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Hockey: Lisnagarvey set for their second push at promotion

By Ruth Gorman

So close but yet so far - that was the case for Lisnagarvey Ladies last season when they almost gained promotion to this year's Premier League.

However Garvey captain Lisa Anderson believes it was for the best.

"Although it was so disappointing to narrowly miss out on promotion I think we probably would have struggled in the Premier League this year," Lisa said.

"Now we want to build ourselves up and be more prepared so we can hopefully move up this season.

"We had a good pre-season and all the girls have been training very hard.

"Everyone at the club is confident that this will be our year so promotion is our big goal and we will push ourselves to achieve that."

Positive words for the beginning of a season, but Lisa has every reason to be optimistic after her side got off to a flying start in their first Senior League Section One game last Saturday.

Lisnagarvey demolished newcomers Greenisland 6-1 at Carrick Leisure Centre to take their place at the top of the Senior One table.

"It was a fantastic start and a great win for us with our coach over the moon," Lisa continued.

"We played Greenisland in a friendly last season and knew they would be really up for the game considering they just moved up to Senior One.

"We lost out in the first two games at the start of last season and that proved vital at the end in our promotion battle so we wanted to get off to a good start this time around."

A hat-trick from Jane Clarke and a double strike from new signing Janet McCutcheon virtually wrapped the game up for Garvey on Saturday before Dawn Montgomery netted Greenisland's consolation goal.

Gillian Buttery then made sure her name was added to the long scoresheet as she wrapped up Garvey's comfortable win with number six.

"Janet has been an excellent addition for us this season," Lisa said.

"She came to us from Civil Service and has scored in every game so far this season so that has been a great boost."

Garvey also had the huge task of replacing their rock in defence, sweeper Maggie Hunter who retired at the end of last season.

"We all knew that Maggie's position was a big role to fill but Nicola Tedford has come in from Portadown and has really made her mark there," Lisa added.

It may be early days but Garvey have set their sights high and continue their league campaign this Saturday with a tough away fixture to Omagh.

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