Sports – Hockey

Our Lady’s Bower provides a safe, friendly and supportive environment for all girls to learn and develop their hockey skills, both as a team member and as an individual.

The school fields teams at all levels. We cater for students of all ages and abilities right through from 1st year to 6th year.

In hockey, we aim to develop a sense of competitiveness, team camaraderie and sportsmanship. The school strives to create an environment where opportunities for excellence exist, healthy competitiveness is encouraged, and friendships are formed.

Skills and disciplines instilled in the girls through hockey contribute greatly to their development from young girls through to young adults.

We aim to achieve this in an atmosphere of fun and enthusiasm for the sport of hockey and the honour of representing one’s school.

Many players have gone on to represent their province in this sport and past pupil Jessica McMickan has played for Ireland at U16, U18 and U20 level.

Players are coached to respect the game, their coaches and their team mates.

Our continued success in Connacht school leagues over the years has brought great honour and joy to the school.

Success in competitions such as the Palmer Cup for seniors, and the Blackmore Cup for first years has seen our teams progress to All Ireland level.

In 2010, the school excelled itself by winning the Cahill Shield, the Sweetman Shield and the coveted Lupton Cup at the Connacht finals.

Hockey Season 2016-2017

First Year

The Blackmore team had a great year filled with experiences that will be of benefit in the future. The girls were always enthusiastic and played their hearts out. They had a very enjoyable year which allowed them to develop very well as players and showed their skills on many occasions.

The Cahill team were more fortunate in their luck, they encountered several tough opponents but came out victorious. As with the Blackmore team, these ladies displayed serious skills and worked exceptionally hard in all areas of the pitch They got into the semi-final but we were sadly defeated. The girls did not deserve such a defeat after their hard work. Better luck next year!

Sarah O’Rourke, Louise Boyce, Eimear O’Brien

Lupton Cup

The second year hockey team took on Athlone Community College (ACC) in the Lupton Cup in Athlone Regional Sports Centre, in a tightly contested, highly energetic game. Seven minutes after commencement, ACC got lucky and netted their first goal as a result of a short corner. The Bower fought back and their efforts were rewarded when Ella Meares equalised in a well deserved goal twelve minutes into the first half. ACC dominated play in the first half  but there was no holes in the Bower’s defence.

It was very tight in the second half with the Bower having plenty of goal opportunities but unfortunately the ball never hit the back of the board. The game concluded with a 1-1 scoreline and extra time to be played. Neither teams scored during extra time despite many opportunities on both sides so penalties were inevitable .

Our penalty takers from the Bower were Anna O’Donovan. Kate Faller, Lauren Gallagher, Rebecca Lowe and Aine Gallagher. The nature of the intensity in this game is evident in the results of  the penalties as both teams were level once again. Our goal keeper, Rebecca Collins pulled off some amazing saves to keep us in the game. It came to sudden death and the Bower was unfortunate to lose. Our girls may not have won but they were a credit to our school and had a fantastic display on the day. A special mention to Mr. Mac Carthy who did a brilliant job mentoring the girls on the line.

Louise Boyce, Ally Marren, Julie Healy

 Senior and Junior

As the year began, the girls were as enthusiastic as ever that this would be the year that we would that we would finally have some good luck. Gudgie, as always, was up for the challenge. The first outing of the year took place on a miserable September day. The Seniors and Juniors undertook the long journey to Sligo. The Seniors suffered a heavy defeat which did not mirror the huge effort put in by the girls.

The Juniors had better luck in their match which resulted in a draw. For the remainder of the year both the Juniors and the Seniors experienced amazing wins.

As a result, the junior team found themselves in a final against Salerno. Both teams travelled to Galway to play their matches on a beautiful December morning. A fantastic display of hockey was shown by our Junior ladies with some beautiful hockey skills being demonstrated. Unfortunately, a scoreline of 2-0 to Salerno meant that the girls lost out on winning the Griffin Cup final.

Jesuits got the better of the Senior girls but there was hope yet as a spot in the Ward cup final was to play for. Once again, the Senior Bower girls found themselves on the road to Daingean to face Salerno in the Ward cup semi-final. An amazing performance was put in by all the girls but it just wasn’t our day. Aoife Healy scored the only Bower goal of the day but it wasn’t enough to put the Bower into the final. Gudgie’s hopes were kept alive by the promising First and Second year teams. The Lupton Cup Bower team experienced wins for the most part of the year which left them in a final against Athlone Community College.

Louise Boyce, Eimear O’Brien, Sarah O’Rourke

 

 

Outstanding Players of the Year

  • 2017 Sarah O Rourke & Sarah Lawless
  • 2016 Anna McGann
  • 2015 Hannah Casey
  • 2014 Aiveen Digby & Máirín Ryan
  • 2013 Gemma O’Rourke & Eva Cooney
  • 2012 Ciara Devaney & Eimear O’Rourke
  • 2011 Gráinne Elliot & Amy Farrell