With the 12/13 season approaching ever more rapidly, the girls of Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club have been working hard on their pre-season fitness over the last few weeks. In an innovative new initiative this year Donaghadee Ladies Netball Club have joined the Hockettes for the first time for pre-season training. Both clubs have benefitted from the increased numbers at the sessions each week, not to mention a little added friendly rivalry which will hopefully all add to a good start to the clubs’ respective seasons.
With the fixtures due to be announced in the next couple of weeks, DLHC’s attention is now turning to stick and ball work. As one of the last remaining clubs in Ulster Hockey not to have regular access to an astroturf pitch, the committee has been working tirelessly over the summer to try and find a suitable arrangement for the girls to get the much-needed practise on the synthetic surface. With no imminent plans for an astroturf pitch in Donaghadee – dismaying news considering the number of astro pitches due to be laid in neighbouring Bangor and Newtownards over the next couple of years – the club is facing the prospect of playing their home games away from the Dee – a less than ideal situation, but one which has been on the cards for a number of years, and which is inevitable if the club wants to keep building and growing.
After exploring a number of options which have resulted in dead ends, Bangor Academy has stepped in to the fray and saved the day, certainly in the short term. A lack of floodlights at the otherwise excellent pitch will cause problems in deepest mid-winter, but there is no doubt that everyone at DLHC is very much looking forward to making use of the superb pitch and facilities at the school over the next couple of months. Bangor Academy has a burgeoning interest in hockey since their girls enjoyed success in the local schools’ league, and Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club is looking forward to working with the school to provide playing opportunities for both their junior and senior players.
Senior training – for females aged 15+ (all standards and experience most welcome) – starts at Bangor Academy on Tuesday 21st August at 7pm sharp. Dates for Junior training for girls aged between 10 and 15 will be announced shortly. If you would like more information on any aspect of the club, you can find it at http://www.donaghadeelhc.co.uk
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– or pop down to see the Hockettes in action at the Donaghadee Festival on Saturday 18th August as they try their hands at a little beach hockey!