Over the past eight weeks, teams of boys and girls aged 11 to 14 from schools across the island have been competing in a league-style tournament. This year, seven teams took part, all named after famous bands, with the final round of matches played this week. The Arctic Monkeys won the tournament, with the Black Eyed Peas coming second, followed closely by Green Day and Swedish House Mafia. Other teams taking part were The Wanted, Fun and Rizzlekicks.
Bringing the hockey development tournament to an end, seven teams will take part in a final 8-a-side ‘blockbuster’ competition on Tuesday 2nd July at Les Quennevais, when all teams, who will be handicapped according to their performance over the past eight weeks, will play four matches.
As part of the extended evening, there will also be a presentation of prizes to the Arctic Monkeys, winners of the main league tournament trophy, and the winners of the final blockbuster competition.
The ‘Deutsche Bank Summer Hockey Sevens’, now in its fourth year, has become increasingly popular since it was launched by the Jersey Hockey Association in 2009 as part of the Deutsche Bank Hockey Development Programme. Intended to give young hockey players the chance to play hockey throughout the summer, the fun but competitive tournament has expanded over the years to involve more young players, both girls and boys.
This year, the Deutsche Bank Summer Sevens was organised by Steve Hervieu, tournament director, together with Sarah Heelis and Dom Pallot of the Jersey Hockey Association. Steve said:
“The ongoing interest in this tournament from so many young people reflects the popularity of hockey in Jersey and the enthusiasm they have to play the sport throughout the summer. The Deutsche Bank Development Programme does a fantastic job in encouraging young players to develop new skills, giving them an opportunity to build on what they learn through competitive games and helping them to enjoy the sport.
“I’m looking forward to the final one-off competition, which will be an exciting way to round off this year’s tournament, and to recognising the success and effort of the winning teams at our prize presentation.”
The final competition takes place at Les Quennevais on Tuesday 2nd July, with matches getting underway at 6.30pm and presentations expected around 8.30pm.