Banbridge kids shine during Ulster Finals Day

The Banbridge U11 Boys B team who were runners up in the Plate competition along with coach Suzanne Evans.
The Banbridge U11 Boys B team who were runners up in the Plate competition along with coach Suzanne Evans.

Banbridge Hockey Club’s Under 11s competed in the Ulster Hockey Finals Dayon Sunday and all impressed.

The A team had a great start, picking up maximum points and finishing at the top of their group, scoring 17 goals and conceding none.

The most successful goal-scorers after the group stages were Louis Rowe, Jedd Campbell and Will Russell.

After the group stage, the boys cruised past Mossley in the quarter-finals, winning 3-0 with Luke Watt and Cody Large showing great defensive presence at the back.

In the semi-final, the boys faced a strong Cookstown side. Although there were two great performances from Sam Cunningham and Taylor Beacom-Hurle, the boys were defeated narrowly as a result of a break against the run of play.

Throughout the day, the boys played attractive passing hockey and showed great character even when conceding against Cookstown. Thanks to Andrew Bennington and Kyle Marshall for coaching and encouraging the boys in the absence of Bruce McCandless.

U11 B Team

The Under 11 B team consisted of one P7, three P6 boys and two P5 players who started well with three draws in the group stages.

Then they played eventual cup winners, Cookstown in the next group game. The Bs got off to a great start, going 1-0 up with Ben Pollock grabbing the goal. Unfortunately, Cookstown grabbed three late goals.

Both the quarter and semi finals saw Bann see out normal time and extra time with draws against Ballynahinch and Instonians. Penalty runs would decide the outcome.

Star of the show was James Evans, stepping in as a kicking back for the penalty runs and successfully saving three attempts. Oliver Berry grabbed the sudden death winner in the semi with a ferocious hit into the bottom corner - two P5s with massive potential.

The Bs were narrowly defeated 2-1 in the Plate final by South Antrim, after a battling performance - Oliver Berry on the scoresheet.