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Welcome the Mullingar Hockey Club!

Bringing hockey to Mullingar since 1980. mhc-newlogoWhether you’re looking to play competitive hockey or just looking for a great social outlet, Mullingar Hockey Club provides this and more to all levels and all ages of players!

 

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MULLINGAR AWARDS NIGHT!

Mullingar Hockey Club will have their awards night on the 24th of August. It will be held in the Annebrook House Hotel, our main sponsors.

The night will consist of lovely food and live music from the resident DJ in the bar afterwards. The club will also be handing out individual awards to some players and also present both Men’s 2nd’s and Ladies 1st’s team with their league medals after both teams winning their leagues.

So if you’re an ex player, supporter, parent of player or a friend of player I advise you to come down. It’s guaranteed to be great craic!

Information about the event: 
– Please be in the Bertys Bar in the Annebrook for pre drinks @ 7pm.
– The meal will be at 8pm in the O’Connell Suite.
– Event costs €20 per person.
– Please contact our facebook page or the club if you want to come, there’s not many spaces left!!

It’s almost time!!!

  

With the hockey pre-season just around the corner, Mullingar Hockey Club are on the look out for some new players. We are a striving club that wants to be competitive in all competitions, but we can’t do it without players!

We are looking for both Ladies and Men for our senior sides. We are hopeful of entering two league teams in both codes.

The club welcomes anyone 15+, our youngest senior player has just turned 15 and our oldest senior player is 58. So it just shows you can be any age to play or even start hockey.

When does training start?

Training will start on Tuesday 13th of August and will start @ 19:30. There will also be training on Fridays @ 20:00. Trainings are held in Loreto College, on the Harbour Road in Mullingar.

What do we look for in a player?

We look for anyone who is willing to learn. Willing to be a Club and Team player and someone who always wants to improve themselves.

When do games normally take place?

The first League game will take place on the 21st September (Men) and 28th September (Ladies). Games are normally on Saturdays between any time of 11:00am to 4:00pm. There will be 18 games to be played from September to April, not including cup games.

History of the club?

The club was founded in 1979. Since then we have had a very successful time in the Leinster Hockey Leagues. Last year both Mullingar Men’s 2nd’s and Mullingar Ladies 1st’s won their league to gain promotion. Although we haven’t had to much success in the cup competitions in recent years, we are hungry and determined to succeed and win competitions.

How many teams do we have?

We have three teams altogether, two men’s teams and one ladies team with the hope of having a second one soon. But have a thriving Colts section with 6 teams from under 8’s to 16’s, both boys & girls!

Do we have a Colts/Junior Section?

Yes we do! We have a thriving junior section and this year we expect to see even more juniors join the club, Club officials have been busy over the summer planning on expanding the junior section even further and will be hitting local schools to promote the club and our great sport, we already have 13 volunteer coaches signed up a and ready to for the new season, the most we have ever had! what huge achievement for the club. Training for the juniors is every Sunday and will re-start on Sunday 15th September 19 at the Loreto College on the Harbour road in Mullingar, Secondary School players (14’s – 16’s) will train between 10.30am – 12.00, Primary School Players (12’s and below) will train between 12 – 1pm.

If your interested in giving hockey a go either with the juniors or adults you don’t even need a hockey stick, The club will have one for you to borrow!

Mullingar Hockey Club Annual AGM

Mullingar Hockey Club will be holding their annual AGM on Sunday 14th July in the O’Connell Suite @ The Annebrook House Hotel between 5pm – 7pm.

Please can you try and make the effort to attend, Club officials will go through the clubs financial accounts as well as discuss how the season went, plans for next season and beyond!

We will also be looking to vote in next seasons committee members! Roles which will need to be filled are: Club President, Club Secretary, Club Treasurer, Fixtures Secretary, Fundraising/Social Secretary, Men’s1st Captain, Men’s 2nd’s Captain, Ladies Captain, Child welfare officers, Designated persons. We’re also looking for members to join the committee to help with fundraisers and general help around the club without having a designated role. The Club needs volunteers to help run the club and continue it’s growth. We really struggled this season with people having to under take more than one role. If you can spare a few hours a month to help please let Colin Watters or Stephen Wiltshire know before the AGM.

