Dundalk Grammar school enjoyed a week to savour as they claimed the Senior B, Junior B (left) and Minor B (right) school’s hockey titles this week with Mount Temple taking home the U-13 B title.
It proved to be the biggest haul in a single year for the school, raising thoughts that they may step up to ‘A’ level hockey in the coming years.
The concerns remain, though, that the lack of a club side in the near vicinity to help provide the extra coaching and competition, more prevailent inside the M50 ring in Dublin, needed to raise the strength in depth to step up to the next level could be a hindrance.
Nonetheless, the school continues to produce strong teams and they retained the senior crown in style.
They came from behind to deny High School in a second final this season, eventually recording a 3-2 final win, powered forward by Irish U-18 talent Andrew Shekleton.
David de Loughrey opened the scoring before Shane O’Donoghue was on hand to help switch the lead in favour of the Rathgar side.
Rob Carr, though, tied the fixture up at 2-2 and Philip Rowntree proved the hero as he netted three minutes from time to snatch the title.
Carr was also on target in the Junior final as the Louth men once again prevailed on a 3-2 scoreline, this time getting the better of a St Killians, for whom captain David Kane and goalkeeper Shane Bourke were recently included in a Leinster selection to play a touring South African side.
He grabbed the first goal of the tie and, while the German school got back on level terms, Niall Curran and Josh Arrowsmith built up a commanding 3-1 lead before a late penalty stroke made for a tight finish.
In the minor final played at Griffeen Valley Park, goals from Brendan McDonnell and Norman Ogunde led the school to their third title of the week on Friday, getting the best of Mount Temple 2-1.
Temple, though, had reason to celebrate as they won the U-13 B crown with a 2-1 win over St Andrew’s B.