Pitch a priority as Roger is elected Bann President

Roger Martin is welcomed to his new role at banbridge Hockey Club President by his predecessor Sheree Totton.
Roger Martin is welcomed to his new role at banbridge Hockey Club President by his predecessor Sheree Totton.

Banbridge Hockey Club’s new President says the club will strive to replace their Havelock Park playing surface.

Roger Martin has been elected to the role, successding Sheree Totton, who has completed her two year term as the club’s first ever female President.

Speaking following his election, Roger underlined the club’s desire to upgrade the pitch and also appealed for members to plaier part when the EHL comes to Banbridge in October.

“I’d like to thank the members of Banbridge Hockey Club for putting their support in me for the next two years,” he said.

“It is an honour and privilege to be elected to this position and I look forward to taking the club forward during my term as President.

“We have had some fantastic results on and off the pitch in recent years and in particular it will be great to see this season the Ladies 1st XI play in the Premier League for the first time in the clubs’ history; I hope we can continue to build on these achievements.

“With the club hosting Round One of the EHL in October, it will be exciting to bring top clubs and players from all over Europe to Banbridge however, this will require a huge effort by the club and I encourage all our members to volunteer to help out at this great event in whatever capacity they can.

“We also strive towards replacing the pitch at Havelock and we will be working hard to fundraise and secure additional funding to make this happen.”

Roger also praised his predecessor: “Sheree has done a fantastic job over the last two years and I want to pay tribute to her hard work and commitment to the club.

“The amount of work that goes on behind the scenes, attending meetings on behalf of the club and working with members is totally underestimated and I would like to thank Sheree for all her efforts during her term in office.”

Roger also thanked the members of the Executive Committee and particularly Julie Sally who has now stepped down from the Committee.

Julie was Junior Co-Ordinator for several years and led the junior club from strength to strength developing it into one of the most successful junior clubs in Ulster.

The newly elected Executive Committee is: President: Roger Martin, Vice President: Sheree Totton, Hon Secretary: John Bell, Hon Treasurer: Colin Dowds, Nigel Allister, Jo-Anne Lyttle, Aileen Lawson, Rachel Groves, James Bingham, Karen McConville, Neil Madeley.