Big win for Rainey ES

Rainey ES's Ulster representatives, Tori Hastings and Rachel Burns.
Rainey ES's Ulster representatives, Tori Hastings and Rachel Burns.

The U16 and U18 Interprovincial Series hits off on October 18 in Cork. Both Ulster teams will have Rainey representatives who will be looking to bring the titles back to Ulster.

The Interpros will be played at the Garryduff complex the home of Cork Church of Ireland Hockey Club. The Interpros bring together all areas of Ireland with Leinster, Munster, Connacht and the South East taking part in the tournament.

Ulster Hockey has announced the squads for the Interpros and the Rainey Endowed is delighted to have representatives for the school on both squads. Rachel Burns will play for the U16 Team and Tori Hastings will play for the U18 Team.

Both girls have gained considerable experience over the last year with Rachel just back from the UK School Games were the Ulster U16Team were gold medal winners and Tori played in the Interpros last year for the Ulster U16 team which were outright tournament winners and Tori went on to be selected for the Irish U16 Team.

Rainey Endowed would like to wish the girls and both teams good luck in the Interpros.

Rainey 5 Dalriada 0

On Saturday 12th October Rainey 1st XI faced Dalriada in the Derry and Antrim League.

The game began at a very high tempo after a tough match last weekend against Ballyclare, with Rainey dominating the play and attack.

Throughout the first half of the game, Rainey created many chances in the circle, including two attacking penalty corners but unfortunately were unlucky to not convert with some great linking play through the Rainey forwards and midfield, always looking dangerous on the attack.

Towards the end of the 1st half, Zara Bell put Rainey 1-0 up with Dalriada’s goalkeeper saving a few more attempts on goal.

The girls knew not to relax as the job was not done and Rainey came out and setting the game to a higher pace, with some nifty attacking play up the left-hand side Rachel Burns won a short corner for Nicola Sargent to slot home the second goal of the game. This gave Rainey the momentum required, and Robyn Chambers broke through the middle of the pitch, gaining circle entry taking a shot on goal, with Nicole Heaney getting a touch to give a 3-0 lead.

Rainey continued this great spell, although Dalriada put in solid work in their defensive unit but couldn’t break down the constant attacks. Rainey continued to win circle penetrations and more short corners, with Nicola Sargent scoring her second of the game allowing Rainey to lead 4-0 with a lovely sweep into the net.

Just before the final whistle, Cara Sloan received the ball well on the baseline and took a shot from a narrow angle, concluding the game with a 5-0 win. It was a great performance by all and well deserved.

Report by Vice Captain Robyn Chambers

Rainey II 0 Dalriada II 0

Dalriada travelled to Meadowbank on Saturday to play Rainey. After a fantastic effort last week, the Rainey definitely went out fighting.

The first half saw forwards, Niara Walls and Sara McClure making some good runs up the lines, and Thea Corry making some nice runs up the middle. The Rainey defence worked well together, consisting of Emma McClure, Alice Hardy, Megan Law, Alice Rowan and Laura Bolton, sending some hard hits up the pitch, putting Dalriada under lots of pressure.

Goalkeeper Erin Mulholland made some fantastic saves keeping the score 0-0. After half time the Rainey went back out with determination to win a goal, but unfortunately didn’t succeed, keeping the final score at 0-0. Thanks must go to Colin Barnes for umpiring the game.

Report by Sara McClure

Rainey III 1 Dalriada III 2

On Saturday, Rainey III played their second home league match. Unfortunately, Dalriada caught the home team sleeping and scored in the first few minutes.

However, after that both teams placed great pressure on each other throughout the match, and at the start of the second half Rainey’s scored a brilliant goal, bringing the score to 1-1. Sadly, Dalriada scored in the final minute causing the final score to be 2-1.

Match report Captain Hannah Beattie

Rainey U14A 3 Dalriada 0

Rainey Endowed U14A Team played Dalriada in a league match.

Rainey started from the first whistle with pass back to Alex Burns who then gave it to Lauren Mulholland and continued with good possession and passing to make it 1-0 to Rainey by half time with a Andrea Hegarty goal.

However, in the second half Dalriada pressed back hard but with a strong Rainey defence of Abbie Speers, Zoe Crooks, Charlotte McKinlay and Sarah McGuckin nothing got past.

Rainey continued to have some good attacking runs from Cara Brown, Ellen Campbell and Kathryn Glendinning resulting in two more goals for the Rainey from Lauren Mulholland and Kathryn Glendinning.

Match report Captain Andrea Hegarty

Rainey U14B 2 Dalriada 0

Rainey started off the match strongly attacking Dalriada’s half. A goal from the left post by Jessica McMillin meant that Rainey took an early lead. This was a great team goal with passes by Megan Mallon, Bethany McClenaghan and Rachel Neill before the goal was scored by Jessica.

Another goal was scored 5 minutes later from a great shot by Rachel Neill from a pass by Rachel Savage into the circle.

In the second half Rainey continued to play great team hockey and defended well with Alana Atkinson in goals to prevent the tough opposition from scoring.

Match report by Captain Rachel Savage

Rainey U13A0 Dalriada 1

On Saturday, Rainey started off with the ball with some great attacking and passing from Betty Scott, Emma Scott and Kirstin Thom, but Dalriada remained strong and unfortunately Rainey had not scored any goals by half time.

When the second half kicked off the Rainey girls continued to play well with great defence from Lauryn Heaney and Emma Payne. However, in the dying seconds of the game Dalriada scored a sleeked goal in Rainey’s net.

Match report Emma Scott.

Rainey U13B 1 Dalriada 1

Rainey played a good match and a great goal from Erin Henry in the second half secured a draw.

In the first half Rainey were 1-0 down but with a good team talk from their coach Mrs McAlister, Rainey went back into the second half fighting to get a goal.

Some good saves from goal keeper Courtney Overend kept Rainey in the match and good defence from Naomi Kelso-Mason, Amy Wilson, Jessica Henderson and Nicole Kerr.

Match report Captain Naomi Kelso-Mason