Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

A golden weekend for superb Ulster girls

Ulster Girls won the gold medal at the UK School Games in Newcastle
Ulster Girls won the gold medal at the UK School Games in Newcastle
Ulster Girls won the gold medal at the UK School Games in Newcastle

Ulster's Under-18 girls struck gold at the weekend when they lifted the UK Schools' Games title for the first time in three attempts in the north east of England.

The boys, meanwhile, collected the silver medals after losing just one of their three matches.

The girls completed a clean sweep of victories when they defeated Scotland 4-2 after earlier beating pre-tournament favourites England by the same scoreline.

“It was a terrific team effort and I think we deserved it because we played the best hockey,” said delighted coach Ali McNeill.

Joanne Orr scored in every game starting with one of the goals in the opening 3-0 win over Wales in which Vanessa Surgeoner got two.

Orr added two more in the 4-2 win over England with Ellen Hood and Dawn Axon also on target.

Surgeoner, Emily Reid and Katy Morris joined Orr on the scoresheet against Scotland on Saturday.

Cookstown's Ian Sloan top scored with four of the goals for the boys who completed their programme with a 3-3 draw against the Scots.

Sloan got two in that game and Neil Gilmore got the other score. Sloan also scored two against Wales in an opening 5-2 win with Gilmore (2) and Owen Magee also on the mark.

Magee got Ulster's consolation goal in a 7-1 defeat by England on Friday, which left them with an impressive second place and the silver medal.

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