Bryanston Head of Hockey competes at Olympic Stadium
Shaun Baker, Bryanston's Head of Hockey, played in the Premier League play-offs for his team, Bath Buccaneers, over the Easter holidays.
The Buccs won the National Conference West League with an impressive record of 15 wins and only one loss in 18 matches, qualifying them for the Premier League play-offs. Their first match was a loss against Canterbury HC, but they still had two games to play and on the weekend of 11 and 12 April, Shaun and his team-mates travelled to the home of English hockey, the Lee Valley hockey stadium. This was the stadium used during the London Olympics 2012 and is hallowed ground for any hockey player.
Shaun said, "The atmosphere was amazing and with an excellent first day win of 5-3 against North League champions Bowdon, a must-win match was set for the Sunday against the East League winners Holcombe. Holcombe boast several Great Britian international players and this was always set to be a one-sided affair. As predicted, Holcombe ran out 5-1 victors with World XI superstar and Great Britain captain Barry Middleton running the show in midfield. This meant that the Buccs finished in 3rd place, one place short of promotion, and will therefore return to the West League next season. What an experience to have played at such a prestigious venue and against such incredible opposition."