Garstang Ladies Hockey Club head coach Dave Gee has spoken of an ‘overwhelming’ season after the club boasting an unbeaten championship win, double promotion and cup victories.
The first and second team are celebrating their most successful season in the club’s history, picking up trophies in the prestigious Caley Cup and Lishman Plate competitions.
And the club’s committee have prided the growing infrastructure and increase in membership in helping the long-established teams boost their profile.
Gee said the performances both on and off the field had been pivotal in the club’s success this year.
He said: “Overwhelming is probably the best way to describe the season of 2014/15, one that will be remembered for a very long time.
“To have both teams win their respective cups, the second team win promotion and the first team win the league after an entire season going unbeaten, is a truly outstanding performance from everyone involved in the club. Every target we set out pre-season was achieved even with time to spare.”
And added to the club’s celebrations, first team player Diane Roe, has been selected to represent the U21 North of England squad at Wrexham next month.
He added: “Diane has had an outstanding couple of years and her performance currently goes from strength to strength each month. It is a fantastic achievement.”
Gee said the team had achieved a ‘winning mentality’ to help secure the double and their efforts in training had paid off.
“They worked hard at training, often twice a week, and even harder during matches. Their self-belief was amazing and they came together as a solid unit who weren’t going to be beaten.”
The second team lost just two games all season, achieving their promotion to Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division 1. He added: “They started slowly, and took time to gel as a squad, but they too showed real commitment and battled through unbeaten since early October.
“To win promotion with games to spare was a real testament to their hard work and effort.”
“As head coach, I am so proud of the way the girls picked themselves up from the disappointment of last years relegations and had the character and confidence to go out and show me what they can do! It’s been an amazing season, one that I and the players will never forget.”
The real story is with our thriving junior section. We only ever had a handful of young players, but after a massive recruitment drive within local high schools, we now host teams at U11s, U13s [PHOTO] and U15s. We even had enough players to put out 3 teams at U13s level. The quality is there for all to see and several players are already attending or representing Lancashire at various age groups. Any club that wants to progress must always start at the bottom with the juniors, and we realised this very early on. With the quality and talent we have, the future is definitely looking bright!
The club held its annual presentation evening at Myerscough College last week and saw a fantastic turnout from players, family and friends. A full list of the awards is here:
1st team Player’s Player: Donna Richardson [PHOTO]
1st team Manager’s Player: Di Roe
2nd team Player’s Player: Georgie Hampson [PHOTO]
2nd team Manager’s Player: Olivia Mason
3rd team Player’s Player: Rebecca Duckworth
3rd team Manager’s Player: Habiba Randall [PHOTO]
Top Scorer: Fran Summers
Club Defender: Sarah Skelton
Most Improved Player: Steph Roe
Manager’s Most Improved Junior: Holly Wilson
Committee Junior: Lauren Smith [PHOTO]
U15 Junior: Lydia Williamson [PHOTO]
U13 Junior: Grace McGarvey
Club Person: Josie Rice
The club is running its annual England Hockey (partnered with #ThisGirlCan) led campaign called ‘Back to Hockey’ [PHOTO] from 14th May for 5 weeks, every Thursday evening. Back to Hockey sessions are fun, sociable and informal and aimed at people who either haven’t played hockey for a number of years or who are looking to play for the first time. It’s for women and girls aged 7+ interested in having a go at hockey as well as our junior and development players. The sessions are at UCLan Sports Arena, Cottam from 6.30-7.30pm and are £3 per session. All information can be found at our website www.garstangladieshockeyclub or on our social media pages https://twitter.com/GarstangHockey