Following a season of watching the Men’s 1st XI earn title glory, Lisnagarvey Ladies are getting ready to shine next season.
Quietly on the other side of the clubhouse at Comber Road, the ladies section began their own journey on a quest to reach the same dizzy heights as their male counterparts with the aim of qualifying for the EY Irish Hockey League by 2018.
The ladies used the 2015/2016 season to restructure and regenerate at all levels and no fewer than fourteen schoolgirls represented the 1st XI at Premier League and Irish Senior Cup level, which can only be hugely encouraging for the future.
This comes as part of the new U18 and U21 structures that have been introduced within the club to ensure that young players have a clear progression pathway from junior to senior hockey and that no player is overlooked.
The ladies section has no fewer than six players involved in Ulster Hockey summer programs building towards the U16 and U18 interprovincial tournaments.
For this the youth coaches at the club deserve huge credit along with all the local schools that put in place fantastic structures at schools level.
As the pre-season period approaches for 2016/2017, the Garvey girls have had a massive boost as Scarlett Holdsworth re-joins the club from Ards HC.
Scarlett has played at the highest level of the game in Ireland and brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and unquestionable ability.
Her addition to the squad alongside the likes of Rose Montgomery, Laura Johnston and Jenna McQueen gives the 1st XI the much sought after balance of youth and experience.
Preseason training begins at Garvey’s Comber Road base on Tuesday 5th July at 7pm and new players are as always very welcome to come along.
The sessions in July are open to anyone who is going into 4th Form/Year 11 in September and everyone older than that.
If you would like to find out more contact David on 07845 201932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org