Don’t be afraid that if you turn up to the AGM that you will be forced into taking a role, We wont its voluntary!! Alternatively if you cant make the AGM and would like to apply for one of the roles please let Colin Watters or Stephen Wiltshire Know in advance of the AGM.

if you would like any information any of the roles above, Please get in touch with Colin or Stephen.

MULLINGAR HOCKEY CLUB BOYS U14
Armagh’s Under 14 Extreme 8’s
~Chairman’s Cup~

Mullingar were the only Southern Ireland representative at a Tournament marking the 25th celebrations of Armagh Hockey Club. Mullingar’s senior Men’s side knocked Armagh out of last season’s Irish Challenge Cup, but their visit to the Midlands had such an impact, that our under 14 Boys side were invited to compete against some very illustrious opposition.

This was a day out that will stay with the eleven lads that travelled up to Ulster for a long time. Starting out from the Loreto at 7:30am, the trip up was very enjoyable, on the Christy Salmon party bus. Match 1 was against Banbridge, who would have been among the favourites for the tournament. We gave as good as we got, but went down to two late goals. In truth we never troubled their keeper, but we were only finding our feet, so it was all good.

Match 2 was against the home side Armagh and we were extremely unlucky to come away on the wrong side of a 1-0 score line-line. The lads were now starting to find their feet and were starting to express themselves on the pitch. Match 3 was against the eventual winners and although we lost 3-0, we weren’t anyway disgraced by the effort put in, as John Fry and Owen Wiltshire were every bit as good as their illustrious opponents.

Match 4 against Bangor was the only game where we dropped our heads and fell out of the game to 3 early goals. Saying that, this game produced a moment of magic, that had the vast number of spectators talking about and for under 14’s it was pretty amazing. A shot by Rian O’Neill was well saved by the Bangor keeper, but the ball rebounded up in the air, over Darragh Clarke’s head, only for him to swivel around and with his back facing the goal, gave the equivalent of an overhead bicycle-kick, as he pulled on the ball and brought another great save out of the keeper. If he had scored, it would have been one of the best goals this Hockey follower had ever seen.

Match 5 was against Antrim and it could have went either way, but ended in stalemate, with neither side finding a way past some in form keepers. One downer in this game, was a nasty injury to Hugh O’Sullivan-Sexton, after he came off worse for wear after a collision, which put him out of the tournament. But his injury turned out to be a bad sprain, so he’ll be back in no time.

The play-off game for 5th/6th spot was again between us and Antrim. This was a cracker of a game, with neither side wanting the wooden spoon. We were outstanding in this game and a bullet of a shot by John Fry, saw us take a 1-0 lead, which we looked like maintaining, until the final minute, when Antrim scored a controversial goal. As the game entered extra-time, the Antrim discipline evaporated and with Mullingar maintaining their composure, it saw two Antrim players taken off for unsavoury incidents, which never affected Mullingar in the slightest. On to a penalty shoot-out competition to decide the winner and with Antrim up first, Mullingar’s in-form keeper, only narrowly failed to keep it out. Rian O’Neill made no mistake with Mullingar’s opener. Antrim’s second effort was brilliantly saved by Joshua Matthews. The coolest lad in Armagh in the guise of Keenagh’s Owen Wiltshire, who scored what looked like an extremely well taken goal. So up stepped the Antrim forward, who knew he had to score to keep the game alive, but with Matthew’s in the Mullingar goal sprinting out, to put him under pressure, the Antrim player went with a lob over young Joshua, but the ball drifted wide and Mullingar had claimed a well earned 5th place.

Mullingar squad:
Joshua Matthews, Hugh O’Sullivan-Sexton, David Trower, Michael Fry, Darragh Clarke, Cameron Wiltshire, Ronan O’Neill, Alex Lynch, Owen Wiltshire, John Fry and Rian O’Neill.
Coaching team:
Stephen Wiltshire, Stephen O’Neill and Colin Watters.

