Burney Cup Quarter Final

Well done to Grosvenor’s 1st XI hockey team which performed admirably before eventually falling to defeat against Banbridge Academy in the quarter final of the Burney Cup on Saturday 1st March.

On a frosty morning the game was given the go ahead at 8.30am, for a delayed 10.15am start.  Upon commencement of the match Banbridge began brightly and went 2-0 up inside 15 minutes.  Despite this discouraging start, however, Grosvenor slowly grew in confidence and began to come into the game.  A good aerial pass from captain Chris Thomson found David Renfrew, who beat two Banbridge defenders to force his way into the circle before finding a pass to Jonathan Proctor, who had his shot blocked on the line by an opposition defender, leading to the award of a penalty stroke which was calmly slotted home by Thomson. 

The encounter was evenly poised at half time with the visitors leading 2-1. In the second half, however, Banbridge scored from a short corner before a neatly taken reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle gave them a comfortable three goal cushion. Perhaps understandably, GGS became more open as they went in search of goals and conceded a penalty stroke which was calmly slotted home by the Banbridge forward. At 5-1 it would have been easy for heads to drop but the Grosvenor team kept fighting and Michael Purdy eventually won a penalty stroke ten minutes from time, which was calmly finished again by Chris Thomson.

Well done to Grosvenor’s valiant performers on the day, as well as their coaches Mr Jonathan Young and Mr Diarmuid Brittain – they should be extremely proud of their run in this year’s competition and should take great encouragement from how they performed against arguably the province’s outstanding school side last Saturday. 

Particular thanks is reserved for the faithful parents who turned up to support on the day, as well as the Ulster Branch umpires Richard Cowan and current GGS parent Ash Gibson, who officiated during the game.  Without the dedication of these supporters and officials, neither the game or the atmosphere would have been anything like as memorable as it proved to be.

We look forward to following the fortunes of GGS's boys’ hockey teams throughout the remainder of the season and in the years to come.

Grosvenor captain Chris Thomson in athletic form during the School's Burney Cup quarter final encounter against Banbridge Academy on Saturday 1st March