Alex and Foxrock through to Junior final; Shaw extends Rathdown contract

Alexandra College will play Loreto Foxrock in the final of the Leinster schoolgirl’s Junior Cup next Wednesday, December 18 in Grange Road at 2pm following their respective wins this week.

Alex beat Mount Anville in their semi-final 3-1 having built a three-goal lead at the break. The first goal came from break from deep involving Katherine Egan and then Abi Acheson who drove baseline and laid back for Sophie Roopnarinesingh to score.

Graham Shaw has extended his contract with Rathdown as Director of Hockey to 2018

Graham Shaw has extended his contract with Rathdown as Director of Hockey to 2018

The second came from Freya McDermott from a corner, hitting it on the reverse rather her open side. And the run of goals was complete from a corner switch with Habika O’Connor getting the last touch. Mount Anville replied with a corner in final few minutes.

Loreto Foxrock, meanwhile, got the better of Muckross 2-0 to earn their place in the final of the competition.

At senior level, Claudia Larmour’s single goal was enough to propel St Andrew’s into the semi-finals of the Premier League as they beat Loreto, Beaufort 1-0 in midweek.

Wesley College will face Mount Sackville for the other playoff place from Section A. Section B’s two semi-finalists were also confirmed this week as Rathdown beat Loreto Foxrock 2-1.

It came during a week in which the Glenageary school extended the contract of Director of Hockey, Graham Shaw, to 2018. Since joining the sports team at the school in 2010, Rathdown has undergone a surge in participation levels and now fields 13 teams in the senior school.

During this time, the school competed in its first ever Leinster Senior Cup final last spring. In addition to his role at Rathdown, Shaw is an assistant coach with the Irish women’s team and men’s head coach with Monkstown.

His brief is to oversee a five-year plan for the continued development of hockey in both the senior and junior School, this plan will be supported by the school’s new sports committee under the chairmanship of Bryan Evans (school parent). Similar plans are being prepared for athletics and basketball.

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