Mount Sackville Secondary School

Sisters of St.Joseph of Cluny, Chapelizod, Dublin 20


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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.

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 - Aoife Sullivan & Hannah Barr
Senior 2 - Roisin Murray
Junior A - Molly Donegan & Emily Keenan
Junior B - Aoibhinn Moran
Junior C - Meadhbh Ryan
Minor A - Aoife Doherty
Minor B - Orla Waters

Captain's Report

Coming soon.

Meet the Coaches

Mount Sackville is very privileged to have an excellent team of coaches that are recognised for their achievement and coaching ability countrywide. They work cohesively together to achieve standards of excellence, whilst also ensuring players enjoy participating in training and match play:
Ms Una McCarthy Senior 1 & 2
Junior A
Ms Sheila Carroll Senior 3,4,5 & 6
Minor A & B
Ms Mary Taffe Minor C D & E
1st Years
Ms Eileen Ring 1st Years
Junior B C & D
Ms Hilary Hurley 1st Years

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

Latest News

Unfortunately, due to a large amount of rainfall and the bad weather recently, our hockey pitch has been unplayable. This is a huge disadvantage to the school as we are no longer able to host matches in our home ground. Currently we are unsure of when it will be in use again and are hoping that the pitches condition will improve. 

Saturday 22 November 2014

Junior C played an away game against Gerard's. The team played amazing and came away with a 3-0 win! Goal scorers were Nina Peters, Ciara Richardson and Jeannaret Flanagan! Well done girls! 

The Senior 1 hockey team drew 1-1 against Loreto Abbey Dalkey. This was the girls' fourth league match so far this year. A skillful goal in the first half of the match from Sinead Marron put Mount Sackville into a 1-0 lead but unfortunately in the last few minutes of the second half, Loreto scored a goal from a short corner. It was a very tough match so well done to all girls!!! 

October 2014

The Senior Development Squad were in Amsterdam from the 27th to the 29th of October. More photos can be seen in the album in the Photo Gallery.


March 2014

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.

22nd March

A parent vs daughter hockey match will be played on Saturday 22nd March at 12 midday.

21st March

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.
Congratulations girls!

Read the Herald article here

January 2014

Leinster Senior Premier League Semi Final

leinsterseniorpremierleaguesemifinaljan2014_1390382996.jpgCongratulations 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

Senior 1

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!

Seana Carty

Senior 2

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!

Molly Higgins-Jackson

Senior 3

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.

Junior A

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.

Molly Donegan

Junior B

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!

Grainne Fitzgerald

Junior D

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.

Sarah Kinsella

Minor B

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.

Ciara O’Connor

Minor C

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!

Nicole McClean

Minor D

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.

Aoife Mohan

November 2013


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.

Hilary Hurley
Hockey Co-Ordinator

October 2013

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!laurapage2_1382611242.jpg

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!

March 2013

Senior 1 through to Semi-Final of the plate to be played on Friday 8th March 2013

Junior A through to Semi-Final against Muckross on Wednesday 6th March 2013
Junior B who came out of their League group in 2nd place have their Final against Foxrock on the 7th March

Minor A are up against Alex for the Semi-Final on Tuesday 5th March 2013
Minor C to play Sutton Parks Minor A team in Semi-Final on Tuesday 5th March 2013

Match Updates from 7th January 2013


Senior 1:

Senior 1XI had the best start to the season with 3 league wins back to back over Teresians, Loreto Foxrock and St. Columba's. In early November, we trained like professional athletes, and had 4 days of warm weather training in the lovely city of Barcelona, with plenty of team bonding and fun thrown into the mix, as well as a near attendance to a La Liga game in the Nou Camp home of champions FC Barcelona.
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.
By Sarah Daly

Senior 2:

The Senior 2s have had a good season so far and should be proud of themselves. We had a hard first league match against the supposed dominant team, Mount Anville in which we drew 0-0. Following this was a match against St. Gerards where the score was 1-1; another tough match. Things started to pick up when we beat Alexandra College 2-1, which was a well-earned 3 points. This leaves us with 9 points out of 12 in the league so far and we have a big match coming up against St. Andrews which we will be preparing for with hard training over the next two weeks. We have worked hard so far this year and intend to keep it up and perform well training alongside our Senior 1 team.
By Gráinne Marron

Senior 3:

The Senior 3s are a mixture of 6th and 5th year girls. This year we have beaten any team to have crossed our path including St. Dominics, Wesley and Alexandra College. Having beaten the top teams in the league this leaves us in an extremely good position to progress and hopefully make it into a final. Keep up the good work girls!
By Amy Flattery

Senior 4:

Senior 4 are in a Senior 3 league so the matches have been tough. We have lost three matches and won one match in the league. Even though some of the matches have been tough, girls always give their best during every game. We have been playing very well as a team this year.
By Niamh O’Keefe

Senior 5:

This year we have played Tullamore, St. Andrews, High School and Our Ladys Templogue. Out of these four matches we have gained maximum points, leaving us on 12 points so far for the Senior 5s. We hope to keep up our great winning streak and make it all the way to the final this year!
By Lauren Ingle

