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Janice calls it a day after helping Ards to title glory

By John Flack

Janice Vaughan has announced her retirement from hockey only a matter of weeks after helping Ards secure a Premier League-Ulster Shield double.

The 32-year-old midfielder has been plagued by injury in recent years but will remain involved on the coaching front with Ulster's under-age teams.

Vaughan quits the sport on a high after Ards lifted their first league title for 51 years, 15 months after clinching their first Shield success in half a century.

They went on to retain the knock-out trophy on Boxing Day, shortly after completing a hat-trick of national indoor titles, although Vaughan was unable to play in their most recent triumph due to injury. She started her hockey career at Omagh Academy, then played for the town team and University of Ulster before joining Ards in 2001.

"Reaching the final of the Belfast Telegraph Schools' Cup in 1999 was an early highlight and then, of course, winning the Shield and league with Ards also stand out," Vaughan reflected.

Meanwhile, UCD retained Ireland's top flight status at the European Club Championships in the Netherlands after a 3-2 win over Canterbury yesterday which earned them a play-off for fifth place against Surbiton today.

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