It was a fabulous weekend for Irish women’s hockey with Ireland Women surpassing every expectation by winning silver medals in the Women’s Hockey World Cup played out at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London.
With hosts England exiting at the quarter final stage at the hands of the eventual winners, the Netherlands, and various other seeds such as Argentina, Germany and Australia all falling by the wayside, Ireland progressed thanks to cool heads in two shootouts, firstly against India in the quarters (whom they had already beaten in the pool stage) and Spain in the semis.
How wonderful to see hockey taking centre stage, with full coverage on two TV channels, and members of Donaghadee LHC took full advantage with many from the club gathering to watch the final in Pier 36 on Sunday. They were treated to a Dutch hockey masterclass; the girls in orange putting 6 unanswered strikes away against the Green Army with incredible movement off the ball and terrific stickwork when in possession.
There is certainly no shame in losing to the number one side in the world, especially considering the scintillating hockey the Dutch played throughout, but Ireland, second lowest ranked in the tournament, won plaudits from all quarters for their gutsy, attacking hockey and never-say-die attitudes, and it has been a pleasure watching them over the last two weeks.
Ireland O50s excel at the Masters World Cup
The Masters World Cup has also been taking place – at the same club where the Dee played when they toured in Barcelona in April 2014 no less – and there were jubilant scenes when Ireland O50s beat Australia in the final on Sunday morning to bag the gold medals there. The Ireland team included a number of the Ulster O50s against whom Donaghadee played last April, so everyone in the club would like to pass on their congratulations to the whole squad on an awesome achievement (and we’re delighted to have played even a miniscule role on their path to victory!)
Inspired? Come and join the Dee!
If that lot isn’t a huge inspiration, we don’t know what is! If you’ve been watching the matches and are keen to get involved, join a new club, give it a try after a break or follow on from school hockey – come and give Donaghadee Ladies a go. We have two more sessions of Bootcamp at Crommelin Park in Donaghadee this Wednesday and next from 7.30-8.30pm and then we’re back on the astroturf at Bangor Grammar from Wednesday 22nd August, 7.30pm. All new faces are most welcome, so if you’re female and 15 or over, come and see us! For more information visit www.donaghadeelhc.co.uk, Facebook.com/DonaghadeeLHC, Twitter @donaghadeelhc or email email@example.com
Wine-Tasting Tickets now on sale
There’s plenty going on off the pitch too, and the first fundraiser of the new season is the much anticipated Wine-Tasting Evening on Saturday 29th September in Donaghadee Sailing Club. Tickets are now on sale at £15 each and demand is high, so secure yours quickly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or speaking to any club member.