Juniors 2015 – 2016

Parents can download the 2015/2016 Junior Club Letter and Junior Membership Form from the downloads section of the website (scroll to the bottom of the homepage).

Junior Member Registration will take place at Grosvenor Grammar School on Monday, 7th September, from 6.00 to 7.00 pm.

Junior hockey sessions will recommence on Monday 14th September, at Grosvenor Grammar School.  Entrance is by Marina Park off the Castlereagh Road.

Dates and times are as follows:

Monday 14th September 2015 – Monday 7th December 2015

Monday 18th January 2014 – Monday 25th April 2016

These sessions are for those young people at primary and post primary school who wish to compete for places on the U11, U13, and U15 teams, which will be taking part in Ulster Hockey leagues.  We also welcome those players who turned 15 during the 2014/2015 season to continue to train with the Junior Club.  These sessions will take place from 6.30 – 7.30 pm, although we have the pitch from 6pm for those who it suits better to arrive early.

Coaches at Annadale aim to give young people an opportunity to take part in hockey in a safe environment, which is fun and enjoyable.  Those who wish to go on and play at a high level will be encouraged and supported to do so, while those taking part to be with their friends are also welcome.

Anyone interested in further information on the Junior Club should contact Ronnie Smyth on 07766 417 672.

History in the making…

In 1983 a group of club members under the leadership of Ronnie Smyth formed a junior section.  The juniors were initially made up of 14 members, including Andrew and David Smyth and Chris Jackson.  The group met in Cairnshill Primary School before moving to Annadale GS, Olympia Leisure Centre and finally to Lough Moss Leisure Centre. From 2011, the juniors will train at Grosvenor Grammar School.

During the years many boys and girls came through the junior ranks to play for Annadale and some went on to play for Ulster and Ireland including: -

Gareth Kidd  Peter Bland  David Smyth  Andrew Smyth  Peter King  Phil King  Chris Jackson

Johnny Moore  Iain Lewers  Peter Caruth  John Edgar  William Edgar  Katie McConnell

Andrew Williamson  Peter Purcell  Matthew Allister  Michael Robson  Conor Roberts  Justin Hool

A special mention to Iain Lewers.  Iain was selected for the Great Britain squad at the London 2012 Olympic Games and became the clubs’ first Olympian.  The club are very proud of Iain’s achievement and hope that he can inspire the clubs juniors to fulfil their potential.

Over the years the juniors have toured Holland, Belgium, Luton, Milton Keynes and Dublin.  After finishing runners-up in 2011, in June 2012 our Under 13s returned to Nottingham to take part in the United Kingdom Divisional Championships.  After defeating, West of England 1-0 in the Semi-Final, the boys defeated Tensworth 2-0 in the Final. A great achievement in a tournament made up of county teams.