Wow what an exciting last few months we have had in the Club, both on and off the pitch.  
On the pitch development front, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that the Club and Loreto High School Beaufort have jointly agreed to replace the current Sand-Dressed pitch, with a top of the range Water Based pitch. This is a very exciting development and it will make our Clubhouse and Pitch facilities, one of the best in the country. The new pitch will also mean we will be able to see our First Team back in action playing their EY matches at home in Beaufort.
Massive thanks to the club pitch development committee (Inez, Paula & Cara) who are working so hard behind the scenes on this project. We hope to be going out to tender at the end of March and will keep you all advised of developments. All going well, the work on the pitch & the irrigation work will all commence towards the end of June.

To help defray the cost of laying the new water-based pitch and the cost of the First Teams team trip to the Club Euro Hockey Championships in Amsterdam next Easter, we have launched our amazing Monster Raffle. I'm sure you have all heard by now that we are raffling a Brand new 2019 Toyota Aygo, in conjunction with Toyota Sandyford. Sincere thanks to Loughlin Murphy in Toyota Sandyford – Lockie, your continued support is so appreciated by all in Loreto.
In addition to this top prize there are other cash prizes, various top concert tickets, (not to mention the can’t be got weekend tickets to Longitude, a hamper from Gourmet Fuel etc – One of the most prized items in the Junior Section, is a personal Hockey coaching session (with 15 friends) by some of our Irish Senior Hockey Internationals, followed by a Pizza Party in the Clubhouse where the winner will also be presented with a signed Irish Shirt – how cool is that!!
I am looking forward to seeing all our senior and junior club members/parents, past players & friends in the Glenside on the 23rd for the Monster Raffle Draw. The draw will take place at 6pm and we promise it'll be loads of fun with face painting and other surprises on the night. Sincere thanks to Dee Naughton, Wendy Byrne and Gemma O'Flynn who are the key drivers of this Monster Raffle. Also, many thanks to Sally Ann, Cara, Grainne and every Team/ Class co-ordinators in both the Senior and Junior Section who drove the ticket sales– ladies, without you, this Monster Raffle could not happen. We are a very lucky club to have such super members. Finally, many thanks to each person who bought a ticket, the Club greatly appreciate your support in this Fundraiser.
On the playing front it's great to see every single team doing so well, some topping their leagues and all having the craic. I don’t remember a year like this before, where so many teams were doing so well in their leagues. Our First team continue to do us so proud with their performances in the EY All Ireland League every week. Top team performances don’t just happen, but rather are a combination of hard work, commitment and dedication by all players, managers and coaches. Keep it going everybody, it will be great to have some silverware to show off at the Club Dinner on May 11th next. Delighted to also see our Junior Teams doing so well in their various league too.
Special congratulations to our 2nd Team who reached the final of the Jacqui Potter Shield. The girls were unlucky to come up short after a nail-biting 1v1 shootout, but put in a performance to be proud of on the day. 
Also, it’s fantastic to see our 6th team have made it through to their Cup final, again we will be out in force to support you in April.  (I hear the 6th teams “bonding trip” to Blackwater was a great success with the usual “Team Antics”, none of which are fit for publication!!) The 7th team also deserve a mention for their recent “long lunch”. Still not sure what started out as a sensible Sunday lunch resulted in the team heading in large numbers to Coppers – on a Sunday night with work/college a few hours later!!
Finally, I am delighted to advise, that with a month still to go, we have over 80+ supporters booked to head over to Amsterdam at Easter to support our wonderful First Team in their latest European adventure. The hockey will be of the very highest standard, the craic will be mighty, and if you haven’t booked already – get booking you do not want to miss this trip.

All are welcome to this family friendly event which will feature facepainters and live music.

