Burney Cup Success

Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar School’s 1st XI boys’ hockey squad which secured an impressive victory over Methody College Belfast in the opening round of the Burney Cup on the morning of Saturday 8th February.

Despite home advantage Grosvenor entered the match as underdogs following two previous defeats to M.C.B. during the season.  Despite this ominious sign, however, Grosvenor’s preparation prior to the match focused on marginal gains before and during the much-anticipated encounter.

Despite the windy and damp conditions a healthy crowd turned out to support both teams and after a relatively even opening fifteen minutes G.G.S. opened the scoring, captain Chris Thomson robbing a M.C.B. player inside the opposition half before driving at the opposition defence, beating two players and creating space for himself before striking an unstoppable reverse stick shot into the bottom corner. Despite the excitement of taking an early lead, Grosvenor’s opening score sparked M.C.B. into life and they soon equalised after sustained pressure, the goal coming from a short corner strike to leave the game evenly poised at the interval.

The second half saw the match become more open as both teams went in search of the win. After coming under sustained pressure the G.G.S. team put an impressive move together to put vice-captain Michael Purdy clear of the M.C.B. defence and, just before he had the opportunity to shoot, a foul was committed by the scrambling Methody defence, leading to the rightful award of a penalty stroke. Chris Thomson calmly slotted the ball home for his second of the match, restoring G.G.S’s advantage with eighteen minutes left on the clock.

A combination of dogged determination and composed defending saw Grosvenor home, much to the delight of its players and the supporters in attendance.  Well done to each member of the squad who contributed towards this impressive victory, as well as coaches Johnny Young, Diarmuid Brittain, Robert Rolleston, Andrew Kelly, Luke Campbell and Dale Curragh, without whose input such an impressive display would not have been possible.

All at Grosvenor now await with anticipation the draw for the second round of the competition, which will be made at the end of the week beginning Monday 9th February.

Grosvenor's sqaud of players and coaches following their victory over Methodist College in the first round of the Burney Cup