17 Apr 2018

End of Season Report

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

‎Jonathan Murphy‎ to Priorians Hockey
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Well that is another season over.

This season saw the 1st XI return to Senior One so it was a season of change.

There was a change in the level of opposition and well the retirement of some players from last season.

The season started with a group stage of the cup with evening games leaving the team short on players who were unable to play due to new work commitments.

So after a few games the 1sts had to bid farewell to the cup at the group stage, the team started to gel together after losing some players and bleeding in new ones building up to the league opener.

The league season opened with a home game and a draw with Raphoe who came down last season from the Premier.

After this was a run of 4 wins 3 away from home and one at home over Omagh.

With the team having to playing away due to pitch issues there were some defeats in the lead up to the Christmas break.

After the break there was a run of home games providing a mixture of results.

Good wins V Victorians, Knock and Armagh were followed but a defeat to runaway league winners Lisnagarvey.

As the season ended the 1st managed a very respectable 5th in their 1st season back in Senior one.

Played 21, Won 8, Drew 4, Lost 9, Goals scored 37, Goals Against 33

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The 2nd XI continued again in Junior 4 and started off with a good win over Ballymoney, however this was followed up by a run of defeats before a good win over Queens.

They started their cup run with a run in victory before a hard fought game over Enniskillen, however there was a shock loss to Ballymoney in the Quarter Final

The team finished the league season in indifferent form. This season was difficult as they had to play most games without Juan at the side lines to provide guidance but with a respectable 4th finish to build on again for next season.

Played 21, Won 10, Drew 4, Lost 7, Goals Scored 43, Goals Against 47
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8 Apr 2018

Matches for Week Ending 14.04.2018

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

Tuesday 10.04.2018    Priorians 1sts v Raphoe 1sts  Away at Raphoe  at 8.00pm

ALL SUPPORT WELCOMED.

Saturday 14.04.2018    Priorians 1sts v Lisnagarvey 1sts  Away at Lisnagarvey  at 2.30pm

Last games for this season.

22 Mar 2018

Minis and Colts Prize Night

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

The final night for this seasons Minis and Colts was held on Wednesday 21st March, 2018.  The boys and girls played a number of skills tests and the enthusaism on their faces showed how much they enjoyed it.  At the end of the session the coaches handed out awards and thanked the girls and boys for attending each Wednesday Night.  Thanks was also given to the many parents who came to watch and helped during the season.  Thanks to all coaches and helpers who give of their time each week to bring on the future players of Priorians Hockey Club.

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL NEXT SEASON AND ALSO AT OUR ANNUAL SUMMER CAMP (Date TBC)

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11 Mar 2018

Match Report for Priorians 1sts v CI 1sts

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

IMG_1807Priorians Ladies welcomed CI Ladies to Foyle Arena for the last home match for the season. The weather although milder was the wettest it has been all season. It was a disappointing performance from the home side and the ladies certainly were feeling the pressure throughout the game.
CI took control early and had many attempts on goal. They were awarded a few penalty corners but Lizzie, Priorians goalkeeper, maintained a clean sheet. She made a great save placing the ball wide of goal. The ball went out of play giving the visitors a long corner. They took the free and sent the ball straight into the circle. Despite this being an infringement the play continued and CI scored. Priorians captain, Kristel Brown, made a challenge to this as the ball was not moved before going straight into the circle. The umpires conversed for short time and the goal was rightly disallowed. The first half finished scoreless.
Half time was very short with little time to have any discussion.
The priorians girls were frustrated at their own performance. The CI girls made an early attack causing the home side to re-focus very quickly and start to make stronger, smarter passes. They gained more control and better hockey ensued. There was more end to end play. Vice captain, Jill Kennedy, made a super impact in centre midfield attacking with speed and defending with strength. With three minutes to go Priorians were awarded a penalty corner. The set play didn’t go to plan and prior failed to get a shot on target. The final whistle was blown and a point for each team meant no change in the league table.
Priorians have two more games to be arranged. The outcome these matches could potentially mean a play off situation for the Premier League.
The second Xl squad have two games this week to finish their season. The final game is at home on St. Patrick’s Day. They hope to finish on a high also and are aiming for top three positions in league.

