SEASON REVIEW (26th May 2017).

Mike Vigar.
Well, our second season at Cardiff City House of Sport is over and done with, and as many expected at the start of the season, Black Magic took the league title in convincing fashion, dropping one point all season long.

It has been an excellent year for Welsh hockey, with an even more competitive senior league than last year. Whilst we lost a couple of teams we also gained two and the hockey has been more competitive with much closer games and some fierce encounters.

There's no doubt that Black Magic's quality got them the league title, but it wasn't made easy for them.
Llanishen had another strong season, and a rejuvenated and strengthened Cardiff Proline Panthers team also ran close.

One of the big success stories this season though has been Paignton Dragons Inline Hockey Club.
Their debut season included a number of impressive results and they've been great opposition for everybody up and down the league.
We are all hoping they'll return next season and have enjoyed being part of our league.

It's also been a season of improvement for Cardiff Bay Crossbones Roller Hockey who have picked up a number of wins in their second season. They've gone from strength to strength this year, as have Llanelli Phoenix Inline Roller Hockey Club who despite their season placing, have been tough to beat and full of youthful talent.

That just leaves League stalwarts Llantwit Lions, Swansea Cobras Roller Hockey and Pontypool. Very little separated these three come the end of the season and they all caused upsets further up the table.

It's been another season where they've all worked hard and taken it to their opposition despite at times being short benched or goalie-less.

We are planning to hold the league AGM, a mini draft/names out a hat tournament, trophy presentations and then drinks in town on the same day, hopefully in June on either a Saturday or Sunday and we hope as many players as possible can join us for that.

It's been a tremendous season and I hope everybody is back skating next year, with as many teams coming back as possible, and with some new additions perhaps... it just leaves me to say thanks to house of sport for providing an excellent venue, thanks to all the fans, all the refs and timekeepers (especially Graham), and thanks to all of you who turn up and play your hearts out so that we can all enjoy competitive hockey week in week out.