Shane O'Donoghue, who has represented the Irish Men's Hockey team over 100 times was at The King's Hospital today to present our Senior Boys Hockey team with the gear they will wear when they represent The King's Hospital at the All Ireland Schoolboys Hockey tournament this week. Shane spoke to the team about his experiences in different tournaments, both playing for Ireland and when he represented his secondary school, and urged the boys to enjoy the moment as they never know when they might be in this position again. He also challenged them to not let this be the only time they qualify for the All Irelands while they are at The King's Hospital.
The boys head down to Cork tomorrow, Wednesday 25th October, for the tournament where they will play Wesley College, Bandbridge Academy and Bangor Grammar School in their pool. We would like to wish them all the best, and we know they will represent The King's Hospital with pride.
Update on the event
"Our Senior A Boys Hockey team traveled to Cork to participate in the Irish Schoolboys All Ireland tournament in the week before mid term. This was the first time in 10 years the team have qualified for this tournament which is a great achievement. The team was drawn in the 'pool of death' beside Wesley College, Bangor Grammar School and Bandbridge Academy.
First up was Wesley, and the boys fought valiantly but ultimately were put away by a ruthless Wesley side (who went on to play the final). On day two of the tournament, they played Bandbridge Academy and fell to a tough 2-0 defeat, and then our final pool game was a 2-1 loss to Bangor Grammar. The boys dominated the match against Bangor Grammar but unfortunately let a late goal slip in the goal to miss out on a draw. On the final day, the 12 teams who don't make the semi finals arrange a match and we organised to play R.B.A.I from Belfast. Again, the team played really well and were unfortunate to not come away with a win, settling for a 3-3 draw. Coach Rowland Rixon-Fuller was very happy with the performances at the tournament, indicating the team improved through each match and most of the time executed their game plan as they wanted to. The loss to Wesley was a good indication of the standard of schoolboys Hockey and what we can aspire to. With only three of the squad leaving the school this year, there is plenty of talent to ensure it isn't another 10 years before we qualify for the tournament again. Well done boys!
Dave Keelty - Director of Sport