Banbridge are Ulster’s top club

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Banbridge have been named as Ulster’s top club as Mark Tumilty’s side claimed a hat-trick of awards at local hockey’s big night.

Goalkeeper Gareth Lennox was named Player of the Year while hot-shot Stephen 
Dowds was the Ulster League’s top goalscorer.

It was a proud night for the Havelock Park club, and President, Neil Madeley, was delighted with the news.

“We have had tremendous success this year at the Club with our Men’s First XI winning the Men’s Premier League Keightly Cup, reaching the semi-finals of the Irish Senior Cup and the final of the Irish Hockey League.

“The Ladies First XI topped Senior League 2 and our Men’s Second XI were Junior 1 champions and runners up in the Irish Junior Cup.

“In addition our Ladies Second XI and Men’s Fourth XI finished runners up in their respective leagues and there has been success for us at Junior Club level with our under 11 girls and 15 boys also picking up silverware. We have also had success off the pitch with our Junior Club achieving accreditation through the Ulster Hockey ClubMark award.”

This has been a historic season for the club with Ladies playing under the club name for the first time in the Club’s 116 year history.

Neil added, “To finish the season with so much success across all sections of the club has surpassed all expectations and the challenge now for us all is to continue to improve as a club both on and off the pitch next season.”

Meanwhile along with the individual awards for the club former Bann player Eugene Magee was recognised for becoming Ireland’s most 
capped player.

The club president concluded: “On behalf of Banbridge Hockey Club I would also like to congratulate Gareth Lennox, Steven Dowds and Eugene Magee on their achievements. These players have all made huge contributions to the club and we are delighted to see them recognised by Ulster Hockey.

“Banbridge Hockey Club now look forward to preparing for the 2013/14 season and building on the individual and team successes of 
this season.”