WA women take Sin­ga­pore Open

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

THE WA women’s lacrosse team has re­turned from the Sin­ga­pore Open as cham­pi­ons.

The team of 14 women, which in­cluded East Fre­man­tle Lacrosse Club’s Kerry Allen and Hamil­ton Hill res­i­dent Melanie God­dard, rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, where they de­feated Ja­pan 7-5 to take out the ti­tle after go­ing through the open­ing rounds un­de­feated.

The com­pe­ti­tion also in­cluded teams from Sin­ga­pore, Shang­hai, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

WA cap­tain and Wem­b­ley Lacrosse Club mem­ber Shen­delle Oliver said the team had ral­lied hard to se­cure the cham­pi­onship against some tough in­ter­na­tional op­po­si­tion.

“I could not be prouder of this in­cred­i­ble group of women,” she said.

“We knew the fi­nal was go­ing to be a tough one with the weather con­di­tions and the Ja­panese turned up with their A game.

“They were phys­i­cal and fast, but our mid­field­ers dom­i­nated the cen­tre draws and our de­fence kept ap­ply­ing in­cred­i­ble de­fen­sive pres­sure.

“We were pa­tient and just kept tak­ing our op­por­tu­nity, which saw us come out on top.

“This was def­i­nitely a team win.”

Wem­b­ley Lacrosse Club’s Olivia Robin­son was awarded the Most Valu­able Player award.

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