Bann president ‘proud’ of Havelock’s IHL finals

Huge crowds descended on Havelock Park over the weekend to watch Irish hockey at its best at the IHL finals.

BHC Club President Neil Madeley said: “I would just like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone involved in the weekend we simply could not have hosted such a top class event without their help.

“We have been overwhelmed by the volunteer response from all levels within the club and it is a testament to everyone’s willingness to help that made this weekend a resounding success.”

This is the biggest hockey tournament Bann have hosted since the still recalled European Cup Winners Cup in 1985 at Castlewellan Road and the locals pulled out all the stops to put on a brilliant event. Many hours of planning, meetings and hard work all culminated in a weekend that has been upheld by many as the best hockey event put on in Ireland in recent times.

“Anyone who visited Havelock Park over the weekend saw the transformation of our grounds from club venue to that of an international quality complex,” contined Madeley.

“It was a truly remarkable feat in such a short space of time. Thanks again to everyone who helped make our vision a reality by making this the best IHL finals so far.

“Fantastic hockey was on display in our ground over the weekend, alongside a great atmosphere at Havelock which made it a brilliant tournament for the hundreds of spectators who turned up over the two days.

“While we would have loved to see Bann lift the IHL title in our home ground, we are proud of the fantastic performances put on by the lads over the weekend.”

Bann supporters, dubbed the UTB Elite, lit up Havelock with flares and chants all weekend.