The 2016 season has been a year of rebuilding, and growth. Last year we fielded three senior women’s teams and two junior teams. This season our Junior club has expanded to establish a pathway from U7’s through to U13’s, with seven junior teams taking the field. This has been the result of a successful club brand where we encourage our youth and provide a positive atmosphere that fosters a love of the game. We have also established firm links to the local community. Working with Reremoana School has allowed us a greater promotion of hockey as a sport.
Our Senior club has maintained three teams for the 2016 season, but within each team there has been a focus on providing a pathway for all within the club. I’m sure you have heard the saying ‘Success breeds Success’, all three of our senior teams came third in their respective grades this year. The Eagles were also runners up in the Preliminary competition round for Division 1. It has been a difficult season where all of our senior teams were struck by injuries. Through determination and perseverance, moments of triumph were had by every team. We hope to build upon the learnings of this season to have a competition winning team next year.
I was proud to see that Fiona Wood and Janine Love were announced as coaches for the CMHA U13 girls representative teams. Many players from our club trialed at both U13 and U15 levels. Congratulations to those who made the teams. Thank you to all of our club level coaches, it is because of you that we have players capable of striving for representative success. It was pleasing to see the number of parents and volunteers who have stepped forward to coach or manage teams this year at the Junior level. I appreciate your contribution to making this season a success. A huge thank you to Fiona who coordinated our junior teams this season, I would not have survived the year without your support. Next season we will provide further support to our coaches and managers and hold a preseason Coaches and Managers meeting to enable a smooth start to the season. Umpiring is another necessary part of the game, I want to acknowledge my appreciation to all those who have contributed to umpiring games for us this season.
With so many new teams we have had to increase our financial efforts this season to enable us to supply all our teams with uniforms and equipment. We have had little buy in from our junior teams in terms of fundraising this season which may impact on how we approach our finances in future. Our fundraising endeavors this season included a Quiz night; Puhinui three day horse event, Car Club catering, Andrew Newton Hypnotist ticket sales, Summer Sixes, Entertainment Book sales, as well as our Easter and Mother’s Day raffles. Thank you to the committee and all of our volunteers that made running these events a success. They are necessary to maintain our fees at the current level and negate increasing costs to the club.
One success this year that we have had has been the influx of new players to the club, and the continual interest we are still receiving. We have done well to publicize through online media as well as more traditional methods. Please continue to spread the word that we are the club to be a member of.
Thank you to my committee for your time and dedication this season, as well as all of our parents, players and supporters who have helped to make 2016 another successful year.