Under 13 A XI Hockey Report
Played 13 Won 11 Drew 0 Lost 2
Goals For: 45 Goals Against: 10
This has been an excellent season for the Under 13A squad. Having missed out on the experience of Year 8 hockey, the girls were raring to go in September and their enthusiasm for training a fixtures continued right through until May. The season began with a strong victory (7:1) against Down High School (scorers: E-M McCreedy (3), E. Girvan (2), E. Hutchinson, H. Davidson) and was soon followed by another convincing win (6:0) against Omagh Academy (E. Girvan (4), H. Davidson, B. Robinson).
October started with a tougher fixture against a very competitive Belfast High School side. RSD emerged as victors by one goal to nil (E. Girvan). Their next opponents were, Clounagh Junior High, also overcome (2:0, E. Girvan, E. Hutchinson). The girls then went on to beat Strathearn Grammar 5:0 (E. Girvan (2), H. Davidson, E. Hutchinson, E-M. McCreedy) and Killicomaine Junior High 3:0 (E. Girvan (2), H. Davidson) before they tasted their first defeat of the season at the hands of Wallace High School (3:1, E. Girvan). The team then finished off the term by getting back on winning ways with another good win against Victoria College (3:1, E. Girvan (2), H. Davidson).
With the Christmas holidays out of the way, the team began 2022 with a hard-fought victory over Royal School Armagh (3:2, E. Girvan 3). This was followed by what was probably their poorest performance, a 2:0 defeat away to Rainey Endowed. However, they were soon back to winning ways with a 2:1 victory over Lurgan Junior High (E. Girvan 2).
With the regular season fixtures at an end, the team continued to train regularly, both after school and on Saturdays nd finished the season with a two night “tour” to the north coast. Here they defeated Cookstown High (4:2, E. Girvan 2, H. Davidson 2) and Coleraine Grammar (6:0, E. Girvan 3, H. Davidson, E-M. McCreedy, E. Hutchinson). This was a fitting way to complete what was a really enjoyable season.
The whole team contributed to this excellent season. In defence, the goalkeeping duties were shared by Sarah McCoy and Megan Chambers, both of whom performed well, with Megan winning one of the “Most Improved Player” awards. The right and left back slots were regularly filled by Abbie Cardwell and Darcy Weir, who played with calmness and determination all year. Emily Watt had a very impressive season at sweeper, where she was regularly made telling tackles and interceptions. At centre back, Beth Robinson had an excellent season, picking up one of the Player of the Season awards for her defensive strength, but also for her role in setting up many of the team’s attacking moves. At times, the defence was also ably supported by Anna Bailey.
The midfield spots rotated through the season. The right side of midfield was usually held by Poppy Hutchinson who worked hard, both in defending and in her build up play. At centre-mid, Abi Neill grew into her role as the season progressed, learning to be the vital player in linking the team’s offensive play. The left side of midfield was taken by Elliot Hutchinson, who led the way in displaying determination and a combative style of play which often helped the team to impose themselves on their opponents. Hannah McIlwaine also rotated in and out of the midfield through the season and her efforts were recognised with the other Most Improved Player award.
The girls posed a real threat in an attacking sense through the season, scoring 45 goals in their 13 fixtures. The main threat to opposition teams was Evie Girvan, who had an outstanding season, scoring 25 goals in the process. Evie’s talent saw her being selected for Ulster side that attended the National Hockey Festival in Dublin in May, and her performances were recognised by
her award as our joint Player of the Year. She was ably supported up front by Honor Davidson and Erin May McCreedy. These girls also chipped in with important goals through the season and were enthusiastic and committed in their approach through the season.
I’d like to thank the girls for all their hard work this season. A special word of congratulations goes out to Beth, Abi an Evie who were so instrumental in the Under 14 XI’s success in the Junior Shield competition. Thanks also to all of the parents who have come out on Saturday mornings to cheer on the girls. A big thank you also to Mrs Stewart for her valuable help, support and banter, with a series of junior sides over the last few years. I look forward to working with the team again next year.
Squad: M. Chambers, S. McCoy, A. Cardwell, B. Robinson, D. Weir, A. Bailey, P. Hutchinson, A. Neill, E. Hutchinson, H. McIlwaine, K. Ryan, A. Doran, A. Watt, R. Richardson, H. Davidson, E. Girvan, E-M. McCreedy, R. Richardson and L. Carberry.
Special thanks to Mr Kerr for this report.
Under 13 B XI Hockey Report
Played: 6 Won: 1 Drew: 2 Lost: 3
Goals For: 3 Goals Against: 6
The Under 13 B squad enjoyed a really fun season of hockey, both during their practices and in fixtures against opposition schools. As a group, they made lots of progress in terms of the their skills and game awareness.
Their first game of the season saw the girls lose a very tight game 1:0 to Wellington College’s A team. They followed this up with an excellent performance to defeat Strathearn 3:0, with goals from Lola Carberry (2) and Hannah McIlwaine. They then went on to earn very commendable draws, both 0:0, with Killicomaine JHS and Wallace HS, before suffering a 2:0 defeat at the hands of Victoria College. They finished off the season with another defeat, this time by 3:0 to Rainey Endowed.
This group have been a pleasure to work with, always enthusiastic and committed in their attendance at after school practice. In terms of awards for the season, Player of the Year was awarded to Anna Bailey, Most Improved Player went to Alice Doran and the Top Goalscorer award was won by Lola Carberry. Hopefully the girls will continue to enjoy their hockey in Year 10 and to maintain their enthusiastic and fun approach to the sport. Well done girls!
Squad: S. McCoy, M. Chambers, A. Bailey, S. Da Costa, C. Rainey, C. Kennedy, R. Geddis, C. Ewing, A. Watt, E. Wilson, A. Doran, L. Carberry, L. Knox, K. Ryan, H. McIlwaine, T. Stoyanova, R. Robinson, S-J. Heatrick and L. Black
Special thanks to Mr Kerr for this report.