Madeley hoping to build on success as ladies coach

Head of Senior Hockey Douglas Anderson welcomes new Coach of the Ladies 1st XI Robin Madeley to Havelock  Edward Byrne Photography INBL1427-218EB
Head of Senior Hockey Douglas Anderson welcomes new Coach of the Ladies 1st XI Robin Madeley to Havelock Edward Byrne Photography INBL1427-218EB

Banbridge Hockey Club have appointed former Irish international Robin Madeley as Head Coach of the Ladies section.

Robin took up his role last night (Monday) as the ladies returned for pre-season training.

Commenting on the appointment BHC Head of Senior Hockey, Douglas Anderson stated; “We are delighted that Robin has taken up the post as our Ladies First XI coach. Robin has an excellent track record as a coach.

“He has been working as our Ladies Second XI coach for the past three seasons and led them to promotion in the league in each of these seasons which is a tremendous achievement.”

Madeley is a former Irish international and played top level hockey for Dublin side Three Rock Rovers as well as Banbridge. He also has considerable experience as a hockey coach of both men’s and ladies sides.

Newly appointed Head Coach Robin Madeley stated: “I am looking forward to taking on this role, working with the Ladies First XI at Banbridge and building on what has been achieved in recent years.

“The Ladies section of the club had an excellent 2013/14 season with the First XI finishing mid-table in Senior One, the Second XI and Third XI both securing promotion in their respective leagues and the Fourth XI just missing out on promotion.

“We plan to further this success as we go forward into the new season. All senior players should attend pre-season training and new members of all abilities will also be very welcome.”

BHC Ladies First XI will play this season in Senior One, the Second XI in Junior One, Thord XI in Junior Six and the Fourth XI in Junior Nine.

Robin added: “The Ladies aim to again field four senior teams this year and are looking forward to seeing last seasons’ U15s, who also had considerable success, progress into the senior club.

“All girls aged 15 and over should come along to Havelock at 6.45pm on Mondays for pre-season training. A number of pre-season friendlies will be organised over the summer months and it is important that all our players attend training sessions to ensure the best possible preparation for the season ahead.”

From August, training will move to Monday and Wednesdays at Havelock with Saturday sessions also to be scheduled. Junior sessions will start in September.