Indoor EHL, 15-16 December 2007

The first week of the Indoor EHL Premier Division sees Slough women and East Grinstead as the only two teams with unbeaten records after four of the eight matches in each Division.
 
Slough, who were the 2007 indoor champions, made a perfect start to their campaign to retain the title winning all four of their games.  They are three points clear of Chelmsford who they will meet in the next round of matches.  Chelmsford one loss came at the hands of Ipswich  who along with Olton are on nine points. Clifton and Bowdon Hightown are three points further back and face a challenge to get into the top four which comes with a place in the semi finals of the Indoor Championships at NIA Birmingham on 27 January.  Canterbury women are on three points having won once and lost three, but all of these losses were against the top three so they will be hoping for a change in fortune next time around. Last season's surprise semi finalists Sutton Coldfield found the going a lot harder this time round with four losses out of four  and they are at the foot of the table along with promoted Sevenoaks
 
In the Mens Division East Grinstead made a great start to the league with four wins out of four. Their closest game came in their match when they beat Bournville 6-5, having to come from 5-1 down in the process. This setback proved to be Bournville's only loss as they won their other three games to go second, two points clear of the pack. That pack is led by Loughborough Students who, along with last year's champions from the NIA, Canterbury, have seven points. The teams drew 5-5 in their meeting and Loughborough's one loss came at the hands of Old Loughts who also beat Beeston but surprisingly, in terms of the weekend's form book, were beaten by Reading, their only win of the weekend. Canterbury loss was an 8-1 reverse at the hands of Beeston.  Beeston and Old Loughts have six points and remain in close contention for a place at the NIA. Kingston upon Hull occupy the basement place after four losses with Reading surprisingly struggling just three points ahead, level with Robinsons.  
 
The Premier Division resumes on 12-13 January 2008 with England players participating in matches in Scotland over the weekend 22-23 December and in Austria, 3-6 January in preparation for the EuroNations Indoor Challenge event in Sheffield on 18-20 January..
 
The other Divisions in the league take place on 5-6 & 12-13 January with the season's big conclusion, the Mens and Womens Indoor Championships, featuring the top four in each of the Premier Divisions taking place at the NIA on Sunday 27 January.
 
For details of all results and tables click on the links below