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Season over for Harleston Magpies' two first teams after England Hockey extend coronavirus suspension

England Hockey have announced that all forms of the sport have been suspended until the end of the June – extended from mid-April – due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, Harleston Magpies' Men's and Ladies' first teams will be unable to complete their 2019/20 National League campaigns.

It has not yet been decided how the final standings will be worked out, with an outcome expected to be reached next month.

Harleston Magpies. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (32713115)
Harleston Magpies. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (32713115)

An England Hockey statement read: "Following the suspension of hockey activity until the end of June, given the time it would take to complete the league and prepare nationally and locally for the 2020/21 season – which naturally we hope will be able to run as normal – there is now insufficient time to complete the 2019/20 season.

Remaining games in the Men’s and Investec Women’s Hockey Leagues 2019/20 seasons will not be played. The last round of fixtures in Divisions One North and South and the Conferences scheduled for 21-22 March and three unplayed games from 14-15 March will not take place.

"The Premier Division regular season fixtures were completed. However, the League Finals between the top four teams in the Premier Division to determine the league champions and EuroHockey placings cannot be concluded in their prescribed format, nor can the Play Offs to determine promotion and relegation between the Premier Division and Division One North and South.

"England Hockey understands there are significant implications to ending the season at this point and is mindful that the integrity of the League is important.

"We have begun a thorough process to deliver a fair and balanced outcome for teams. A recommendation will be made to the England Hockey Board in April and communicated to clubs thereafter."

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