All members of Muckross Hockey Club – past, present… and future! – are invited to join us in officially launching our 2017/2018 Centenary Season on Saturday 16th September, from 1:00PM – 6:00PM in Muckross Park College!
Throughout the day there’ll be matches for all Senior Club players on the main pitch, and likewise for all Vets players on the half-pitch. We’ll also be firing up the trusty barbecue, with a mouth-watering array of treats on offer on the sidelines for players and supporters alike.
It will also be the first opportunity for you to feast your eyes upon our range of official Muckross Hockey Club Centenary Merchandise – everything from key-rings to mugs to hoodies will be on sale on the day, as well as our official MHC Centenary Brochure.
So, spread the word – we hope to see the Muckross Community out in force on the day as we kick off the celebrations for 100 YEARS OF MUCKROSS MAGIC!
Last season, Muckross Hockey Club recognised its true fundraising potential with STRICTLY HEARTBEAT. The event was a massive success, and yielded significant revenue for the club as a whole. This year – we’re taking to the catwalk for an all-new fundraising extravaganza…
The Muckross Fashion Show is a fundraising initiative by Muckross Hockey Club, to raise funds to support the ongoing development of the club. The event will see our Junior, Senior and Vets sections joining forces to host an all-club fundraiser – the first of its kind! On Saturday 11th March 2017 at 7:00PM in Leopardstown Pavilion, Muckross Hockey Club take over in style, bringing 500 attendees together for a night of fun and fashion! The aim of the event is to raise money to go towards our goal of building our very own clubhouse. So, we need EVERYONE on board!
We are fortunate to have a mega-talented steering committee in place who hold a combined 50 years of experience within in the Irish fashion industry – including Sarah Stephens, Mari O’Leary and Laura Jordan. We might even have a few special guest appearances…. all will be revealed on the night! Our models will be volunteers of all ages from within the ranks of the club – SO, if you’ve ever fancied strutting your stuff on the catwalk, NOW is your chance!
A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold at a price of €30. Tickets will be sold online, via the link link above, and also offline via committee members. Our fundraising events in recent years have all sold out well in advance – don’t be the one to miss out, buy yours early – and spread the word to family and friends!
Doors will open at 7:00PM sharp – and you’ll want to be there bang on time to grab a good seat and see your club-mates putting their best foot forward! Some of Dublin’s TOP boutiques will be featuring on the night, including Fran & Jane, Sculpted Active Wear, Sarena Boutique, Renaissance Boutique, Heaton’s and many more… all age demographics will be covered within the show; as will all tastes, from communion to debs, from active-wear to evening wear, and everything in between. During the interval, the Donnybrook Ballet Academy – of which many of our junior hockey stars are members – will be entertaining the masses. The show will be all wrapped up by 10:00PM, but the bar will be remaining open until 11:30PM for our over 18s… then, it’ll be off to Club 92 to dance the night away!
An official Muckross Fashion Show event programme will be on sale on the big night, with advertising space open for business. If you or someone you know would be interested in advertising within, contact us ASAP!
Over the past few years, Muckross Hockey Club fundraising events have become synonymous with EPIC raffle prizes on offer – and this year will be no different. If you or someone you know would like to have your brand up for grabs by donating a prize for the raffle, get in touch ASAP!
We are actively seeking sponsors to help us to reach our target. The profile of the participants and audience for Muckross Fashion Show will be present and past club players & coaches, their families & friends, club supporters – a very broad spectrum of demographics. As a sponsor, you receive…
- Your logo on the event poster
- Social media content
- A full-page A5 ad in our event program
- A pair of VIP tickets to the event
SO – if you would like to offer expertise for organising the event, volunteer to model at the event, donate a raffle prize, advertise in the event programme, or come onboard as a sponsor – get in touch with us to learn more! Contact Club President Jeananne Fennelly via email to email@example.com, or by phone on 0871958993.
We know, we know – you haven’t even had your presents from Santa or your Christmas dinner yet, and already we’re talking about getting back to hockey!
BUT, we just wanted to circulate the return-to-training dates for January nice n’ early to keep everyone in the loop on how we’re fixed in the new year – because we will be quite literally hitting the ground running…
MHC 1s & 2s both have Jacqui Potter Cup campaigns kicking off from Saturday 7th January, and MHC 3s, 4s, 5s & 6s will all be playing their first league matches of the year on Saturday 14th January – so in terms of ongoing squad selection, it is imperative that ALL players make it their business to put the effort in to make it to training and get back on the ball!
As pre-season draws to a close, thoughts now turn to what lies ahead for 2016/2017 – but also present are memories the highs and lows from the season past. It’s important to look back to look forward, after all. The following is from an article that our 2015/2016 Leinster Cup winning Coach Ali Robinson wrote about her squad for NewsFour, the local community newspaper… have a read, and BELIEVE!
