Hockey to return to Magherafelt thanks to Rainey


MAGHERAFELT has a long history of hockey through the Rainey Endowed School and previously fielded a hockey club know as Rainey Old Girls but the club folded five years ago due to lack of players and facilities, leaving the town with no hockey club.

However, things have changed in recent times and since the completion of Meadowbank Sports Arena in January 2008, the sport has enjoyed a great revival.

The new state of the art Arena, the brainchild of Mr John McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Magherafelt District Council, is currently the largest of its kind in Europe.

It boasts an indoor synthetic playing surface which measures 137m X 70m to easily accommodate its full size hockey pitch and complies with all the requirements of the FIH. Ulster Hockey now avails of this superb facility moving the Mid-Antrim sections of the Ulster U12 and U14 Leagues to Meadowbank.

Hockey is now the fastest growing sport in Magherafelt, in one year it has gone from:

• two primary schools playing to ten

• one secondary level school, the Rainey Endowed, playing to three, adding Magherafelt High School and Sperrin Integrated College

• no women playing hockey to 20 playing every Monday night, right through to present

Ulster Hockey is delighted to report the starting of such a new club as part of Rainey Old Boys RFC, to be known as Rainey RFHC. The club has entered a U12 and U14 A & B teams in the Ulster Leagues, with a view to adding an adult’s team next year.

The club wishes now to announce that its first EGM will be held in the Rainey Old Boys RFC on Monday 12 April. The club constitution needs to be passed and a committee selected for the incoming season. The meeting will run from 7.30-9.00pm and all interested parties of all ages are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please refer to the hockey section on the Rainey Old Boys RFC web site to see proposed agenda and constitution 14 days before the meeting. Members must put in writing to the Committee any issues they wish to be discussed at least 7 days prior to the AGM.

The club wishes to enter a ladies team into the Ulster Senior 4 League next season but desperately needs an umpire, it would be greatly appreciated if anyone interested in such a role would attend the meeting or contact the club.

Rainey RFHC would like to thank Chambers Coaches for their sponsorship this season of the Rainey RFHC Club.