30 May 2013
Congratulations to all our winners at the end of season awards that were held recently at the Galway Bay Hotel. Galway president, Donal Dempsey, thanked everyone, players, committee, coaches, parents for the support, dedication and hard work throughout what started as a very tough year for Galway Hockey Club. However, despite this, he also congratulated the players for pulling together and doing exceptionally well in the league, with the 1st team, coming in 2nd place, and the 2nd team coming in 5th place. Galway 3 too were to be congratulated for coming in third place in their league.
In the underage leagues, there was success and cups won, with the Under 16b squad winning their league and the Under 14A squad winning both their league and their cup. Both teams were congratulated and medals were given out to the team members to mark the occasion.
A number of awards were presented by Donal on the night:
Club person of the year: Kate Benson, for her tireless work in the club in both coaching, managing and umpiring in the Junior section and her attitude both on and off the pitch in the senior section.
Club coach of the year: Cliodhna Reagan, for her work with the primary school girls in the club in both this and in past seasons.
Ladies Sponsor, Anthony Flaherty, presented the club with a beautiful cup to present to the overall ladies player of the year and this was presented to Elaine Carey, Ladies 1st team captain and current Irish Under 18 team member. Elaine was also awarded with the occolade of Irish Under 18 player of the year earlier in the season.
Other award winners on the night were:
Galway 1st team best player: Catherine Clancy
Galway 2nd team best player: Sarah Johnson
Galway 3rd team best player: Tracey Murphy
Under 16 awards were given to:
A team player: Rachel Heskin
B team player: Ellie Costelloe
C team player: Annelene Barry
Overall Under 16 player of the year: Cara Withero
Donal, thanked Damien Kelly especially for all his work on the men's section in getting the team back together and playing in various Munster cup competitions reaching a very credible semi-final in one of them. Next season, the aim is to be back playing in the Munster league and all in GHC wish them well for the season. The men's award was then given to Cathal Connolly for despite being relatively new to the sport, showed great skill and goalscoring capabilities in the games.