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London called and we answered, but come April, we’ll exchange the green of Ireland for the wine and white of Loreto. Representing Ireland at the EuroHockey Club Cup in Amsterdam is fast approaching for Loreto’s first XI. The team will be hoping to echo their spell of success in their home EYHL campaign on the European stage.
For our club internationals, they will have a chance to settle old scores when they meet their Dutch counterparts from the World Cup. For (just some of) our big guns Ali Meeke, Hannah Matthews and Nicci Daly, there’ll be a repeat of their summer showdown when they face a selection of players on the HC’s-Hertogenbosch team from their World Cup London final. Loreto will be looking for a lively start in their opener match against the local side.
Home turf won’t be an advantage for the Dutch with the large number of Loreto supporters travelling with the team. If “Loreto on Tour” from the summer is anything to go by, it won’t just be the players planning to overhaul the Dutch. Besides the hockey of course, the contingent of Loreto tulips supporters will delight in aspiring to every Dutch cliché possible. Dancing shoes will obviously be exchanged for clogs and there’s bound to be some bar dives thrown in for good measure.
The firsts started off 2019 with some really solid performances to put us through to the semi final of the Jacqui Potter cup. With the internationals back involved we took on UCD in the ISC quarter final. After a solid performance the game ended 1-1 and we were forced to a shoot out. We managed to banish the shootout demons, largely thanks to an incredible performance from new recruit Liz Murphy! 
The 2nds have a lot to look forward to in the next couple of weeks. 
Thanks to good wins in December over Monkstown(2-1), Alex(3-0) and crucially Pembroke(1-0). The goals have been shared around but most importantly a very solid defence along with our keeper Alannah who has been in super form. 
Our first game after Christmas was against Muckross 2nds in the JP Cup. We came away with a good 4-1 win. 
This cup win meant we had to face Alex 1s in the 2nd round. Against an EYHL team, we really stepped up and demonstrated our true fighting quality and Alex had to work incredibly hard to grind out a 2-1 win. 
Last week we got back to the league and comfortably dispatched UCD 3-0, and we remain top of the league.
We have progressed to the Jacqui Potter Shield final after beating Avoca 1sts in a shootout, but unfortunately lost to Railway in the final on St. Patrick's Day, after another shootout

Loreto 3rds have had a strong second part to their season with 6 wins and 2 draws since Christmas.  This has left them currently at the top of Division 3 with one game to go.
The excitement is that any of the top 3 teams could walk away as League champions after the last game.  If Loreto win their last game against Avoca, they will win the League.  The two teams below Bray and Pembroke will play each other, so more excitement.  This 3rds team have been playing so well all season and their level of commitment and work-rate on the pitch has resulted in such good results.  Fingers crossed for the last match…
After a shaky enough start to the season, the Fourths are finally starting to hit their stride! With Sarah and Wendy at the helm, we’ve had a few big wins.
We had a strong start to 2019, beating Rathgar 1-0 away.
After a great game, we unfortunately lost 2-1 to league leaders Muckross, followed by another tough loss to Our Lady’s on a cold Monday night.
Most recently, we had a trip down memory lane, playing Navan on the grit! It was a different type of game than we were used to, but luckily we came away with a 2-0 win.
In the Cup, after a bye in the first round and a win against Three Rock 2nds in the second round, we found ourselves in the quarter final! After our initial fixture was cancelled due to a frozen pitch, we again lined out on a nippy Monday evening to face Pembroke. That match ended in a 1-1 draw, going straight to 1v1s which we won!! Unfortunately we met league leaders Muckross in the semi-finals which after a double header weekend we lost 2-1. We’re looking forward to the next few games and a strong end to the season.


An abstemious festive season saw the fabulous fifths bounding back onto the hockey pitch like Michael Flatley from the wings, chomping at the bit and ready to continue our unbeaten run. We faced a tough first game home against Naas and despite some great passages of play we went down to a 2-1 loss. It was a close game with some solid defending by Bronnie, Noreen, Aoife O and Helen as well as a cracker of a goal by Amy but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to keep us safe and we walked away beaten for the first time this season.  

Next we faced Glenanne away. Their new pitch made for a bouncy game of hockey and we conceded a goal in the first half. We put in a huge effort in the second half, defending well and making some great runs but much to our frustration we didn’t manage to even the score. 

