Wallace girls ready to face Banbridge Academy in the Schoolgirls’ Cup

The Wallace High School girls' hockey 1st XI who will play Banbridge Academy in the Schoolgirls' Cup.
The Wallace High School girls' hockey 1st XI who will play Banbridge Academy in the Schoolgirls' Cup.

The Wallace High School girls’ hockey 1st XI are preparing for their first match in the Schoolgirls’ Cup against Banbridge Academy in the New Year.

The Lisburn girls’ 1st XI are one of the seeded schools in the competition this season which means they enter the competition at the third round stage where they have been drawn against last year’s finalists Banbridge Academy.

The game was originally due to be played on Saturday December 12, however, bad weather saw the match called off.

Captain Masha Morwood and vice captain Laura Barnes are the only Year 14 players in a young Wallace squad but with three Ulster representative players- Jane Kilpatrick Ulster under 18 who helped Ulster secure inter- provincial victory in October and has been selected for the Irish under 18 training panel, Rachel Houston Year 11 and Year 12 Anouk Morwood who represented the Ulster under 16 at the recent inter - provincials, they will be expecting to do well.

Rachel has also been selected for the Irish under 16 training panel.

The team has prepared well for their forthcoming cup match securing victories over Dublin school Wesley College 5-1 and defeating local rivals Friends School 3-1 recently.

Coach Maggie Hunter thinks they are a talented young squad who are exciting to watch as they play a very attacking style of hockey which ensures plenty of goalmouth action.

The Wallace High School girls’ hockey 1st XI squad have received a generous sponsorship deal from HeartSine this season.

HeartSine was founded in 1998 to continue innovative development of advanced lifesaving products for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.

The team were presented with new shirts by Rebecca Woods, Sales and Marketing Assistant at HeartSine, in time to start their Schools Cup campaign.

The girls have also been busy off the pitch fundraising for an European tour next year.

They combined with Menarys department store to put on a very successful fashion show in early October.

Several members of the boys 1st XI were brave enough to accompany the girls and even managed to dance their way down the catwalk.

Also some members of staff and their children proved to be expert models.

Meanwhile, other cup teams are enjoying success. The 4th X1 have progressed to the knock out stages of the Gibson Cup.

They defeated Sullivan 2-1, Slemish College 4-0 and drew with Ballyclare 0-0 in the league stages.

The 2nd XI defeated Sullivan on strokes to reach 3rd round of McDowell Cup. Captain Anna Curragh converted the final stroke to secure victory.

The under 14 XI defeated Bloomfield 2-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the Junior Schools Cup. Goal scorers were Beth Campbell and Holly McClure.

The next round of these competitions will be played in the new year.