Schoolgirl’s finals round-up
Senior 3 League Final: St Kilian’s German School 2 (Anna Heisterkamp, Eve O’Leary)- Rathdown School 0
St Kilian’s German School celebrated their first ever senior girl’s hockey title on Thursday in Grange Road when they beat Rathdown 2-0 in the final of the Senior 3 League. St Kilian’s Anna Heisterkamp took advantage of an early surge into the Rathdown circle to net a fine reverse stick shot into the top corner for the first, a spectacular effort.
Rathdown went on the counter-attack and were unlucky not to score from a number of short corners. And Kilian’s young senior side were tested even further when captain Sadhbh Hoban-Logan had to leave the pitch for attention for a hand injury but they managed to hold Rathdown at bay.
Strengthened by the return of their skipper in the second half , Kilian’s again went on the attack and after a great piece of teamwork, Eve O’Leary skillfully put the ball into the Rathdown net.
There was once again a fightback from Rathdown who looked threatening throughout but the Kilian’s defence remained defiant and a fantastic save by Elizabeth Murphy denied what had looked like a certain goal. The final whistle was greeted with huge relief by the St Kilian’s team delighted to celebrate their first Senior title ever with their coach, Fingal’s Tom Parsons.
Junior B League final: Teresians 0 Loreto Foxrock 0, Teresians won 3-2 on sudden death penalties
Sophie Craig proved the heroine as she showed nerves of steel to score two superb penalty one-on-ones in succession to hand Teresians a dramatic late victory. It handed the Donnybrook school their second title within a week, emphatically ending a run of just one trophy in the past 12 years in some style. In normal time, they shaded an incredibly even tie with captain Julia Mullin, Rachel Dillon and Anna Flynn showing great bursts of skill from midfield. Foxrock scored two of their early penalties to lead 2-1 but Craig scored in the final round to send the shoot-out to an extra round and she stepped up again to finish off. Susan Humphreys saved the next effort to start the celebrations in earnest.
Minor A Cup final: Loreto Foxrock 1 (Laura Hamill) Mount Anville 0
Laura Hamill’s goal proved the winner for Loreto, Foxrock as they got the better of Mount Anville last weke in a tightly-fought final. The side were captained by Orlaith Demery with Rachel Boyce her vice-captain. The former subsequently hit the winner in the league semi-finals in a 2-1 result against St Gerard’s but they missed out on the double as Mount Anville prevailed on penalties. Foxrock were within moments of recording their second trophy but the Goatstown opposition grabbed a late equalizer for a 2-2 result. The two schools could not be separated over the first series of five penalties but Mount Anville bounced back to earn a share of the silverware over the season.
Loreto Foxrock panel: Lisa Walsh, Caroline Dawson, Juliette O’Flynn, Anna Fisher, Kim Bennett, Laura Hamill, Rachel Boyce, Fiona O’Neill, Amy McGovern, Orlaith Damery, Ellen Curran.
Subs: Lara Fennelly, Lauren Hanney, Aisling Walsh, Robyn Collins, Siona Moloney.
Coaches: Siobhan Keogh, Wendy Byrne & Gillian Dawson.
Senior 1 League final: St Columba’s 3 (Alice Alexander 2, Helene Peters) Teresians 1
St Columba’s retained the Senior 1 title on Monday when they got the better of Teresians. Alice Alexander settled the nerves with a goal early on and the Whitechurch school pressed home their superiority, eventually winning 3-1, with further goals from Alexander and Helene Peters.
Minor C League final result: Muckross 2 Loreto Foxrock 1
Claudia Tierney Cup final: High School 1 Mount Sackville 1, High School won 4-3 on penalties
** Thanks to all those who helped out with photos and reports this week; if you want to send in anything from the other schools finals, the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org