Hockey has traditionally been a major sport for the girls of Mount Sackville. Approximately 250 girls play hockey with 16 teams participating in Leinster or North Dublin leagues and cups. Training occurs every afternoon from 4-6pm and each team works with a dedicated coach.
The School's Sport’s Captain, Sarah Hawkshaw and Clodagh Fullston are the 1st Team captains.
The 2013/2014 Hockey Secretaries are Hannah Barr, Seana Carty and Robyn O’Neill.
Meet the Captains
Team captains are very important to the successful running of our hockey programme. They are the link between the coach and the players and wear their captain’s armbands with pride. Congratulations to all the captains who are doing an excellent job this year.
Senior 1 Sarah Hawkshaw and Clodagh Fullston
Senior 2 Molly Higgins-Jackson
Senior 3 Niamh O’Keeffe
Senior 4 Fiona Stinson
Junior A Molly Donegan
Junior B Grainne Fitzgerald
Junior C Caoimhe Doherty
Junior D Sarah Kinsella
Minor A Cara Sheehan
Minor B Ciara O’Connor
Minor C Nicole Mc Clean
Minor D Aoife Mohan
I am very proud to be captain of this year’s Minor A hockey team. We have trained very well, listened to the coach and worked hard to improve our skills. Although we haven’t achieved as much success as we deserved in terms of wins, the work completed this year will really stand to us over the coming months. Thank you everyone for all your efforts.
Meet the Coaches
Minor A & B
Junior B C & D
At Mount Sackville we are also very lucky to have an excellent fitness coach who has all of the teams prepared for the upcoming season and also helps maintain the fitness of all players on every team throughout the year: Ms Brigid Corrigan
Our North Dublin 1 and 3 teams will play in the finals of the North Dublin League on Thursday 27th March and the North Dublin 2 team is playing a playoff tomorrow, 25th March, to determine whether they get into the final.
A parent vs daughter hockey match will be played on Saturday 22nd March at 12 midday.
6th years will play the Castleknock College 6th year boys on Friday 21st March at 4.30. It is a fundraiser for the Jack Kavanagh Trust and supporters are to be charged €2 entry.
Senior Cup match venue change:
The Senior Cup Hockey match scheduled to be played at Mount Sackville will instead be played at Loreto Beaufort at 2.30pm on Tuesday 28th January. This due to our pitch being unplayable at the moment.
Senior 1 Hockey Team Featured in the Herald Newspaper
Our Senior 1 hockey team featured in the Herald earlier this week, after beating Andrew's and securing their place in the semis against Rathdown.
Read the Herald article here
Leinster Senior Premier League Semi Final
Congratulations to our Senior 1 hockey team and their fantastic coaches for reaching the semi finals of the Leinster Senior Premier League, for the the first time ever in Mount Sackville history! The girls played a great match and fought hard but were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to Rathdown.
As usual the team was grateful for its ever present parent support and was delighted by the extra support offered by the 1st and 4th year students and senior hockey players.
We wish the girls the best of luck in their cup match this Thursday!
Match Updates January 2014
The senior 1 squad got off to a prosperous start in 2014 after winning their premier league play-off against St.Andrews, Booterstown. The girls ended 2013 on a high after winning a vital match against Wesley College and taking home the trophy from Belgium after playing in a two day tournament in KHC Dragons! The league semi-final will be played at 12 o'clock on Tuesday 21st January. As well as this, the senior 1 team begin their senior cup campaign this weekend in Holy Child, Killiney!
I am pleased to say the Senior 2 hockey team has been doing very well. We started the year out great, training and working hard under the watchful eye of our new coach Nasir. Through his 'systematic hockey', we saw a multitude of wins with only one loss so far! I am very hopeful for the league as everyone has been playing extremely well in both matches and training. Even though the 30 minute runs have been hard we have all been willing to do them and they obviously have paid off!
The Senior 3’s have won all their league matches to date beating Manor House, Dundalk, Sion Hill and Our Lady’s Terenure. They hope to continue their winning streak when they come face to face with Holy Faith Clontarf this Saturday. We wish them all the best this weekend and hope that they continue their hard work.
The Junior A team have been playing well all season. We were unfortunate to lose in the second round of the cup tin extra time to Rathdown. The league didn't start too well as we lost in our first game to a very good side St Killian's. The team won their second league match against Mount Temple. We then faced a very tough Mount Anville team and were unfortunate to lose 2-1. we have yet to face Loretto Dalkey and we hope to continue working hard.
Out of all the league matches so far we’ve only lost one against Alex, which was by far our toughest match! We had a great match against St Joseph of Cluny in Killiney a few weeks ago and we’re really excited for our match against Dalkey this Saturday, which is really important and a league decider. We’re all working really hard at training and I think we have a great shot at winning our league this year!
This year has been a great year for our hockey team so far! We have worked hard to win all our matches and hope to keep this up all the way to our final. Our next match is against Holy Child Killiney, this will be a hard match but hopefully we will keep up our winning streak.
The team I play and captain for is the Minor B's in second year. My vice-captain is Nicole O' Gorman. We train every Monday and Wednesday and have matches on Saturday. We have been doing quite well in the league, winning three games in a row. Our coach is Mrs Hurley who gives us great training and encouragement.
