The McCloy Cup Final Day was held at Stormont Hockey Pitches, marking the culmination of blitzes held from February onwards across the country. This year was a particular success for the regional blitzes, with the Foyle Blitz tripling in numbers. The final day saw 18 teams in attendance, and it was a day of exciting and closely contested matches.
The weather was much better for the girls than it was for the boys, with it staying dry all day for the girls’ games. The day culminated with two finals: The McCloy Cup Final and the McCloy Plate Final. Abbey Primary School and Moira Primary School faced off in the final for the McCloy Plate. The match went right to the wire staying goalless. Graciously, the two teams decided to share the McCloy Plate instead of going to a penalty shootout.
The McCloy Cup Final saw Mill Strand Primary School take on Waringstown Primary School in a very close match. Waringstown Primary School managed to get a goal to win the McCloy Cup, emerging as the champions of the day.
“We are delighted with the turnout and the quality of hockey played today. The girls had a better day than the boys in terms of weather, but both sets of teams put on a great display of hockey,” said a spokesperson for Ulster Hockey.
Ulster Hockey would like to thank all the teams involved for their hard work and dedication. Congratulations to everyone involved, and special thanks to sponsors BDO Northern Ireland for their continued support of grassroots sports in Northern Ireland.
The McCloy Cup Final Day is a highlight of the Northern Ireland sports calendar, and Ulster Hockey looks forward to next year’s event.