Team Bath Buccs bid for the Premier for first time in their history

31 March 2010

Team Bath Buccaneers men’s firsts will face Brooklands, Canterbury and Deeside Ramblers in the play-offs as they bid for a place in the top-flight of English hockey for their first time in their history.

Buccs won England Hockey League Conference West by 19 points to secure a place in the end of season play-offs for a berth in the Premier Division.

The play-offs take place at Cannock Hockey Club in Staffordshire from Saturday 1 May to Monday 3 May. It is a round-robin format with two of the four teams securing promotion.

Buccs will open their campaign against Brooklands, who finished ninth in the Premier Division, in a 13.45 start on Saturday 1 May.

Next they will take on Conference East winners Canterbury in a 15.30 start on Sunday 2 May. Buccs will round off their promotion push with a game against Deeside Ramblers, winners of Conference North, at 12.15 on Monday 3 May.

Buccs won 15, drew one and lost just two of their 18 Conference West games this season – one of those defeats coming 3-2 in Sunday’s game at Bournville.

Team Bath Buccaneers ladies’ firsts will feature in women’s Conference West again next season. Their first campaign playing at this level ended in a 3-2 defeat at home to Aldridge at the University of Bath on Saturday.

However, Swansea’s home defeat to Buckingham means Swansea will go through the relegation play-offs, with Buccs finishing the season just above the play-off zone in eighth.

The University of Bath has one of the leading university sports departments in the UK. Under its TeamBath brand, its success is based on the expertise and dedication of staff, and its excellent facilities, used by the community and Olympic medal winners alike.

Members of the media who require further information can contact the TeamBath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd on (01225) 383518 or 01225 443998 or see the TeamBath website at www.teambath.com

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