Greenfields are Club of the year!

November 8, 2018

Pictured above is a delighted Club President Denise Dunne accepting the award from Executive Director of Electric Ireland, Brid Horan.

Almost 300 of Irish Hockey’s population gathered in Dublin’s Alexander Hotel on Saturday October 20th for the most prestigious night of the hockey season.

The Irish Hockey Association Awards ceremony now in it’s 7th year, honours an array of people & clubs for their outstanding achievements throughout the hockey season. It is a night to celebrate all involved and connected to the sport, not just those who are shortlisted but the community at large.
The night was hosted by RTE’s top sports presenter Daragh Maloney and Iron Man Gerry Duffy was the guest speaker. (In the summer of 2010 Gerry ran 32 Marathons in just 32 Days.)

This year Irish Hockey changed the structure and voting process for the awards facilitating much more involvement from the hockey community, and the response was overwhelming with 5,000 of the hockey community getting involved. Their involvement determined the shortlists and winners for the majority of the awards categories

Greenfields was a deserving nominee in the ‘Club of the Year’ category, following their historic victory over Omagh in last season’s Irish Hockey Trophy Competition, alongside provincial victories at both Senior and Junior level. They beat off opposition from clubs in other provinces, many of whom won competitions at national & European level.

There were unbridled celebrations when Greenfields was announced as ‘Club of the Year 2012’. Club President Denise Dunne accepted the award from Brid Horan, Executive Director of Electric Ireland.

Greenfields were also nominated in three other categories:
‘Volunteer of the Year’ (Imelda Brennan),
‘Senior Player of the Year’ (Neasa McGettigan) &
‘U18 Player of the Year’ (Ailbhe Finnerty).
This award (U18 player) also came West, deservedly won by Elaine Carey of Galway HC.

One of the other presentations at the awards ceremony was a presentation of first Irish Senior Caps (& other milestone caps of 50, 100 & 150).
Former Greenfields player Brenda Flannery gave further cause for celeration as she was awarded her first Irish Senior Cap. Brenda started her hockey career with Greenfields at 8 years of age. She represented Greenfields on the Connacht & Irish teams at U16, U18 & U21 levels, being captain of both Irish U18 & U21 teams. Currently on a sports scholarship at UCD, her presentation crowned a fantastic night for Greenfields, & the celebrations went on till the early hours.