Sullivan Upper victorious in pitched cup battle
It was an inspiring display of skill and determination from some of our finest young hockey players.
But there could only be one winner of the Belfast Telegraph Senior Schools' Cup for girls. Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, managed to steal victory from Banbridge Academy yesterday but only after a formidible challenge.
The teams of players, aged 14-18, played out a tense final on the pitch of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club near Hillsborough under bright sunshine and support from a large and loud crowd of spectators.
The Banbridge girls were trying to secure their first cup win but came up against the might of Sullivan's scoring queen Zara Malseed, who has amassed a record series of hat-tricks in each of the tournament games up to yesterday. She was hoping to capture the cup with a final trio of goals, a milestone never before reached in the 109-year history of the competition. However, she had to content herself with a single goal which added to the final 2-1 scoreline.
Sullivan headmaster Chris Peel said he was "so proud" of the school team. His counterpart at Banbridge Academy, Robin McLoughlin, praised his girls.