Dalefield Hockey got a pat on the back from all three Wairarapa District Councils this week.

The councils each presented certificates to the mens and womens teams for their success in the Wellington Hockey premier 1 division.

The men won the title for the second time in a row, and the women won their division for the first time since 2004.

Mike van Woerkom of Dalefield Hockey management said players had been encouraged to the Wairarapa to play hockey.

“We formulated a plan to get these players back . . . success comes from a good plan and management.”

He said the commitment from the players was outstanding with “a lot of travel and some players don’t get home until midnight.”

“What Dalefield hockey has produced with winning back to back [men’s] titles may not be seen again,” Mr van Woerkom said, “until we try and win it a third time”.