OMAGH Ladies 1st XI captain Jenny Elkin says her team are determined to prove that they belong in Senior League One.
Back in May Omagh won a dramatic winner-takes-all play-off against Cookstown to win their place back in the second tier of Ulster women’s hockey for the first time in four seasons.
That success was backed up by Sandra Hemphill’s second string capturing a league and cup double and those achievements, allied with an encouraging pre-season programme, has given all involved much optimism for the season ahead.
This evening (Thursday) Omagh open their competitive season with a tough Senior Cup tie at Priorians, last year’s Senior League Two champions, and Elkin said her team is looking forward to getting down to business.
“We are really looking forward to playing Senior One hockey again,” she said.
“We did extremely well last year for such a young team, with quite a few schoolgirls progressing through the ranks
“They have again put in a lot of effort in pre-season with the ultimate aim of showing everyone that we belong at this level.
“It’s great to have a knockout competition to get us warmed up for the challenges of the league.
“Priorians are our local rivals, it’s always a very challenging match, a very physical match, but the girls are well aware of that and prepared for that.”
Omagh will again rely on the players that served them so well last term, with the exception of Emma Fulton who is on maternity leave. The skipper is hoping that that experience coupled with youthful exuberance will prove the perfect ingredients to a successful season.
The captain acknowledges there are many challenges on the horizon and accepts that the road ahead might not always run smoothly.
However with the right application, attitude and desire Elkin believes Omagh can give as good as they get.
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