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Day in DC

We are taking the day off from playing LAX and taking in some American culture in Washington DC. Our first stop is the White House. What a great opportunity for a photo! Following pictures of both sides of the White House we boarded the coach and went to the World War II and the Vietnam Memorial. The girls and the leaders enjoyed the reverencimage image image image image image image image image image image imagee of both memorials and happened upon a tour guide at the Vietnam Memorial where we learned about the memorial, what it represented, and how the design was selected. From there we walked to the Lincoln Memorial. Awe impressive by the shear stature of the monument. Of course throughout all of this sightseeing the girls singing has featured which has attracted a lot of admirers. We are now in the Air and Space Museum at The Smithsonian. The free Wifi and a few moments has given me much needed catch up for our website.

Game V Severna Park 5-9

After a weekend of fun in the sun it was back to play on Monday evening. The heat was not a contender but the team from Severna Park certainly were. They scored within the first 2 minutes of the game and although we answered the halftime score was four all. The second half we only could get one goal past their defence and they managed to score an additional five goals. Allimage image image image image image image the girls worked hard but the fun of the weekend took it's toll with tiredness setting in and poor decision making. The girls were disappointed but their spirits remained high. Our next game is Wednesday evening against Davidsonville. Looking forward to seeing renewed energy and the continued winning spirits.

Game against the BUCS a winner

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image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image imageOur girls showed up ready to play mentally and physically. The game got underway and we soon were on the scoreboard with a goal by Georgie Owen. The girls seemed to loose their way a bit and the BAYS  answered with four goals. But not to be dishearted they kept their heads up and fought back. By half time we were leading 5-4 through the combinations of  Emma's goalkeeping and the 3 M's (Molly Maisy Millie) in defence; plus draw winning Alice and the attack of Emily, Lydia, Chloe and Louisa. In the second half the whole squad united to maintain a lead to finish 11 - 8 winners. The Coaches and leadership team were proud of the squad's determination and support for each other achieving an opening tour win. Today's game is against BUCS in the north of Anne Arundel County, draw 12.00. View posts on Twitter @MetroGirlsLAX

More photos from Day 1

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Travel Day and Day One

image image image image image image image image image image image imageWe had a fantastic travel day with no hiccups. The girls were fantastic, the fight and crew top notch and our welcome to Annapolis was heart felt and amazing. Day 1 in Annapolis consisted of much cooler weather than the day we arrived. What a blessing because we arrived to heat and humidity. We met at 11:45 for a light 45 minute training and a lot of chatter and sharing of stories about host families, first evening activities, and new experiences already. From the training we had a formal welcome from at our Director Coach Steve Willett and the gift exchange between host and hosted girls. We promptly left to shop and pizza in a LAX World where the girls were offered a 15% discount on purchased items. From what I could tell everyone took advantage of the generous offer. This evening is our first game at Annapolis High School against BAYS with a reception to follow. Watch our twitter feed for game updates! @MetroGirlsLAX Continue reading Travel Day and Day One

Pre-Tour Post

This being my first attempt to post on the official MetroGirls site for the 2014 Tour. Having had our last training and Alumni Game Sunday, July 13 we are really setting our sights on our travel day and tour. The Alumni Game was great fun and the Metro team showed what they are made of by winning their match against 'the oldies' 10-9. A big thank you to the Alumni that came from far and near to play and support this years programme. It was wonderful to see each and everyone of you. Also thank you to Megan, the Brooklands LDO for stepping in as our goalie. Much appreciated. See you all at the airport July 23 at 8:00am, Terminal 2. Remember your Passports!!!!     image imageimageimage

