Preparations for the 2020/21 season are well underway for Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club with four weeks’ bootcamp completed and preseason stick work due to start this Wednesday evening at Bangor Grammar.
It has been fantastic to see not only all the regular faces reporting for duty over the last number of weeks, but also a number of new players looking to make their mark at the club during the incoming season. Ulster Hockey issued the welcome news late last week that they are tentatively planning league action to get underway on the weekend of 26th September, so this will provide a welcome focus to upcoming training.
With two teams playing in Ulster Hockey leagues, DLHC has plenty to offer all females of 15 or over, regardless of age or experience. Both teams will be guided by new Head Coach William McAdam, who brings with him a wealth of experience, having coached the Coleraine 2XI squad which won 3 successive titles (Junior 6, Junior 5 and Junior 4) between 2016 and 2019, and which reached the Junior Cup final in 2017, losing out only to Omagh who won the league above that year.
Willie has also enjoyed success with the Ulster Masters, coaching the O50 Ladies who were crowned InterPro champions in 2018 and 2019 – a feat he hoped to emulate in 2020 before the pandemic put paid to all hockey earlier this year, so there are high hopes for him working his magic at the Dee!
While no fixtures have yet been announced, there will undoubtedly be plenty of action round the Greater Belfast area, with the odd foray further afield, with the club’s 1XI retaining their spot in Senior 3, and the Seconds currently competing in Junior 8. All home match action will once again be played at the excellent facilities at Bangor Grammar.
Past, present and future members of DLHC are welcome to join in at preseason on Wednesdays from 7.30pm at BGS and all new faces are more than welcome; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or get in touch via social media to make sure the club has all participants registered to adhere to current Covid guidelines.