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Ladies hockey share secrets of their success

Published: 17th February 2017

Ambitious, inclusive, rewarding – this is how Jenny Long, from Trinity Ladies Hockey, describes the club, which continues to go from strength to strength.

The team is currently sitting at the top of division one, where they’ve spent much of the season, and are on a five-game unbeaten run. This weekend they face off against Muckross, who are second place contenders.

As a fourth year, Jenny – who is also a Trinity Sport scholar - is in an ideal position to comment on their current success. “Trinity hockey has been on the up over the last few years,” she says. She puts this down to a number of things including the support of Trinity Sport plus their own self-belief.

“Every year we do well we come back the following season looking to improve on our previous success. This year we came to pre-season with a really clear-cut goal as to where we wanted to finish in the league; every decision was made with this in mind.”

Another veteran of the team, Niamh Sweeney, attributes their success to new coach Brian Scully who ensures the girls are continuously raising their game. The team has also noticed huge improvements in strength, speed and injury prevention thanks to the new high-performance facility.

For the 2016-2017 season Trinity Ladies Hockey have been blessed with a great bunch of freshers. “The team has gelled extraordinarily well,” according to Jenny, “and I think this is the biggest contributing factor to our success thus far.”

The club hopes to continue tapping into this rich vein of fresh talent by hosting a course advice night next Tuesday, February 21.

This is an open invitation to all sixth year female hockey students who might be considering Trinity as an option. The evening represents a chance for them to discuss potential courses with current members of the club, who will also provide insights into playing college hockey.

But back to the present and the task at hand – which is the prospect of playing in the EY league next year. The girls are doubly determined, having come close last time around.

“We couldn’t compete in the playoffs last year because nine of our team were studying for finals at the time,” says Jenny. “This year we’ve made a contingency plan in order to give us the best possible chance come play-off time.”

If the ladies continue to remain top of their league they will bypass first round play-offs in the EY qualifying tournament in April. Whatever happens, this bunch is determined to give it one last push.

“There is great morale and friendships within the team,” says Niamh, “and everyone is working hard for each other to that we can get to the EY league next season.”

** Trinity Ladies Hockey Club are away to Muckross tomorrow, Saturday February 18, 1pm.

**‘Course Advice Night’ with the club takes place this Tuesday, February 21, 6.30pm-8.30pm, in the main hall of the sports centre here in Trinity College Dublin. The event is free but registration is necessary and can be done via the link below not forgetting to state what course the player is interested in

Photo caption (L-R): first team members Elllie Noone, Jenny Long, Niamh Sweeney, Ailish Long