STICKING WITH SUCCESS
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