Over 60 boys from five Pembrokeshire schools pushed off at a new hockey festival last week.
Organised by Sport Pembrokeshire - the sports development arm of Pembrokeshire County Council - the first 5x60 under 15 hockey festival took place at Sir Thomas Picton's astro turf pitch on Thursday.
The maiden festival was won by a team from Tasker Milward with a team from Dewi Sant runners up.
The festival was part of a Sport Pembrokeshire initiative aimed at introducing boys to hockey.
Over recent months Angela Miles, hockey development officer for Sport Pembrokeshire, has been working with 5x60 officers at five Pembrokeshire secondary schools to introduce hockey to boys.
Following a series of taster sessions, clubs have been formed at Ysgol Bro Gwaun in Fishguard, Dewi Sant in St David's, Greenhill in Tenby and Tasker Milward and Sir Thomas Picton in Haverfordwest.
Last Thursday the five teams took part in a round robin competition with Tasker Milward and Dewi Sant competing in the final penalty shoot out to determine the winner.
"The standard of play was very high and it was wonderful to see over 60 boys out on the field playing hockey" said Angela Miles.
"Some of the boys have now been nominated for the Pembrokeshire Performance Development Centre which starts on May 9th."
She added that both Pembroke County men's club and Fishguard and Goodwick club now had junior sections as a result of a growing interest among boys in the sport.
The festival matches were refereed by Chris Dunn, Julie Campbell, Sophie Morse, Sarah Martin and Becky Hayes.
The winning Tasker Milward team.
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