Fourteen years ago, Muckross Hockey Club were relegated from Leinster Division One for the first time in the club’s history. There have been ups and downs, twists and turns, and everything in between since that fateful day – but last Saturday, Muckross secured automatic promotion to Division One with a victory over Rathgar in the final match of the 2014/2015 division two campaign.
To say that this day has been a long time coming is an understatement. Consecutive relegation in 2001 and again in 2002 were followed by a decade of uncertainty as the club fluctuated between divisions two, three and four. But by its very nature, sport is filled with both exhilarating highs and crushing lows – something that Club President Sarah Green can personally attest to:
“The last 14 years have been bittersweet, and I know this all too well – I’ve played on the first XI for 13 of them! We’ve undeniably made some mistakes along the way – but what’s
more important is that we have learned from them. A lot. And now, after all of the headaches and the heartbreak our club is entering an exciting new era. Strategically, we have
planned for our resurgence back to where we feel we belong, in division one, and now that we're there, we’re going to make it our business to compete!”
This promotion is the culmination of several years of intensely focused momentum. The 2012/2013 season proved pivotal in the first XI’s resurgence as a return to division two was secured, ushering in a new era and instilling a hunger to once again dine at the top table of provincial hockey. Back-to-back promotions proved a bridge too far as Muckross lost the 2013/2014 Division One playoff on penalty flicks – but they