- Written by Mick Thomas
Fixtures and results 2008-09
The first season of the Warwickshire Vixen’s league has proven extremely successful, rewarding and a worthwhile investment for the future development of Atherstone Adders. After playing 6 games across the season, the Adders gave an excellent performance, winning 2, drawing one and losing 3. The Vixen’s scored an impressive 11 goals throughout these games which is a credit to the juniors taking part, some of which was the first time on a full pitch let alone playing club level hockey with adults.
The teams involved in the league have worked together to make the games happen, re-arranging around terrible weather and supporting each other when numbers have been low. The league really has demonstrated the friendly and supportive nature of the sport across the county. The Adders Ladies adults, and support from umpires has been critical to the success of the Vixens team. The ongoing support and commitment from these players have allowed Atherstone to present a team in this league and give the juniors an opportunity to play. Over the length of the season, we have been able to gain the interest and provide games and development support for up to 11 junior girls; this is an excellent base, including some of the younger girls that train on a Wednesday for the development of a full junior squad in future years.
There has been a tangible improvement in all of the girl’s games throughout the season which has impressed me immensely (not to mention the brilliant improvement of Cieran Orton who has been a great help to the Vixens). The spatial awareness and skill set of each individual has developed in such a way that would have been impossible without the availability of these games. Each adult that has volunteered time and effort to the Vixens should be proud of the results that the team have achieved. More importantly, the girls should be extremely proud of the performance and improvement that they have all experienced. I look forward to the Vixen’s continuing next season and only getting stronger.
Report by Lizzie Mill