Girls hockey

Girls Hockey come Runners up in the Mid Ulsters

The A hockey team travelled to Cookstown for the Mid Ulster Championships. This is a closely fought title every year and one that Maralin girls have had a successful history in. The girls had quite a difficult section to play with Cookstown, Bocombra, Carrick and Millington. After 4 matches they came away as Section winners having clocked up a 2-0 win against Cookstown, a 2-1 win against Millington, a 5-0 win against Carrick and a 3-0 win against Bocombra. This brought the girls to the semi finals where they met Edenderry Banbridge. There was a hard fought battle in the semi final and at full time the score remained 0-0. Golden goal, sudden death was introduced to decide the finalists and after a nail biting few minutes, Maralin finally got the winning goal. The girls were exhausted after their 5 matches. The final was against Waringstown and Maralin battled hard for the title but lost narrowly 1-0 . They had a fantastic day and were presented with the runner up silver medals which they thoroughly deserved, Well done girls !! Next big tournament for the girls is the Northern Ireland Qualifiers on 25th March

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Girls hockey team win the Mid Ulster League

The Girl’s Hockey team reached the Mid-Ulster League play offs at Edenvilla with 5 other schools who were section winners in the league. Millington, Edenderry Portadown, Dromore, Waringstown and Kings Park joined Maralin for two hours of quality hockey.The girl’s rose to the occasion and showed true skill, team work land determination. Throughout the day Maralin beat Millington 4-1, Kings Park 1-0, Dromore 2-1, Edenderry 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Waringstown. This gave the girls with 14 points and they secured the out right title. Maralin were awarded the league trophy by Ann Shiels from theUlster Hockey Union. A very well deserved honour to the girls after a fantastic year.

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The B Tournament

30 girls from P.5-7 travelled to Brownlow Leisure Centre to take part in the Bs tournament. 4 teams from Maralin were entered to give everyone who has trained this year, a chance to represent the school.The girls thoroughly enjoyed their day and played some fantastic hockey. We were joined by 4 parents who kindly helped with the organisation of the girls and they appeared to equally enjoy the experience.


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As Beaten Narrowly in the final of the Mid-Ulster Tournament

The A team travelled to Cookstown to play in the Mid Ulster tournament. Competition was fierce as the standard of hockey in the Mid-ulster area is the highest in the province. The girls were in a section with 4 other teams which they needed to win in order to get through to the section winner semi-finals. The girls  played hard all afternoon through their section teams, beating Armstrong 5-0, Carrick 2-0, Cookstown 1-0 and drawing 0-0 with Millington. They arrived at the semi finals as section winners having chalked up 8 goals and not conceding any. In the semi-final, the girls met Edenderry Banbridge who they eventually beat 2-1  after a very intense match. After 3 hours of hockey, the girls had reached the final , where they met Waringstown. Both teams had played against each other in the league earlier in the month ,which had resulted in a 1-1 draw. Waringstown were first to score, and Maralin fought back to equalise in an end to end battle but unfortunately, one minute from full time, Waringstown got the winning goal and seized the title. Both teams were commended for the standard of hockey in the final and our girls were presented with beautiful runners up medals before they started their journey home from Cookstown after a very long and exhausting day

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Maralin Girls hit the  Northern Ireland Finals

The girls hockey team went into the Northern Ireland qualifiers determined to win a place at the prestigious Northern Ireland Finals this year. The girl’s went through to the quarter finals as section winners against Kingspark and Millington and met Armstrong in the quarter finals were they were narrowly beten 3-2 in golden goal/ extra time having come back from trailing 2-0. Reaching the quarter finals gave Marain their much wanted place in the Northern Ireland finals and so they set their sights on the big day

The girl’s arrived at Lisnagarvey in determined form and set to work popping goals past their opposition. throughout the morning the girls met Cookstown who they beat 1-0, Abbey Primary who they beat 5-0, Strantown where they drew 0-0, Harmony Hill who they beat 3-0 and Millington who they drew 0-0 with. by lunchtime Maralin had been chalked up 9 goals ,conceded none and  went through to the quarter finals as section winners.
The afternoon saw Maralin play a two match play off for th semi finals. Their first match was won 2-1 but on meeting Ballynahinch in their second match, they narrowly lost 1-0 and despite opportunities to equalise and take their place in the semi finals with a draw, the girls were unable to monopolise on their chances and sadly went out to Ballynahinch. Ballynahinch went through to meet Bocombra in the final and were beaten 1-0.
It was a tremendous achievement for such a small school as Maralin to do so well in the Northern Ireland Championships and there girls should be very proud of their successes this year




Mid-Ulster tournament Cookstown

Maralin girls hockey team travelled to Cookstown for the Mid-Ulster Primary Schools tournament. A very determined Maralin side set to own their section by securing straight wins against larger school like Cookstown and Kingspark. Having won their section, the girls moved into the semi finals where they met Bocombra. This was a very physical match and a lot was asked of the team as an end to end battle ensued. at full time, Maralin and Bocombra finished on a 2-2 draw and extra time/golden goal was necessary. Both teams were shattered at this point and sheer determination won through as Maralin hammered the winning goal into the nets.
unfortunately, due to extra time it was necessary for the girls to move straight over to play the final against Edenderry without a rest and this put the girls at an instant disadvantage. within a few minutes Edenderry had taken a 1-0 lead. Again Maralin’s character shone through and the girl’s fought back to equalise before the final whistle. Some of the team could do nothing more than lie on the pitch as they had given their all. After some discussion with Edenderry, it was decided that another extra time session would not be fair on the girls and both teams agreed to share the title.
Maralin were very proud to be joint Mid-Ulster Primary School’s champions.
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the girl’s hockey team were clear section winners this year chalking up numerous wins including a resounding 6-0 victory against Waringstown. This put them through to the Mid-ulster play offs against section winners Edenderry Portadown, Northern Ireland champions Bocombra and Millington. The girls started the tournament off with a 1-0 lead against Millington but unfortunately Millington equalised in the dying seconds of the game,. Our next match was against N.I. champions Bocombra and our girls were forced to play a physical game. This match was very exciting and Maralin fought tirelessly until a well deserved goal was knocked past the Bocombra keeper and Maralin secured a win. Our final match was against Edenderry. Maralin girls conceded a goal very early on in the match and Edenderry spent the rest of the time playing a very defensive game. This made the girls more determined to score but after 3 goal line scuffles and 2 shots that skimmed past the outside post, the final whistle blew and Maralin had been beaten. The girls finished as runners up in the Mid-Ulster league behind Edenderry and were presented with their section winners plaque by Irish player Steph Quinn

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