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Press Release - 29/09/2003

East Antrim Hockey Club
29th September 2003

For further information, contact:
Stephen Swann
Press Release Officer - East Antrim Hockey Club
34 Carnmoney Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 6HP
078 0316 7731
http://www.eastantrim.co.uk/


EAST ANTRIM GOALKEEPER AWARDED DESPITE RESULTS

A new scheme to encourage the younger generation within East Antrim Hockey Club has already proved a hit with the "boys in green". An award presented to the 2nd XI Player of the Month was the brainchild of the 2nd XI captain, Stephen Swann.

"I wanted to give the boys in the team something to aim for during the course of the season - not just a trophy at the end of it!"

The award will be presented each month to the 2nd XI player who can demonstrate:
- Excellent Training Attendance
- Exceptional Attitude
- Top Notch Availability for Matches
- Consistently High Performances

The award for September 2003 was a closely fought contest but Darryl Hutton's outstanding displays as goalkeeper against N.I.C.S. and Portrush gave him the edge. The award was presented by Youth Liaison Officer, Alan Burgess who had plenty to say about Darryl:

"Darryl's 'can do' attitude and reliability are a credit to him and the Club are fortunate to unearth such committment in a young man. He can be a role model to the rest of the youth section who will hopefully strive to reach the high standards that Darryl has set".

Unfortunately, Darryl's heroics in goal haven't been enough to give the East Antrim 2nd XI team the results they have deserved. With their 3 games in September netting a total of 17 goals, it was the East Antrim team that could only muster 7 - drawing one match and losing the other two. Naivety in defence has been blamed but the flambouyant attacking play can only be encouraging for the rest of the season.