Charlie and Louis Rowe – the boys represented the Mid Ulster Lions team, squad made up from players from Lurgan, Portadown, Banbridge, Cookstown and Armagh who competed at the Beeston U13 event in England last weekend. The squad knocked out several top English sides on their way to narrowly being beaten 1-0 in the final. Both boys’ performances received high recognition and they are now honoured to be representing the British Lions Hockey team who face a number of International sides at U13 level over the coming Summer months.
Edward Rowe / Ross Stewart / Christopher Curry – the three Academy players have been selected by Ulster Hockey for the upcoming series v Scotland to be played the weekend beginning 27 June 2017 in Glasgow. This is a tremendous achievement for all three with both Curry and Rowe having another two years at this level at just 14 years old. The defensive unit of Edward will add a great deal to Ulster as they prepare for the earlier than normal Interprovincial v Munster and Leinster to be played in September of this year. Likewise, Christopher Curry will run his opposite number ragged as he looks to build upon a season of goal scoring and high tempo play. Alongside that of the outfield skills Ross Stewart will be Ulster’s Number 1 Keeper at U16 for the Series and will look to continue his hockey journey by earning the first of surely many Caps at top level as he has stepped to the line on a number of occasions under pressure for the 1stX1.
Scott Dale – Ulster U16 and now selected for Ireland at U16 level to play in this Summer’s Championships in July and August. Scott has made incredible strides and his level of dedication and attention to detail earns him a growing reputation as being one to watch for Senior recognition at Club and Country level. He will be facing the cream of European Hockey in Scotland and England and will be relishing the challenge, a big talent at just 16 years of age.
Mark Barlow and Luke Roleston – both boys have played numerous warm up games for the Irish U18 squad and will be rising to the challenge that Holland, England and Belgium will provide in the Summer Europeans. Both boys have a proven track record at the top level and will no doubt fly the Banbridge Academy Flag with distinction.
Mark Cordner (Master In Charge – Outgoing) will be handing the torch to Mr Colin Walker (Master In Charge – Incoming) after 18 years in charge at Banbridge Academy.