Newsletter – 30th June 2014

Dear Parents & Players 2014 USA MetroGirls Tour; Wednesday 23rd July to 7th August 2014 Next Training, Sunday 6th July @ Brooklands Lacrosse Club, 10.00am till 4.00pm The last remaining training day is the following Sunday, 13th July @ Mellor Lacrosse Club, Longhurst Lane, 10.00am till 4.00pm and includes a game (played in the tour playing kit) against a MetroGirls Alumni squad, kit hand-out and brief Parents meeting. Spending Money: Many parents have already made deposits, thank you. The last date for us to receive the remainder is Wednesday 9th July 2014 in order for cheques to clear and transfer to be arranged and completed prior to our arrival. Tour Brochure: Currently being printed, and includes the squad photograph taken at the last training session to which we have added the three group members who were not available. Questions Answered (as last Newsletter)
  1. Guidance on the amount of spending money? A. Approx. £150, plus cost of any clothing/lax kit intending to be purchased
  2. Length of long white playing socks? A. To extend to lower calf to prevent ingress of astro-turf material getting inside socks, which occurs when wearing liner socks.
  3. Are white support shorts still required? A. No, the playing kit shorts fulfill this requirement.
  4. How strict is the ‘predominantly white’, travel trainers? A. Travelfootwear MUST be a sports trainer and not the canvas shoes type; the colour is less critical.
  Host Families: Details of the MetroGirls USA host CrosseOver girl and families will be posted to you during week commencing 14th July 2014, along with the final tour details comprising of the final newsletter, itinerary, leaders USA contact details and packing information. If you are away during this week and require us to email you this information please let us know by email. On-Tour Game & Activity Reports: these will be available through the web site www.metrogirlslacrosse.org and also by twitter, @MetroGirlsLAX throughout the period of the tour for you to be able to receive game results, activities and photographs. MetroGirls return date: Thursday 7th August 2014, schedule arrival time 6.55 am Terminal 2; and allowing for the potential early arrival, immigration process and baggage collection please be in the T2 arrival hall by 7.30am for a brief, de-briefing sign-off before traveling home. The leaders traveling back with the girls will be Helen Carlsson, Jo James and Carina Eaton. Michelle and Tony are remaining in Annapolis for a family event until 19/08/14, but will accompanying the group until checked for their flight and passing through security at Dulles Airport, Washington If you have any questions, please contact us.   See you all on Sunday 6th July 2014   Michelle & Tony

Newsletter – June 2014

NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2014 Dear Parents & Players 2014 USA MetroGirls Tour; Wednesday 23rd July to 7th August 2014 Next Training Sunday 22nd June @ Brooklands Lacrosse Club, 9.45am till 4.00pm This training day includes the Team Photograph in team kit (immediately on arrival) and a game against an open-age Brooklands team; draw 2.15pm. Tour Kit: We have taken delivery of the playing shirts & skorts, travel shirts, hoody’s and Game-Day shirts, and the tour bags, backpacks and boot bags will arrive on 1st July! Team Photograph: A professional photographer is attending the training session on Sunday 22nd for a squad photograph in our game-day kit for the commemorative tour brochure and a gift for you and the American host families. Tour Brochure: Produced to provide a commemorative gift and promotion of the exchange programme, and will include details of the MetroGirls tour group, information about the location of the participating lacrosse communities in Anne Arundel County, Cheshire and Lancashire, and advertisements of supporting organisations and individuals. Please contact us if you wish to be included. Medical Consent: Thank you for those returned received already; please can the remainder be complete and returned to us at the next training session on the 22nd June 2014. Questions Answered:-
  1. Guidance on the amount of spending money? A. Approx. £150, plus cost of any clothing/lax kit intending to be purchased (deposits to HSBC MetroGirls Lacrosse, Sort code 40-31-24, account # 02294079, cheque made payable to ‘MetroGirls Lacrosse’ and posted to 26 Grenville Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 5AF.)
  2. Length of long white playing socks? A. To extend to lower calf to prevent ingress of astro-turf material getting inside socks, which occurs when wearing liner socks.
  3. Are white support shorts still required? A. No, the playing kit skorts fulfil this requirement.
  4. How strict is the ‘predominantly white’, travel trainers? A. Travelfootwear MUST be a sports trainer and not the canvas shoes type; the colour is less critical.
On-Tour Game & Activity Reports: these will be available through the web site www.metrogirlslacrosse.org and also by twitter, @MetroGirlsLAX throughout the period of the tour for you to be able to receive game results, activities and photographs. Remaining Training Dates: Sunday 6th July 2014, 10.00am till 4.00pm @ TBA; Sunday 13th July 2014, 10.00am till 4.00pm Final Training and Alumni Game; including Parents Meeting and Kit hand-out, @ Mellor. If you have any questions, please contact us. See you all on Sunday 22nd June 2014   Michelle & Tony

