Easter hockey festival attracts teams from around the country

Angry's Army won last year's ladies competition.
Angry's Army won last year's ladies competition.

Bridlington’s 78th Annual Hockey Festival starts on Good Friday at Bridlington Sports Club, with last year’s finalists Driff Tanks and Rusty’s performing the opening ‘bully off’ at 10am.

Teams from Scotland and England are coming to play in the three-day tournament over the Easter period. Good Friday sees a new format where all the players are mixing teams to have a ‘Fun Friday’ and encourage new friendships.

On Easter Saturday, the normal men’s and ladies’ seven-a-side competition begins in which all the teams play in a round-robin tournament, culminating with the winners being presented with the trophies on Sunday afternoon.

Bridlington Ladies, who played as Angry’s Army last year, are looking to repeat their success and are playing as BBBs this year.

This year’s festival is sponsored by East Yorkshire Events who recognise that the festival brings a large number of visitors to Bridlington over the Easter weeken

Meanwhile, England Hockey are sponsoring a Back to Hockey Campaign to encourage women to take up hockey, either for the first time or after many years since school.

Bridlington Ladies are providing two sessions with fully qualified coaches on May 6 and May 13 between 7pm and 8pm at Bridlington Astro Centre, in Bessingby Road.

All ladies are welcome. Sticks will be provided and coaching will be at a level of those that attend so ladies will not need to feel intimidated.

Bridlington Hockey Club boasts England players at over 60 and over 55 at one end of the spectrum with youngsters aged five and upwards at the other. The club also has over 10 juniors playing for the Humber Academy sides.

Ladies can turn up or contact Anne Hunter on 07969 016712 for further details.