Captain confident ahead of new season - at what will be the highest level St Ives have ever played at

ST IVES Hockey Club's men's firsts finally picked up the NE14 East Men's League Division One trophy at the recent Annual East AGM.

This success capped a remarkable period, as it was their third promotion in five years and sets them up nicely for their first season of Premier hockey, which starts in September.

Captain Ben Scarrow said he is confident the team will be able to cut it in Premier B next season - the highest level of hockey the club has ever reached.

He said: "In Premier hockey, only two go down - as opposed to four in Division One - so five wins and a couple of draws will keep us up. That'll be our first target."

And, having gone from Division 3NW to Premier B in five years, Scarrow said the club - now just two more promotions away from the national leagues - will soon be re-evaluating its goals.

He said: "We wrote a development plan five years ago, which included achieving Premier hockey, which we've now done.

"So we're re-doing the whole plan to make sure, as a club, we've got the backing from a financial point of view, as well as the right training structure in place to carry on moving forward."

At the Annual East AGM, the club also celebrated the success of the men's fourth team, who won Division 6NW (S), as well as Helen Clarke. who picked the top goalscorer gong for her exploits in Division 1N.