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25 Feb 2018

Match Report – Priorians 1sts v Ballyclare 1sts

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

Priorians 1sts  4  Ballyclare 1sts 0

Priorians first eleven ladies welcomed Ballyclare 1st Xl ladies to Foyle Arena. Ulster Hockey were unable to supply branch umpires this week so the home side would like to thank Sarah Boal (Raphoe) and Ballyclare’s coach for stepping in. On their previous meeting Ballyclare, at home, took the NW side by surprise and scored 2 goals early. The final score that time was 3-2 to Ballyclare. The Priorians ladies were not about to let the visitors get an easy game this time around. Despite not having their dynamic forward Emma Allen, out due to last week’s injury, Prior were the team to score early. Rachael McSparron claimed the goal after 4 minutes into the first half. Just 5 minutes later Priorian’s Jill Kennedy scored for the home side. It was then Ballyclare’s turn to take control of the game. They entered the circle 6 times but without any score. They also were awarded two penalty corners in the final 5 minutes of the half. These were both missed. As Ballyclare were taking control of the game Prior’s defence was strengthened by their midfield. Rachael McSparron and Alice O’Neill covering and marking effectively. It was during this time that there was a clash of heads and both players had to leave the field. Thankfully, Rachael McSparron was able to return to play in the second half for the home side.

With the score line at 2-0 to Priorians it was up to the visitors to take control again. This wasn’t to be as Priorian’s Sarah Black (Strabane Academy) scored 10 minutes into the half. Tempers began to fray on both teams. Ballyclare received their green card for talking back to the umpire and Priorians received a green card for tackling. After a warning from the umpires the hockey continued and Priorians defenders got involved in the action with Bronagh McCauley making a run at the circle. Young player, Ellie Goodman (Foyle College), was unlucky not to get a goal herself with fantastically placed through balls from the midfield. Jill Kennedy despite being marked tightly the whole game showed great individual skill taking on player after player and scoring the fourth goal at 60 minutes. Priorians held on for the final 10 minutes to keep a clean sheet. Lizzie Ballentine and the rest of her defence making superb saves when required. The ladies now have 3 matches left, which have been rescheduled due to bad weather during December and January. They travel to Lisnagarvey Saturday 3rd March for a rematch and a top of the table clash once again.

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21 Feb 2018

Match Report – Priorians 1sts v Lisnagarvey 1sts

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

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Priorians 1sts 0 Lisnagarvey 1sts 3

Priorians hosted table toppers Lisnagarvey at the Foyle Arena on  Saturday. The teams are sitting in first and second place in the Senior One league leaving  them both in contention for promotion into the Premier League.  Priorians had only 11 players available this week leaving them all prepared to play a full, fast 70 minutes.

Lisnagarvey had five penalty corners in the first half but the Priorians defence were sharp and effective to deny them.  The visitors also entereded the circle many times but the home side remained calm.  Lizzie Ballantine made three excellent saves during the onslaught of Garvey players attacking the circle.  There were some great attacking plays for the home side with Alice O’Neill, Grace Hand, Jill Kennedy, Sarah Black and Emma Allen all penetrating the circle.  As the end of the first half approached Lisnagarvey set up for a hit out.  Priorians forward, Emma Allen stood in front of the ball blocking the direct hit.  Unfortunately, the Garvey defender hit the ball directly at her and she sustained a broken finger as a result.  Unfortunately Emma had to go to A&E at half time leaving Priorians with only 10 players.

It was another 20 minutes of excellent play from both teams before Garvey scored their first goal.  It was contested by the home side as they beieived there had been a foul before the shot but this was dismissed.  This gave the visitors a lift and they came back strong and were awarded another penalty corner.  It was a straight strike from the top of the circle.  It went in at a controversial height , but despite the shouts from the sidelines and the  Priorian players, both umpires after a short discussion awarded the goal.  Priorians were not beaten yet and with only 10 players continued to attack the Garvey goal.  Jill Kennedy and Rachael McSparron used speed and skill to move the ball through the opposition.

