Junior section update – February 2013

Colts and Fillies

Finals Fixtures
March 3rd is scheduled for the U14s and U16s girls finals across a number of different clubs in Dublin and Pembroke is being well featured in many of the divisions:

Final Team Opposition Pitch Time
League Final 1st Year Yellow v Muckross B Muckross Park College 09.30
Shield Final 1st Year Red v Corinthians Muckross Park College 11.00
Shield Final 1st Year Green v Corinthians C Muckross Park College 12.30
League Final U14 Black v Clontarf A Pembroke 11.30
Shield Final U14 Orange v Suttonians A Railway 11.00
Shield Final U14 Purple v Muckross B Railway 12.30
Shield Final U16 Yellow v Avoca B Corinthians 09.15
Plate Final U16 Green v Our Ladies Our Ladies Terenure 13.00

This Sunday is the last training session before these finals so I know the coaches are keen to cover as much as possible

There will be more cross over matches in the coming weeks for the remainder teams and we will let you know when these are on as soon as we have confirmation.

Junior Development
While many of our coaches feature week in week out for our mens and ladies 1st teams as well as juggling their coaching committments, the junior sections continues to be recognised as being incredibly important to the club.

On the boys side we have started to bring some of the men’s stars from the 1st team to the U14 and U16 boys sessions on a Friday night to demonstrate some skills and keep the boys on their toes. Paddy Conlon, Ex-Scottish International and Player coach for the Men’s 1sts has been so impressed with the boys he himself has already taken 2 sessions since Christmas giving our regular 1st team coaches Geoff and Rachel and Michael a night off! (And Alison too of course).

This is something we’re keen to roll out for the girls and I know the Ladies 1s coaches are enthusiastic about working with the Girls U16 teams in the coming weeks as they are our future club stars.

Mick O’Connor, Mens 1sts player and coach for the ladies 2s will also be taking our Girls U14 this weekend for a special session

To start the ball rolling for our Goalies we have arranged for a clinic with Nigel Henderson this Friday. Nigel is the ex- Irish Men’s Senior Captain and stalwart of the Men’s 1s side for many years. Over the coming weeks we aim to bring more of the senior players from the club to work with the girls

Training Fixtures
Feb 24th – Training
March 3rd – Training & Matches
March 10th – Training & Matches
March 17th – Break for St. Patrick’s Day
March 24th – Break for Easter
March 31st – Break for Easter
April 7th – Training
April 14th – Training
April 21st – Training

Introduction to Hockey
Before the end of the season we hope to run a fun quick clinic on Hockey for parents who may be new to the sport (or haven’t played for some time). Our aim is to have a quick introduction to hockey in an informal setting where you can ask any questions about the rules/leagues and get your hands dirty and play a little bit yourself. Any of you who have played soccer will be glad to know it’s pretty much the same game – smaller ball and no feet!!

If you’re interested in taking part, please let us know and we will organise a suitable date.
Interested in getting more involved?

While we have only 6 training weekends left, we have an eye on next season already and planning for our coaches and our development strategy is underway. If you are interested in getting more involved on either the coaching or managing front, please come and talk to either Orla or Sinead. We feel it is essential to have more parental involvement, to bridge the gap between the players and the coaches. Even if you don’t necessarily have experience playing hockey we’d love to talk to you.

We’ve had some good feedback from parents recently regarding ways to improve. While you might not see immediate results, please be assured we are taking all the comments on board, and are doing our best to address your concerns. We are always open to suggestions, so don’t be shy!

Orla & Sinead

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