‘Antrim Sixes Hockey Tournament

The annual Antrim Sixes Hockey Tournament took place on Saturday 26th May at The Antrim Forum, where the sun shone and shone and shone and Grosvenor's two teams - the Under 18s and Under 14s, arrived with high hopes of success.

Grosvenor’s Under 18s were victorious in their league of six, scoring two goals from two shots in their first match in order to steal victory from the jaws of defeat. From this auspicious start they went on to win their remaining matches, bar one draw. This qualified them for the semi-final, where 1st faced 4th in the group. After only 7 disappointing minutes (out of 15), however, the team was three-nil down. With one minute to go the team had brought the deficit back to one goal with the score at 2 – 3 and, with the last hit of the game, Form 5 pupil Chris Thompson scored to force a draw and, with it, the dreaded penalty strokes. At three – three, Rory Blight stepped up, brimming with confidence after his first ever goal from open play - or so it seemed. He later revealed that the situation made him feel weak at the knees, but despite this he scored and, with the oppositon missing their next flick, Grosvenor were celebrating a place in the final. Goalkeeper Lee Brown became the object of his team’s affection, even if its joy was short lived following defeat in the subsequent final.

The Under 14s came third in their group and therefore qualified for the semi-final of their Plate match. After 15 minutes of heart-stopping hockey the score remained at nil-nil. The rules stated that before penalty strokes could be used to separate the teams the ‘golden goal’ rule had to be applied. With nerves a-jangling, Grosvenor and Antrim Grammar stepped back on to the (astro)turf and, within seconds, Grosvenor hearts were broken. Still, it was a fine effort from the boys!

Thanks must go to the Antrim Forum for organising the competition - it was greatly enjoyed by all. Further thanks to Mr. Steve Thomson for photographical services rendered.

Mr D. Brittain