Newsletter – April 2014

Dear Parents & Players 2014 USA MetroGirls Tour; Wednesday 23rd July to 7th August 2014 Next Training Day Sunday 11th May @ Brooklands Lacrosse Club, 10.00am till 4.00pm This will be our first full training day following the Team Building Day, and we look forward to seeing all the players to continue with the tour preparation. The arrangement for the remainder of the training sessions are:- Sunday 11th May 2014, Training 10.00am till 4.00pm @ Brooklands (NOTE CHANGE) Sunday 18th May 2014 Training 10.00am till 4.00pm@ Stockport Sunday 8th June 2014, Training 10.00am till 4.00pm @ Stockport Sunday 22nd June 2014 Training & Scrimmage Game 10.00am till 4.00pm @ Brooklands Sunday 6th July 2014, Training 10.00am till 4.00pm @ TBA Sunday 13th July 2014, Final Training, Alumni Game, Parents Meeting and Kit hand-out 10.00am till 4.00pm @ Mellor. Players MUST bring with them to ALL the team building, training and game days the following items:-
  • Stick(s), gloves (if worn), gum guard, eye guard (if worn)
  • Both, trainers & cleats/boots, sports underwear, two training shirts & shorts, two extra pairs of socks;
  • Sweat top & pants, water proof jacket,
  • A complete change of travelling home clothes, towel,
  • A large water bottle, plus an additional 1 litre bottle of water; energy snacks and lunch including carbohydrates, (no carbonated or energy drinks)
  • And a large plastic bin liner capable of holding all your kit and kit bag.
  Please use this as a check list prior to each session. Final Tour Payment: If not already paid the balance of £725.00 (unless a larger amount has already been paid) is required by 7 May 2014, with payment preferably by internet banking to HSBC MetroGirls Lacrosse, please contact us for bank account details if required. Consent Form: Please complete and return if not already done so. Tour Kit, Gifts & Clothes: As an update, the tour bags, and clothing have been ordered, and also a cream ware mini tanked jug from the Princes Trust Burleigh Pottery has been purchased for each of the USA Host Families. Sponsorship: We are pleased to announce that Oaklands Hospitalof Ramsey Healthcare UK, have financially sponsored MetroGirls players and leaders Travel Shirts, obtained through the support of Helen Baythorpe.   See you all on Sunday 11th May 2014   Michelle & Tony

2013 Crossover Tour Itinerary

DAY PLAYERS [note ‘arrival time’ and the ‘30th & 31st day’ changes]
JULY Thursday 18th Having departed Baltimore BWI Wednesday afternoon to first fly to Atlanta, and  flying overnight, the Anne Arundel County ‘ CrosseOver group arrive Manchester Airport, Terminal 2 at 11.00am ; to be welcomed by the MetroGirls host families, with a short meeting, and thereafter departing to their MetroGirls host’s home.
Friday 19th AAC Training, meet 12.30pm, at Stockport Cricket Club, Beech Road, Cale Green, SK3 8HE, followed by ‘Welcome’ presentations at 1.30pm.
Sat’day 20th AAC game v Stockport Lacrosse Club, meet 9.30am at Stockport Cricket Club, Beech Road, Cale Green, SK3 8HE, for 10.30 draw, followed by presentations and buffet/ refreshments.
Sun 21st Free day with host families
Monday 22nd AAC game v Mellor Lacrosse Club, meet 6.00pm at Mellor Sports Club, Longhurst Lane, Mellor, SK6 5PN, for a 7.00pm draw, followed by presentations and buffet/refreshments.   It will be arranged for the Oxton hosted girls to stay overnight with Mellor, Stockport and Brookland’s families for their early departure to London.
Tuesday 23rd AAC (only) Day in London, travelling by train for visits to the Tower of London, and the Houses of Parliament, a river cruise, sightseeing Big Ben, Downing Street, Horse Guards Parade, Buckingham Palace and Hard Rock café. Meet Stockport Station main entrance, Grand Central Way, Stockport, SK3 9HZ, @ 8.30am for 9.04am departure. Return Stockport at 9.55pm for collection of USA girls by host parents.
Wed’day 24th AAC Game v Wirral, meet 6.00pm at Oxton Cricket Club, Townfield Lane, Oxton CH43 2GL for 7.00pm draw, followed by presentations and buffet/refreshments.
Thursday 25th AAC (only) Day visit to Warwick and Stratford upon Avon, travelling by coach, visiting Warwick Castle and sightseeing Stratford, home of Shakespeare. Two pick-up points, Stockport pickup 8.30am at Stockport Cricket Club, Beech Road, Cale Green, SK3 8HE; Wind Mill Pub car park, M6 J19 pickup 9.15am; return 6.00pm & 6.45 pm respectively.
Friday 26th AAC Game v Brooklands U16, meet 6.00pm at Brookland’s Sports Club, WhiteHall Road, Sale, M33 2NL for 7.00pm draw, followed by presentations and buffet/refreshments.
Sat 27th Free day with host families
Sun 28th Free day with host families
Monday 29th Free Day with Host Families
Tuesday 30th MetroGirls & AAC ‘lacrosse clinic’ meet 10.00am at Brooklands Sports Club, finish 1.00pm. Rest of the day free.
Wed’day 31st Joint AAC & MetroGirls day visit to Alton Towers ‘ride’ park travelling by coach. Two pick-up points, Stockport pick-up 8.30am, Stockport Cricket Club, Beech Road, Cale Green, SK3 8HE; Wind Mill Pub car park, M6 J19 pickup 9.15am; return 6.00pm & 6.45 pm respectively
AUGUST Thu 1st Friendship Game, ACC v MetroGirls meet 5.00pm at Stockport Cricket Club, Beech Road, Cale Green, SK3 8HE for 6.30pm draw; followed by end of tour reception/ presentations and buffet/refreshments.
Friday 2nd ACC depart from Manchester Airport, Terminal 2; meet in departures at 9.30am for 12.45pm flight home, via Atlanta, arriving Baltimore at 8.59pm (12.59am UK Saturday)
 

