In the final practice match of preseason, members of Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club took part in an entertaining intra-club game on Friday night with their traditional season opener, Reds v Whites.
It was a good opportunity for a number of new faces to pull on the red (or white!) and green of the Dee for the first time and also for coach Brian Mckee and captains Kerry Kennedy and Kerrie Turtle to have a look at potential line ups for both 1XI and 2XI for the incoming season.
The game didn’t disappoint with the Whites going ahead in the first quarter thanks to a lovely finish by Katie McKee. The play was end to end, with solo runs, great link up play and solid defending on show from both sides, before the Reds equalised in the third quarter with Tasha Paxton scoring at that end.
The match finished in an honorable draw (1-1) with thanks to Willie McAdam and Carolyn Scott for umpiring. Both teams will look to make a few final tweaks at training on Wednesday night before league matches start on Saturday, with the 1XI opening their campaign away to Bangor.
The 2XI’s opposition, South Antrim 3XI have withdrawn from Junior league 8B so the Seconds will begin their campaign at home to Saintfield 3XI on Saturday 29th September.
Match Ball Sponsorship
The Club is once again running its hugely successful Match Ball Sponsorship for 2018/19, allowing local businesses and individuals to actively support DLHC during the season.
Your business will feature extensively on all the club’s social media channels in the week leading up to the match you have chosen to sponsor with a warm invitation to the match itself on the Saturday (we do a great sideline tea/coffee/biccies service!), followed by coverage in match reports which are distributed to each player, published on our website and also in each week’s local papers.
DLHC is funded entirely by the players with fees going to cover pitch and insurance costs not to mention equipment, first aid kits and the like, so all sponsorship money raised helps us concentrate on performances on the pitch without worrying about financial shortfall off it.
Every home match slot was taken last year and the club anticipates demand to be high again this year, so get in touch to secure a slot and to get involved with one of North Down’s most vibrant clubs at firstname.lastname@example.org