Raphoe lady hockey players were on cloud nine at the weekend after learning that their first team has been promoted to Premier League Hockey.
The Ladies first eleven will now be playing in the top flight of Irish Hockey next season for the first time in the club’s history after finishing in second place in last season’s Senior One league.
“It is an unbelievable achievement for all the girls and the club,” said team coach Richard Tinney, who has been the team’s coach for the past three seasons.
“They had been relegated to Senior 3 the season before I took them over and we have been promoted over the last two seasons,” explained the coach.
Raphoe finished in second place in Senior 1 and had been expecting to be involved in a promotion play-off.
But they received notification at the end of last week that they had been automatically promoted to the premier division.
“We built our success on a good defence and not giving away goals and it has worked. We have only lost four games at home in the last four seasons,” added the delighted coach.
Raphoe men won promotion to Senior One for the first time in the club’s history last year and have now made history two seasons in-a-row. Hats off to Richard Tinney and the girls and what is a marvellous achievement for the team and the club.
They also reached the Ulster Senior Cup final in 2016 before losing to Ballymena in a penalty shootout.