Kilkenny College 4 Loreto Kilkenny 1
 
Kilkenny College were victorious in the South East cup final on Wednesday 24th January, after an absorbing hour of hockey. The action was keenly constested between both sets of players, in front of a good size crowd and beneath striking sunshine in Kilkenny College.
 
Within fifteen minutes, both teams had scored, Loreto taking the lead from a corner rebound which fell to Ruth Gardiner. The Naas player calmly reversed beneath the covering defenders. Soon after however, Kilkenny College had replied through a corner of their own - once again a rebound derailing the defensive effort. Both teams settled into a rhythm thereafter, a stalemate at half time - with an even corner count.
 
Restarting with renewed intensity, Kilkenny College gained momentum early on in the second half, and a series of corners provided chances which again were kept out by diligent defending. Ten minutes on however, and Kilkenny College nudged ahead through Elva Kerr - a poachers finish owing largely to the inspiration of Sophie Thomas. Loreto Kilkenny immediately replied with a quick counter attack yielding a short corner opportunity. The clever routine was only kept out by an outstanding pawed save from Ellie McGloughlin.
 
As the game grew on, more chances appeared for both attacks, and Kilkenny College took full advantage of this. Their own corner routine now providing two efficient strikes from Hilary Balding and Yasmin Pratt. Loreto would not be disheartened, and continued to create chances - via corners and open play, but Kilkenny College eventually prevailed.
 
Both teams can be immensely proud of the spectacle and the skill that was on show throughout. Players such as Charlotte Cope, Sophie Thomas, Grace Donald, Yazmin Pratt and Hilary Balding were prominent for the winners, whilst in Loreto colours Lainey Gilsenan, Hannah and Rachel Kelly and Ruth Gardiner contributed hugely to the contest.

Kilkenny College Hockey Dept was delighted to welcome Irish and World number one goalkeeper  David Harte to the college last Thursday. David was here as a Guest Speaker for Tranisition Year where he spoke on succeeding at the highest level of his chosen sport. This was followed by a Q&A with the students.

With 203 caps to his name, his presentation was warmly received by the audience where it transcended sport. Later on in the day David met the junior goalkeepers where the girls and boys were given masterclass from a player who is at the very top of his game. This was followed with a session with the senior ‘keepers'. Again David was very generous with his time and expertise.

Despite the bitterly cold conditions David took all the ‘keepers through various drills and spoke about the psychology of goalkeeping. David has been voted World Goalkeeper of the Year for the last two years and has been nominated again this year. You can vote for David at the following link http://www.fih.ch/global-stars/hockey-stars/2017/goalkeeper-of-the-year/.

The very best of luck from all at Kilkenny College to the following players who partake in the Interprovincial Hockey Championships this weekend.

Leinster U18

Ellie McLoughlin

 

SouthEast U18

Ciara Orr

Hilary Balding capt

Sophie Thomas

Yasmin Pratt

Grace Donald

Charlotte Cope

Iseult Cahill

Isabel Bourke

Elva Kerr

Dara Scobie

Jessie Wagenaar

 

South East U16

Faye Neill

Dwena Bradley

Alison Finlay

IzzyWalshe

Roisin Jordan

Julie Greene

Radinka Pratt 

Kilkenny College Senior Girls were 5-0 winners over Loreto Kilkenny in the South East Cup Final on Wednesday last. A hat trick from Yasmin Pratt and two goals from Elva Kerr saw the girls reverse the disapointment of last year and reclaim the trophy for Kilkenny College. This win also qualifies the team for the All Ireland Kate Russell Championships which will be held in Banbridge at the end of March. 

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