With only a few minutes left of the game, Lisnagarvey made another attack on the ride side of the pitch using a forward to run wide of the circle. The player took a reverse shot and it slipped through leaving the final score at 3-0.

12 Feb 2018

Match Report for Priorians 1sts v Armagh 1sts

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

Priorians 1sts  5  Armagh 1sts  0Jill Kennedy

The home side were determined to come out strong as the reverse fixture saw the NW side narrowly beaten 2-1 by Armagh who scored two penalty corners.   Priorians started the first half with a change of positions and tactics from previous games. They were decisive and passed quickly making attacks early on.   They also handled the counter attacks from the very fast, young Armagh side.   The first half ended 2-0 to Prior.

The ladies were not taking anything for granted as they were in the same position last week and let their lead go.   Armagh’s goalkeeper was in great form handling shots in quick succession and deflecting penalty corners.  The Armagh Ladies were highly defensive making Priorians work for every play they had.  The more experienced homeside, however, were patient and used every member of the team to pass the ball smoothly and quickly looking for a way to penetrate the circle.  They found the goal three more times across the half.   Jill Kennedy scored 3 and Emma Allen 2.   Player of match was Jill Kennedy.   Young goalkeeper, Alex Dougherty, was also praised for keeping a clean sheet for Priorians.

The home side will play again this Saturday against league leaders, Lisnagarvey. With 5 games left in the season, Priorians are sitting second in Senior one league. This would leave them in a play off position for the Premier League!

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4 Dec 2017

Report from Priorians 1sts v Ballyclare 1sts

Author: sandra | Filed under: Firsts

Priorians travelled to Ballyclare to round off the first half of their return to senior one. They had an unexpected week off last Saturday due to a frozen pitch at Lisnagarvey. The game proved to be a story of two halves. The first half was dominated by the Home side, with Ballyclare attacking hard and winning Penalty corners. They picked up on poor passing from the visitors and a counter attack followed, they entered the circle and took a shot on goal. Priorians goal keeper made an excellent save but the ball unfortunately proceeded to touch a prior foot awarding Ballyclare a penalty corner. They scored, and a second goal in the same half for the Home side came from another penalty corner where two Priorians defenders were sent back to half way line due to breaking the line. Following this Priorians tried to hold procession using the far right. Rachael, Rhonda and Grace from Priorians made efforts to penetrate the circle. The Ballyclare goalkeeper moved early leaving the goal open for Grace Hand to sweep in. End to end play then ensued and Ballyclare made one last counter before half time resulting in a player pile up at the goal mouth despite the first shot being saved agin by Lizzie Ballentine a goal was awarded leaving the score 3-1 at half time to Ballyclare.
The second half started poorly with Priorians ladies not focusing enough to keep procession long enough to attack the opposition’s half. Following this period the visitors stepped it up with superb linking play and switching the ball across the pitch. Priorians scored twice from penalty corners in second half with Jill Kennedy’s strike disallowed as a Priorians player entering the circle too early. The girls were allowed a second attempt and Nicola Lowry made sure to slot the ball home to confirm 3-2. The final 20 minutes brought Ballyclare back into some attacking play but Priorians players Alice, Coral and Rachael were determined in channelling and tackling expertly to keep Priorians fighting to the final whistle. Final score 3-2. O’Neill Bros Master Joiners, sponsors of the Priorians season, would like to wish the girls Good luck for their final match of 2017 against Raphoe on Saturday 16th December.
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16 Nov 2017

