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.
Inspired by GB Hockey at Rio 2016? Come and join Ambleside Hockey Club's HockeyFest event, Tuesday 6th September at Kirkbie Kendal School.Read more
Ambleside got straight back to work with a great turnout for the first training session of the New Year. Despite results not always going their way in the first half of the season, the players continue to train well and make great improvements.
The first team face a particularly tough restart to the season, immediately facing 3 of the top 5 teams in the league, but are keen to get back work. They face Penrith today, keen to avenge a harsh 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture.
'It's a tough match to start off with,' says vice captain Caroline Cropper, 'but we're keen to show how we've progressed since the start of the season, particularly now our younger players have more match experience behind them.'
The second team continue to work hard, but unfortunately face another weekend without a match. 'It's a shame for them all.' agrees Caroline, 'the second team is a good mix of young players and back to hockey ladies who are training hard week in week out and they're not getting chance to play at the moment. Hopefully they will get their chance soon!'
Please come down to support the first team vs Penrith today, 12.30pm push back at Kirkbie Kendal astro.
Charlotte Russell, Captain of Ambleside Hockey Club
Your thoughts on the last Cumbria League game? (Carlisle vs Ambleside. Ambleside lost 3-2 having led 2-1 for a large part of the game)
Such a close match, we were winning 1 - 0 in the first half, but Carlisle just caught up with us in the end. Our fitness let us down.
And the rest of the Cumbria League season so far? Ambleside are currently 8th, with no points on the board.
We are doing really well, we have a new team so we are bonding well and playing really effectively as a team. The wins will come!
What are your thoughts on the Netherwood League season?
Our junior team is such a positive and strong side. They are all really committed to hockey and the club and the experience they are gaining is immense. They are all great players and it is a pleasure to see them play every Sunday.
What has been the most positive aspect of the season for you so far?
The players' commitment and positive attitude. They all give 100% in matches, remain focused and are all keen to improve.
Anything that you would like to improve on?
Winning of course!
And your feelings on your personal performances so far?
Taking on the captaincy this year has been tough. It takes a lot of organisation and preparation before every training and every match, but I have great team mates, members on the committee and Back to Hockey Ladies who all really help to make it a little easier. With my performance I am hoping players will see I am trying to lead by example (not necessarily the green cards!) but by taking chances to score when you can and also being willing to play out of position (for me - defence!) which take you out of your comfort zone but you still give it 100% and you end up playing quite well!
Big game today...
Yes BIG game, fingers crossed we can settle in to the new positioning quickly and get some goals in, the "local derby" is always an eventful one!
Ambleside 2s 1
Kendal 3s 2
A fighting performance from the ever-improving 2nd team ultimately ended in heartbreak as Kendal scored a last minute winner to seal the three points in closely fought Netherwood League match.
Ambleside withstood an early barrage of pressure early in the first half from a quick Kendal front line, with Meghan slotting in well alongside her senior teammates and making some important interceptions.
Frustrating their opposition, Ambleside were able to build on the strong defensive start and make some headway in going forwards. Forwards Holly and Karen both made strong drives down the touchline and captain Lucy was once again a strong presence in midfield, marshalling her team effectively.
Ambleside continued the second half in similar vein, making a vital breakthrough when, following a scramble in the D, Roisin steered the ball in to the net. Kendal came back strongly, and broke through a resilient Ambleside defence when a strong shot from a penalty corner evaded the goalkeeper and was poked home at the post. Kendal followed up with a quick break, resulting in a goal in the final minute to break the home team’s hearts.
Goalkeeper Caroline Cropper was nevertheless upbeat, despite the nature of the loss. ‘The girls fought brilliantly against a very strong Kendal side. They shouldn’t be disheartened-they continue to improve with every game they play and the results they deserve will come with that!’
Lucy and Roisin were voted players’ player.
Ambleside travel to Cockermouth to face Keswick 2s next Sunday, with high hopes of continuing the upward trend and getting some points on the board.