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 see 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.
Our Senior girls faced Seamount College on Friday 16th March in SGS for the final of the Connacht B Cup hockey. The game was played in excellent conditions on the school’s astro-turf pitch. The teams were very evenly matched and both fought hard to gain the upper hand. The score at the end of the match was 2 – 2, the Grammar goals scored by Sarah McCormack and Jayne McCormack (no relation!). The game went to extra time and still no winner emerged, so a penalty shoot-out was called. SGS penalties were scored by Juno Ellison and Sarah McCormack. After the penalty shoot-out the teams were still even so the game went to sudden death. SGS missed and Seamount scored, so the cup went to the visitors. Bitter disappointment for our girls and their coaches after a brilliantly fought match. Clips from the match are on our Twitter page so have a look at the highlights.
The first term was good one for Sligo Grammar School hockey. The Seniors had a great season this year, making it to the final of the Connacht B League. They started out well against Salerno, managing to get six goals past the Galway girls. Unfortunately they missed winning by one goal. The U16 A’s unfortunately developed a habit of losing by one goal, but spirits are high for their graduation to senior rank. The U16 B’s are going really well in the Howley Cup, the girls will be trying to retain the shield. The first years are flying at the moment. They are looking forward to playing in Dublin and the team trip to Belfast. Well done to Sarah Mc Cormack who made the Connacht training squad
Well done to Sligo Grammar School’s U16 Hockey Team who won the Howley Plate in Galway on Friday 27th January, in a match against Salerno Secondary School, Galway. The final score was 1 – 0 to the Grammar School with the winning goal being scored by Rebecca Harte, 2nd Year. A hearty congratulations to all on the team!
Congratulations go to Jayne McCormack who has been selected to play for Connacht in U18 Hockey. Jayne has been playing hockey with the Sligo Grammar School since she joined the school in first year. Throughout her time in the school Jayne has proven herself on the hockey field, becoming one of the most talented and hardworking of players. Last year she was also selected to play for Connacht so, clearly she is keeping up the good work on the hockey field! Well done, Jayne.
Below are some of this year’s hockey teams.