Friendship game – Metrogirls vs Anne Arundel

Quick update, full report to follow: The girls played a great game and showed real determination but unfortunately lost their early lead the the Anne Arundel team. Final score. Anne Arundel 8, Metrogirls 7. image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image

Hershey Park

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Metrogirls Vs Bays

We arrived at the game today after a free weekend. It was great to hear the girls' stories about what they had done. The girls were in high spirits, as were we. The temperature was about 85 degrees and it looked like a storm was moving in. The place where we played today was a stadium which has a great speaker system. We arrived at the game and did our wam up to songs from Rhianna and Beyonce! The girls loved it. The speaker announced each girls name in turn as they ran on the pitch before the national anthem. everyone cheered as each girl in turn ran onto the field. I am sure that is an experience they will never forget. The game started and they scored. In fact, they scored several, and no matter how much we switched the team around, we did not seem able to score. The half time score was 9-0. We were all deflated. Many of the girls were tired. Some girls had come to the game straight from the beach. Tony gave a great half time speech and fired the girls up. We started with a fairly strong team, and with Tony's new tactics for the defence we looked good. Not only did they not score, but we won the ball and got the ball down to the attack. Jess scored making it 9-1. Although we probably at this point did not have a chance of winning, we did have a chance to play as a team and keep our heads held high. Another goal from Jess assisted by Kate S made made the score line 9-2. The rest of the game was extremely good to watch from a coaches point of view. Our girls were defending well and looked amazing. They scored a couple and we scored a great goal. Lucy R Assisted by Jess. 11-3. We saw them score 2 goals more. The final 4 minutes were mostly tactical by the other team, keeping the ball outside the 8. Our girls did well to adapt to their tactics and deal with one of their isolations. Final score 13-3 A big Well done should undoubtedly go to Jess who had a part to play in every goal. However, all the girls payed well in the second half. The defence and midfielders did more than play their part. Of course i can't mention everyone but Lydia Mellor, Lucy R and Ellie D played especially well. We have Hershey Park tomorrow which is always a fun day. Then comes the final game against the crosse over team on Wednesday. See you soon x image image image image image image image image image image image image image

Metrogirls Vs St. Mary’s

We arrived at the game with the weather Very hot, I think the temperature was around 90 degrees, and it appeared to get hotter as the night went on. Many of the girls had been out in the sun all day and a few were tired. Tony and I needed to motivate our girls as this was going to be a difficult game, but with the right team effort, we could certainly win. The game started and Niamh scored. Great, 1-0. We then scored another quickly after, this time by Charlotte. They came right back at us. Scoring twice to level it up at 2-2. We had a time out. Our girls were tired and very hot but we needed to regroup. We want back onto the pitch and the ball was going from end to end. Emily made some fantastic saves, one of which she came out of the goal to make an Interception, the ball went to ground and one of the St Mary's girls picked it up to shoot again but Emily saved it again. We had 1 minute left in the half, Niamh had the ball, Jess cut to goal, received a great pass and scored. Brilliant timing, going in to half time a goal up. 3-2. We started the second half with a goal from Niamh, assisted by Lucy R, followed by another goal by Jess, assisted by Niamh. 5-2. They scored, then Niamh scored again. 6-3. We eased off a little, however Holly W scored to make it 7-3. We changed the team up and lost our shape. They scored twice, 7-5. Holly W scored again 8-5. They came back at us and scored twice more. 8-7. There was no way we were letting this game run way from us like the first match, so we had a time out, we needed a serious chat about keeping the ball and maintaining our lead. We had a tense last 4 minutes. We were rewarded with a goal from Holly W assisted by Holly C. Final score was 9-7. This was an excellent game to watch. We needed to make the decision to keep a strong squad on as much as possible to make sure we won. The girls played amazing. I was very proud of them. Many of the American parents commented on how much we had Improved since our last game. I now have high hopes for our next match. I think a special mention should go to the attackers for putting the ball in the back of the net. I was really pleased to see so many assists this match. We had many more attempted assists too which did not result in a goal., and are too many to mention here! Lydia Mellor did a lovely speech at the end of the game. The girls now have a free weekend, I know many girls are doing fun things like going to NYC or the beach. I think it's funny that the American parents take the girls away, as where we are I. Annapolis truly is one of the most beautiful places o the water I have ever been to, so there is plenty to do right here! image image image image image image image image image image