The fixtures may still be being finalised by Uster Hockey for the 2018/19 season but the diary is already filling up for Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club, with a number of dates already pencilled in for events both on and off the pitch.
On the pitch, pre-season Bootcamp is now halfway through its four week programme – although it’s not too late to join in if you haven’t been yet! With the emphasis on fun, fitness and fresh air, the girls have enjoyed a good variety of exercise at the gravel pitch at Crommelin Park, Donaghadee with circuits, sprints and short bursts of cardio work completed so far. There are another two Wednesdays to go and then attention will switch back to the astroturf at Bangor Grammar (starting Wednesday 22nd August).
Again everyone is most welcome, especially if you’ve been inspired by the terrific progress made by Ireland Women at the Hockey World Cup in recent weeks, whether you’re looking to progress to ladies’ hockey from school, would like to get back into the game after a break, or just fancy joining one of the fastest growing and most social clubs in the North Down area.
There are already several off-pitch events in the pipeline too, the soonest of which will be the hotly anticipated DLHC Wine Tasting Evening taking place on Saturday 29th September at Donaghadee Sailing Club. The club is delighted to have secured the hugely experienced Angie Alexander to guide us through some of the great wine regions of the world such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain, and onwards through some of the new world wine challengers such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as through some lesser known but equally intriguing wine producing nations such as Croatia, Canada and most recently England.
With qualifications from the globally recognised Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Angie has also worked harvest for a wine producer in Burgundy, France which included picking, collecting, sorting and crushing the grapes as well as monitoring the early fermentation process in both barrels and tanks, so there is little doubt that she is very well positioned to suggest which wines, grape varieties and regions to try when choosing your next bottle. Firmly of the belief that there is a wine out there to suit everyone’s individual taste or palate, not to mention wallet, there is little doubt Angie will esure this will be an evening not to be missed!
Tickets are £15 and will be available from all club members, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Numbers will be limited so be sure to secure your tickets early!
For a full list of upcoming dates for the diary visit www.donaghadeelhc.co.uk or see the club’s Facebook page for more details.