Larne Ladies face key league matches

After an extensive break in fixtures, Larne Ladies 1st XI have two important matches on the horizon.

This Saturday they take on neighbours Ballyclare at Larne High School. It could prove to be a crucial game as both teams are potential contenders for a play-off spot to retain Senior 1 status. The match begins at 12:30pm and supporters are very welcome.

Before that, Larne face Lisnagarvey next Wednesday evening (7:45pm) in their final league game. The Hillsborough side have had an excellent season and are sitting second in the league with only one defeat. Last time out the play was very even, and ‘Garvey edged to a a 1-0 win over the Larne girls.

The potential for silverware remains alive as the 3rd XI mee their Queen’s counterparts in the Minor Cup final (3pm) at Lisnagarvey Hockey club. This team is a combination of youth and experience, and has enjoyed a very successful year currently sitting at the top of Junior 9. So, with a couple more league matches to be played, there is the potential for a league and cup double.

On Sunday Larne will host a training session for the veteran inter pros from 1pm to 4pm. Two Larne players, Ann Snoddy and Julie Wilson, are in the Ulster squad and are looking forward to the forthcoming trip to Dublin.

Junior training has resumed Mondays 6:30pm to 7:30pm for girls in school years 7 to 10. The club has entered five teams into the Ballymena Junior tournament on April 27, while the Under-15 squad have a Plate match scheduled for April 14, so attendance at training will be key to get prepared for the games.

Mini Hockey is also under way at the Town Park on Saturdays 10am to 11am, and all schoolgirls from Primary 1 to 6 are welcome.

Although the season is coming to a close, preparations are under way for our Larne Sevens which will be held on June 8 for the third successive year. The club will also be entering teams into the Antrim Sixes, including a junior Under-15 side.

Finally, the club would like to put on record their thanks to the Larne Borough Sports Forum for inducting Ann Laing into the Larne Sporting Hall of Fame in recognition of her international hockey career. Ann has been a great source of encouragement and support over many years for the club, and richly deserves the recognition.