U11 Finals Day - Boys and Girls

A season of hard work and impressive development reached its culmination at the Ulster Finals today. The u-11 boys A team won the championship after a thrilling 2-1 victory over Portadown. The team had gone unbeaten through 2 group stages and a semi-final without conceding a goal and scoring 30. The final was a stiffer test against a skilful and well-organised Portadown side. They went one behind, but battled back with flare and determination, with Matthew McAreavey firing a scorching reverse-stick shot into the top corner to give Seahorses a 2-1 lead. Then, in the last minute. at the other end, our goalie William Allen pulled off a wonder save, diving high to his left to palm away a sure-fire equaliser from Portadown. Moments of magic capped an afternoon of enchantment. Our warmest congratulations to our coaches Paul, Toby, Dan and Finlay, to all the parents who gave such splendid support and to all the boys who played in our three teams. The Bs and Cs also had successful tournaments with the Cs, a precocious squad of Y5s, making it through to the semi-final of the plate competition.

The u-11 girls were also in action in their Ulster Finals at Playball Arena Stormont. As per usual the girls were a little slow to start and unluckily went down 1-0 to Lisnagarvey. They then beat Elks 3-0, to set up a crucial match against tournament favourites Pegasus. Our girls played their best hockey and matched Pegasus throughout the close-fought encounter. We went inches wide twice and were undone by two Pegasus goals. Undaunted we won our last two games against North Down and South Antrim, but that narrow loss to Lisnagarvey proved decisive and they went into the cup while we progressed to the plate where injuries took a toll and we went down to a big, physical Ballymena side who narrowly lost in the plate final while Pegasus were pipped 1-0 in the cup final by Portadown. Well done to all the girls, a big thank you to Paddy and Jessica ( the master tacticians!) and to the wonderful parents who were a constant encouragement. They should be very proud of the progress we’ve made this season and the way in which we matched Pegasus is tribute to our increasing hockey prowess.

We would like to invite all parents to our club dinner to celebrate the success of youth hockey at Instonians. The dinner is on Friday 1st June from 7.30pm. If you’re interested in coming then please let me or Paul know. You’ll be most welcome.

We also will have an end of season hockey day with parents matches and competitions at Shaws next Sunday and then on Sunday 29th April we’re getting together for our end of season funday from 2pm onwards at Shaw’s Bridge. It should be a very enjoyable occasion.

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