Awards round off Baileans’ fine year

Sarah Archer drives at the visiting defence as Matlock Baileans Firsts take on Birmingham University.

Sarah Archer drives at the visiting defence as Matlock Baileans Firsts take on Birmingham University.

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Friday, April 20, saw the annual end-of-season dinner for Matlock Baileans Hockey Club with players and officials reflecting on a successful season.

The sixth team, captained by Helen Greer, had another successful campaign of bringing on some of the youngsters in their hockey career while the fifths, led by Lauren Craven, enjoyed another fun-filled season with both hockey success and plenty of enjoyment along the way.

The fourth team celebrated two things in particular during the season. Firstly, securing a place in the league for next year and also the birth of Amanda Ormand’s child. This was a hard-fought campaign but great determination was shown all round

The third team, with Jane Proctor leading them forward, has had another fantastic season.

This development team, with the help of Sally Spencer, has yet again been a success.

They have shown how a young team can strive at a high level, with the help of a little experience.

The second team, captained by Claire Stephenson, has had one of most successful seasons to date, finishing second in the league and only narrowly missing out on promotion.

Sarah Evans has again been a goal scoring machine and with Leyanne Beacham back on the scene, next year looks set to be an exciting one.

The first team, with captain Nicola Martin, achieved third position.

Having only just survived relegation last year, this was an impressive achievement.

Sarah Archer scored for fun, netting 25 this season, while Alice Spencer and Vicci Hammond have shown excellent progress, making next season look a promising one.

The team says farewell to Deb Greer and Becky Bowman, who are leaving to go to university. Both will be missed as their contribution has been outstanding.

The Anita Briddon Award for outstanding contribution went to Sarah Archer while Vicci Hammond gained the nod for young player for her progress and performance in the first team. Club player went to Nicola Martin.

The event was organised by the first team and they would like to thank Wright’s Butchers in Darley Dale for supplying the meat and also the Whitworth Park Hotel for their help with the food.