Senior 6:

The Senior 6’s consists of a lovely and friendly bunch of fourth, fifth and sixth years. We all work as a team for both matches and during training.
So far in the league we have lost against Mount Anville, Loreto College, Rathdown School and St. Andrews leaving us with 0 points. We have been unfortunate in the majority of our matches however the enthusiasm and hard-working spirit of every player has never suffered.
By Shauna Roche


Junior A

The Junior A team have been playing well all season. They were unfortunate to lose in the 1st round of their Cup to a very good side, St Killians. The league started well as they beat KH but were then unfortunate to loose to St. Andrews and more recently to Gerards. They have yet to face Rathdown and Wesley to give them another chance.
By Anne-Marie Troy

Junior B

The Junior B's had a tough start to the year in our first few weeks back, but luckily they were just friendly matches. We have improved a lot since then both individually and as a team. In our league matches so far we have lost against Alexandra College, we drew with Loreto Dalkey which was one of our toughest matches so far this year, and we won against St Gerard's and Loreto Beaufort. We hope for the rest of the season to continue working hard and with a bit of luck we might bring home a trophy.
By Sarah Toner

Junior C

The Junior C’s have played 3 league matches so far. Two upcoming matches giving them a chance to get into the knockout stages,hopefully! They have played Loreto Dalkey away in October and lost 1-0, they then played St. Gerard's away and won 3-0, and then played KH and lost an unfortunate 1-0. The Junior C’s all play well together as a team of third and fourth years.
By Jennifer Best

Junior D

The D team are finding the league very tough they have won 1 match against High School. There are more matches to play, which will give them a chance to come back in the league. Captain Caragh O’ Donoghue says “we are working very well as a team and if we all keep working well together we can win this league ”.
By Caragh O’Donoghue


Minor A

This team is at present the most successful hockey team in the school. With no losses so far and only one draw, the Minor As sit in the leading position of the league tables and are in the quarter finals of the Cup against Mount Anville.
Their toughest matches so far have been against Loreto Foxrock and Muckross who however came out with the win on both occasions.
The team work very well together and are an example of hard work and dedication which is seen in their training and matches. We wish them the very best of luck in their future matches!

Minor B

The Minor B’s have had few league matches yet but are a team that holds great concentration. Recently they played Mount Anville in one of their most testing league matches and came out with a 2-1 win due to their determination and drive with Ellen Gillespie putting away the 2 goals.

Minor C

This is another one of Mount Sackville’s many teams peaking in the Dublin and Leinster schools hockey leagues. With 3 games won and one to play they are in a strong position out of the group stages. Out of these 3 games they have scored 8 goals .

Minor D

All of the D’s matches have been won apart from one scored draw. They have been playing exceptionally and are currently on 8 points in the league.
Jeanarat Flanagan is 2nd at the moment in the schools top goal scorer competition on 5 goals and only 1 goal behind the leader .

Minor E

Luck hasn’t been as much in favour of our Minor E’s. With 2 games played and 2 losses they will have to win their next 2 games to get out of their group. Their first game against Loreto Foxrock ended in a 3-0 loss. Against Kings Hospital we held 90 percent of the possession but were unfortunate to give away a goal and the finishing score was 1-0.

1st Year Christmas Tournament

As the first half of the hockey season was coming to an end, what better way to spend the last cold Friday evening than by playing a Christmas themed tournament? With each first year student being assigned to a team, either Dancer, Prancer, Dasher, Comet, Cupid, Blitzen, Vixen or Rudolf, their inner competitiveness came to the surface as the tournament commenced! Dressed in their Santa hats and reindeer ears it was a close one between Dancer and Dasher. Unfortunately for Dasher, Dancer just scraped the win on goal difference! Well done girls and best of luck in your matches over the next few months!
For photos of the event, please see the Photo Gallery.


Senior 1 and 2 Trip to Barcelona

img_90141_1363176760.jpgOn 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.

October 2012

Senior Trip to Barcelona

The Senior Squads are heading to Barcelona on November 2nd for what should be a very exciting trip for these two teams. Having won the Leinster Senior Plate competition, The Northside Dublin Junior A League and being runners-up in the Senior Premier Claudia Tierney Final last season, the squad members persuaded Ms Mc Carthy to arrange a trip for these two teams to allow them to play and train together in the pleasant environment of Club Polo De Barcelona.
The players have run two very successful coaching camps for the 1st Year students as fund raisers for this trip and are now gearing up for the Fashion Show on Thursday 11th October.

Sarah Hawkshaw Captains Leinster

Congratulations to Sarah Hawkshaw on being appointed Captain of the Leinster U18 team for the up-coming Interprovincial series which is being held in 3Rock Rovers Hockey Club on October 20/21st. Sarah also played on the Irish U18 team last season and will be looking to make this year's U18 team following the Interprovincials.

TY Coaching Course

Seventeen TY students took time out from their normal timetable to participate in a hockey coaching course for two days last week. Congratulations to all involved and good luck with your coaching and umpiring of our own First Years over the next few weeks.
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