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Rathdown Hockey Coach Graham Shaw retires as Player Coach to be Head Coach at Monkstown:
Rathdown back in Premier League
After a great season last year, Rathdown Senior Team is now back in the Premier Division so will be competing against the top teams in the school hockey division! Best of luck girls!!
‘Rathdown Get on Board in Premier Return‘ – check out link:
Orla Macken Makes Under 18′s Irish Team!
Orla has been playing hockey for 10 years. She plays for her own club Railway Union’s 2nd Team and of course for the Senior I’s in Rathdown. Orla has achieved great successes in her hockey career so far, she was Captain of the U16’s 2009 Leinster Team and the Vice Captain of the Leinster U18’s in 2010.
Orla has enjoyed plenty of travels with her hockey from Limerick to Kilkenny, Banbridge, Belfast and as far as Holland and Barcelona!
Orlas most memorable experience was in Barcelona where she played for the U16’s Youth Nations Championships in Barcelona. It was here she scored against Ukraine to win the match 4-0! One of Orla’s most memorable goals was the corner scored against Muckross in the cup game to equalise 2-2.
Orla hopes to play for the Irish U18’s in the Youth Nations Championships in Holland this year. When asked what advice she would give to any players in the School on how to achieve their dreams in sport she said “Enjoy it, persistence and hard work is the key to success”
Graham ‘Sharpie’ Shaw puts Rathdown School Hockey through their paces
Rathdown School are delighted to have secured International Hockey legend, Graham Shaw alias ‘Sharpie’ as the new director of hockey. Graham has a wealth of knowledge to bring to the school with 151 caps for Ireland and extensive coaching experience. He has played in Olympic qualifiers, World Cup and European Championships. This year alone, he coached Loreto Hockey club to a senior Irish cup title and won an Irish Senior cup title as a player with his club Glennane. He is also the coach for the Irish under 21’s mens team.
The Director of Hockey will play a key role in developing hockey within the school. The role will cover a wide remit including improved performance of teams coupled with an overall increased enjoyment of students taking part in the sport which will be seen by increased numbers playing.
Since starting at Rathdown Graham says “I have been very impressed with the girls enthusiasm, commitment and willingness to learn and am very optimistic about their skills set and performances to date. I am looking forward to supporting the girls in achieving their full potential on the pitch” .
Although it’s early days, Rathdown School are performing extremely well and the senior team remain unbeaten so far this season….. watch this space…….!