Mos remain in NIHL South Division 1 as teams withdraw
The Invicta Dynamos can announce that the NIHL South Division 1 format is back under review after the EIHA confirmed on Friday afternoon that the Solent Devils, Oxford City Stars and Chelmsford Chieftains had all withdrawn from the league’s top tier within the last 24 hours.
The withdrawal of a club (or clubs) from competition has ultimately meant that the conference format ratified on Sunday 7th May is no longer viable and with the likely outcome a regular league consisting of the remaining sides, further clubs then requested their exit from the division citing additional costs. The result is that currently the Solent Devils, Oxford City Stars and Chelmsford Chieftains will no longer compete in the NIHL South Division 1.
At this time the Invicta Dynamos remain in the NIHL South’s top tier alongside the Basingstoke Bison, Bracknell Bees, Cardiff Fire, London Raiders, Milton Keynes Thunder, Peterborough Phantoms, Streatham IHC and Swindon Wildcats. This is a fluid situation and a new league and cup format for 2017/18 is yet to be confirmed however the club anticipate a move to a typical conference free setup. Further updates on a new arrangement are likely to follow in the coming days and we will endeavour to keep our supporters updated as best we can.
As a club the Invicta Dynamos are understanding of the issues faced by all NIHL clubs following the reformat and saddened to see the withdrawal of three established rivals from the setup. We appreciate this is an unsettling time for all those involved in hockey at this level but would like to reaffirm our commitment to our supporters to ice the most competitive team possible within the budget available.
Whilst 2017/18 is likely to be a very demanding season we continue to be bolstered by the fervent and unwavering backing of our excellent supporters and are committed to competing with all those we face throughout the campaign. We would like to thank the club’s fans for their patience at this time and encourage them to continue their unrivalled support both ahead of and during the new hockey year.
The League Management Committee (LMC) of NIHL South is desperately sad to announce that overnight and this morning the Solent Devils, Oxford City Stars and Chelmsford Chieftains told the LMC that they wished to withdraw from NIHL 1.
This is a dark day for the NIHL and no doubt the repercussions of this issue will be felt for some time to come.
After our meeting on 7 May, where the League was in such a positive place, it is desperately disappointing to see this happen. We would like to thank all three clubs for what they have brought to NIHL 1 over the years and they will be truly missed.
Several of these teams have requested relegation to NIHL 2. This will be considered by the LMC over the coming days and a full statement will be made at that time to include the agreed structure for NIHL 1 and NIHL 2 in the South.
The LMC continues to speak with all of the member clubs in the NIHL South to reach a solution as soon as possible.
Finally we thank the supporters of the teams for their patience in this difficult time and we will issue a further statement as quickly as we can.