The League Management Committee (LMC) of NIHL South can today confirm that Division 1 South will run in 17/18 with the following nine clubs:
Milton Keynes Thunder
The teams will play each other twice at home and twice away for a 32 game League season. The top eight sides will qualify for the post season under the format previously announced.
An NIHL S1 Cup competition will also be operating and details will be confirmed very soon.
Work is continuing with clubs to resolve the structure for NIHL 2 South and details will be announced as soon as the discussions have been concluded.
A spokesperson for the NIHL South LMC said:
“It’s been a long five days since we were informed of the withdrawal of three member teams from NIHL1. We’re naturally disappointed, as are our member teams, that the Conference system as agreed in the meeting on the 7th May is not going to be possible to run now.
Since this happened, we’ve been consulting with our member teams in both NIHL1 and NIHL2 to resolve the way forward, and it is clear that from discussions that we have nine teams that are committed to the NIHL1 standard and therefore we’re pleased to get this information out today.
It has always been our intention to attempt to return NIHL1 South to ten teams at the earliest possibly opportunity. Therefore we can confirm that with nine teams in the league there will be no relegation at the end of the 17/18 season.
For NIHL 2 South we are talking with all clubs involved and working as quickly as possible while ensuring that whatever is put in place is workable and sustainable for all clubs involved this year and going forward.”
The Bracknell Bees are pleased that the structure of the league and its future competitions have been confirmed by the LMC after a period of consultation with the member teams following some uncertainty recently following the withdrawal of Solent, Chelmsford and Oxford.
The Bees organisation have continued to work hard behind the scenes in preparation for the upcoming season and with the league format finalised things will now pick up a pace and we will have news to bring to you on things such as match night & season ticket prices, the 2017/18 Own & Loan jersey scheme and fixtures once all are confirmed.
Head Coach Scott Spearing has been, and continues to be, busy with his recruitment of the upcoming season’s squad and we are pleased to announce that we will be unveiling the clubs first player signings approximately ten days from now, so keep your eyes on the Bees official website and social media platforms on the first weekend in June.