This has been a challenging season for both the Cumbria League and Netherwood League teams, both unrecognisable from the teams of last season. So as expected the season has been a difficult one in the way of the results, and a huge learning curve for the players, but we have tried to approach it in a positive frame of mind. It is always hard to get teams to gel when so many are new, either the youngsters stepping up, new members to the club or the Back to Hockey ladies now progressing into the competitive arena. So it took time to gain the momentum. We showed some glimpses of brilliance and at other times naivety, but this was to be expected. And so at the end of the season as we look back, I can only congratulate all the players that have taken part, they have the talent, the belief is coming and with a productive summer behind us, the next season should be so much better and I hope the results will follow.
As you know we have a wide range of ages involved in our club, from the minis up to the vets, but we all pull together to make our club a family friendly one and I hope this will continue for many years to come. It is very important that we try to keep as many players as possible, we need to work hard to be successful and try to move the club up the ladder, put in the effort also have fun and success will follow. If any parents, or family members would like to be involved with the club in whatever capacity, maybe you would like to try umpiring, assist at the coaching sessions, or want to play, or perhaps your talents may lie in 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, never an easy task to select one player when it is a team sport, when so many are making such huge progress. Firstly, I would like to congratulate all the players who have been selected to play for the County. Charlotte Russell for Captaining the first team and umpiring for the Netherwood team. Caroline Cropper for the all the work involved in the Netherwood League. To Ailsa Richardson and Meghan Fairman who passed their level 1 umpiring course, and Charlotte for completing her coaching certificate.
MINIS (Claire) Boys For this award, it was a hard decision to make as we have lots of talented boys. We have a selection of boys who have been playing for several seasons and some who have joined us this season. It was a hard decision and one I confirmed today! However, this young boy started off unsure if he wanted to even play hockey, however this changed after a couple of training sessions. Over the season he has improved so much and developed his skills and uses them successfully during training and the festivals. I am sure he is the youngest player to represent the club and it was great to see him get stuck in at every opportunity. When you watch him play you can see him thinking about using the space on the pitch, which can be quite difficult for young children to do. He should be very proud of himself. LIAM YOUNG
Girls This award winner started off as a very quiet young lady, turning up to training and not saying an awful lot! However, now she has developed in confidence especially over the last season, she has developed her skills and has played in the festivals with lots of enjoyment. It’s fantastic to see how much she has developed over the season and now dares to have a go with new skills during games and training. Again this young lady should feel very proud of herself. SOPHIE FISHER
U/14 With so many promising girls, (Olivia Ormrod, Emily Coates, Lucy Dixon, Kaitlin Quarry, Rio and Lowri Knowles to name but a few) who turn up at training regularly and are keen to play at the weekend, this has been a tough decision, but our award this year goes to a tenacious little player a real pocket rocket! MADDIE TOWNSON
U/16 Again with so many improving players, Karen Barker, Lucy Dixon, Lauren Wade deserve a mention, but our award goes to a young lady who has already played in the first team, and showed she could cope with anyone she was up against, a very special talent who I look forward to seeing her progress in the years to come CHLOE BIRTLES
Top Scorer 1 st team CHARLOTTE RUSSELL 2nd team LUCY DIXON
Players Player 1 st team EMMA HOULIHAN 2nd team LUCY DIXON
Most Improved We nearly always look to the younger players when giving this award, but this time someone a little older fully deserves the recognition. She has shown commitment, (a regular at training) and her skills and match play have improved throughout the season, congratulations JILL RICHARDSON
Most Promising (The Helena Farrell trophy) This young lady has huge potential, if she only believed it! She moves around the pitch gracefully and with purpose I hope she will be a big star of our future and continue to develop into an exciting player. MEGAN CARRADUS
Junior Player So many of our juniors have played a significant role in the first team this season, (Lucy Dixon, Roisin Bagge, Jemma Knowles and Polly Holden have been regulars) and they should all be very proud of the way they have performed and the improvement in each and every one has been tremendous. The recipient of this award has been a joy to have around she has so much talent, again I’m not sure she really believes it but could be an integral part of the team for many seasons to come. HOLLY STRICKLAND
Player of the Season (coaches Award) On the field of play everyone has done their bit, we are trying to build a team, and this award goes to the player who has done the most to try to do this. She has lead the team through difficult circumstances, played in roles she would never have dreamed of! And her work behind the scenes has been immense. A well-deserved winner. CHARLOTTE RUSSELL
At Ambleside Hockey all our coaches and umpires are fully qualified. Our volunteers and senior players have also had full background checks carried out. All in line with England Hockey codes of conduct and also means we provide quality coaching in a safe environment. You can never be too careful and we always encourage members to go on Hockey courses fully paid by the club. For example our welfare officer has just completed another safeguarding course!
As the season draws to a close we are preparing for our end of season party!
It will be held on Friday 13 May at Carus Green Golf Club, Kendal from 7pm.
There will be food, prizes, awards and a raffle to help raise money for the club!
Tickets are £12.50 per adult and £6.00 per child
Entry in to the raffle is included in the ticket price. Last year's raffle prizes included a £50 Hayes Garden Centre voucher, vouchers for Romneys, Cafe Ambio, the Village Inn Bowness, nail and beauty vouchers, and many more!
For ticket orders please print and complete the Order Form and return to the Treasurer Charlotte Russell by 1 May 2016.
We hope to see you all there!
P.S Don't forget if you can't make it on the night you can buy a raffle ticket for just £6.00!
(Just one of our many prizes this year!)
A depleted Ambleside team showed great character to battle back from a 2 goal deficit to secure a point in a rainy encounter against Keswick.
Despite a solid start by both teams, it was Keswick who took an early lead from a short corner, adding a second after the break.
Ambleside fought back, however, with Lauren Wade, Lucy Dixon and Holly Strickland combining well up front to open up the Keswick defence. Their hard work was soon rewarded as a strong shot by Lucy beat the keeper, followed closely by a second when Holly was on hand to guide home the rebound off Lauren’s initial strike.
Keswick fought back, but were thwarted by a stubborn defensive display- and were even denied a late winner by the grill of keeper Holly Price’s helmet.
Ambleside will be particularly pleased at how their younger players stepped up to the plate in this match, and will look to build on recent performances in preparation for next season.
‘Derby Day’ Preview: Kendal 2s vs Ambleside
With a season of transition coming to a close, the ever improving Ambleside will be looking to end on a high and put more points on the board. They face tough opposition against the team placed 5th in the league, but, with local bragging rights are on the line, the Green will be looking to take the fight to their opponents. Ambleside will be particularly keen to avenge a heart breaking last minute defeat in the opposing fixture earlier in the season.
The Greens will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes on ‘Derby Day’ after two heavy defeats, with last week’s 7-0 defeat against Carlisle coming off the back of losing 10-0 to South Lakes the week previously. Although pitted against two of the best hockey teams in the league, the sudden leaking of goals is somewhat of a concern. Where the hockey being played is certainly more fluid, the Greens are still lacking that killer goal scoring instinct up front:
‘I think the problem is lack of goals on our part‘ states coach Amanda Faulkner, ‘we go behind, then everyone tries to push up the pitch, we lose shape and bang! We are two down!’
Kendal 2nds vs Ambleside is on Saturday, 6th February 2016 at Kirkbie Kendal School, 2.30pm push back.