Welcome to the New Season
After a very hectic 2016/2017 season which included the merger with Hermes Hockey Club, the new season is fast approaching. I hope you are all enjoying the break and will return energised for what promises to be another full on season.
Last year saw a number of key events both on and off the field and included Strictly 2, the Ball and the Club Nights in Dalkey.
On the field we hosted the IHL playoffs for the 2nd year and did it very successfully, we hosted a number of SoftCo Super Saturdays, we have introduced the Strikers to our Club and this will develop over the coming years. It was also a season tinged with sadness where we lost our good friends, Peter and Noel.
This new season will bring new challenges both on and off the pitch. We have set a very high standard on both the men’s and ladies playing side over the past number of years with both our teams participating on finals day in the EY Champions weekend. Our ladies also participated in the European Club Championships in the Netherlands.
The Club is committed to maintaining these high standards and has been working to put in place a continuing high performance programme for both first team squads. Various announcements will be made over the next few weeks and we will be setting out our goals for the next 3-4 years as we strive to move the bar even higher.
We are recognised as one of the top clubs in Ireland for developing youth and we also have an excellent reputation in Europe for the quality of our teams and players, this will continue and it is expected there will be further opportunities for all our young players to travel during the season throughout Ireland and further afield.
We have submitted an application to host the Women’s European Trophy next May, this will be a big challenge and a step up from our previous involvements in the IHL playoffs, however, I am confident that everyone in the Club will rally around and offer their time and skills to ensure we put on a first class weekend. Further details on this will follow in due course.
The training programmes and start dates together with the early league match details will be forwarded by the club captains over the next couple of weeks. For the Club to operate efficiently we need the support and commitment from many Club members.
Over the last number of years we have strived to create a special environment in the Club at all levels. It is important that all members and supporters look to see how they can contribute to the running of the club in whatever small way or time commitment they can give. There are plenty of jobs and roles and we will be issuing a map of how you can feed into those over the next 2-3 weeks. Please step forward, be part of it, this is special.
The future is exciting and we have some great talent in our Academy that will flow through to our Senior Teams in due course, these young people must be encouraged as they aspire to play on the top teams in the Club and further beyond. The structure is in place, the commitment is there and now it is time for the members to play their part.
I look forward to meeting you over the coming season and hopefully you will participate fully in the club and introduce friends to come and watch our teams play.
Keep a look out for all the details which will be coming shortly.
Yours in Hockey,