Our cup match against Clontarf was our most exciting game yet. Playing against a Division 7 side, we knew we were the underdogs. Pre match words from coach Niamh resonated - simply go out and enjoy it. A slick slip pass from Amy on to Fiona’s stick landed us a goal in the first ten minutes. A second goal from Amy a few minutes later and third own goal by Clontarf had us three nil up. As a beautiful friendship between Bronnie and the Clontarf no 5 flourished at the back, (word has it she’s recovering well) at half time it was 3-1. Clontarf came back hard in the second half and scored another two goals bringing it to 3-3. Suddenly an outcome of 1v1’s that we’d joked about at training became a reality and it was time to face the Clontarf goalie. Some of our more ‘seasoned’ players were reported to have been seen posing as trees in the shrubbery behind the dugout for fear of being chosen. Thankfully the players selected by coach Niamh stepped up to the plate; calm, composed, willing and able. Alisha, Niamh O, Amy, Eimear and Aoife B took some superb shots and after 5 were taken by each side, things were still even. Despite some really impressive saves from our rock solid goalie Ciara, we lost in sudden death. We walked away proud after this game. We had worked hard and shown commitment to each other as a team which, while very close, just wasn’t reflected in the result on the day. It does however mean that we are hungrier than ever to get back to our winning ways. A shot or a short. Stick tackles? What are they? 

We ended the first half of the season in flying form, winning every match since we played Portrane - No 2 of our division. The team has bedded down, positions are solidifying and spirits are high.

The Christmas break - a little too long for most of us - allowed some RnR and we hit the ground running with a convincing 5-0 win over Clontarf. We needed the goals, (don’t we all) and it cemented our 3rd place position in the Division.  We lost our 2nd game to a strong Monkstown side - politeness demands the word, ‘strong’ but every grey cloud has a silver lining and it shook us to our core to not take things for granted. Training thereafter was diligent, focussed and meaningful. 

Luckily, we got a second crack at some Cup action with entry into the Trophy and we’re through to the 2nd round after beating Railway.  After a tough game against Pembroke, which we won, we had to take any early morning roadtrip to Loreto Kilkenny to take on Carlow. We came away with a 1-0 win and are now awaiting details of our big final!

As always, Coach Rhona is amazing and great at giving us the carrot and the stick in adequate measures!
Well it was a great end to 2018 for the newest team on the Loreto block, the 7ths. We rocked into Christmas with a 7-0 win against Weston (which included a blinding hat trick from Vice Captain Kate O’Donohue), to take us into the top three of the league table. It was the jubilant culmination of a huge effort on the part of not only the girls in the 7th squad, but of our brillo coach Trev and of course Dello the legend; who took us from a motley crew of strangers at the start of the season to a super team that have gelled with great spirit and fun. 
2019 kicked off to an equally successful start with 3-1 and 4-0 wins against Wicklow and Glenanne respectively. Next up we meet Dublin North in a battle for current second place in the league. Needless to say we’ll be fighting tooth and nail in our coming matches for pole position at the end of the season! 
Since the last update from the team we have taken on Bray, Monkstown, Three Rock and most memorably Y.M.C.A. The team are still working hard for the, as yet, illusive win however we had a great show against Y.M.C.A. This match was very close for the first half with Y.M.C.A only scoring just before half time. Bronnie gave us the “Talk” at half time and the ladies went out fighting. We conceded again in the early minutes of the first half. But the spirit was strong, and we got a great chance ten minutes before the end when Gemma Mitchell passed the ball off to Odran Rodgers and it was 1 V 1 Odran and the Goalie. Our hearts stopped but like a pro Odran buried the ball! The team went mental, it was not far off those world cup celebrations! The poor Y.M.C.A ladies did not know what was going on because despite the goal we were still losing! It was the moment of the season so far for us! The team are working very hard every week and the commitment and team spirit cannot be questioned. We have four more games to play this season and I’m sure there will be even more memorable moments to be celebrated.
Vets are back in action after the Christmas break and raring to go. We've had a 1-1 draw against Muckross, a 2-0 loss against a strong Rathgar side, a super 3-1 win against a feisty Bray and a very unlucky loss 1-0 vs Avoca. Weston match was postponed. The vets league is getting more competitive every season but it's still great fun and we all love getting together. I want to say a massive thanks to Maggie Farrell and Hazel Carty covering management of the team while I was out of action, I really appreciate it. Thanks to all our umpires for coming out to generally spend their Friday evening with us. Onwards and upwards for the rest of the season for the vets.

