Mon 3rd Feb – Bannister Bowl

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Sat 1st Feb

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Burney Cup: 1st XI v Campbell College, Havelock, hit-off 9:30am

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2nd/U15 practice game, Havelock, 10:45am

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Burney Cup 2020

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Sinton’s Support

We are delighted that acclaimed local restaurant Sinton’s at the Bridge Scarva are continuing their support of Boys’ Hockey in Banbridge Academy.

In the above photograph, Sinton’s at the Bridge proprietor Julianne Morton wishes captain Edward Rowe good luck for the upcoming Burney Cup campaign, as Headmaster Robin McLoughlin and 1st XI Coach Simon Jess look on.

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Up for the Cup

John Minnis Estate Agents Burnley Cup PREVIEW

Banbridge Academy Boys’ Hockey 1st XI find themselves with a home tie in the first round of this season’s John Minnis Estate Agents Burney Cup. After losing out to Wallace High School in the semi-final last season, the Academy will hope to go one stage further this year and the campaign starts against Campbell College this Saturday at Havelock Park.

The Sinton’s at the Bridge and Prentice BMW Mini sponsored side have had encouraging Irish Schools’ and McCullough Cup campaigns so far this season. In Dublin, they fought hard in the Irish Schools’ Championships only to lose out to eventual champions Dublin High. Comfortably victories over Methodist College and Newtown School led to a group decider against the host school. A close game saw Dublin High win 3-1 but there were plenty of positives to take from the tournament. The McCullough Cup also ended disappointingly at the end of November when Friends’ School scored two late goals to snatch a 4-2 victory and knock out the Academy boys.

The Academy team is young with all but two players back next season but equally there is a great deal of experience winning big games with many of the squad having won either the Burney, McCullough or Richardson cups in recent years. Captain Edward Rowe is hugely knowledgeable having represented Ulster and Ireland at both Under 16 and Under 18 age groups and played for the Banbridge Hockey Club 1st XI for two seasons. He leads this group by example with a determined and professional attitude. At the back, the maturity of Irish Under 18s’ star Mark Cowan has helped Jamie McArdle develop into a robust defensive force. Charlie and Louis Rowe, Matthew McKee, Tommy Dobson and Luke Watt have already tasted success this season as part of the Ulster Under 16 side which rompted to victory in the interprovincials in September. Up front, Coach Simon Jess will be hoping that the forwards find their shooting boots as goalscoring has been the biggest problem for the team this season. Edward Rowe leads the goalscoring charts with his deadly set-piece penalty corners, but youngster Matthew McKee has been a great addition to the squad with his pace and work ethic.

To make it through to the next round of the Burney Cup, the Academy lads have to overcome a tricky Campbell side who has already caused them problems this season. Despite a comfortable victory during Irish Schools’ qualification, the McCullough Cup tie ended 2-2 with the Academy needing a last gasp equaliser.

Banbridge coach Simon Jess will not underestimate the task in hand but he will be encouraged by some great performances from his team since Christmas. A 3-2 victory at Regent House was followed by a battling display in a 2-1 defeat to McCullough Cup winners Friends’ School.

With a good crowd expected, all eyes will be on Havelock Park this Saturday with the game hitting off at 9:30am.

Squad: Elliott Haw, Charlie Rowe, Edward Rowe, Mark Cowan, Lewis Groves, Luke McConnell, Louis Rowe, Matthew McClimonds, Alex Jordan, Cody Large, Luke Watt, Jamie McArdle, Tommy Dobson, Seb Best, Ben Ingram, Matthew McKee, James Finlay

For information about Banbridge Academy Boys’ Hockey and details of all fixtures, make sure and follow @BAboyshockey Twitter feed.

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Saturday 25th January

1st XI v Friends’, Havelock, meet 8:30am, hit off 9:30

2nd XI v Friends’, Havelock, meet 10:15, hit off 10:45
Squad: Calvert, Fee, Anderson, Simmons, McFarland, Bingham, Finlay, Keery, Nummy, Reid, McCombe, Holden, Irwin, McAdam

U14 v Friends’, away, bus leaves 8am, hit off 9:15
Squad: Golbey, Stevenson, Spence, Baxter, Brownlee, Walker, Moles, McKee, Gibbs, Cash, Reid, Hanna, Carr, N Lutton, J Lutton, Poole

U13 v Friends’, away, bus leaves 8am, hit off 10:15
See Mr Clarke for squad

REMEMBER: for all fixtures bring full kit, shin guards, mouth guard, your own water, hoody/tracksuit, warm clothing AND hockey stick!

IF ANY DOUBTS ABOUT FIXTURES GOING AHEAD, THEN CHECK BAboyshockey TWITTER BEFORE LEAVING HOME

#AcademyHockey

#ExcellenceThroughTradition

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Matches off – Sat 18th Jan

All matches this morning against MCB are cancelled due to a frozen pitch 🥶

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Sat 18th Jan

U14 v MCB, meet Havelock 8:50am, hit off 9:30am

Squad: Golbey, Clement, Stevenson, Spence, Baxter, Walker, Brownlee, Moles, McKee, Cash, Gibbs, Carr, Reid, N Lutton, Hanna, J Lutton

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U13 v MCB, meet Havelock 9:45am, hit off 10:30am

REMEMBER: for all fixtures bring full kit, shin guards, mouth guard, your own water, hoody/tracksuit, warm clothing AND hockey stick!

IF ANY DOUBTS ABOUT FIXTURES GOING AHEAD, THEN CHECK BAboyshockey TWITTER BEFORE LEAVING HOME

#AcademyHockey

#ExcellenceThroughTradition

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Sat 11th Jan

Fixtures v Sullivan:

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• Prior Shield Quarter-Final

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• U15 away at Comber Leisure Centre, bus leaves 7:45am SHARP, hit off 9:15am

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• U14:

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And we’re back…


Happy New Year everyone 🏑

All practices resume as normal tomorrow with U12, U13 & U14 finishing at 4:20

Please see individual coaches for information on practices during the exam period

Saturday fixtures will run every week from now until half-term

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