Looking to keep your hockey going over the summer, or want to give a new sport a try? Enniscorthy Hockey Club is running mixed social hockey each Wednesday night at the Astro Active Centre, Bellefield Road, Enniscorthy between 7.30p.m. and 9p.m. This is for all aged 15+, and you don't even need to be a member to join in! Please note there is a €5 fee per night to help cover pitch rental costs. We hope to see you there!
Another successful season was marked recently as Enniscorthy Hockey Club held its Annual General Meeting at the IFA Centre, Enniscorthy
Chairperson Jim Rogan in his speech to club members reflected upon a season with plenty of on-pitch success and thanked all members, coaches and players for their efforts, as well as Marie Dunphy of the IFA Centre for providing a venue for meetings.
On-pitch updates were provided by co-ordinators Deirdre Morris, Lesley Miller, Keith Ogilvie, Irene Doyle, Fraser Rothwell and Pauline Rogan. Underage hockey at the club provided many highlights throughout the season and is continuing to flourish; the hope is that this will continue to feed through to the club's five adult teams.
New officers for the 2017-18 season were also elected. There was no change in the role of Chairperson, with Jim Rogan taking the position for a further year. Alan Smith has taken the role of Secretary, Laura O'Leary Treasurer, Kieran Costello PRO, Irene Doyle Women's Co-ordinator, Fraser Rothwell Men's Co-ordinator, Lesley Miller Junior Boys Co-ordinator, Deirdre Morris Junior Girls Co-ordinator, Pauline Rogan Youth Boys Co-ordinator, Fiona Kidd Youth Girls Co-ordinator, Club Gear Officer Andrew Rothwell, Hockey Development Officer Donal Doyle, Children's Officer Linda Durnan, Designated Person Eva Clifford, Health and Safety Keith Ogilvie.
Enniscorthy’s men are league champions again. Fraser Rothwell’s side claimed their second title in two seasons- and successive promotions- after a 5-1 demolition of Pembroke Wanderers V at the Astro Active Centre on Saturday.
In front of a large attendance the home side lined out with a familiar look, with just three changes from the side which defeated St. Brendan’s Phoenix Park the week before. Jonathon Rothwell began at right midfield instead of Costello, with Glenn Chapman on the left instead of the unavailable David Simmons. Up front Ó Suilleabháin started alongside Daithí Medcalf and Jason Rothwell.
There was little between the two sides in the opening exchanges, but Medcalf- son of journalist David- was unlucky not to open the scoring on eight minutes. Strong running from Roy Chapman found Jason Rothwell just inside the Wanderers semi- circle. He spotted the advancing Wanderers ‘keeper off his line and nudged the ball left to Medcalf, whose shot was cleared off the line. Brian Cleary in the Pembroke goal had to be quick off the mark to deny Jason Rothwell on 14 minutes, a pass through the centre finding Rothwell in space at the penalty spot, but the ‘keeper cleverly used his leg to block the shot from the Enniscorthy sharpshooter.
The initial goal, though, came less than thirty seconds later. Ó Suilleabháin received an Andrew Rothwell sideline ball on the right. Pushing forward, he spotted Jason Rothwell wide on the right, but his ball through was stopped by a phalanx of Pembroke defenders. Enniscorthy sent the ball back in from the left. Cleary and Jason Rothwell stormed out for it, Rothwell winning the race and nicking it past with a reverse shot from the penalty spot.
The large crowd had to wait until the 24th minute for the visitor’s first serious attack on the Enniscorthy goal. Martin Veitch was beaten by Marcus Blake on the right, who had spotted a team- mate lurking dangerously at the far post, but Graham Hill dived well to deny the Dublin 4 side. Enniscorthy were making all the running, and further scores seemed inevitable. Medcalf doubled the home side’s advantage and claimed his first of the day on 26 minutes. Midfielder Roy Chapman dispossessed Blake following a Pembroke hit- out; his short pass made it to Ó Suilleabháin. The Corkman spotted Medcalf to his left and he fired home from just inside the semi- circle.
Jason Rothwell brought his goal tally for the season to eight on the half- hour mark, smashing a well- aimed ball into the bottom left following a short corner. Three- nil up at the break, Enniscorthy just had to hold their nerve in the second half and the title would be theirs. West Thornton struck one back for the visitors with a wickedly dipping strike from a short corner on 41 minutes, the first home goal conceded by Enniscorthy this season.
Daithí Medcalf restored the three goal cushion soon after, scoring from a Costello cross on the right through a thicket of defenders to convert at the far post. His hat- trick, a sweetly- taken reverse strike on the left, capped a very satisfying day for Enniscorthy as they captured the league title.
Squad: Graham Hill; Andrew Rothwell; Keith Ogilvie; Martin Veitch; Clive Rothwell; Jonathon Rothwell; Roy Chapman; Glenn Chapman; Jason Rothwell; Cathal Ó Suilleabháin; Daithí Medcalf; Kieran Costello; Greg Hawkins; Robbie Walshe; Seamus McAlister.