All Square In Ballymena

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

IMG_6042Saturday saw Priorians first team travel to Ballymena. The win over Omagh the Saturday before led to Priorians claiming top spot in the league table, a position the girls were keen to maintain.
Having lost 3-1 to Ballymena in the cup at the start of the season, the team knew that they would have to fight hard to leave Ballymena with some points.
Ballymena attacked with pace from the first whistle, however this did not phase the Prior girls. The defence calmly stopped any Ballymena advances towards goal.
Good linking play from the defence and midfield provided Emma Allen with the ball on the right wing. Emma made a powerful strike on goal which was denied by the Ballymena keeper.
The opposition were on the attack again, and they had a few chances on goal, but thanks to excellent tackling by the Prior defence and to some fantastic saves by keeper, Lizzie Ballentine, Ballymena failed to convert. Despite chances at both ends, the first half ended without any goals.
In the second half, both teams came out fighting hard, determined to take the lead in this very competitive game. Ballymena advanced towards goal once again, however, the Prior defence stood strong. Despite their best efforts, Ballymena could not score.
Lizzie Ballentine made an impressive diving save to stop a shot from going in at the left post and soon after, Rhonda Curry, cleared a ball off the line.
Elle Goodman, a new addition to the Priorians first squad, made a strong run up the right side. This fuelled a period of attacking play for Prior that was rewarded with a penalty corner. The penalty corner was nearly converted by Jill Kennedy, however a good clearance from a Ballymena player denied the visitors the glory. The match ended as a goalless draw and the Prior girls were happy to go away with a point.
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1 Nov 2017

Priorians win with First Half Goals

Author: sandra | Filed under: Firsts, Seconds

IMG_4913Priorians were on their travels again on Saturday as they took on Knock at Strathern School pitches.
Priorians were missing many players from both squads which meant both first and second teams were without substitutes. However the girls and their coach felt confident that match fitness would not be a factor due to intense weekly sessions with fitness coach, Kyle McSparron.
Knock took the pass back but it wasn’t long before Priorians began trying to attack. The pitch is a very different playing surface from the one at St. Columb’s Park. The surface allows for a faster paced game which suits Priorians and they played a smart game, looking for a space or creating ‘two on ones’.
This creation of passes meant they penetrated the circle easily. Ellie Goodman confidently found Jill Kennedy who slotted it past the goalkeeper.
There were shouts from the homeside’s coach to dispute the goal but both umpires awarded the goal and play continued.
Knock players were quick on the attack following the reset. They used triangular passing effectively and found skilful players who tried to shimmy past the Prior defence. Rhonda Curry and Nicola Lowry were extremely strong and the Knock forwards – not being able to get a shot on target – tried to find ways to get a penalty corner. They were rewarded. They pushed the ball out to the left player throwing Prior’s first runner a little who had to change her run. The deception was not as fruitful for Knock as expected leaving the score at 1-0.Priorians were not content with only one goal and went on the attack again but then the opposition’s centre back was well positioned to read the Priorians play around the circle.
The midfield and forwards changed tactics and ended up a penalty corner. A strong push out from Nicola Lowry missed the stopper but found back-up Ellie Goodman who gave the ball into the circle for another shot on goal by Jill Kennedy and she made no mistake, hammering past the keeper.
Again the homeside disputed the goal but again after some deliberation with umpires, the goal was awarded for a 2-0 interval lead at half-time.
In the second half, Prior had to deal with a very high press from Knock meaning getting the ball into the midfield was proving difficult. Knock had many more chances in the second half. Nicola Lowry even saved a shot off the line, keeping the away side’s clean sheet in the Senior One League.
Knock were awarded another penalty corner but despite quickly taking their straight strike they could not get past the Priorians keeper.
Priorians had to deal with a lot more pressure in the second half. They tried to use aerial passes to get around the high press and well placed defenders. Their efforts were not rewarded this time but they had done enough to take the win.

Priorians seconds travelled to Dungannon for a cup game. The score was 0-0 even afer extra time which meant for the first time, tthe North West Club had to do the highly entertaining penalty runs.
A player has eight seconds to score past the opposition’[s keeper, running from outside the circle. Priorians young keeper, Alex Doherty, showed skill in saving numerous penalty runs. This gave Priorians seconds the confidence to take the lead and move onto the next round of the cup.
O’Neill Master Joiners, Club Sponsors, would like a big turnout for the next game at home on Saturday 4th November at Foyle Arena. Priorians first play Omagh Firsts at 2.30pm.

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