The minor C Hockey team have got off to a rocky start in the league, but with the help from our coaches even when we see some disappointing results our teams continue to keep training and work hard as the season progresses. This Saturday our team will be playing against Holy Faith Clontarf. We hope our hard work and effort will have paid off and we will come home with a good result!
I'm Aoife Mohan, Captain of the minor D hockey team. So far in the league we have had our equal shares of wins and losses. We train on Mondays and Wednesdays and usually have a match on Saturday. We have an amazing coach, Mrs Taffe who always puts us in a good mood and keeps us motivated. We all enjoy doing hockey and have great fun. We also hope to do well in our upcoming matches.
The Senior Squad travelled to Antwerp in Belgium from the 30th October to the 2nd November last to take part in the Topfllight Hockey Schools Nations Tournament.
The girls have returned victorious and well deserved winners of the trophy winning all but one of their 5 pool games and drawing the 6th one. They then went on to play the Final against Taylors Hill from Galway and won the the 2nd last minute. Final Score 1-0.
Congratulations to all the 18 girls who travelled and to Nasir their Coach. A special congratulations to Eimear Byrne who plays in Goal and had no goals scored against her.
I would like to thank the girls for their excellent behaviour which made my job much easier.
A slideshow of photographs may be found in the Photo Gallery.
Laura Page of Mount Sackville is goalkeeper for the Leinster Under 16s hockey team who were victorious in the Inter-Provincial tournament held in Cork on the 18th and 19th October. Congratulations Laura!
Laura Page has been selected to play for Leinster in the U16 Interprovincials to be held in Cork this coming weekend, 19th October. Congratulations to her!
Match Updates from 7th January 2013
After coming home, we faced the always strong Alexandra College, with the result unfortunately not going the way we wanted. After picking ourselves up, we went head to head against league leaders St. Gerard's and got the result of the season from them, as well as 3 points in the bag.
The coveted Senior Cup eventually came around, after many cancellations with frozen pitches, but sadly it wasn't meant to be, with our old rivals High School coming out on top with the win and the ticket into the next round.
Our final match before Christmas saw us travel to Ballinteer to face Wesley College and after a good performance we thought we would come out with a draw. Unfortunately, with three minutes to go, a well taken short corner found the back board and saw the home side come away with the 3 points.
We play again on Thursday January 10th in an all or nothing encounter against Muckross Park.
1st Year Christmas Tournament
Senior 1 and 2 Trip to Barcelona
On the 2nd of November 2012, the Senior 1 and 2 hockey teams met in Dublin airport, bright and early in the morning. It was one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey season: the day we travelled to Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. However, our journey to Barcelona had started long before then.
It was around mid-March when the idea was put forward. Soon after, the team began the first fundraiser with the help of our dedicated coach Una McCarthy. An Easter hockey camp ran for three days during the midterm break in which many players spent some of their holiday coaching aspiring hockey players from the surrounding area. The camp was such a success that a second one took place in August. Cake sales were also part of our fundraising plan. Ms C’s baking was a big hit and her delicious Mars Bar squares were gone in minutes.
Shortly after we started back in school, Ms Ring approached us with the fantastic idea of a fashion show. With our trip right around the corner there was no time to waste and we began the preparations. Within two weeks, the Senior 1 and 2 teams managed to pull together and put on a show that over 300 people enjoyed. Nevertheless, none of this would have been possible if we didn’t have Ms Ring, who kindly dedicated her time and effort to us.
We arrived in Barcelona and with no time to waste, we made our way to our first match of the weekend. We played against a Spanish team for much of the afternoon. It was a beautiful sunny day, the opposite of our usual training climate. That evening we took a short journey on the metro to Gaudi’s famous cathedral “La Segrada Família”.
After a good night’s rest, we went to Club Atlética de Terassa for a long day of matches and training. During our match, we practiced our newly acquired skills against an excellent team. An hour for lunch was much appreciated by every team member after the tough match. Promptly after, we met our coaches for the evening, Frank and Oriol. They played for one of the top teams in Spain. We were taught new skills and played different games which everyone benefitted from.
We gave our thanks to our coaches for the day and returned to the hotel, catching a glimpse of Real Madrid and Barcelona playing in Noucamp on our way. That evening almost two teams squeezed into one room for an evening of team bonding.
The next morning we walked around the corner to Club Polo de Barcelona where we were introduced to Sander Van der Wiede, a former international Hockey player, who played in there Olympic Games. We spent the morning practicing skills, tricks, shooting and attacking. Everyone thouroughly enjoyed the session and we were all delighted to play with such ana experienced hockey player.
A short metro journey brought us to the main tourist area of Barcelona later that day. Las Ramblas is a long pedestrianized road in the heart of Barcelona City. We spent the afternoon wondering down the street, getting souvenirs at the stalls and watching the street performances.
With our suitcases packed, we waved good bye to Barcelona city on the Monday morning. We arrived safely in Dublin airport, exhausted from our weekend of training. The trip improved our ability to play hockey but also brought us closer together as a team and now, we not only trust each other on the hockey pitch but off it as well! The memorable trip to Barcelona was the perfect start to the season of hockey that was in front of us.
More photos can bee seen in the Photo Gallery.