The final games in a tournament involving over sixty young Jersey hockey players are due to take place next week.
The ‘Deutsche Bank Summer Hockey Sevens’, organised by the Jersey Hockey Association as part of the Deutsche Bank Hockey Development Programme, has given young boy and girl hockey players between the age of 10 and 15 the opportunity to play hockey throughout the summer and build on the skills they gained through the Development Programme.
Having started in May, the six mixed seven-a-side teams in the league – the Cobras, Dragons, Hawks, Scorpions, Sharks and Stingrays – have all played against each other. The series now culminates in what promises to be an exciting final programme of matches at Les Quennevais on Tuesday 12th July, starting at 6.30pm, with all the teams looking to cement the highest position possible.
Following the matches, at around 8.15pm, awards will be presented to the winning team, the player of tournament and, additional prizes this year, to the Goalkeepers.
A number of novice umpires have also assisted with the league, alongside experienced umpires, as part of the Umpire Development Programme. Mike Tait, organiser of the Deutsche Bank Summer Hockey Sevens, said:
‘Each summer this tournament goes from strength to strength with more young people, both boys and girls, taking part and the fact that this year we were oversubscribed is a reflection of the growing popularity of the sport in Jersey. The Deutsche Bank Development Programme does a great job in giving young players the opportunity to develop their skills through competitive games and, most importantly, enjoy the sport. We’re in for an exciting final session of matches next week.’