On the pitch, league promotions for the third, fourth and fifth elevens meant that when the 2019/20 season started, all four junior teams were playing in the first four Ulster Junior Leagues and the Club remains numerically strong bucking the trend in Ulster.  In the Premier League, although the season was ended early due to the Covid pandemic, the growing disparity in standards even in this league was still apparent as North Down, having inflicted several substantial defeats on other teams, still incurred two heavy double figure defeats themselves.

With most teams having played a maximum of three matches in 2020/21, just one in our first eleven’s case, the season was effectively written off in October 2020.  On the resumption of playing activities in May 2021, North Down opted not to take part in any of the Ulster Hockey organised fixtures instead choosing to run a five team in-house summer ‘Super League’.  The competitive nature of this ‘fun’ event showed, if there was any doubt, that North Down are ready for the new season and their 125th anniversary celebrations!

Jim Patterson