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Tristan and JB would like to thank many people, without whom the 2014 season would have been much tougher. Firstly, to Maria, not only for managing but for being prepared to get kitted up, ready to be our secret weapon in Albury.
Thanks must also go to Erin, Craig and Dan who provided coaching assistance, advice and suggestions throughout the season.
A big thank you to Steph who not only provided a massive contribution on the field on the weekend but also was able to coach sessions for the group.
Thanks also to Juanita for bringing the baked deliciousness required for a successful team and for leading the team as captain both on and off the field. Thanks must also go to Alisha for a lot of organisation behind the scenes, particularly for the Albury trip, and for Sam and Kaylee for fighting HACT on a weekly basis.
Finally, thanks to the club, committee members and supporters who were always cheering the team on.
Most Improved: Caitlin Tucker and Hayley Apps
Most Consistent: Chloe Montgomery
Best and Fairest: Juanita McDonald
The 2014 season saw a year of change for the women’s Capital League squad. There was a mass exodus of some of our favourite personalities as well as changes to the coaching staff.
While the players refused to write the season off as a ‘rebuilding year’ they certainly worked hard to begin building a fresh culture centred around hard work, dedication and cohesion. With the memory of our favourite manager Colin always in the front of our minds the CL2 group, renamed Colin’s Angels for the season, set about achieving some tough goals.
The early portion of the season saw the team falling short of their targets and at one stage they were sitting on the lower rungs of the ladder. The girls commitment, like their sense of humour, never wavered and week after week they worked hard on and off the field.
As August rolled around they were in finals contention and that is where they stayed. Both their semi and preliminary final ended in nail biting shoot outs guaranteed to entertain the crowd. But it was not to be and CL2 bowed out finishing up the year in 3rd position. It is not possible to name every player who contributed to the journey as so many ladies stepped onto the field and fought it out with CL2 this year. What can be confidently said is that old blood has mixed with new and the result is a super sassy Checks mole ready to hunt a premiership come 2015.
As a coach and a player I would like to say I am very proud to be a member of the Old Canberran’s Capital League squad. What we have achieved this season is remarkable considering the difficulties we have overcome. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us this season and given their time and input. I hope the ladies have enjoyed the challenge as much as I have and they return next year with even more determination and hunger for the win.
Most Improved: Rachel Seiler
Most Consistent: Julia Chadburn
Best and Fairest: Nicole Shaw
Some messages from the girls:
“This season has been an interesting one for our lovely team! At the beginning of the season we where a real mixed bunch of girls from all different backgrounds and ages. Over the season we have really bonded as a team and we all have the utmost respect for everyone. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much during a season of hockey in my entire life. We grew to really love one and other and have had an amazing time. We all have so many fantastic memories from the season, from Craig’s amazing teenage girl impersonations to the comic relief from many of the girls in our team! This season has been truly amazing and I’m going to miss all the girl until next season! We finished the season strong girls and you have made myself and everyone else extremely proud! Love youz all xx”
“It was a season full of ups and downs for the team. With states commitments, holidays, injuries and much more we never fielded the same team, but no matter what we were there for each other and played as a team. We started the season as a divided unit but finished the season as one strong team. The oldest player being 27 and the youngest 15 it was a very diverse team. Checks have a promising future with the talent of the young girls coming through the grades.”
“I just wanted to congratulate SL1 on a lovely season. I know things haven’t always gone our way, but I think the way we all learnt to work together throughout the season will be reflected in better results next year.”
“Best part about being in this team, was Craig’s teenage girl impressions. They were SPOT ON!”
Most Improved: Lisa McLeod
Most Consistent: Maddie Novak
Best and Fairest: Stephanie Boyling
SL2WThe SL2 team was initially graded in SL3, however after a request to reconsider the grading the team was placed in SL2. The aim of the season was to hopefully end up mid way on the ladder as the team had a lot to prove after being placed in the SL2 competition.
The first few rounds saw the team doing well and winning their games which continued throughout the season.
The players all gelled together really well with a mix of players from last years SL3 premiership team, some new faces and players who had come back after a couple of years absence.
We had a solid defensive lineup with Jenny in goals, Sarah and Sam a fullbacks and Trish, Jodie, Leeanne, Vanessa, kaylee and Kat in the halves which led to the team having the best defensive record in the competition.
Our forward line consisted of Katie, Rachel, Richelle, Amy, Claire, Amy V, Nina and Steph who all did an amazing job and worked extremely well together scoring some fantastic goals.
There was great improvement from each player and the team throughout the season and this was displayed the closer we got to the finals. We had a great bunch of girls this year who all got along both on and off the field.
Come finals time we were fourth on the ladder which was better than what we thought we’d do. In the first semi we beat Tuggeranong 2-1 in a very tough match. The Pre-lim saw us take on ANU which again was a tough game. We went into one on ones to take the game 4-3 thanks to a fantastic effort in goals by our youngest player Amy. The Grand final saw us take on Central which had a always been a tough match throughout the season, however on the day it was us that walked away with a well deserved Premiership to make it 2 years in a row for most of the team.
