For a long number of years Hockey has been the main sport for girls in the school. Grandmothers and Mothers who previously played for the school, now their young daughters and granddaughters play on a fully equipped Astroturf surface – A far cry from the days of shale.
The girls compete at various levels;
Teams compete in the Connacht League. With more schools now playing Hockey, competition in both leagues is of a high level. The girls have the opportunity to travel to other schools, meet new people and, importantly, enjoy social team contact with their peers.
An after-school hockey league was started this year. The teams were:
Boarders as well as day pupils took part from all years. The matches were very competitive. Everyone had a great time!
Great credit and congratulations to TY student Jayne McCormack who was selected to play on the U18 Connacht Hockey Team. she trained all summer in Galway and her dedication has paid off with her selection. Jayne plays mid-field and is a crucial member of the Sligo Grammar School Senior Team.
Unfortunately the Senior team bowed out of the Senior Cup with a defeat by Jesuit College, Galway. On the day they failed to produce their best but generally they played excellent hockey and are still chasing a runners up spot in the North West League.
They finished 4th in a very competitive Senior League with some of the youngest players showing great potential for the future. Special congratulations to Jayne McCormack who played for Connacht Schools in the International Series. Jayne has two more years at this level and has given great inspiration to the other players on the squad.
The U-15 hockey girls have been training hard since the start of the year. Well done to both the A and B teams who each won 2-0 against the Ursuline College Sligo. Aoife Haran, Juno Ellison, Grace Kehoe and Eva Craig scored.
The U-15 team also drew 4-4 to Taylors Hill with Sarah McCormack and Aoife Haran scoring.
The 1st Year Team A had a great start to their hockey life in Sligo Grammar School. Under the coaching of Thomas Ferrari and Sarah Wood-Martin the girls trained hard, winning against Seamount, Kinvarra and drawing against the Ursuline College, Sligo. The girls have two end-of-season blitzes to train for and are looking forward to doing well.
The Senior Team succeeded in reaching the Semi – Final of both the League and the Cup -narrowly missing victory on both occasions.
The team also competed in the Northern League and were pleased to finish 2nd out of eight teams
The U-16 girls have been very fortunate to qualify for the semi-finals . A great achievement well done to all.
The U-15 A team showed the most promise with convincing wins in the league section and then qualifying for the semi-finals where they beat Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone 2-1. In the Connacht Final an early goal from Salerno proved decisive and a very disappointed SGS team returned to Sligo. The U-15 B competed well and just missed out on a semi-final place.