South Berkshire Hockey Club's men's 1st XI have been confirmed as champions of the Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional Two division.

When the season was suspended due to Covid-19, they were top of the table on 50 points with one fixture left unplayed, while title rivals Sonning 1sts were just a point behind with two games remaining.

The Cantley Park club, however, heard from the South Hockey League last week the final placings will remain unaltered.

Accepting the season is now closed, the league said their decisions followed guidelines from England Hockey and the National League.

The consolation for Sonning is that they, too, will also be promoted to Regional One.
The top two were clearly the best sides in their league, finishing well clear of the rest of the pack headed by Wallingford.

South Berks also had the division's highest scorer in Tom King, who bagged 25 goals, which included a hat-trick in their 10-3 thrashing of Banbury 2nds on March 14, the last game they played.

Sam Fox-Harvey was sixth in the list after finding the net 13 times, with Rav Patel managing just one goal fewer.

Well before the conclusion of the season, South Berks 2nds were already celebrating taking the MBBO Division Two title, shooting eight points clear with four games left, two more than the runners-up Amersham & Chalfont 2nds

Their top scorer was Paul Kaplanski with 28 goals, while 21 came from the stick of Daniel Ray.

South Berks 3rds finished third bottom in the Division Three standings, four points clear of relegation with a game in hand over the two sides below them, Banbury 3rds and Henley 3rds.

And, more good news for the Cantley Park club is that their fifth team lifted the MBBO Open League Division Eight West title after eight successive wins had taken them four points clear of second-placed Henley 4ths.

The club filled fifth spot in Division Seven, having ended with a 7-2 trashing of Leighton Buzzard 3rds.

South Berks have been forced to put their celebrations on hold with their annual dinner now rescheduled for Friday, September 18.

The 2020-21 South League season is due to start in September, but the league says: "Obviously this will be reviewed if it should become necessary."

South Berks Ladies 1st were left in eighth place in Premier Divison One of the Trysports Three Counties League when the season, unfortunately, came to an abrupt stop in March.

The 2nd XI were bottom but one in Premier Division Two, the 3rds were sixth in Division Three and the 4ths seventh in Division Five.