Another busy month in the life of the UHU President!
Saturday 3rd November was spent at NICS watching men’s hockey – NICS 2’s v Lisnagarvey 2’s, and PSNI v Antrim – let’s just say it was a goal fest!
This was followed by the Instonians Rugby, Cricket and Hockey Club Annual Club Dinner the same evening, where I was made very welcome.
On Saturday 10th November I spent the afternoon at Queens Playing Fields – Queens Ladies 1st XI played Lisnagarvey (1-1), followed by Queens Men’s 1st XI against Bangor (0-2). Unfortunately, Ian Strange, umpire, sustained a broken wrist so I would like to wish him a speedy recovery.
The girls Super League Finals took place on 21st November at NICS – the Tier B Final was played first at 1.30pm between Glenlola Collegiate and Grosvenor Grammar, and what a game it was! The score was 2-2 at full time so a penalty shoot-out took place, Glenlola just edging out Grosvenor 3-1. The Tier A Final between Royal School Armagh and Banbridge Academy followed at 3.15pm. RSA became the first team to lift the Ulster Super League title for a second time after winning 1-0.
Thanks to all the supporters, staff and the schools committee, the technical officials and umpires – and a special word of thanks to Ann Rosa for manning the ‘gate’ all afternoon.
I paid a visit to UU on Friday 23rd November to watch the Elks play Rainey in the Ladies Premier League (4-0), and then travelled to Deramore Park on Saturday 24th to watch Belfast Harlequins
Ladies 1st XI play Old Alex in EYHL – result was 1-1. The ISC match between Belfast Harlequins men’s 1st XI and Cookstown followed at 4pm – Cookstown ran out winners 5-0.
Thanks must also go to Terry Templeton, Ulster Hockey Vice President, for visiting clubs to lend support.
December will be another busy month with many showpiece finals taking place, weather permitting!