Ladies hockey confident of remaining in top flight
Published: 1st February 2018
Last year was a wonderful one for the ladies hockey firsts as they won the Leinster Division 1 title, the Leinster plate and achieved promotion to the EYHL.
Despite coming off the back of such success, they were under no illusions about the challenge they would face coming into the new season.
Now halfway through the calendar, they find themselves sitting around the foot of the table in ninth spot.
This hasn’t dampened their optimism, however, and head coach Brian Scully thinks there is still a lot of positives to take from the year.
“We are very encouraged to know that much depends on our own performance level; results are very much in our grasp. Considering we have had a few bad injuries, we are very happy with our progress.
“When we have played well we have been very competitive, but when we have played poorly we have had bad defeats.”
Of the 10 teams in the league, only one will be automatically relegated while one other will face a play-off, something Brian is hoping his side won’t have to worry about.
“A ninth place finish would involve a relegation play-off which we would prefer to avoid so our target is to finish eighth.
“I suppose it is positive that we are targeting eighth - at the start of the year our target was to finish ninth and win the play-off.”
Brian’s opinion of the hockey programme in Trinity as a whole would suggest that they are in the best possible place to compete and succeed at the highest level.
“The set-up for ladies hockey is excellent. We have teams catering for all ability ranges. The pitch facility in Santry is world class, having been re-laid in the last few years. The coaching support is also at the very highest level: we have a specialist goalkeeping coach (David Fitzgerald) and a forwards coach (Kyle Good) - both of whom were members of the Irish men's Olympic squad.
“We also have two specialist skills coaches: David Bane is an ex-Irish International and Colin 'Bacchus' Stewart is an Assistant Coach to the Irish Women and has worked with both men's and women's New Zealand Olympic panels.
“Coupled with the gym and medical pathway offered by Trinity Sport, we feel it would be difficult for the set-up offered to the women's hockey team to be better.”
Hopefully it will all come good for them as the season heads to its climax in April.
- Trinity ladies hockey firsts are in action this Saturday (February 3rd) when they play Railway Union at home (Santry Avenue), 2pm.