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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. This brother Paul (RBAI 1998-2005) is currently still playing for Ireland with his class mate, Michael Watt, just retired from international duties after 11 years.

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

As has been demonstrated above, in the pedigree of talent that RBAI have produced over the years, the school aims to get the best coaching expertise within the current teaching staff, ably supported by those old boys who give of their time. To that end you will see below that each team is run by a current member of the RBAI staff, many of whom still compete in the sport themselves. This instils a passion for the game into the boys, ensures good communication on and off the coaching surface, as well as up to date coaching techniques. Most importantly it allows boys to see the fun in the sport and this combined with a competitive edge will continue to breed success into the future.

COACHING STAFF

Master-in-Charge : Mr. J. Macafee

1st XI coach : Mr. J. Macafee

2nd XI coach : Mr. M. Smith

Under 15 XI coach : Mr. G. Francey

Under 14 XI coach : Mr. C Harkness

Under 13 XI coach : Mr. G.Russell

Under 12 XI coaches (Year 8) : Mr. J. English

Mr B Waring assists in the coaching of all 3 top teams.

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 : former captain of Instonians H.C. and former 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 to present day)

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.

HOCKEY FIXTURES

HOCKEY RESULTS

Oct
17 2019
Prize Day
Oct
18 2019
CCB Medallion Tournament
Oct
18 2019
Scout Parents' Night
Oct
19 2019
CCB Medallion Tournament - MCB (Away)
College Square East, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT1 6DL
Tel: 028 90 240461
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