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OVERVIEW

The Hockey Club at RBAI has certainly come a long way since the game was first played in the school in 1907. The Club has experienced a great deal of success over the years in relation to the various cup competitions that have been entered. For example, the RBAI 1st XI has won the Irish Schoolboy Championships on seven occasions since the tournament was first contested in the 1982-1983 season : more than any other school team on the island. The 1st XI has emerged victorious in the Ulster Schools Challenge Trophy (the Burney Cup) on sixteen occasions whilst the McCullough Cup has also been brought back to College Square East on sixteen occasions : a record within Ulster hockey. In addition, the RBAI 2nd XI has also developed a proud tradition of success in the Prior Shield (won by RBAI on six occasions), and the Dowdall Cup (eight occasions.) RBAI teams have also recorded a multitude of wins when it comes to the cup competitions contested by the Under 15’s ; 14’s ; 13’s and 12’s.

A total of fifteen past members of the RBAI Hockey Club have progressed to represent Ireland at senior international level. Patrick Brown (RBAI 1987-1994) represented Ireland on 151 occasions and captained the side on 92 of those. Terry Gregg

(RBAI 1962-1969) progressed from the school to play for Ireland on 103 occasions and,Great Britain in the Munich Olympics of 1972, whilst Mark Gleghorne (RBAI 1996-2003) is a very recent addition to the Great Britain panel having represented Ireland at international level.

The RBAI Hockey Club plays matches and holds practices on the state-of-the-art water-based hockey pitch at ShawsBridge. The pitch is used by RBAI teams on a daily basis and coaching is offered by fully qualified teachers from within the school and past-pupils of the school who return to offer their knowledge to the next generation of RBAI hockey players. 


HOCKEY COACHING AT RBAI

RBAI hockey players have been making the most of coaching sessions offered by Michelle McMillan. A highly qualified Irish Hockey Association coach (and mother of Ben, a past Vice-Captain of the RBAI 1st XI), Michelle was appointed to a coaching position within the school at the end of August, 2012. In addition to their traditional games periods, Inst players in Years 8 through to Year 11 can now benefit from the additional coaching that Michelle provides on the schools water-based hockey pitch at Shaws Bridge. The vast majority of Inst hockey players are now out on the pitch on two separate occasions during the week, in addition to their Saturday morning matches.

The Hockey Club at RBAI is also extremely fortunate to be able to call upon the playing/coaching knowledge provided by a number of individuals from Instonians Hockey Club. The current coach of the school 1st XI is Steven Redpath : a past-captain of the school 1st XI. Steven plays for Instonians 1st XI in the Irish Hockey League  and recently represented Ireland at senior international level.

In addition, the current coaches of the school 2nd XI also line out for Instonians H.C. 1st XI on a regular basis : James Corry and Matthew Martin (another past-pupil of the school.)

The school Hockey Club is in the fortunate position of being able to offer pupils in Year 8 access to hockey coaching on a weekly basis. Mr.Scott and Mrs.Parks are responsible for the Year 8 team that plays matches on Saturday mornings, whilst Miss.McMillan provides coaching for Year 8 pupils during the week on the water-based hockey pitch at Shaws Bridge. 


COACHING STAFF

Master-in-Charge : Mr.B.Waring

1st XI coach : Mr.S.Redpath (Instonians H.C.) (assisted by Mr.B.Waring)

2nd XI coaches : Mr.J.Corry

Under 15 XI coach : Mr.J.Macafee

Under 14 XI coach : Mr.D.Wilson

Under 13 XI coach : Mr.G.Russell

Under 12 XI coaches (Year 8) : Mr.D.Scott and Mrs.K.Parks

Head of junior school coaching : Miss.M.McMillan


IRISH UNDER 18 INTERNATIONALS

1977/1978

P.Cooke

 

1999/2000

I.R. Hamilton

1978/1979

P.Cooke

 

2000/2001

G.S. Carson

1985/1986

J.M. Atkins

 

 2000/2001

A.J. Gill

1985/1986 

G.W. Higgin

 

