleasanton Girls’ Lacrosse Club. There was great excitement for the first outing of the new kit and meeting the opposition. What would they be like? Not long to wait to find out…..

St Swithun’s A team vs Pleasanton Girls’ A team won their match 10 goals to 3; St Swithun’s B team vs Pleasanton Girls’ B team won their match 11 goals to 5 and St Swithun’s C team vs Pleasanton Girls’ C team won their match 6 goals to 4.

St Swithun's A team

St Swithun's B team

The girls spent and amazing evening with their hosts - with reports of lots of candy, ice cream and pizzas having been consumed.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

After an early start from school and an eleven hour British Airways flight, we arrived in San Francisco and transferred by coach to out hotel in Fisherman's Wharf. Tired and hungry we descended on the Hard Rock Cafe for burgers and Coca Cola before making our way back to the hotel for a well-earned rest.

 

48 girls from L5 and M5 are departing on Wednesday 28th March for a lacrosse tour in the USA. 

They fly to San Francisco where they will explore the city, cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge and visit Alcatraz. They then head on to Stanford University to watch a lacrosse match and will be playing local schools and clubs in competitive matches.

The tour concludes in San Diego and La Jolla where they hope to enjoy some sunshine and more sightseeing interspersed with some friendly matches.

We will be updating this blog with news as the tour progresses.

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