The 78th annual Easter hockey festival was sponsored by East Yorkshire Events and officially by Coun Terry Dixon, the Mayor of Bridlington.
The official bully-off was between Mighty Muppets, of Driffield, who were last year’s winners and Rusty’s from Dunfermline in Scotland, who have attended the festival for over 30 years.
The weekend was cold but the sun shone, and on Good Friday all the players mixed together to play a tournament so that everyone could get to know each other. This was the first time this has been done and proved to be successful.
This year Bridlington fielded their own team of youngsters who have come through their coaching programme. They played some excellent hockey and didn’t look out of place playing against men with much more experience.
The overall winners of the men’s tournament were Might Muppets with Mr Men Mafia coming runners-up. Driffield have supported the tournament for several years and captain Adam Saltonstall has brought along many young players who, despite finding grass hockey challenging, have shown some outstanding skill levels.
The ladies matches began on Saturday morning with most teams playing in amazing fancy dress, ranging from cows to ducks. Bridlington Ladies fielded two teams, BBBs and Men in Black.
The overall ladies winners were BBBs of Bridlington, who comprised of mostly senior players with 12-year-old Mollie Green in goal. Runners up were Roundhill, from Leicester, who were a new team to the tournament and hopefully will return next year to try to take the trophy from Bridlington who have achieved a record four consecutive wins.
The best fancy dress prize was awarded to Numerous Things, from Barnsley, who were raising money for Sport Relief.