2001/2002

M.S. Gleghorne

1986/1987

N. Cooke (Captain)

 

2002/2003

M.S. Gleghorne (Captain)

1986/1987 

P.F. Hollway

 

 2002/2003

S.T. Redpath

1987/1988

G.H. Currie

 

 2002/2003

D.S. Symington

 1987/1988

D.J. Rose

 

2003/2004

W.A. Coulter

1988/1989

M.A. Wainwright

 

2003/2004 

P.J. Gleghorne

1988/1989 

D.W. Stewart

 

2003/2004 

J.H. Jackson

1989/1990

W. McCullough

 

2003/2004 

M.W. Watt

1990/1991

R.G.A. Hollway

 

2004/2005

A.W. Coulter

1990/1991

G.C. Russell

 

2004/2005 

P.J. Gleghorne (Captain)

1992/1993

P.R.G. Brown

 

2004/2005 

M.W. Watt

1992/1993 

M.C. Irwin

 

2005/2006

C.T. Gregg

 1992/1993

J.P. McBride

 

2005/2006 

N.C.Hamilton

1993/1994

P.R.G. Brown

 

2006/2007

R.H. McCrea

1994/1995

A.J. Cousins

 

2006/2007 

C.T. Gregg (Captain)

1994/1995 

J.M. Gibson

 

2006/2007 

N.C. Hamilton (Captain)

1995/1996

S.M. Hill

 

2007/2008

W.N. Robinson

1995/1996

C. Kennedy (Captain)

 

2010/2011

B. McMillan

1996/1997

S.T.C. Reid

 

2010/2011 

A. Fallis

1996/1997

S.M. Hill

 

2011/2012

J. Lorimer

1997/1998

A.P. Carson

 

 

 



RBAI pupils who have progressed to play for the full Irish international team

1. A.D.Rose (Debut for Ireland : 1957)

2. T.Gregg (1970 : gained 103 caps in total / captain of the Irish team from 1975 to 1979 / vice-captain of the Great Britain team from 1974 to 1980 / played in the Munich Olympics of 1972.)

3. D.S. Shields (1976)

4. P.Cooke (1984 : gained 91 caps in total)

5. J.Atkins (1988)

6. N.Cooke (1990)

7. P.Hollway (1990)

8. M.Irwin (1996 : gained 130 caps in total)

9. P.Brown (1998 : gained 151 caps / captained the Irish team on 92 occasions.)

10. M.Gleghorne (2004 : currently a member of the Great Britain squad.)

11. D.Robb (2005)

12. S.Redpath (2005 : current captain of Instonians H.C. and coach to the school 1st XI.)

13. J.Jackson (2006 : currently playing professionally in the Belgian league. Irish International player of the year for the 2011-2012 season.)

14. M.Watt (2006 : currently playing professionally in the Spanish league.)

15. P.Gleghorne (2009)


Code of Behaviour for Players

  • Play for enjoyment.
  • Play by the laws of the game.
  • Never argue with the decision of the umpire.
  • Play with control. Do not lose your temper.
  • Be ‘a good sport.’
  • Respect your opponent.
  • Co-operate with your coach ;  your team-mates, and your opponents.
  • Remember the goals of the game are to enjoy it, improve your skills and to feel good.
  • Shake hands with your opponents immediately after the final whistle.
  • Remember that you possess a ‘duty of care’ towards your opponents. Tackle hard but fairly.
  • Win with humility – Lose with dignity.
  • Seek to maintain the good name of the RBAI Hockey Club.

Code of Behaviour for Spectators

  • Young people are involved in Hockey for enjoyment.
  • Teach children that honest endeavour is as important as winning.
  • Help young people to work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.
  • Set a good example by complimenting good play on both sides.
  • Never ridicule, humiliate or shout at young players for making a mistake or losing a match.
  • Do not place an emphasis on winning at all costs.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal abuse and dangerous play.
  • Do not publically question the judgement of an umpire.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer referees and coaches.
  • Lead by example. Do not use foul language or harass umpires, players or coaches.

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