Ulster sides to fore as schoolboy event opens

Oliver Kidd was on the scoresheet.
Oliver Kidd was on the scoresheet.

Ulster sides made an impressive start to the Crowne Plaza all-Ireland Schoolboy Hockey Championship in Belfast on Wednesday with their only losses being suffered in local derbies.

Troy Chambers and Oliver Kidd both netted hat-tricks on day one of the tournament which continues on Thursday and concludes on Friday with the semi-finals and final.

Chambers’ treble helped Wallace High to a 5-0 win over seven-times champions RBAI in which Adam and Ben Clarke were also on target.

Kidd, meanwhile, also hit three goals as Wallace’s Lisburn rivals defeated Methodist College 4-1.

Banbridge Academy, who were the last Ulster winners in 2014, were 2-0 winners over Bangor Grammar with goals from Eddie Rowe and Harry Lockhart while Sullivan Upper beat Regent House 3-2.

Today: Malone Playing Fields: 09:45 Newpark School v Sullivan Upper; 09:45 Villiers v Friends; 11:15 Bangor GS v Wesley College; 11:15; Kilkenny College v Banbridge Academy; 14:00 Friends v Newtown; 14:00 Newpark School v Regent House; 15:30 Banbridge Academy v Wesley College; 15:30; St Andrew’s College v Wallace HS; Deramore: 09:45; Newtown v MCB; 11:15; Wallace HS v Ashton School; 14:00 MCB v Villiers; 15:30 Bangor GS v Kilkenny College; Shaw’s Bridge: 09:45 Regent House v The High School; 11:15; RBAI v St Andrew’s College; 14:00 The High School v Sullivan Upper; 15:30 RBAI v Ashton School.