Rainey’s Golden girls

Rainey Endowed School Form 2 Hockey team captain Rachel Burns proudly displays the Form 2 Derry & Antrim Hockey trophy after wining the annual tournament for the third year in a row. Looking on are team members and coach Mrs Burns.mm41-374sr

Rainey Endowed School Form 2 Hockey team captain Rachel Burns proudly displays the Form 2 Derry & Antrim Hockey trophy after wining the annual tournament for the third year in a row. Looking on are team members and coach Mrs Burns.mm41-374sr

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THE Rainey Endowed Form Two girls travelled to Limavady Grammar on October 6 to play in this annual tournament.

The weather conditions were appalling with torrential rain, lighting and hailstones but the girls were not deterred. They hoped to do well as Rainey are the holders of this tropy for the past two years.

In their opening game against Foyle and Londonderry College the Rainey started slowly and although they did create scoring opportunities, were unable to finish them off resulting in a 0-0 draw.

However, after some tacticaly advice and positional changes they were determined to do better against Dalriada in their second match.

Indeed they did show better patterns of play and Rachel Burns was unlucky not to score as the post saved for Dalriada, so again the girls had to settlet for a 0-0 draw.

But the Form Two girls remained positive and could see clear improvement in their game, so it was just reward in their third match against Coleraine Girls High School , that they claimed a decisive 2-0 victory, with great goals from Thea Corry and Alice Hardy.

By now the on-form Rainey team were looking more like their normal selves and it was all one-way traffic against Limavady Grammar, with Alice Hardy scoring a brilliant shot from the top of the D and finishing off a Rachel Burns corner for the rebound to make it another 2-0 win.

As a round robin tournament the last match turned out to be the tournament decider.

The girls had to play Ballymena Academy who were ahead on points so only a win for Rainey would be enough to lift the trophy.

The girls showed no nerves, they knew the plan and stuck to it with great discipline.

The Rainey totally dominated the first half of the match and when Rachel Burns saw her opportunity from a quick free she took it well to strike from the top of the D and score the all-important goal.

Ballymena fought back really well and were rewarded with a short corner but the Rainey defence held strong and the girls were delighted to once again win this torunament to claim the gold medals and trophy.

The Rainey Form Two team was: Rachel Burns, Erin Mulholland, Laura Bolton, Megan Law, Alice Hardy, Alice Rowan, Sarah Caldwell, Caitlin McNally, Sara McClure, Laura Stewart, Chloe Robinson, Thea Corry and Hannah Leacock.