12:51PM, Tuesday 17 March 2020
England Hockey has also taken the decision to suspend all of its national run hockey activity - including the MBBO and South Women’s Hockey League - effectively bringing league seasons across the country to a close.
With new restrictions being brought into place by the government, England Hockey has said all nationally run activity should be suspended until at least April 15.
The suspension applies to training as well as matches and clubs have been asked to comply, ‘with the health and wellbeing of the hockey community in mind’.
“The season is now unfortunately over and whilst the decision on what that means for teams next year is not yet decided in terms of league position, no more games will be played,” said a statement.
“We would like to wish all our entire hockey family the best of health through this challenging time. Please remember that whilst hockey may be on hold, the community we have created is not and we should continue to provide help and support to each other throughout this period.
“It's been a great season with lots of fun, hockey action and friendships. We look forward to welcoming you all back with our HockeyFestival to kick off the new season.
“If you need help, support or have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact us.”
If, as it seems, Saturday was the last round of matches, Maidenhead Men’s 1st team finished on a high with a 4-1 win at Tulse Hill & Dulwich. It moved Chris Brown’s men up to eighth and within a point of seventh placed Henley.
Maidenhead Women’s 1sts also signed off with a victory, a comprehensive 5-2 win over East Grinstead Ladies 2nds at Altwood School. Jess Barnes, Lucy Thornton (two), Sarah Downes and Eddie Westacott were on target. They’ll finish the South Women’s Hockey League Division 1 season in seventh place with 25 points.
A new date will also be set for England Hockey's AGM which was originally set for this evening at Bisham Abbey (Tue 17 Mar).