Valkyrs looking to bounce back in Men's Premier Division

By by Dave Clark-Wilson in Hockey

Crowe Morgan Valkyrs A are aiming to get their season on track against fellow bottom-of-the-table side Partitionware Castletown A on Saurday.

It’s been a frustrating first three games for Luis Novo Smith’s westerners in the PwC Men’s Premier League, but they showed glimpses of their brilliant best in the cup last week by hitting 12 past Canaccord Genuity Vikings B.

Town will need to be at their best if they are to avoid defeat.

Only two points lie between Alex Birch’s Vikings A and Jonathan Gower-Jackson’s LJ Ramsey A.

Vikings showed good form in their Cup game against Ramsey Crookall Bacchas A.

Should they display similar on Saturday they will be favourites to claim both points against a northern side themselves fresh from claiming back-to-back victories.

The final game in the division is the first derby day of the season, with Bacchas A taking on Bacchas B.

The leaders’ tails are up following their success in the England Hockey Trophy and should not have any problems finding a way past their second team.

Over in PwC Women’s Premier League, and there’s two chances for swift vengeance, as two of the games mirror the first round of the Cup last weekend.

Lauren Brew’s Ramsey will look to draw level on points with Kim Carney’s Vikings, after they knocked them out of the Cup last weekend.

Meanwhile Emma Leeming’s Bacchas A will be looking to complete the double over Harlequins to move three points away from the Yellows.

Revenge will be on Caitlin Dodds’ Quins’ minds but may find the Whites too hot to handle in this one.

Imogen Manning’s Valkyrs will start as firm favourites in the final tie against Castletown A, and will be hoping to capitalise on any slip-ups from Vikings against Ramsey.

Intriguingly, should both they and Ramsey gain victory, there would be a three-way tie at the top of the table.

In PwC Men’s Division One, Elliot Henson’s Harlequins A maintain a slender one-point lead at the top of the league and will be tested by James Aitchison’s Ramsey B on Saturday.

Expect goals in this one, Quins have both netted and conceded at least two in their previous five games, while Ramsey have also never failed to concede or score.

Should the Greens upset the leaders, there are opportunities for Bacchas Colts or Vikings B to clamber to the top of the league if they can overcome Nick Watt’s Valkyrs B and George Powell’s Saracens respectively.

The top two go head-to-head in PwC Women’s Division One and there will be little to choose between the second teams of Bacchas and Vikings.

Bacchas holds the advantage by only one point but with all to play for expect the All-Blacks to come out firing.

It’s another inter-club affair as Valkyrs B take on Valkyrs C, with both sides looking for their first points of the campaign.

Vikings Colts domination of the PwC Men’s Division Two continues and they’ll look to make it five wins from five with victory over bottom side Harlequins B at the weekend.

Elsewhere Castletown B and Bacchas C will be locked in a close battle.

Finally, to PwC Women’s Division Two, where league leaders Saracens face the only club to take a point off them this season, in Hayley Taylor’s Castletown B, before Bacchas C and Harlequins B round off Saturday’s hockey.

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