THE ANNUAL Easter hockey festival was officially opened on Friday by Kieran Lawry of East Yorkshire Events, who sponsor the event.
The official bully-off was between Driffield Aliens, who were last year’s winners, and Dunfermline, who have attended the festival for over 30 years.
The weekend was cold and at times a little wet but that did little to dampen the spirit of the players.
Driffield Aliens’ first game resulted in a win against Pandas Thins while Dunfermline (Rusty’s) resulted in a loss to Pandas Fats.
Pandas (St Peter’s School Old Boys) celebrate this year their 50th anniversary and to congratulate them the captain of Dunfermline team presented them with a bottle of Scotch whisky.
The friendly spirit of the festival is always the most important aspect of the weekend, closely followed by the hockey and socialising off the pitch.
The hockey was fast and furious with Driffield Aliens winning all their matches to receive the winners’ medals whilst their other team Driffield Astronauts were a close second.
The ladies matches began on Saturday morning with most teams playing in amazing fancy dress, ranging from animals to bananas to crayons.
It was great to see a pig tackling a Crayola crayon on one pitch while Minnie Mouse would be tackling a banana on the other.
The matches were still skilful, which on grass is a testament to the talent of the players.
Bridlington’s Party Animals won all their matches on Saturday but drew two on Sunday, one of which was against their other club team.
Bridlington’s Disney Dummies had one of their best Easters for years winning three matches and drawing one resulting them ending up sixth overall.
Many of their players were playing in their first Easter tournament and enjoying it thoroughly.
The overall ladies winners were Party Animals with The Jimmy’s runners up
In a special commemoration a few words were said and glasses raised to celebrate the life and service to Dunfermline Hockey Club of Bill Ruzzak who sadly died two years ago.
A bench has been donated in his honour, placed in the spot outside the clubhouse where he rested between games over many years of attending the festival.
Players are already making plans for next year’s fancy dress in the hope that the weather will be warmer.
Many thanks must go to the ground staff and bar staff of Bridlington Sports Club, without whom the festival could not have taken place.