2/7/12 Pre season club report

It only seems a few short weeks since Donaghadee LHC wrapped up the 2011/12 season with the traditional End of Season Do and prize giving ceremony. The girls managed to pick one of the few dry nights of the summer so far to enjoy a barbeque and drinks before heading into Donaghadee. The team finished Senior 4 strongly, with good wins over Newry Olympic (3-0) and Ballynahinch (4-0), which saw them finish the league in 6th – one of the best positions the club has managed since the league restructure a number of years ago. Centre forward Kerrie Turtle certainly played her part in this campaign, once again finishing top goalscorer for the club – including scoring twice in three games and getting a hat trick against Ballycastle to boost her final tally. On a slight twist to the Best Newcomer award, Ruth Kennedy was awarded Best Recomer as she returned in 2011 for her second stint at the club – here’s hoping this time stretches for lots of years to come! Most Valuable Player was awarded to Siobhan McAdam for being ever-present and ever ready, from super-subbing to donning the goalie pads for a couple of matches at the end of the season. Hugely consistent, Lisa Higgins had a superb season in defence and she only narrowly lost out in the Players’ Player of the Season award, but instead picked up the Captain’s Player of the Year award, with outgoing captain Carolyn Scott keen to acknowledge her contribution throughout the season. The Players’ Player of the Season 2011/12 was voted for by every member of the club, and Nina Wells was the overwhelming favourite for this award, with everyone recognising the huge part Nina plays in defence with her superb reading of the game and wonderful timing and interceptions. 

With the 11/12 season firmly wrapped up, attention is now turning to the incoming year. There is much to look forward to, with several off-pitch events already pencilled in. The Club is hoping to enter at least one team in the annual Lifeboat Raft Race on Saturday 4th August and the team will be partaking in a little beach hockey at the Dee Fun Day on Saturday 18th August – let’s hope the weather improves a bit for that one! Many of the girls are also already looking forward to the Hockettes on the Piste ski trip to Sauze d’Oulz in Italy towards the end of the 12/13 season – with 12 already signed up, and places still available right up until Christmas, this should be a trip not to forget! Numerous other events will be happening throughout the season, and will be advertised in due course.
On the hockey front, pre-season is kicking off next week (Monday 9th July, 7.30pm at Crommelin Park, Donaghadee) as the girls ease themselves gently back in to the swing of things. The early training will involve cardio work to get the fitness levels back up and is well worth while for everyone, from those who just want to come down for a bit of a run about to those who are preparing for the new season. Donaghadee LHC is welcoming to all players young and old, regardless of experience or fitness levels, so if you have thought about joining a club but haven’t done anything about it, why not pop down and give it a go? You can get in touch via email dlhc@hotmail.co.uk or via Facebook/DonaghadeeLHC.

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