The rivalry between Canterbury and Midlands hockey is alive and well after controversy around the Ramesh Patel Shield.

After a tie in the standings Canterbury were initially handed the shield before a recount deemed Midlands to be the rightful winners as the most consistent province.

Canterbury Hockey CEO Rod Templeton says the war of words has already started ahead of next season.

Templeton says they've already exchanged emails warning they'll be back to win the shield next year and Midlands will be keen to retain it.