THE Strabane Academy Year 8 hockey team made history last Thursday as they made the final of the West of Ulster League Henderson tournament and came runners up. A total of eight schools from across Tyrone, Fermanagh and Donegal competed in the tournament held in Cookstown.
The ‘A’ team were drawn to play Cookstown High first and won 1-0, drew 0-0 with Foyle College, won 3-0 v Omagh Academy ‘B’ team and drew 0-0 with Enniskillen Royal Grammar.
These brilliant results secured them a place in the semi final where they played Omagh Academy ‘A’ team, after an intense game of hockey the game ended in a 0-0 draw which meant six Strabane Academy pupils Captain Kezie Mulholland, Lauren Barnett, Hannah Young, Beth Gamble, Rachel Mealiff and keeper Kerri-Anne Dinsmore had to step up to the plate to take penalty runs.
The girls had 8 seconds to go one on one with the keeper to score a goal.
The Strabane Academy side were simply amazing and handled the pressure exceedingly well showing real grit and determination. At the end of the penalty runs the score was tied so it progressed to sudden death with the same players. Thankfully the Strabane Academy girls held their nerve and won with two successful shots on goal from Lauren Barnett and Hannah Young and some superb saves from Keeper KerriAnne Dinsmore secured the team a spot in the final against Royal and Prior Raphoe. The Strabane Academy girls played their hearts out in the final but were unlucky to concede a goal in the final minutes of the second half.
The U13XI hockey team have also had a very successful season securing a place in the West of Ulster League semi finals and finals day against Castlederg, Omagh Academy and Enniskillen Royal Grammar School.
PE teacher and hockey coach Mrs Crosbie stated, “These results are testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the hockey teams this season combined with our dedicated team of coaches Miss Patterson, Jamee McCauley and umpire Martin Gallagher. Alongside our new state of the art astroturf hockey pitch the future certainly looks bright for hockey here in Strabane Academy.”