HOCKEY: Bankers pin their hopes of success on local players

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Sheffield Bankers have unveiled a new coach ahead of the new hockey season.

Matthew Northcott has taken over as Men’s coach from Lee Toulson, who retains responsibility for all coaching matters.

Northcott, who played for Cannock until injury cut short his career, resides in Aldridge, Staffs, and will look after the elite squads for Bankers.

Bankers’ ladies side have a new coach, too, in Will Hearne, who takes over from Andrew Newton. Hearne coached the University ladies first XI to BUCS promotion last year, and will also continue with that responsibility, as well as leading the Bankers as they look for their fifth successive promotion. Bankers chairman Bob Hindle also revealed that the club would have no imports this season.

“It was clear that the club would be better served this term with a largely settled side,” he said, “after last season’s good finish by the men’s firsts and the influx of local players and University freshers.

“Promotion to the North Premier League is the aim and with a large squad, the Men’s seconds should also be knocking on the promotion door, too.”

One Australian player in Bankers’ ranks will be Harry Byrnes, who is a student at the University and will be available until February.

Hugh Loy joins from the Witham HC in Essex and Joel Ghandi, captain of the University side, will play for the Bankers when he recovers from knee surgery.