Just champion - Brooklands Men's Hockey Club joins the sport's elite

BROOKLANDS Men’s Hockey Club have cause for a double celebration after winning the North Conference League and securing promotion to the top flight.

The club secured their promotion to the top flight with a 3-1 over win over Southgate and will play their matches in the NOW: Pensions Premier Division next season.

Brooklands came into the game knowing that a draw would be enough to see them go up.

Speaking after the game player/coach Chris Hibbert said: “I’ve been very pleased with the tournament. We probably didn’t play the best hockey in the three games as we did over the course of the league season.

"We were disappointed with some of the passages of play we put together today and on the whole we could have done a little bit better, but it is mentally tough to get motivated for a game after knowing we’ve already been promoted and it obviously was a huge game for Brooklands, so credit to them for the way they played.”

Hibbert added: "Having been at Southgate for 10 seasons it's now the third time I’ve been back up to the premier division with the club. This season has certainly been a massive high to get back up again in my final year. I've been so lucky to play with some fantastic players and coaches and it's been a brilliant experience.”

A spokesman for the Brooklands Men’s Hockey Club said this has been the most successful season in the club’s 125 year history.

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