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Ones to watch!

As we are literally days away from one of the UK’s biggest hockey touring events, we would like to give you the lowdown on the teams to watch this year.

Men’s Competition

There are a number of teams that could take the BHF crown this year, especially favourites Colour Purple (Combined Services U25’s). After winning the final last year with an intense penalty stroke competition, and since their first attendance to BHF back in 2000, they have won a staggering 5 times! Can they successfully defend their title to make it a 6th time?? If they do, it would be the greatest number of times a mens side have won the festival.

Snapping at their heels will be touring side Dyabas, with 2 teams this year, who have in their armoury ex-Scottish internationals and current National league players. On their day they will give any decent side a tough game.

Also from Scotland are newcomers Stepps HC, a National league club touring as Dancing Digits who will be primed and eager to show the top sides at easter who is boss!

And not forgetting Dirty Mike and the Boys (Morpeth HC) who were unlucky in last year’s semi-final. They could spring a few surprises along with the home side Cajun Hot Sticks (Blackpool HC) who, after a successful season, will definitely want to strut their stuff!

Women’s Competition

Eager to get their hands on the trophy after coming close runners-up last year will be the girls from Adel Allstars (Leeds Adel Carnegie HC). However, previous festival winners Knockers from Cannock HC will not let any team get past them that easily. With an abundance of up and coming talent and experienced National league players in their side, they will be a handful for any team. Newcomers Bluebirds (Redhill LHC) will want to show their qualities as well, though we are not ruling any side out for this year’s title.

Mixed Competition

Returning this year after a years sabbatical, will be Bladders from Atherstone Adders HC. Bladders were convincing winners back in 2011, but will they topple last year’s winners, the touring side Weigh Anchors?

Both Skanky Tarts (Cannock HC) and touring side The Incredibles will want to get themselves within striking distance of the mixed title after many years of BHF attendance…will this be their year?

And not forgetting the newcomers from QUB Elite (Queen’s University, Belfast) who are steeped in Irish hockey history. Will they be making history at BHF 2014??

Who knows, it’s all to play for! The countdown is underway!