A battling friendly performance against Kirkby Stephen showed promise for a new era for Ambleside, despite the 7-0 scoreline in their opponent's favour.
Ambleside travelled to Kirkby Stephen on Saturday with an almost unrecognisable squad, with only two of the team having played last season. Always a tough prospect, especially against an organised Kirkby Stephen side, Ambleside immediately found themselves under pressure and faced a 5-0 deficit at half time. Despite this, the team did not let their heads drop and showed great spirit as they continued to work hard for each other, resulting a much improved second half showing. In the absence of players recently left for university, the younger generation stepped up and showed they had all the skill necessary to succeed at Cumbria League level, and will surely improve further with more playing time and confidence.
Coach Amanda Faulkner was pleased with the overall team performance: ''It's going to take time to gel...so we are building not for this season but for next!'' She was particularly pleased with the contribution not only of the junior players who stepped up to the plate, but also of the ladies who had come through the 'Back to Hockey' scheme. ''All in all we will get better as the season moves on'' before warning ''what we must do is not get down on ourselves when the results don't go our way.''
Ambleside will be looking to build on those positives today in their opening Cumbria League match, a tough prospect away against Penrith, push back at 2.45pm.
Ambleside launched the new season with their well-received HockeyFest event, being one of over 300 clubs who took part in similar events across the country. HockeyFest is an England Hockey led initiative, designed to increase participation in the sport and capitalise on the success of the England’s Women’s team in the recent EuroHockey championships.
Despite the rainy weather, the event received a tremendous response, with players of all ages braving the conditions to come down to the pitch at Kirkbie Kendal for a morning of hockey related fun. There was the chance to hone some skills pre-season with prizes for grabs in games based on dribbling and shooting, as well as the opportunity to try out a bit of goalkeeping!A fantastic time was had by all, with many taking the opportunity to get to know the club and its members, showing prospective
Ambleside continue their pre-season preparations with training this Tuesday at 7.30pm, with the second team starting their Netherwood League campaign away at Keswick on Sunday 20th September. The first team start their season with a friendly in Kirkby Stephen this weekend, with their opening league fixture away against Penrith the following week.members what Ambleside Hockey Club has to offer, no matter your age or ability. Many thanks to the committee for their hard work in making the event possible!If you missed HockeyFest, why not come down to one of our training season? We welcome players of all abilities, whether complete beginner, experienced player or looking to get back in to the sport. All are welcome from 7.30pm, every Tuesday at Kirkbie Kendal School.