What a great way for our hockey season to finish with two finals in three days!
Our 2A XI made their way to the Ulster Schools' 2nd XI Plate Final on Monday 12th March having travelled the length and breath of the province in the process! They started their campaign away to Omagh Academy where they pulled back from 3 nil down at half time to win 4-3 in the last minute of the game. They then travelled to Strabane for the next round where things went their way from the start with a comfortable win. The quarter final was badly affected by the adverse weather conditions and after a number of attempts to play it we progressed to the semi final with a by. For the semi-final we met Foyle and Londonderry half way playing at the Joey Dunlop Centre in Ballymoney and took a while to work our way around their keeper but once we did slotted 4 goals away and earned our way to the final in the process. The final was against Royal School Armagh and it was a well contested match with no score until the last few minutes of the game and unfortunately for us it was Armagh who scored a well executed corner. We fought back and were close to an equaliser in the last play of the game but it wasn't to be our day this time. Well played to all the squad for a great season and good luck to our U6 players for their future hockey careers.
The 1st XI entered the Senior Shield at the quarter final stage playing Omagh Academy at home and winning 3-1. The semi-final was against Victoria College and after a very competitive match where we went from 1 nil up, to 2 -1 down and finished the match strongly making the final score 3 -2 securing our place in the final. Portadown College progressed to the final also and we had to contend with the miserable weather as well as the opposition on Wednesday 14th March. Again it was a well contested match but this time we had the upper hand and managed to score from one of our corners with ten minutes to go. We held Portadown out and that's the way the match finished. After a rollercoaster season where we had a few steep learning curves, this squad deserved to lift the trophy having showed much improvement and determination from September to the last whistle of the final. Particular congratulations to our U6 girls who have had 7 fantastic years of schools hockey and hopefully will continue their hockey beyond school life.
A big thank you to all our supporters throughout the season and especially at the finals, your support is much appreciated especially through the terrible weather you have faced this year!