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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.

21 Feb 2018

Match Report – Priorians 1sts v Lisnagarvey 1sts

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

Priorians 1sts v Ballyclare 1sts Home Foyle Arena 2.30pm
Priorians 2nds v Randalstown 3rds Home Foyle Arena 4.00pm




19 Feb 2018

Matches for Saturday 24.02.2018

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!

Emma Allen

12 Feb 2018

Match Report for Priorians 1sts v Armagh 1sts

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.

16 Nov 2017

All Square In Ballymena

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

Priorians 1sts v Armagh 1sts Away at 2.30pm
Priorians 2nds v Randalstown 3rds Away at 2.30pm

14 Nov 2017

Matches for Saturday 18.11.2017

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized


Priorians will be hoping to keep the momentum going in the league this weekend when they travel to Knock on the back of 1-0 victory over CI Ladies Hockey Club last Saturday.
A first half Sarah Black goal proved the winner as Priorians once again kept a clean sheet and claimed an excellent win on the road.
For the opening 20 minutes of the game it was pretty openly contested with chances at both ends. Priorians defence showed their strength at the back while under pressure from a half court press. They calmly kept possession, however passing from left to right which created an opening down the right hand side where Rhonda Curry carefully picked her pass to Rachael McSparron.
A great solo run by McSparron provided the opportunity for Black to fire it home on the reverse which put Priorians one up before half time.
CI came out stronger in the second half creating a few close chances putting the away side under pressure. The also defended well against a few penalty corners. Alex Doherty, who was standing in for Lizzie Ballantine, made a great save off the line meaning Priorians are yet to concede this season. The best opportunity for Prior in the second half came from Emma Allen who had a one- to-one encounter with the CI keeper, unfortunately she was denied the glory. Despite CI’s best efforts, Priorians came out on top winning 1-0. Player of the match was centre back, Nicola Lowry.
The girls along with their coach and sponsors O’Neill Master Joiners are keen to keep the momentum going for the first half of the season as they prepare for the difficult trip to Knock this weekend.
TEAM: Alex Dougherty, Nicola Lowry, Rhonda Curry, Kristel Brown, Bronagh McCauley, Coral Lapsley, Alice O’Neill, Grace Hand, Hannah McCollum, Sarah Black, Jill Kennedy, Emma Allen, Rachael McSparron and Demi Harper.

25 Oct 2017

Match Report – Priorians 1sts v CI

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

Click link below to download Registration Forms for Priorians Hockey Club.  All help would be appreciated.





13 Sep 2017

Priorians Registration Forms

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Anyone looking to order Kit please click on links below.





Minis and Colts Registration Night is on Wednesday 13th September 6-7pm.  Come along, grab a form, meet the coaches and possibly pick up a bargain on kit and hockey accessories.

Training will begin the following week 20th September

Minis 5.45-6.45pm

Colts 6.30-7.30pm

Spread the word and bring your friends along.

Plenty of reasons to come and join our wee family.

  • fun and friendship
  • developing hockey and keeping fit
  • competitive games
  • developing independent and cooperative skills.

Look out for us in “Local Woman” in the next few issues – with Rachael McSparron.



29 Aug 2017

Mini and Colts Registrations

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

IMG_0311Priorians held their annual summer camp this week – 14th-17th August at St. Columb’s Park.  Although the weather was mixed it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of all the young people who took part.  As they all said a LITTLE rain never hurt anyone!!!  Don’t know what they call heavy rain then.  Starting with a warm-up each morning and a few games to get them going before embarking on various skills work the day was full of laughter and screams of excitement when things didn’t quite go to plan and there was always someone following them with a camera to capture the moment.  Priorians hope this will encourage them to come to their mini and colts nights and enjoy learning more about the game of hockey.

A big thank you must go to all the coaches who came and gave of their time and knowledge each day.  Some of them acted like young kids let out for the day but always were on hand to take a young person under their wings.  A special thanks must go to Kristel and Rachael who co-ordinated the whole thing and again to all the other coaches (too many to mention).  We also thank the parents who brought the kids to and from the camp each day.  Without you we wouldn’t have such a successful camp.  The new hockey season starts in September and we would welcome all support from the parents by maybe bringing the young ones to see a home hockey match now and again.

We look forward to another successful Summer Camp in 2018.


17 Aug 2017

2017 Summer Camp

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