Division One of Hockey 5s set for action

Hockey 5s arena in all its glory

The Hockey 5s Championships, Men’s Division One gets under way this weekend at the University of West England. Teams play each other over two weekends with week two taking place on 17-18 January at the same venue. The two teams top of the league after week two will be promoted to the Premier Division in 2015/16 with the bottom two being relegated to Division Two North/South.

New to Division One this season are Loughborough Students & Doncaster who were relegated from the Premier Division following a two year stint. Loughborough will be hoping to bounce straight back as they did when they were last relegated from the Premier back in 2010/11. Harleston Magpies return to this division following a year in Division Two and they are joined by Wimbledon, who are one of four teams competing this weekend that play their outdoor hockey in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Premier Division (Brooklands MU, Cannock and Southgate the others).

Southgate narrowly missed out on promotion last year and in a bid to go one better they have registered ex-Havant and Guildford player Andrew Pett from local team Teddington.

Pett’s Teddington team mate Carl Sitch has gone back to familiar territory and will join up with his old club Harleston Magpies, as well as coming up against an old club in Loughborough Students. Magpies also welcome back Stuart Leate from Battersea Wanderers as they look for a return to the top flight having been absent since 2012.

There are a number of other players returning to their former club for the Indoor Season. Jerome Goudie makes the usual indoor appearance for Students from local club Loughborough Town, Matt Smith will turn out for Brooklands MU from Preston, with Jon Appleton returning to Doncaster from Grimsby and Tom Watson playing for Old Loughtonians. Old Loughts have also signed James Alberry from Cambridge City as they look for a return to the glory days which saw them reach the Indoor Finals back in 2008, 2009 & 2011.

Khalsa’s Stuart Gooderham will come up against former club Cannock as he signs for Bournville. Cannock and Wimbledon are the only clubs not to bring in players from elsewhere as they look to make the top division to replicate their outdoor status.

You can still purchase tickets for the Hockey 5s finals day at Wembley on 25 January. Just follow this link and make sure you don't miss out!