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Loreto Lions are back to 2019 with a bang. We’ve a few new recruits who have taken to hockey like a duck to water. We have been working hard on lots of drills and in particular our passing. Matches are definitely still our favourite when our competitive streaks come out! Of course we love our weekly ROAR that finishes off our session. 🦁 🦁 🦁
We started the Christmas month off with a 2nd-6th class blitz against Corinthians. The girls showed off their great skills and had a great day. The following week Monkstown HC hosted all of our 2nd-6th classes for a great day of blitzes, where the girls fought hard battles and had some great wins. We finished up for the Christmas Holidays in style with our mini Christmas parties where the girls wore every thing Christmassy!! 

We kick started off 2019 with fresh energy and the girls came back with great attitudes to improve their hockey skills. We got a chance to show these off against Alex HC on January 20th. Alex hosted us and we played some amazing hockey and the girls really enjoyed the day. The coaches are seeing some huge improvements in the girls and we are all very proud of all of our talented young hockey players. This term we are focusing on our skills and we will get a chance to show these off again in our Last blitz of the season in March. 

We started by heading onto the bus at 8:45, everyone was super pumped and excited as this was our first trip without our parents. We stopped at the Obama Plaza to get some food, I love tic tacs so I bought 3 packs of them! Some other people bought whole pizzas for their groups, it was sooo cool! Then we headed back on the bus to keep going, we sang songs and played games, it was super fun.
When we arrived at the hockey club we had to walk in because it was a school, we went to the changing rooms and then went outside to the pitch. It was sooooo cold! The rain was pouring on our heads and there was puddles everywhere. P.S people were Jumping in the puddles. We played difficult matches and after every few matches we could go into the club house for food, I was mainly eating the caramel squares because they were so tasty! When we finished we were so hyped to go to the hotel! The excitement made everyone hyper on the bus, they were jumping up and down like mad. We arrived at the hotel and grabbed all our bags from the boot. Most of us were carrying 3 bags or 2 bags but it was still very heavy. We brought the bags in and got our keys to our room. There were rooms on floor 1, 2 and 3 except for my group because we had four people in our room so we went to deluxe room 117, hehe. We got 1 hour of free time before we went bowling and before the quiz. During this time most of us went swimming and the rest chilled in the rooms watching Netflix.
Me and my buddies decided to take showers before the quiz and karaoke, so we could look sharp! After showers we did our hair and went down stairs, also I spent super long in the shower and the other 3 people in my room were not impressed, hehe!
We went downstairs with great struggle because people were trying to break into our deluxe room and they were attacking us at all angles. When we finally got downstairs we went into tables for our quiz. We all named our quiz teams. Our name was the AVOCADOS!!!(super cool name). Every time someone asked a question we would yell TRIP ADVISOR at the top of our lungs, as a joke of course. We also did karaoke and that was sooo fun, some girls wanted to sing funny songs while some other people just danced or talked.
We went back to our rooms and were supposed to go to bed (most of us did) but some people were going into other friends’ rooms at 10:40! In our room we just chilled drinking Fanta and eating taytos and that is what most people did until we heard a hard knock, what we heard was someone shouting “ROOM SERVICE” we looked out only to see 7 girls trying to get into our room.
One of our friends that was in our room wrote a funny message and stuck it under the door, after that we weren’t bothered by people too much. We “slept” (not really) and in the morning we woke at about 7 because I set an alarm and we went swimming, it was surprisingly nice, then we got dressed and went to breakfast, most of the girls that went swimming were late like me.
Breakfast was a small buffet but a nice one. We had orange juice and apple juice (super tasty) cornflakes, ricecrispys, coco pops and bacon plus sausages. After that we went to the bus and headed off to our second match. We played another hard match, but it was fun and after we got more sweets, people mainly ate the rice crispy buns and cookies because they were super tasty.
When we finished the hockey, we came back on the bus and went back to Obama Plaza for the second time and got supplies and after we went to the famous people museum! (Newbridge Style Icon), it was sooo cool! It had the Beatles jackets and the Jackson Fives jackets as well as Michael Jackson's hat and jacket. It was snowing outside so much so some of us had a snowball fight, I hit someone in the head with a snowball and I was proud of that, but I did get super wet.
We arrived back home an hour late because of the snow but we were hoping that would happen because we wanted to stay on the bus as long as possible. It was a super trip!
Emily Menton
The Intermediate A1s have performed very strongly this season and are still in contention for both league and cup honours. We currently lie in 3rd position in a very competitive league and still have a chance of making the league play offs going into our last game. It has been a really enjoyable season so far and the commitment from the players and their families has been amazing!

