CHILDREN from rural schools were bitten by the “hockey bug” when they took part in the Deeside Ramblers Primary Schools Hockey Festival.
Four schools took part, with Eaton Primary beating Huxley 1-0 in the final to take the title at the Ramblers’ Tiverton HQ.
The standard of play was high enough to impress Ramblers president John Heath, who said: “It was a great day and all the schools acquitted themselves well. Well done to Eaton for their victory in the final.
“This was the third time we have held this event, having had one last year and one in March, and it seems some of the youngsters are getting the hockey bug.
“They play in school and some of the teachers have told us pupils have begun playing in their break times instead of kicking a football around.”
The festival featured mixed teams of boys and girls, and Mr Heath said he hoped to see some of them at the club’s junior registration day on September 7.
“It is always nice to welcome new talent to the club,” he said. “Our aim is to help increase the popularity of hockey and hopefully people will want to join our club.”