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WHITCHURCH SAINTS AND CARDIFF & MET RETAIN THEIR INDOOR TITLES!

This weekend saw the return of the eagerly anticipated and action-packed Welsh National Indoor Finals. An annual tournament that spans two days; bringing together six clubs on each; all competing for that Indoor title!

The women were up first, kicking off the games on Saturday 27th with last year’s winners Whitchurch Saints taking on a poised Penarth. Both sides put forward a passionate display; closing the game on a draw; triggering a great atmosphere that continued throughout the day.

The day continued with Dowlais, Whitchurch, Penarth, Gwent, Ardudwy and Howardians all battling it out for indoor success. The competitive spirit was tangible right through to the final Pool C games where Dowlais locked eyes with Whitchurch in a tense game, where both teams still had everything to play for. It wasn’t meant to be for Dowlais this time though, with Whitchurch retaining their title for a second year running.

The Saints walk away in great form, ready for the Women’s EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge I, held in Slovenia between Feb 23rd – Feb 25th where the team will represent Wales.

A special thank you to Ardudwy for making the journey down to Cardiff from North Wales!

For individual match results, goals and standings click here

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Day two of the tournament saw the men take to the stage; with reigning champions Cardiff & Met firing the day into action, handing a swift 6-1 defeat to Whitchurch HC; setting the bar high for the remainder of the day.

The day pushed on with Penarth, Swansea City, Swansea University, Cardiff & Met, Whitchurch and Gwent all lashing out passionate performances; competing for the Indoor title. The day provided a great stage for teams to showcase their skills and talent; with some games tallying up impressive scores!

The final game saw now five-time tournament winners, Cardiff & Met take on Penarth in another energetic final Pool C match. Cardiff & Met dominated the game however Penarth pushed hard throughout. The game ended 8-2 to Cardiff & Met who travel to Czech Republic on Feb 16th – Feb 18th to compete in the Men’s EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge I; representing Wales.

For individual match results, goals and standings click here

National Appointments Manager for the Welsh Hockey Umpire Association and tournament organiser John Taylor shared his thanks and delight:

The domestic indoor season concluded this weekend with a very competitive men’s and women’s indoor finals. I would like to thank my team of officials and umpires for their efforts over both days, as usual, I thought they did an excellent job. I would also like to thank the teams for their cooperation both pre-event and during the event especially when it came to adopting the TMS system for their starting line ups.  All the Umpires and Officials would like to congratulate Cardiff & Met (Men) and Whitchurch Saints (Ladies) for winning the tournament and wish them the very best in their forthcoming European Competitions.

Hockey Wales would like to say a big thank you to the National Competitions co-ordinators, John Taylor and Anne Mullin, for all their work towards this event. Unfortunately Anne was unable to attend this year. The first Indoor Finals she’s missed since the tournament started in 1987.

Alongside the two victorious teams playing in Europe next month, the following officials are also attending Indoor tournaments:

  1. Abby MacArthur – (Wales Umpire) in Slovenia with Whitchurch Saints

  2. Jamie Hooper – (Wales Umpire) in Prague with Cardiff & Met

  3. Karen Evans – (Umpires Manager) and Cathy Wright – (Neutral Umpire) in Prague for the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy

Pictures courtesy of Irfon Bennett 

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