Jaspers finish the season in style

BRISTOL & West Hockey Club’s women’s 2nd team has replicated the success of the men’s 4s in completing an unbeaten league-winning season.

B&W Jaspers 2s finished 6pts clear in their division, with 16 wins, 2 draws and no defeats, scoring an impressive 72 goals and conceding only 15.

Although promotion was already in the bag, the title was secured with wins over Yate 3s (3-0) and Wick 2s (0-5) in their final games.

From start to finish they played attacking hockey and generally dominated play in every game; they will head into Berkeley Division 1 next season.

The Ladies 3s battled to secure their league title. With two games to go, they dispatched Keynsham 3s 6-0 to put their goal difference to over 20+ ahead of their nearest challengers, three points behind. They came through a tough final fixture with a 1-0 win, ending a stellar season that saw them win 19 and only lose 1 game, scoring 91 goals and conceding only 8.

Unfortunately, the Ladies 1st team were not able to establish themselves in their new league in their first season after promotion, finishing last with two wins for the season, albeit one was against the side placed 2nd at the time.

Nonetheless, they rallied week-in, week-out and are already preparing their campaign to go straight back up next season.

Elsewhere, the Men’s 1s competed in the West Premiership for the first time in the club’s history, securing a more than respectable 7th-place finish, with six wins, 10 draws and six defeats.

Slightly disappointed to finish a single point outside the top half, they are more than capable of competing and will challenge for a top-5 place next season.

Men’s 2s struggled to find consistency and had to help bolster the 1st team when needed, but finished 5th in their division and will certainly be looking to push for the title next season.

Men’s 3s had a fantastic season, finishing second in the league: they were the only team to beat runaway winners Old Bristolians 2s.

The Junior section of the club continues to grow, and secured the title in the local Badgers League. Not only that, the club hosted Italian club Galatea, with youngsters of all ages competing in a mixed friendly tournament. Our Sicilian visitors thanked us for being the only club in Bristol prepared to host them, and issued an invitation to Sicily for all ages – another great tour (holiday?) awaits!

If you are interested in joining us for some casual or competitive hockey in the summer league from May onwards, visit www.bandwhc.org.uk for more information.

Harry Bryant