REPORT | 10 Sept 2018: Pre-season Friendlies and 2XI fixtures

DLHC 1XI keep a clean sheet against Ards in their pre-season friendly

DLHC 1XI keep a clean sheet against Ards in their pre-season friendly

It’s been a busy few weeks for Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club with both pre-season starting and a number of friendlies taking place as preparations continue apace for the beginning of the league programmes.

DLHC 2XI kicked off proceedings on Friday 31st August when they welcomed Bangor 2XI to Bangor Grammar. With a number of new faces in the line up, and pitch work only having started a couple of weeks previously, it was a strong showing from the girls in red and green, earning a 1-1 draw when Carmen van der Schyff set up Kerrie Turtle.

The 1XI were next in action last Wednesday and they put in a performance showing few signs of ring rustiness with a heartening display against Coleraine – Catherine Armstrong opening her goal scoring for the season with a fine solo effort which gave the visiting keeper no chance.

Continuing on from that, the 1XI then played Ards 3XI on Saturday past, and Catherine was on target again, along with sister Kerry Kennedy who scored two to give Donaghadee a 3-0 win in a much more evenly contested match than the scoreline suggests.

The 2XI fixtures have now been published further to the 1XI’s a number of weeks ago, and the team opens their Junior 8B campaign at home to South Antrim 3XI on Saturday 22nd September.

While fixtures currently only run until the beginning of February, there are plans for a round robin competition for the teams in Junior 7, 8A and 8B, so it will be an interesting season for the 2XI once again, after the Cup run last season which took them all the way to the semi final of the Minor Cup.

For full fixtures, see the DLHC website: www.DonaghadeeLHC.co.uk/fixtures-201819/

Pre-season continues for everyone in the club – including all new faces who are most welcome – every Wednesday from 7.30pm at Bangor Grammar School.

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