Posted 16th August 2018

Now that the summer is coming to the end our thoughts turn to the start of the hockey season.
We get underway with the BIPHA South Wales Annual General Meeting. This will take place at The Cardiff House of Sport on Friday 24th Aug at starting at 6:30pm and finishing at 8:30pm.
All clubs that intend to play in the league in the 2018 - 2019 season should send two members to represent their clubs.



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.

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10th February 2018

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