The rise and rise of Amber Valley Hornets Ladies Hockey Club continued at the weekend when they won their debut game in Derbyshire Division One, beating Rolls-Royce 1sts 2-1.
And, just for good measure, the club’s second team - informally known as The Bees - beat Staveley 2nds 3-0.
The club was only started up in 2010 but in that time the Hornets have already earned two promotions, including one last season that was achieved without dropping a point. The Bees joined Derbyshire Division Three last season and finished an impressive third.
Club secretary and first team player Dawn Spendlove said: “We had a good pre-season where we beat quite a few teams in this league in friendlies so that was good for confidence. The ethos of the club has really seemed to strike a chord. Now we have players travelling from Sheffield, Nottingham, the other side of Derby, and all over the region.
“They are people who want to play at a competitive level, but where hockey isn’t necessarily the be all and end all, and they want to balance that with other work or family commitments.
“We also feel we offer value for money regarding subs and things like that and there’s a good social side to it all.“
First team captain Tracey Bonser said of Saturday’s first match: “We were all a bit nervous for our first league game as we had moved up a division and were relieved to get some points on the board.
“The game is much faster in Division One and any mistakes are punished so we know we have a lot of work to do on the training ground, but as we are all good mates who pull together I reckon we will have another good season.
“To get where we are as a club after just three years is amazing, and if results go our way who knows what will happen next?”
Bees’ captain Karen Garner added: “The Bees are a mix of ages and abilities. Many players are available every week, but others can only make it every so often.
“We also have players who aren’t quite ready for league hockey maybe due to inexperience or the fact they didn’t have access to hockey growing up but fancy giving it a go. We try to make sure everyone gets a run out at some point whether it is in the league, a friendly or an inter-club training match.”
For more information about Amber Valley Hornets Ladies Hockey Club, go to www.ambervalleyhornets.co.uk or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you could pop along to one of their training sessions, held on a Wednesday night at Mill Hill School from 7pm-8pm.