Keryn was the star coach again this year working with the women on different skills at training each week and at each game. His knowledge of the game and the mentoring he provided was greatly appreciated and was a big part of the team winning the grand final. The team deserved their win and have definitely showed ACT Hockey that they are more than capable of playing in the SL2 competition.
Congratulations on the Premiership girls, I had a great season with you all, let’s do it again it next year.” WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Most Improved: Richelle Borrett and Katie Doherty
Most Consistent: Sarah McGinnes
Best and Fairest: Nina Tien
It was a roller coaster year for the SL3 Women’s team and sideline; with a strong core of experienced players and a number of players playing their first year of women’s hockey or returning from a long hiatus, every match was hard fought and was often drawn out until the last few minutes.
The team struggled for numbers throughout the season; thankfully we were fortunate to have a number of skilled players who were only too happy for the chance to play an extra game, thanks to Nina, Jodie, Kat, Nicky, and others who all stepped up to play multiple games.
As a coach it was particularly rewarding to watch so many new and returning players develop their skills and there was massive improvement which continued throughout the season. Thanks for the patience you all displayed when I struggled to find the right words to help you learn new skills.
Also my thanks goes to Amy who volunteered to help with the umpiring when I was unable to be there, it was greatly appreciated.
As mentioned, there was incredible improvement among the players this year, with some veterans learning new positions or playing across multiple as injuries or lack of numbers required some flexibility.
I think the potential that I saw amongst all the players in the Women’s SL3 team speaks volumes about the future of Old Canberrans’ Hockey Club and I look forward to seeing how you all play in years to come.
Most Improved: Melita Borg
Most Consistent: Lynette Rogers
Best and Fairest: Darci Bingley
This year saw our premiership winning team from last year step up a grade. Initially we struggled with player numbers, and to find our feet in the higher level of competition, however it didn’t take long before we started working well and achieving some good results.
We welcomed new faces and felt a lot of support from our upcoming juniors, as well as from coaches and players above when needed.
Jess – Our little pocket rocket goalie in her first season as goal keeper, went from strength to strength, winning the shootout in the semi final which would have to be a highlight for any goalkeeper.
Aimee- Aimee’s big hitting helped get the ball out of defence and often got us out of trouble. Aimee is always talking and leading by example.
Kate- Apart from the chocolate and fruit at every game, Kate is always organising players and defence, even when on the bench, ensuring there are “no free players” in opposition.
Nina –Having never played on turf before, Nina turned up to nearly every training session and quickly became a solid defender, then surprised herself when up front with the thrill of nearly scoring a goal. We may have a future Hockeyroo on our hands 😉
Julia – Julia makes a great centre half as she can run all day. Always in control in the middle and rarely missing a trap or tackle, Julia provides a sense of security allowing others to focus on their role.
Gab- As a specialist half, Gab quickly proved to have the ability to read the play of the other team, always positioning herself in their way and able to quickly distribute forward
Ness- Ness’s experience was invaluable. Able to move from defence to attack and with seamless skills, she proved she can handle any position. Ness even scored her first goal in over 20 years.
Ruth- Ruth started the season as a timid player, and almost seemed scared to get into it. When we moved Ruth into the forward line we witnessed her grow into a real go getter, scoring 2 goals in one game. In the semi final, Ruth was making tackles up front, sustaining pressure on full backs and very nearly scoring.
Jane- Jane proved to be a final’s specialist. Her semi final performance was as if she had been possessed. She picked up the nick name “All the way Jane” after getting the ball on the half way and making it all the way into the circle, beating several players in the process.
Therese- The specialist centre forward and one of our highest goal scorers, Therese was always able to trap and distribute the ball from the middle. I am certain the other teams changed their game plans to avoid the middle of the field because of her presence.
Lynette- The quiet achiever, Lynette came out of nowhere in the semi final. With a few players unwell, Lynette stepped into centre half and had the best game I have seen her play, dominating all around the pitch, solid in defence and creating goal scoring opportunities up front.
Amy V- One of our biggest supporters from above, Amy was able to play in any position. Always calm and collected, Amy’s ability to control the play sets her apart from her opposition.
Katie- The firey striker, Katie quickly improved throughout the early stages of the season scoring multiple goals. Her fitness and constant energy meant she was rarely outdone by any opposition.
Melita- Young, energetic and full of fighting spirit, Melita was able to use her speed to get around players swiftly, before looking to set up the attackers with scoring opportunities. She always works hard and has a good crack at everything.
Nicky- Nicky is another young, versatility player. If we needed a cracking shot up front or a solid defender, Nicky was able to easily adapt to any role.
The improvement of all players throughout the year has been evident. I know that they can continue to improve as they rise through the grades, or choose to stay where they are and chase more premierships.
Having started the season without a coach we were lucky to find someone with Dan’s skill and good nature, to step into the role, assisted at times by Ben and Luke.
Most Improved: Ruth Page and Nina Mcguire
Most Consistent: Aimee Hunter
Best and Fairest: Vanessa Kates