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Beeston Hockey record victory in Barcelona opener

Beeston Hockey Club have recorded victory in their opening match at the Euro Hockey League tournament in Barcelona.

Beeston in action at the training ground this afternoon Credit: Beeston Hockey Club

The Nottingham side headed to the Spanish city after winning their major domestic competition, and in their first match against Welsh side, Cardiff & Met, they managed a 3-1 win.

The second match for Beeston is tomorrow. They will take on German side, Harvestehuder THC, at the Negre-Park Stadium in Barcelona.

Midlands hockey players named in England men's squad for World League Semi Final

Beeston's Adam Dixon named in England squad Credit: Ady Kerry / England Hockey

Eight Midlands hockey players, including six from League Champions Beeston, have been named in a 20 man England squad to fly out to Malaysia to prepare for next month's World League Semi Final.

The squad also contains two players from Loughborough Students. England have been drawn in Pool B and will face South Africa, Pakistan and Malaysia when the tournament starts on June 29th. Olympic Champions Germany, Korea, Argentina plus one other will be in the other pool.

The final will be on July 7th.

Beeston players: Ben Arnold, Adam Dixon, Michael Hoare, Harry Martin, George Pinner, Oliver Willars.

Loughborough Students: David Condon, Henry Weir.

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Tributes paid to Beeston Hockey Club president

Beeston Hockey Club have paid tribute to their president David Williams who died on Friday.

Mr Williams who was 67 collapsed at home after watching Notts County earlier in the evening.

Mr Williams, MBE, had a long association with the club and had previously been chairman.

Graham Griffiths, manager of the Men's First XI, described the news of his death as shocking.

On Sunday, with four games still to play, Beeston secured top spot in the Premier Division after beating East Midlands rivals Loughborough Students 7-4. It guarantees them a place in Europe and means they will be the top seeds for the end of season title play offs.

Four sides will compete for the title at Reading on April 13-14th with Beeston playing the side which came fourth in their semi-final.

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Beeston Hockey Club win league for the first time

Beeston Hockey Cub have won the Premier Division for the first time in the club's 106 year history.

It comes two days after the death of Club president, David Williams MBE, who was honoured with a minute's applause before the beginning of the match.

Beeston began well, eventually running out 7- 4 winners over Loughborough students. The win has earned them the title with four games to spare.

Minute's applause held for Beeston club president, David Williams MBE Credit: ITV News Central
It's the first time the club have won the elite league title in its 106 year history Credit: ITV News Central
The East Midlands sides are among the best teams in the country Credit: ITV News Central
Mascots posing before the match, which began at 2pm Credit: ITV News Central
The club billed the game as "Hockey Super Sunday" Credit: ITV News Central

Freezing conditions prevents record turnout at Super Sunday

The club had billed this game Super Sunday. With a host of international players on show for both sides they had hoped to attract a record breaking crowd of 800. But the freezing conditions meant in the end there was around half that number.

Claiming the league title means Beeston automatically qualify for the European hockey league.

Minute's applause in memory of Beeston Hockey Club's president

Club president, David Williams MBE Credit: Beeston Hockey Club

A minute's applause is being held at the beginning of today's hockey match beween Beeston Hockey Club and Loughborough Students, in memory of Beeston's club president who died on Friday night.

It's believed that David Williams MBE died of a heart attack.

David was the Club President for many years and was also heavily involved in Nottinghamshire Hockey, having previously been the Chairman of Nottinghamshire Hockey Association.

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