Once in a while, a sporting achievement stands out – a special occasion, where the sheer guts and determination of underdogs trumps that of overwhelming favourites against the odds, showing us that it is possible to do the impossible… and so it was last April.
The scene was set for a showdown between two clubs; rivals who had fought it out for the first and second spots in their Leinster league division for three consecutive years. Muckross -V- Wicklow league matches were always tense, high tempo affairs – but it was Wicklow who consistently came out on top, remaining unbeaten by any league counterpart.
When both clubs were drawn on the opposite sides of the Leinster Division 11/12 Cup, Muckross watched on as Wicklow relentlessly marched on through the rounds, winning by an average score of five goals to nil. Our team navigated their way through to the quarter-finals, and then won a tough semi-final against Monkstown to book their place in the final, which based on form was generally considered to be a fait accompli for Wicklow… but Ali’s Army had other ideas!
Nerves were raw; fear, dread and trepidation abounded; but often in the face of the seemingly insurmountable comes clarity. “So what if they have an ex-international on their team? So what if they’ve beaten us consistently for the past three years? So what if no one is giving us a chance?” If we believed as a unit and agreed as a unit that we could be victorious, then we WOULD be victorious.
As a Coach, your job is to instil belief – you have to believe it yourself, otherwise there’s no point in turning up. So, once the cup final date was set, two weeks of intensive physical and mental preparation for the MHC 5s squad ensued, and they were ready for battle. The strategy was steadfast – every player knew their exact role to play; and every player believed that if they carried out that role, they would win.
For Muckross, there was a beautiful symmetry to this Cup final – the club had last won it back in 1994, when two of the current squad were 13 year olds playing for Muckross Park College; and two players who now play on the Muckross Vets squad were also on that 1994 cup winning side. The pressure was on. It’s one thing to lose a league match but to lose a Leinster Cup final with the weight of club history bearing down was simply not an option.
The scene was set in Three Rock Rovers, on Leinster Cup Finals Day. The sun was shining amidst a soft breeze; kits were gleaming, muscles taught, and minds focussed. When the whistle blew to start the match, Muckross knuckled down and got to work. A nil all draw at half time – the strategy was working. There were individual battles being fought all across the pitch, and this was the first time in three years that Wicklow weren’t having their own way with Muckross. In front of a sea of supporters in green n’ white that surrounded the pitch, the squad fought hard for themselves, for eachother, and for their club.
Full time – still nil all. Wicklow with everything to lose; Muckross with everything to win. This incredible battle would now be decided by a penalty shootout. The crowd fell silent as the nominated players stepped up to take their strokes. 1-0 Wicklow; 2-0 Wicklow; panic on the Muckross faces. 2-1; 2-2; 3-2; 3-3; 4-4; 5.5. Into sudden death. Wicklow pushed a penalty stroke past the post. Now, one stroke separated the impossible from the possible – could this group of players claim the cup for the first time in 22 years, and with it their place in Muckross history? The Muckross centre-back steps up. She eyes the goalkeeper in front of her; then looks right; then goes left – and rattles the back of the net.
Muckross are the winners, and with that win comes a tsunami of emotion, ecstasy, tears, relief; justification of all of the effort, sacrifice and commitment along the way. A unique feeling that is experienced so rarely in life – the pure joy of victory. Their supporters on the sidelines say it’s one of the most powerful performances from a Muckross team that they’ve ever seen!
It may not have been the Olympics, or the World Cup, or the Irish Senior Cup – but sport is sport, no matter what level. To the victor go the spoils. MHC 5s claimed victory – defying all the odds, against the run of form, in spite of everyone who had expected Wicklow to romp home. That victory can never be taken away from the squad of 16 on the pitch that day.
What Muckross showed to all present and to themselves the power of BELIEF. In sport and in life, believe that you can achieve it, work hard to achieve it and you WILL achieve it, despite the odds.
The Muckross Hockey Club AGM will take place on THURSDAY 26TH MAY at 7:30PM in THE DROPPING WELL, MILLTOWN! There are many different components that keep the Muckross machine in motion – it’s YOUR club, so why not gain an insight into how it operates? As well as looking back on our last season, we’ll be looking forward to the next – and it is crucial to the continued development and success of Muckross Hockey Club that as many members from all levels are involved in the process and have their voices heard. So, SEE YOU THERE!
The MHC Social Summer Hockey Sessions are open to all current Senior Club players and coaches, retired members of the Muckross community, and anyone who might be thinking of joining the club.
Matches are played in five-a-side format, and you DON’T have to form your own team to enter – simply sign yourself up as an individual. As as we’ll have players of varying levels of experience taking part, teams will be assigned on a weekly basis to ensure an even mix across the board.
The cost of signing up for the six weeks is €40, or €30 for students.
So, if you like the sound of the MHC Social Summer Hockey Sessions, then all you have to do is click this link to SIGN UP. We won’t be seeking payment until closer to the time – for now, just let us know that you’re up for it!