Ones to watch 2015!

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). After making the semi-final last year and winning the final the year before 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 make it a 6th time?? If they do, it would be the greatest number of times a mens side has won the festival.

Snapping at their heels will be touring side Dyabas, 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.

From London are newcomers Hampstead and Westminster HC, a National league club touring as Sixes on Fire who will be primed and eager to show the top sides at easter who is boss!

And not forgetting Swin’s Stags (Richmond HC) who were won last year’s final. They could spring a few surprises along with newcomers, Beerhunters (Helensburgh HC) who 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 Leeds Adel HC.  However, last year’s 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. Mavericks (Durham University Old Girls) and The Real Housewives of Surrey (Woking HC) 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, Macclesfield Allsorts from Macclesfield HC, have been convincing contenders in recent years, but will they topple last year’s winners, QUB Elite from Queens University, Belfast?

Both Average Hoes (Hampton in Arden 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 Serial Kickers (Golborne HC) and from over the water, Multiple Scorgasms (University of Ulster, Coleraine) who are steeped in Northern Irish hockey history. Will they be making history at BHF 2015??

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