Bloomfield Collegiate School’s Hockey 1st XI defeated Foyle College in a thrilling final to become Superleague Tier B champions.
“Every game is a tense occasion. As the day of the cup final approached, our nerves were frayed.
When we played Grosvenor in the semi final, everyone was determined to beat them. It was a tight match but we won 1-0. We knew the final was going to be difficult.
We had a large crowd supporting us which gave us the confidence to go out and play our best. The first goal we scored also helped settle our nerves. Foyle thought they had scored an equaliser but it was disallowed. We were relieved and more determined than ever to succeed.
We pushed on and scored 4 more goals to make it 5-1. Erin Adams scored the hat-trick of the match. Lucy Bell and Heidi Mitchell also scored fantastic goals. The whole team worked really well together: we passed effectively and communicated throughout. It really was a team performance.
Player of the match was Nadia Bell; she played incredibly and deserved the precious title. We were all extremely proud of each other. We are the champions!”
Madison Loughrey (Goalkeeper)
The 1st XI played in Tier B of the Superleague this season and in a thrilling final defeated Foyle
and Londonderry College 5-1. Coached by Mr Jamie Ireland and captained by Lucy Bell, the
girls gave the huge crowd of spectators at NI Civil Service Sports Association’s Playball facility
in Stormont Estate a magnificent exhibition of individual skill and teamwork. Goals were scored
by Heidi Mitchell, Lucy Bell and a hat-trick by Erin Adams. A sterling performance from Madison
Loughrey in goal earned her the crowd’s vote for player of the match.
Their journey to the final started with wins over Kilkeel High School and Cambridge House, and
a draw with Cookstown High School. This left them top of their group and faced with a quarterfinal
draw against Lagan College, which they won 5-0. A closely contested semi-final against
Grosvenor Grammar was decided by a goal from Lucy Bell.
During their run, the girls have played with increased maturity. Meg Watterson, Aimie Stewart
and Beth Clark, who moved up from junior hockey this season, have slotted seamlessly into
the squad. Stalwarts in defence, Rachel Cairns, Kathryn McKibben and Cora Hogan, have
worked tirelessly along with Nadia Bell. Joining Lucy in midfield, Connie Ruding and Tess
Greer have been dominant in the middle of the pitch and up front, Heidi, Erin and Kathryn
Dempster have had a knack of splitting the opposition’s defence and scoring goals.
Their Senior Schools’ Cup run continues having beaten Grosvenor 2-1 in the first round. Their
performances are an inspiration for the younger hockey players in school. Well done girls!
Bloomfield Collegiate 4 Foyle College 1
Bloomfield Collegiate 1 v Grosvenor 0
Bloomfield Collegiate 5 v Lagan College 0
Cookstown HS 0 Bloomfield Collegiate 0
Bloomfield Collegiate 4 Cambridge House 0
Kilkeel HS 0 Bloomfield Collegiate 14