The Club has made great strides this season at all levels, confidence and belief that they can accomplish great things is growing, the players have the talent to make this club successful.
We finished a creditable 6th in the Cumbria League and 3rd in the Netherwood league this season, each and every player involved should be congratulated on this achievement. Special thanks to Polly, Caroline, Lucy, Holly and Jill for leading the teams so well.
For some reason our membership has dropped, certainly not what we or England Hockey expected following last summer’s Olympics, so we had to reduce our training time to 1 hour on a Tuesday! We were unsure as to how this would work with all teams together, but I think some players have definitely benefitted, but it is not ideal.
Minis continues to prove successful with large numbers attending Friday night practice, and competing in the festivals
It is very important that we all have fun, but we must put in the work to bring about the success we strive for, players benefit from playing alongside the same people each week as they learn to gel together! and so it would be great to have a more settled 1st team squad next season.
If anyone would like to assist on a Tuesday, please feel free to come down and lend a hand, I would really appreciate it.
Or if your talents lie, in umpiring, admin or fundraising, we would welcome your help to lighten the load on the few, we really do need you!
And so, onto the awards!
The captains, vice captains and myself put names in the frame, with so many talented players at all levels, it’s been very difficult to choose!
Our first awards are for the minis chosen by Claire
This young man has only started playing hockey with us this season. He has great timing on the ball and shows awareness of others around the pitch. In training, he always puts in 100% and isn’t afraid to try something new. He has been a solid defender on the pitch, the award goes to
This young lady has developed her skills and confidence this season, wanting to learn and improve her game all the time….! I can’t keep up! She is hockey crazy, I think driving her parents mad at times with how much she loves the game!
New this season, she has shown she has the right attitude to become an excellent hockey player.
She has benefitted from playing 1st team hockey and is our own ‘pocket rocket’
She tackles well and with more work next season on her distribution skills, she will be able to take her game to the next level
Full of energy, she reads the game beautifully, a superstar in the making.
1st team JESS YOUNG
2nd team APRIL BARCLAY
1st team JESS YOUNG
2nd team LUCY DIXON
This player has stepped up at the end of the season to show us that she has the talent and potential to be an excellent hockey player, and I hope this will give her the confidence needed to progress next season.
Well liked in both 1st and 2nd teams, over flowing with potential, she can and should be a major player in the club for many seasons to come
An integral part of the 1st team for a few seasons now, always reliable and willing to learn, a true team player.
Her boundless energy, willingness to run, and excellent ball control has made this player invaluable this season.
An exceptional talent.
A big thank you to the organisers, Katie, Emma, Val and Anne for making the event go ahead, a fantastic way to end the season.
Penrith 2s 5 vs 6 Ambleside 2s
Ambleside's second team continue to make good progress in the Netherwood League, showing fantastic team spirit in a stunning comeback at Penrith.
Penrith were the stronger team out of the blocks, soaring to a 3-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes to leave the Greens shell-shocked.
The Greens however fought back well, working the ball round the pitch and came back in to the game through goals from April Barclay (3), Lucy Dixon (2) and Olivia Ormrod.
Ambleside will be looking to take that confidence forward in to the remainder of the season, starting with their game away against Carlisle this Sunday.
Ambleside's 2nd team will be looking to build on their draw on the opening day of the season as they take on Kirkby Stephen Juniors in the Netherwood League today.
The team opened their season against Windermere, drawing 3-3 in difficult playing conditions.
Ambleside started the match well, fighting for each ball and soon surging to a 3-1 lead, with Olivia Ormrod and Lucy Dixon (twice) on the score sheet. With the hot weather, and many having also turned out for the first team in the County Tournament the day before, a stubborn Windermere side fought their way back in to the match.
The players have worked well in training in the intervening weeks, with passing and fitness being the main focus, and will be hoping to see that pay off today.
The match starts at 12.30pm at Kirkbie Kendal Astro, Please come down to support!
Ambleside Hockey Club opened their season with a successful Hockeyfest event, encouraging new players to join following the gold medal success of Great Britain at this summer’s Olympics. HockeyFest is a national campaign organised by the National Governing Body, Great Britain Hockey, and has seen great numbers across the country picking up their sticks as the sport enjoys the effects of GB’s victory in Rio.
Players took on a variety of mini-games, including the ‘Olympic Ring’ challenge to test out their shooting skills, and facing Ambleside’s keeper in a Penalty Shootout.
There was also a range of tasty baked treats on offer, raising £75.39 in total, with proceeds from the sale going towards Rosemere Cancer Foundation, supporting their work with cancer patients across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Interested in joining the fun? We welcome players of all ages and experience. Please check our About Us page for details on all the club has to offer.
After a short break over the summer term, Ambleside are now looking ahead to the new season with fresh confidence. Both the Cumbria and Netherwood League teams showed strong progress towards the end of last season, which they will be looking to carry on in to this. Off the pitch, new committee members and volunteers also bring fresh enthusiasm and excitement for the upcoming year.
We are back to summer training from 26 July, where juniors and seniors will training together from 7.30 - 8.30pm, returning to the usual training times in September. Match date and times should soon be published and please keep a look out on the fixtures live website here for more details.
We hope you all looking forward to the new season and can't wait to see you all back at training on 26th July!