B2s continue to train hard after finishing third in league and should be well placed for the shield after only losing 1 nil to league toppers Pembroke.

Following a tough start for C1 against Pembroke, who finished top of the table, the girls gathered their collective determination and with excellent coaching from their coach Ciara V. have finished joint fourth with hopes to get into the plate playoff. 

C2 team captained by Una O’Regan have 1 final match to complete the league matches. A great team spirit has benn shown all season with some unlucky results going our way. The team continues to train hard and will give it all in the last match.

Minor A have had a disappointing year in a challenging league and unfortunately are at the bottom of the table with more losses than wins!However the girls have bonded well and are supportive and encouraging of each other. One of the highlights of the year was a team bonding trip to Go Quest and the girls are looking forward to the 2nd Club hockey Trip at the end of March.

 The Minor C2 have had a great season of training but the results in matches haven't gone their way! The girls put in 100% effort in both training and matches! 
A match played in awful conditions last week and the girls just got on with it, didn't complain at all! An unfortunate 4-1 loss but a super team goal and work rate from the girls.

Well done to  the Yellow Team for a great first season, some super matches played with everyone giving their all!! Without exception everyone has shown real improvement but more importantly the team has really started to gel and can only get better!! Well done girls👏👏

Blue team played with fire in their heart and ice in their veins. They played like champions in every match and teamwork makes the dream work.

The green team coached by Aoife Taaffe have had mixed results this season so far. All matches have been very close and the girls have improved week after week. They have enjoyed their matches and have taken positive approaches from each game to the next. 
Good luck in remaining matches.

The Loreto 1st Year Red Team are a terrific bunch of girls. Great team players, tenacious, hard-working, fast and super-skilful - they give their all every time! Rain, shine, sleet and snow, reliable to a T, you can count on the Red Team to put their heart and soul into every encounter and leave nothing behind!!! It has been an exciting and action-packed season so far, and it’s not over yet! There have been plenty of challenging and hard-fought matches along the way, but every match brings with it fresh learnings and new experiences for the players! When the going gets tough, the tough get going and “Resilience” is the Red’s middle name!

Congratulations to our five Loreto legends - Ali Meeke, Nicci Daly, Hannah Matthews, Sarah Torrans and Liz Murphy - who represented Ireland on the recent tour to Chile. We are all incredibly proud of you!

Our 'little' Loreto legends were also in action with the U21's in Spain. 
Pictured: Christina Hamill, Siofra O’Brien, Caitlin Sheerin and Mia Jennings
One club member recently attended a funeral, and after being asked how it was, replied;

"oh it was great, I managed to sell five raffle tickets at it!!"

When we said no one was safe from Bronnie selling raffle tickets, we really meant it!
Here is 18 month old Theo getting the hard sell.....and yes, he bought one

Unfortunately, as pointed out by one member

"the car will be vintage by the time he's old enough to drive it!!"

One Loreto player tried to see the bright side of being injured and unable to play....

"Might as well just go get my nails done!"
At the recents Sixths team bonding trip to Wexford, during a very competitive game of 30 Seconds, one player (who shall remain nameless) gave the description 

"an Irish animal"

but what was she describing??

'The Celtic Tiger'
A very enthuastic Vet's 2 mum in Rathfarnham Shopping Centre who understood the sales brief was to do and say whatever it took to sell Raffle tickets 

"Can I tempt you today sir"

she was overheared saying 

"You can have me for 30e, or else just pay 30e and buy a ticket for this lovely car"
One of our fifths players recently got some great advice from another players daughter after a sore loss;

"I've a tip for should try harder!"
If you have any funny stories or overheards, please send them on to!

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