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Senior Women Boston Tour Report

By Katie Birt and Ellie Gaastra

On the 10th February, 24 players from the Wales Senior Women’s Squad travelled

to Boston, USA on an eight day tour as part of preparations for the European

Championships in July.

The tour schedule gave us an opportunity to compete against high-level opposition and

back-to-back matches mimicked the physical challenges facing the squad in upcoming


The team played a total of five games against a mixture of Division I and Division III NCAA

teams: Harvard University, Babson College, University of Bridgeport, University of Hartford

and Roger Williams University. With a positive set of results winning all but one, the squad

achieved some decisive wins and came away with valuable learning experiences having

competed against some strong teams.

As well as some fantastic lacrosse the team had the usual dose of challenges along the way

– delayed baggage, extreme weather conditions and cancelled games provided some

unexpected ‘adversity and resilience’ training for the team too!

The team were also incredibly grateful for the amazing hospitality from the college teams

that hosted us – from providing some specific coaching clinics, to the incredible ‘tail-gate’

meals after the games, we wish them lots of luck in their season ahead.

Following the tour, the team are looking ahead to the next event, the Home Internationals

Series, happening in Cardiff in April. The squad are excited for the event to return to Welsh

soil and looking forward to performing in front of a home crowd in some no-doubt fiercely

competitive matches.


Head Coach: Gavin Donaldson

Assistant Coach: William Baxter

Assistant Coach: Kieran Pegrum-Milner

Strength and Conditioning: Ffion Thompson

Head of Medical: Sean Connelly

Sports Massage Therapist: Connor Laskey

Performance Psychologist: Bernadette Kellerman

Boston Tour squad:

Charlotte Williams

Chelsea Nasmyth-Miller

Ellie Gaastra

Ellie Jones

Evie Tipping

Fiona Roberts

Flora Burdett

Harriet Brooks

Hayley Burke

Iris Hampstead

Issy Michelson

Izzy Zealley

Katie Birt

Katie Lehovsky

Katie Parrish

Loulou Rowlands

Madi Jones

Maeve McKenny

Mia Monsen

Nia Martin

Phoebe Smith

Sian Evans-Evans

Sophy Coombes-Roberts


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