Early in September the Dominican hockey players began their training in preparation for the Leinster School’s Hockey League. Three teams were entered in the League- a First Year team, a Junior team comprising both second and third years and a Senior team involving fourth to sixth years.
The First Year league was a non- competitive league in which the girls developed their skills and learned the rules while engaging in games with students of nearby schools. The Dominican girls travelled to Loreto Bray and St Gerard’s and played host to Temple Carrig and East Glendalough. The Dominican team showed great improvement throughout the season and are to be commended for their commitment to their training.
The Junior team had a very busy season with five fixtures to complete. They won their game against The High School and drew with Notre Dame. Unfortunately their encounters with Loreto St Stephen’s Green and Loreto Foxrock resulted in 0-1 defeats which effectively knocked them out of contention. However it bodes well that the majority of players are still eligible to play in the Junior League again next year. The experience they have gained this year will be invaluable.
The Senior team captained by Ciara Fahy and Freya Sheridan had a hugely successful season. They won all but one of their group games, losing their final fixture to Loreto Dalkey. On route to the pre-quarter final stage they beat teams from Wesley College, St Andrew’s and Newbridge College. As runner up in their group they travelled to North Kildare pitch to play St Wolstan’s to fight for their place in the quarter-final. A great game ensued but unfortunately the Dominican girls failed to capitalise on their scoring chances missing two clear opportunities. The game ended in a 2-0 victory to the opposition. Nonetheless, we congratulate all the senior players for their fighting spirit which saw them progress further than any senior team in the last decade and we look forward to the challenges of the next hockey season.