Enniscorthy's under 14 girls made history on Friday night by winning the West Leinster Plate, securing the club's first silverware at this age level.
The girls from Slaneyside went into the clash at the Astro Active Centre against Carlow on the back of a 6-0 away win over Tullamore.
In front of a large crowd under floodlights, it was Carlow who started the stronger and the girls in blue won a short corner inside two minutes. However good work by runner Aoife Mahon, ably assisted by defenders Sophie Gillot, Katie Sutton and Laura Smith, successfully disrupted the Carlow attack and Enniscorthy were able to clear their lines. The initial stages of the half saw the visiting side in the ascendant but they were unable to trouble Alice Medcalf in the Enniscorthy side's goal. Midfielders Ciara Kelly, Eve Furlong and defender Orla May Culhane worked hard to defend the Carlow attacks. Instead it was Enniscorthy who created the first real chance of the game, Aoife Mernagh shooting wide after seven minutes. The remainder of the half saw a real ding-dong battle develop, with both sides moving the ball up the pitch with purpose and conviction. Niamh Ogilvie and Eimear Doyle were introduced in attack and with Elaine Quigley up front they started to cause Carlow problems. Carlow's second short corner of the half came from a defensive error following an Enniscorthy hit-out, but again the back line stood firm. On 15 minutes Enniscorthy finally found the Carlow net, Niamh Ogilvie goaling following a scramble deep inside their opponent's semi- circle.
Susannah Doyle was introduced in midfield and Eabha Farell brought on in defence and they helped to keep the score line 1-0 at the break. But Carlow looked to have taken more from their team talk, as the first seven minutes of the new half saw the Enniscorthy defence put under severe pressure. The Carlow attack earned two short corners and separately shot two wides in this spell. The door creaked, but did not open. Alice Medcalf's save at point- blank range was, perhaps, the turning point of the game and provided a tremendous boost for Enniscorthy players and supporters alike. The siege was lifted, Riodhna Hourihane was introduced and once more the Enniscorthy girls took the game to their opponents
The sucker punch for Carlow arrived on 36 minutes; Ciara Kelly broke up the right side of midfield, then spotted Elaine Quigley diagonally to her left, who buried the ball into the top left corner. There was more drama left to come, as a mix- up in the Enniscorthy goalmouth finally earned Carlow the goal they craved. Alan Smith's side went in search of the winner immediately, but a drive up the field resulted in the ball going narrowly wide. With just five minutes left on the clock Hannah Sweeney made it 3-1, nicking the ball in at the far post after a cross from the right of the posts by Niamh Ogilvie. That proved to be the winner, and there were jubilant scenes under the rain at the final whistle.
This was an outstanding achievement for this Enniscorthy team, as it was comprised of sixth class and first year girls while most of their opponents would have girls that are in second year, many of whom also have schools hockey experience. Meaning the future is bright for Enniscorthy Hockey Club!
Enniscorthy squad: Alice Medcalf (gk), Katie Sutton, Sophie Gillot, Aoife Mahon, Orla May Culhane, Laura Smith (c), Eve Furlong, Ciara Kelly, Hannah Sweeney, Elaine Quigley (vc) Mernagh, Eimear Doyle, Niamh Oglivie, Susannah Doyle, Eabha Farell, Riodhna Hourihane.
Coaches: Alan Smith, Mary Ogilvie, Anne Shore
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Another great weekend of hockey for our U12's as another Dublin team traveled down to Enniscorthy. Last weekend saw Pembroke Wanderers U12's take on Enniscorthy. It was a very exciting tournament full of skill & teamwork. Our U12's are showing Dublin teams that our club is a force to reckon with!
Sunday was a very exciting day for the Enniscorthy U14 girls side who travelled to Tullamore early Sunday morning to take on the home side in the plate semi final. Having been dispatched from the cup competition by the toss of a coin they were determined to make a statement in the plate competition! This, they duly did as they hammered the home side 6-0.
The Enniscorthy girls have consistently improved week on week since the beginning of the season and are peaking at just the right time as there is now silverware to be won.
Their movement and passing was excellent, their tackling, their communication and their ability to take their goal scoring chances were top notch. Centre forward Elaine Quigley finished with a tally of four goals to her name. Laura Smith got a goal from midfield and Eimear Doyle got her debut goal for the U14's.
Every member of the squad was outstanding, but Aoife Mahon in defence, Ciara Kelly in midfield and Eimear Doyle and Niamh Ogilvie up front proved they can play at this level no problem!
The reward for this magnificent performance is a home plate final versus Carlow to played next weekend. The girls hope that all club members will come out in support and no matter what the result this has been a magnificent season for the U14 girls!!!
Also, thank you to Keith for umpiring and thank you to the parents who travelled to support. Hope to see you all at the final!!!
Team: Alice Medcalf (GK), Katie Sutton, Sophie Gillot, Aoife Mahon, Orla May Culhane, Laura Smith, Eve Furlong, Ciara Kelly, Elaine Quigley, Aoife Mernagh, Eimear Doyle (1st year), Niamh Ogilvie, Eimear Doyle (6th class)
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