Thirteen mixed teams from around East Anglia arrived at Ely Outdoor Sports Association on Friday 17th May 2019 to set up camp in preparation for the start of Ely City Hockey Club’s annual hockey tournament on Saturday morning.
Organised by Gemma Neal, Sophie Robb and Natalie Jones, the tournament had a Wild West theme this year and teams included The Saloon Girls and Cowboys from Cambridge South Hockey Club, the Outlawz and Hoez from Bury St Edmunds Hockey Club, Spaghetti Ely Westerns and the Good Bad Ely. Teams from the Royal Veterinary College, St Neots HC, St Ives HC, Marham and Kings Lynn also joined in the fun.
After a day of matches held on the new astro pitch at EOSA and the astro pitch at Ely College, a Wild West party was held in the Clubhouse on Saturday evening with JL Discos ensuring a good night was had by all! Matches resumed on Sunday morning, with teams competing for either the Shield or the Plate.
In the finals Team Exclusive beat the Outlawz and Hoez to retain the Shield for the second year running and the Cactus Tribe beat the Beach Bums for the Plate.
With team entrance fees and a BBQ held throughout the event, Ely City Hockey Club raised an amazing £1735 to go towards the replacement floodlights desperately needed for their new astro pitch!
- Team Exclusive from Kings Lynn won the Cup for the second year running
- Tournament organisers Gemma Neal, Natalie Jones and Sophie Robb dressed and ready for the Wild West themed party
- A Zulu start
- Beach Bums vs Spaghetti Ely Westerns
Photos of hockey being played are courtesy of Simon Webb.
Come along and have a go at hockey on the Astro pitch at the EOSA Open Day between 12.15 & 2.15pm
Press release from Ely City Hockey Club