Bournemouth Girl's Lacrosse

Bournemouth Girl's team celebrate despite defeat (pic, Coach Michelle)

Cirencester 18 – 5 Bournemouth University Girls

Bournemouth University’s new squad of girls continue to impress despite losing again to a very experienced Cirencester team, in a game which was once again dominated by adverse weather conditions. 

The South Coast girls have had to get used to awful conditions in the last couple of games, first playing on a bog-like pitch in Plymouth and  now seeing 30-mph winds literally taking the ball out of their sticks, making it hard for any sort of skill to shine through.

Last time out Plymouth scraped a win as Bournemouth adjusted to the conditions quicker, however, Cirencester, with their bank of experienced international players, had seen it all before and ended up running away with this game despite a spirited display from the more inexperienced Bournemouth.

Good start

It all started well for the minnows – who had coach Michelle and a couple more experienced players helping them out with numbers – keeping Cirencester out of the fan and frustrating them for a good five minutes, before the team sporting players with World Cup’s under their belt really started taking control. Bournemouth’s Girls didn’t give up though, with lots of fast plays and sprints creating chances for top scorer and captain Emma Fish, as well as coach Michelle to take.

In the end Emma Fish, Emily Tennant-Bell and Gemma Rix all grabbed a goal each, with Coach Michelle grabbing the other two – although they were mere consolation on paper.

Comedy moment

The game will be remembered for perhaps the comedy moment of the season, however, as a gust of wind took the ball over into a surrounding field. This saw Bournemouth captain Fish climb the barbed wire, only to get stuck for a good five minutes as players, coaches and spectators burst into a chorus of laughter, leaving poor Fish helplessly trying to scramble back over and cutting her legs open.

On a more serious note there was special praise for Zoe Cooke and Chelsea Naife following the game, with the former showing great tackling and never giving up in the game and the latter for her brave attempts and continued improvement in goal, saving shots from very experienced players.

Bournemouth will hope that next time out the weather is more in their favour so they can really start to show the quick and stark improvement they have all made since the start of this season.

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