With the awards in progress on the side of the pitch, to the eventual winners Portadown, who beat Banbridge in the final, it was a Portadown player, Spencer Collie who won player of the tournament, which was very much deserved. On to goalkeeper of the tournament, which was voted on, by all the other coaches and who won it, only Mullingar Hockey Club’s Joshua Matthew’s, who thanked his defenders for giving him so much work to do, which was said with tongue firmly in cheek. An award that was richly deserved and Joshua like his team mates, have a bright future in the game, hopefully with Mullingar HC.

Mullingar Men’s head on Tour!!

Mullingar had a good couple of days in Portsmouth both on and off the pitch! The weather was fantastic and the beer was flowing at a steady pace throughout the day from one of our trusty mascots ‘The Water Can’!

On the Pitch, after 15 games, with a few wins, a few draws and a couple of losses, (We never kept track) have seen Mullingar showcase what Ireland have to offer.

Off the pitch, All we will say is plenty of fun and laughter was had by all and most importantly ‘Timmy’ hasn’t drowned yet thanks to the heroic’s of Stuart and ‘El Chapo’! And we will leave it as that…..

Mullingar didn’t come home empty handed as well. Although we didn’t win a final we did win the ‘Fair play’ award which is nominated by the umpires during the weekend, we won this award by not giving out to the umpires (Yes the boy’s seemed to be on their best behaviour on the pitch anyway), fair play on the pitch and playing games when the opposition didn’t turn up, Mullingar didn’t want to see a game go to waste so stepped up 4 times to play when the other teams didn’t turn up. Well done lads on representing the club in such a good manner on the pitch. We won’t talk about off the pitch…

On behalf of the Mullingar Lads we would like to thank the players that meet up and joined us in Portsmouth and played for Mullingar, these were Paul, Terry, Dan and especially young Jack the goalkeeper, at just 14 years old. Jack stepped up and played in goal for us, Jack stood firm through out the weekend and kept plenty of clean sheets and kept us in many of the games during the first two days, Jack even managed to bag himself a goal in the very last game when he came out and played on the pitch, as a team we decided that his heroics during the weekend was worthy of honorary membership to Mullingar Hockey Club. Congratulations Jack and your welcome to join us anytime!!!

The weekend was a success and many fun and laughs were had by all, New friendships were made with other teams not just during the matches but in the evening also,  personalities shined through and a great team bonding was formed.

Only thing left to say is…. ‘Where to next year’ ?

Mullingar HC Colts and LAGAN/BREEDON Group have Re – Cemented their Partnership for another Year!

Mullingar Hockey Club colts section are very pleased to announce their partnership with the Lagan/Breedon Group has been extended for another year, last year saw the colts section have a very welcomed and first sponsorship of their section since they formed. This meant that the club were able to add more coaches to their ranks and was able to put the coaches on much needed coaching courses to allow the colts section to improve and drive forward! This year the Lagan/Breedon Group have very kindly agreed to continue their support of the colts and have generously injected more much needed funds into the junior section. 

The start of this season saw a huge increase of new members joining the colts section with the youngest being just 4 years old! This years sponsorship will allow the club to purchase new club owned equipment like sticks, balls, cones, kit and many more items to allow the colts to flourish!

Colts training is every Sunday morning at the Loreto College in Mullingar, U14’s & U16’s train between 11-12 and under 8’s, 10’s & 12’s train between 12-1pm

No experience is necessary, you don’t even need a stick to start as most size sticks are available to use on the day, all you need is a gum shield, shin pads and a willingness to give the game a go!

Any Sport is good Sport, but Hockey is a great Sport! Don’t believe us, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!!!🏑

 

 

Congratulations to the Mens 1st XI who won division 4 2016/17 season and reached the intermediate final!

 

Mens 1st XI - Division 4 champions 2016/17
Mens 1st XI – Division 4 champions 2016/17
Mens 1st XI in the intermediate cup final 2017
Mens 1st XI in the intermediate cup final

 

 

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