Katie Birt and Ellie Gaastra

 On the 10th February, twenty-four 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 tournaments.

 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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