20 years & still going strong!

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT NEWBRIDGE HOCKEY CLUB IS CELEBRATING 20 YEARS, AS IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY THAT ORLA POSTED AN ADD IN THE LEINSTER LEADER TO ESTABLISH A NEW CLUB. THE REST AS THEY SAY IS HISTORY.


I SPENT FIVE OR SIX YEARS COACHING THE FIRST TEAM AND I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. TRAINING IN NEWBRIDGE TOWN AND PLAYING IN THE OLD PITCH IN NEWBRIDGE COLLEGE COMMITEMENT NEVER WEANED AND THE GIRLS ALWAYS DISPLAYED A STEELY DETERMINATION THAT WOULD NOT ENTERTAIN THE WORD LOSE.


DESPITE GETTING NO FORMAL SKILLS TRAINING IN THOSE VERY EARLY YEARS THE CLUB WENT FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH WHICH IS A TESTEMENT TO THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION FROM SO MANY GIRLS. IT WAS FITTING THAT THAT COMMITMENT WAS REWARDED WHEN OWEN ARRIVED. STANDARDS ON THE PLAYING PITCH REACHED AN ALL TIME HIGH.


DESPITE ALL THE SUCCESS ON THE PITCH IT IS WONDERFUL TO SEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE JUNIOR SECTION AND THE TIME AND EFFORT THE SENIOR GIRLS PUT INTO NURTURING THE NEXT GENERATION.


THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR NEWBRIDGE HOCKEY CLUB WHICH IS A JUST REWARD FOR THE WORK OF SO MANY OVER THE YEARS…..


ENJOY AND BASK IN THE FUTURE.


~ SHANE

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