Academy hold hockey dinner

U12s Player of the Year Joel Read, guest John Clarke, Charlie Norris with the Oxford Cup and Ben Russell who was the U12s most improved player.
U12s Player of the Year Joel Read, guest John Clarke, Charlie Norris with the Oxford Cup and Ben Russell who was the U12s most improved player.

BANBRIDGE Academy held their annual hockey dinner at the Belmont Hotel on May 2.

One-hundred-and-twenty players met at the Belmont for the annual prizegiving awards in the company of guest speaker Mr John Clarke, ex-Ulster and Ireland senior mens coach.

U14s award winners Johnny McKee and Matthew Hurst with John Clarke, special guest.

U14s award winners Johnny McKee and Matthew Hurst with John Clarke, special guest.

The awards went as follows:

U12 - Player of the Year - Joel Reid; Most Improved - Ben Russell

U13 - Player of the Year - Jake Rowe; Most Improved - Steven Campbell

U14 - Player of the Year - James Brown; Most Improved - Aaron Megaw

First XI players Michael Anderson and Matthew Bell with special guest John Clarke.

First XI players Michael Anderson and Matthew Bell with special guest John Clarke.

U15 - Player of the Year - Johnny McKee; Most Improved - Matthew Hurst

Second XI - Player of the Year - Michael Colussi; Most Improved - Aaron Megaw

First XI - Player of the Year - Matthew Bell; Most Improved - Michael Anderson

Clubman of the Year - Matthew Bell

James Brown, guest John Clarke and Aaron Megaw from the Academy's U14s.

James Brown, guest John Clarke and Aaron Megaw from the Academy's U14s.

Senior Hotshot - Owen Magee

Junior Hotshot - Jake Rowe

Captain of the Year - Owen Magee for leading the school to Irish and Ulster Schools’ glory.

The Oxford Cup for being the leading ambassador for the game was awarded to Charlie Norris from the Under 12 side who has became a pivotal player for the Year 8 side. His level of dedication and development over this season earned him this prestigious award.

A special presentation was given to all the current Upper Sixth players for their future moves to universities and work both home and further afield. Their influence on the game of hockey at the school will be missed but we hope they leave our Academy with fond memories.

The teams are sponsored by the Belmont Hotel, Banbridge and NFU Mutual, Banbridge. The sports draw was sponsored by Shoefair Sports, Banbridge.