Banbridge Hockey Club President Neil Madeley has congratulated the Men’s 1st XI on winning the Euro Hockey Clubs Champion Challenge I in the Czech Republic today.

President Neil Madeley said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won all four of our games at the Euro Hockey Club Champions Challenge. The Men’s 1st XI has had another great season and winning this tournament is a real credit to the team and to coach Mark Tumilty and his assistants. On behalf of the whole club I want to congratulate the lads on this achievement and also to thank our club sponsors and all the supporters who encouraged the team to this success”.

Bann, backed by Swallow Groupage Serivces Ltd, travelled to Europe with a reduced squad of 16 due to exams and work commitments but despite this, topped their pool that included the club champions of Gibraltar, Croatia, and Czech side Slavia Prague. The team then went on to beat Akkord HC from Azerbaijan in the final classification match.

Neil Madeley who is out in the Czech Republic with the team added; “This will bring Bann’s season to a close and is a fitting end to a season that didn’t produce any silverware in domestic competitions for our Men’s 1sts but was still a success on and off the pitch.”