The end of the Manx hockey season is upon us, with the final trophies to be awarded this Saturday for the winners of the Bridgewaters Cups and Plates.
All the action will take place at the NSC, with a full day of trophy-winning hockey from 11am to 5pm.
On paper, there’s no doubt there are two heavy cup favourites in Ramsey Crookall Bacchanalians A on the men’s side and Canaccord Genuity Vikings A for the women’s.
Jamie Brown’s Bacchas and Kim Carney’s Vikings have identical records this season, having won all 10 of their league games and hold huge undefeated streaks.
Dig a little further into the records though, for some encouragement for their respective oppositions.
Bacchas face Luis Novo-Smith’s Crowe Morgan Valkyrs A in a real grudge match, with the champions aiming to take their third consecutive Men’s Cup after winning in 2016 and 2015. However, in the four preceding years, from 2011 to 2014, they were unable to claim the glory, having been knocked out by none other than Valkyrs themselves every year.
On the women’s side, it would seem that nothing can stop the All-Black juggernaut’s unbelievable winning streak now stretching back more than 110 games.
Again, however, their opponents on Saturday will be Emma Leeming’s Bacchas A, a squad who have come closer than any other to spoiling the streak this season.
In fact, when the two met in the league last month the Whites raced back from being three goals down to draw level and were narrowly defeated by four goals to three.
Deservedly favourites on paper then for the two undefeated teams, but not everything is as straightforward as it may appear.
Over in the Bridgewater’s Plate competitions and the men’s final will be contested by two Division One rivals in Bacchas Colts and LJ Ramsey B.
Colts enjoyed a wonderful start to their league campaign before stuttering somewhat and have yet to concede a goal in the cup so far this season.
With Pete Vernon-Browne and Tim Leeming shepherding the young side, they have a great blend of youth and experience.
James Aitchison’s Ramsey B side have had an up-and down-season, culminating in relegation from Division One.
Don’t be fooled, however, they have some serious talent in the ranks, ending the league season on fine form and putting nine past Castletown in the semi-final.
Two league rivals also meet in the Bridgewaters Women’s Plate competition, with Valkyrs C facing off with Ramsey B.
The Plate has proved to be a welcome distraction for Steph Chatterley’s Valkyrs C after a tough league campaign in a competitive division.
They will be really up against it in the final, however, versus Jenny Lantry’s northerners who have beaten them twice already this season.
The Greens have played some great hockey this season and, having dispatched Valkyrs B earlier in the competition, will start this one as firm favourites.
Bridgewaters Men’s Cup
2.05pmRamsey Crookall Bacchanalians A v Crowe Morgan Valkyrs A @ NSC
Umpires: Garreth Roome, Andy Winslade
Bridgewaters Women’s Cup
12.35pmRamsey Crookall Bacchanalians A v Canaccord Genuity Vikings A @ NSC
Umpires: Andrew Bentley, Connor Duggua
Bridgewaters Men’s Plate
3.35pmLJ Ramsey B v Ramsey Crookall Bacchanalians Colts @ NSC
Umpires: James Harrison, Andy Whiting
Bridgewaters Women’s Plate
11.05amCrowe Morgan Valkyrs C v LJ Ramsey B @ NSC
Umpires: Jamie Brown, Helen Cave
PwC Women’s Division Two
11.05amRamsey Crookall Bacchanalians C v Partitionware Castletown B @ CRHS
Umpires: Ben Cunningham, Colin Kniveton
PwC Mixed Under-16
11.05amCanaccord Genuity Vikings U16 v Crowe Morgan Valkyrs U16 @ QEII
Umpires: TBC, TBC