This summer, the fast and furious nature of indoor hockey has taken North Wales by storm. Held on Sunday evenings between 5pm and 8pm, a handful of enthusiastic and forward thinking hockey clubs are battling it out to become queens of the North Wales Indoor Hockey League. The clubs that are pioneering the initiative to increase more hockey in the North Wales region are:
- Ardudwy ac Arfon
- Bangor City
- Colwyn Bay
Indoor hockey is fast becoming a phenomenon in the field hockey arena, with the Hockey 5s played in Wembley last winter attracting hundreds of fans. The game is naturally entertaining, with each game boasting an adrennaline drenched, high scoring battle. You only need 5 to play, which helps with participation at grass roots level too, compared to the traditional field hockey game, where you need at least 11.
Although many players have never had the opportunity to play indoor hockey before, the standard is exceptionally high, with dramatic and entertaining games being played every Sunday evening.
The league runs at the newly renovated Canolfan Brailsford in Bangor, where the facilities are second to none, which only adds to the prestige of the event. The organisers, Ardudwy ac Arfon, have taken advantage of the fact that the outdoor astro pitch is unavailable over the summer and set up the league in order to ensure hockey is still played in the area.
Ffion Davies, league secretary and organiser has stated:
It’s unreal how well the league is running up in Bangor. The teams have shown excellent prowess in their play and tremendous sportsmanship. It’s an absolute honour to be part of the team of girls from the club who are running the league, from organising the fixtures, to preparing for the end of league presentation evening, where we will have the opportunity to bring the clubs together in order to celebrate what has been a fantastic introduction to indoor hockey.
As two time finalists, as a club we felt as if it was a duty for us to organise indoor up in the North and give ladies around this area the same opportunities as they have in the South in order to bridge the gap.
We’re in awe with how well the league is running and looking forward to building on this in future, with scope to include even more clubs.
The league results are displayed on Fixtures Live.
Finals day and presentation evening will be held July 18th, 2015, where the champions of the North Wales Indoor Hockey League will be determined.