1st February - Year 8 v Slemish
Slemish 0 Cullybackey College 4
The Year 8 Hockey team played their final match of the Ballymena league against rivals Slemish on Tuesday 1st February at the Mugga 3G pitch. The girls started off the game really well with lots of energy and determination, spending most of the opening period in the home team's half.
Shannon Law, Nicole Miller and Hannah O’Neill were solid in the Cullybackey defence. The attacking trio of Leah Hickinson, Priscilla Kirk and Chardonnay Caulfield kept the Slemish back four busy throughout the game. This pressure paid in the form of a Leah Hickinson hat-trick and a great goal by Priscilla Kirk.
A superb way to end the season. Well done girls!
9th December - Year 8 v Ballymena Academy
Cullybackey College 0 Ballymena Academy 0
The Year 8 Hockey team played the first round of the Ballymena league against rivals’ Ballymena on Wednesday 9th December. The girls joined forces and put up an excellent display of teamwork, determination and good skill to draw 0-0 with the academy.
The girls started off the game really well, with lots of energy and determination. This showed in the game as they spent most of the 1st half in Ballymena’s half, constantly attacking.
Particular mention must go to Shannon Law, Nicole Miller and Hannah O’Neill as they worked tirelessly in defence. Chardonnay Caulfield, Priscilla Kirk, Leah Higginson showed great skill and fitness as the attacking players. Well done girls!
1st December - Ballymena League
Cullybackey College's hockey teams have been proving themselves worthy opponents over the past few weeks.
The Year 8 team played their first round of the Ballymena League against rivals Dunclug. The game started well, with lots of energy and enthusiasm and the Cullybackey side spending most of the first half in the Dunclug half. Credit is due to Dunclug's 'keeper who worked hard to keep the ball from the net, and one lucky break allowed Dunclug through the Cullybackey defences to score a good goal. The girls in maroon weren't behind for long before Chardonnay Caulfield scored the equaliser. The final score was 1-1.
The Year 10 girls played Ballymena Academy in a very closely fought match, which ended in a scoreless draw. The Cullybackey girls created several chances and very nearly scored on three occasions, however, the Academy keeper kept them in the game. The team deserve credit for their determination and perseverance.
25th November - Year 8 v Dunclug
Cullybackey College 1 Dunclug 1
The Year 8 Hockey team played the first round of the Ballymena league against rivals Dunclug on Wednesday 25th November. The girls started off the game really well, with lots of energy and determination. This showed in the game as they spent most of the 1st half in Dunclug's half, constantly attacking. Dunclug had a few key players especially their goal keeper who worked hard and kept the ball out of the Dunclug net. Dunclug got one break through our defences and utilised this well by a good goal from one of their key players.
On the back foot, the Cullybackey girls stood up to their opponents and within 2 minutes, had scored an equaliser by the hard working forward Chardonnay Caulfield. Particular mention must go to Shannon Law, Nicole Miller and Hannah O'Neill as they worked tirelessly in defence. Priscilla Kirk, Leah Higginson showed some skill and fitness as the attacking players. Well done girls!
16th November - Year 9 v Ballymena Academy
Cullybackey College 1 Ballymena Academy 2
The Year 9 Hockey team played their second fixture of the Ballymena league against rivals Ballymena Academy on Wednesday 16th November. This was a closely contested match against the Academy girls. Both teams were very determined and the game started off at a fast pace on the astroturf pitch. The Cullybackey girls were constantly attacking and making good attacking passes, however, the academy girls were very good at making some long balls and quick breaks through the Cullybackey defence. Abbie Lorimer made a couple of good saves. Year 8 players Hannah O'Neill and Shannon Law were superb in defence, alongside Lucy Armstrong and kept the ball out of the Cullybackey circle.
The second half of the game continued with good skill and fitness from the girls as their confidence grew. Particular mention must Megan Davidson and Sarah Smyth as they worked tirelessly in midfield. Levi Greer, Jessica Crawford and Faye Mullan made some super speedy runs up front, which resulted in Cullybackey winning a penalty corner and Megan Davidson earning herself a well deserved goal.
Well done girls!
11th November - Year 11 v Dunclug
Cullybackey College 0 Dunclug 0
The Year 11 Hockey team played their first match of the season against rivals' Dunclug on Wednesday 11th November. With a mix of old and new players on the team, the girls joined forces to finish with a draw. The girls played well on a hard, thick gravel pitch, which meant it was hard for them to show their slick skills.
The second half of the game showed good skill and fitness from the girls as their confidence grew. Laura Moorehead, Lydia Gillespie, Jade Higgins and Callie Megaw worked tirelessly in defence. Shania Balmer, Nicole Hunter and Jade Millar showed glimpses of great skill in midfield and attack.
The match showed an excellent display of skill, determination and teamwork from all the pupils. A superb start to a promising hockey season for the Year 11 hockey girls.
The girls have shown great commitment and dedication in training on a regular basis after school led by Mrs Hall and Mr Beattie.
Junior and Senior Hockey
The girls dusted off their hockey sticks on a rare sunny afternoon! A big thank you to all who attended, especially the new Year 8s.