Senior Ladies 1st & 2nd Team Head Coach
Galway Hockey Club are delighted to announce the appointment of David Granero as senior coach for the 2022/2023 season.
David is a very experienced hockey coach from Valencia and came to Ireland to share his knowledge in September 2021. In Spain, he coached all ages from Juniors right up to National league level with some of his players representing Spain at international level. He joined the coaching team in the juvenile section of the club. His success with the juniors was easily measured, with the U14s dominating the U14 leagues winning both the U14A & C leagues and runners up in the B league. His team also recently won the inaugural Rita Parsons Challenge Cup in Railway Union Hockey Club in Dublin. He was also instrumental in setting up the very successful Galway Hockey Club/Valencia Hockey Club exchange programme for our U14s & U16s squads which was a huge welcome for these young players after two years in lockdown.
David will take over from Player/Coach, former USA Olympian, Alyssa Manley who has just finished a very successful season with Galway Ladies 1 team, having won the Connacht Senior Cup, Connacht Indoor Cup, Runner up in the Connacht Senior Division 1 League, marking a successful debut into the EY2 League and securing qualification for the 2022/2023 season. The Club are grateful to Alyssa for the hard work she put into the Senior teams over the past season both at training and in games and for bringing on the younger players in the squad with her experience and positive attitude. She is now looking forward to working with David for the next season.
Martin White will continue in his role as senior goalkeeper coach. Martin needs no introduction to anyone who knows him as not only is he an experienced international goalkeeper but he has also coached goalkeepers to international level also. Long may this continue.
All of the above will be supported by the 1st team manager, Eimear McDonnell.
2021/2022 Season - Review
2021/2022 season was a very successful season for our Senior Ladies 1st team. Winning the Connacht Senior Cup was certainly the highlight but with the Connacht Indoor Cup and coming runners up in the Connacht Senior League, there was certainly plenty to celebrate for the young team.
Making their debut into the EY2 league, this year was going to be a big learning experience. Player/Coach Alyssa Manley was under no illusion about the size of the task ahead of her, but with the assistance of Captain Elaine Carey and Assistant Coach/2nd team coach Emma Glanville, they were determined to make the experience count and enjoyable. Despite being a very young team (with more than half still at secondary school), the team learned from every game and by the end of the year, were certainly a team to be respected by other EY teams and the girls themselves treasured the experience.
Involvement in Team management:
We are very keen to involve parents and patrons in our club, especially in the Senior section of the club. We would be delighted to hear from any persons who wish to volunteer or coach within the club!
Hockey will be cancelled where the club management believe the pitch or surroundings are unplayable and dangerous.
If you or your child has any allergies or medical conditions (that you have not already advised us of this year) please let us know by email, in advance of the first training session.
Training takes place at the Dangan Hockey astroturf.
Senior Ladies 1sts and 2nds will commence pre-season training in August for the 2022/2023 Season.