Hampstead & Westminster claim Y1 Championship title

Hampstead & Westminster lifted the Y1 men’s Hockey Championship on Sunday, beating Wimbledon 2-1 win the final with organisers “over the moon” at being able to hold the mini tournament.

Finals Day at Southgate HC saw Holcombe finish third, beating the hosts 4-3 in a shoot-out after the score was tied 2-2, before goals from Seb Buddle and Joe Hillyer saw Hampstead & Westminster take the trophy.

Organiser Simon Parker, of Southgate, said: “The Y1 Championship succeeded in its aim of providing six weeks of competitive top level hockey and filling the void after the Men’s Hockey League was curtailed.

“The clubs have welcomed the chance to play in a structured competition, and the absence of the GB players has also enabled the clubs to use it for development and the chance to use players who perhaps would struggle to make their regular squads.

“Despite the unseasonable weather, it was still great to play in generally warmer conditions without the need for 10 layers at training.”

Y1’s Chris Rea added: “A huge thanks to everyone for making this event possible. It was amazing to get a proper day of competitive hockey, with two closely contested matches. Southgate did a great job with the hospitality and great fun was had by all in a Covid-friendly manner! Y1 Hockey are over the moon with how things panned out and are keen to make this an annual event.”

Galvanised streamed the event live on the day.

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