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WEEK 1 PREVIEW - 13th October 2018

by Mike Vigar

A storm is coming to Cardiff City House of Sport, today sees the return of the Bipha South Wales senior league in what will be the best season yet.

We’ve got new teams, new players, and old teams from yesteryear back to show they’ve got what it takes.

Old alliances have been broken and new ones formed, and it’s impossible to say who’s going to come out on top at the end of it!

Last year’s league winners Caerphilly disbanded in the off season (sky sources suggest the dressing room just couldn’t put that defeat to Llanishen behind them) so whatever happens we will have a new name on the trophy this season. Will it be the returning Black Magic? Will Gowerton’s gamble of returning to Wales pay off? Can Paignton, the Panthers or Llanishen finally take that top spot? Will the Crossbones refranchising to the Honey Badgers pay off? Will Llantwit or Swansea be the ones to watch? Or will one of our new teams from Cwmbran or Swindon come in to take the top spot?

Come down to Wales’ premier online hockey destination to see the action. Hot food and drink is available at the cafe upstairs, if you can take your eyes off the action...


by Mike Vigar

Well another successful season at House of Sport has come to an end, and it has been the most competitive to date.

Congratulations to Caerphilly Hockey Club on taking the title in their first official season back in the Bipha South Wales league.
Their quality shone throughout the season and they are deserved champions who will be tough to beat at the nationals.
Also a big congratulations to Chris Thomas who is crowned top points scorer in his return season, helping Caerphilly to clinch that all important title.

Caerphilly dominated the points scoring table, but shoutouts should also go to the Newton brothers from Llantwit, Dan Clare from Panthers and Rob Green from Paignton who all racked up a lot of points.

It has been an exciting season with lots of close games, we've had last minute game tying goals, playoff-esque goalie pulls in the last minute with empty net goals (most famously when Llanishen inflicted Caerphilly's only defeat of the season) and teams taking points from each other up and down the league.
Panthers were consistent all season and finished second, with Llanishen third and Paignton fourth.
Crossbones had their best season yet, finishing fifth, whilst Swansea and Llantwit both took plenty of points and their positions don't reflect the quality of their play.

Most importantly, the league can't function without those that go the extra mile. A huge thank you to Graham, Sarah, Andrew and Tristan for timekeeping the vast majority of games, and a huge thanks to Dan Clare and J-Mac for reffing so many games, as well as Rich Brunnock, Sean Sokolyk, Jamie Hitchings, Fester, Mike Lucas, Owen and Dylan and Westy for reffing games too, the league really wouldn't happen without your extra effort.

Finally, we want to send our best wishes to those who are representing us at the Vets and Masters tournaments in Europe in the next few weeks. Ant Mundell, Steve Dickman and Lawrence James from Panthers are all heading out for the vets tournament, whilst Gibbo from Paignton is heading out to play in the masters with familiar faces Daniel Wood, Mike Newberry (as assistant captain) and James Morris from VCs.

All that is left to say in rounding off the season is thank you all for bringing hockey back to South Wales, and we hope to see you all again next season. If there are any teams struggling for players or goalies, let us know and we will help out where we can.