STICKING WITH SUCCESS

Lancashire Life - - PEOPLE -

The girls of Bolton School lacrosse teams have been help­ing to put Bolton on the map – the un­der 12s and 13s are Cham­pi­ons of the North. They both had nail-bit­ing fi­nal matches, al­though An­drea Don­aghy, the teacher in charge of lacrosse, can’t help think­ing that nerves are al­ways that bit worse for spec­ta­tors. She should know, as she is an ex-eng­land player.

‘On the side-lines, your eyes keep slid­ing to the clock. It can be tense,’ says An­drea who be­lieves that the ladies’ game is becoming in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar.

‘It’s ex­cit­ing to watch, de­mand­ing high lev­els of skill and agility. Bolton School is recog­nised as a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for the game, with teams and in­di­vid­ual play­ers gaining really good rep­u­ta­tions. Who knows, we may have some house­hold names of the future right here?’

She be­lieves a fair help­ing of brav­ery is also essential for those who play the sport, which in­volves catch­ing, pass­ing and shoot­ing a ball from a net­ted stick. It is thought to have been de­vel­oped by the na­tive Amer­i­can Iro­quois tribe.

Teach­ers, An­drea Don­aghy (left) and Lindsey Tait with Bolton School Un­der 12s and 13s lacrosse teams

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