Dundalk Grammar School’s first and second year girls hockey teams travelled to Skerries on Thursday March 29 to compete in the Meath hockey finals.
In the first match the first year girls came up against a strong Skerries side playing on their home surface. Skerries dominated the first half but solid goalkeeping from Katy French-Davis and good defending from Leya Ramsay, Megan Orr, Bronagh Elliott and Aoife Kierans stopped Skerries from scoring.
Minutes before the half-time whistle, after soaking up a lot of pressure, Dundalk broke down the pitch at pace and managed to take the lead through a fine Emma Bailey goal.
In the second-half Dundalk came into the game much more and had a lot of scoring chances. However the game was very open and Skerries also came close to scoring.
Five minutes from the end Dundalk sealed the win and secured the trophy with a goal from Ali Stammochoer. Captain Jamie Rijinders then got to lift the first year trophy for DGS for the second year running.
The second game saw Dundalk Grammar School second year girls take on Mercy College, Navan in what was a repeat of last year’s final which Dundalk managed to win on penalty strokes.
The Dundalk girls were determined to beat their rivals and win a trophy in two consecutive years. During the season Dundalk beat Mercy Navan comfortably by three goals to nil but on a final day anything can happen.
Dundalk took control of the game in the early stages and had many chances to score but were unable to do so. In the second-half the game became much more open with both teams having chances to score.
At the end of full time there was nothing to separate the two teams so the game went into extra time. In extra time Dundalk captain Amy Berrill had to be taken off with a head injury, but her team fought on.
However still no goals were scored so the game had to be decided by penalty strokes again. Dundalk goalkeeper Katie Saurin was the hero for the Dundalk girls again saving all but one penalty. Clara Vallely and Megan Whyte both scored for Dundalk ensuring that Dundalk girls lifted the trophy two years running.