Investec Womenís and Menís Senior Finals

The line up is nearly complete for the Investec Women’s and Men’s Senior Finals after teams fought closely contested semi final matches.

Investec Women’s Cup

Surbiton will play in their second successive Investec Women’s Cup Final after pulling off a shock result to defeat Investec EHL Premier team Clifton. In a close match between the sides, ex Reading player Amy Bryant struck nine minutes from time to secure a 1-0 win. They will play University of Birmingham in the Final after they overcame their semi final curse to comfortably beat Buckingham 5-0, who had secured the Investec EHL Conference West the day before.

The Investec Women’s Cup Final will be played at Cannock Hockey Club on Sunday 13 May alongside the Men’s Cup Final.

1300 – Surbiton v University of Birmingham (Investec Women’s Cup Final)

1530 – Hampstead & Westminster v Beeston or Brooklands MU (Men’s Cup Final)

Investec Women’s Finals

There was heartbreak for both Henley and Wellingborough in the Investec Women’s Trophy Semi Finals as they narrowly lost to Tulse Hill & Dulwich and Oxford respectively. Henley’s Sophie Hoskins had scored an equaliser with just two minutes remaining but with the match heading for extra time, Gemma Nurse cruelly netted a winner for Tulse Hill & Dulwich with 15 seconds remaining to send her team through to the final, where they will hope to overcome the disappointment of losing last year’s final. Oxford got over the disappointment of being relegated from their league on Saturday to book their place in the final with a 2-1 win at Wellingborough. Rachel Lammey and Kim Haynes put Oxford 2-0 up, with a late Alexa Brown goal for Wellingborough turning out to be just a consolation goal.

In the Investec Women’s Vase, Milton Keynes went goal crazy as they defeated Durham City 7-1. The Buckinghamshire side once again had Sophie Reynolds on fine scoring form as she scored her second successive hat trick in the competition. The second semi final was a lot more closely contended as Oxted made it through to their first Vase final after defeating 2011 runners up Guernsey on Golden Goal. Helen Kourea was the hero after she scored a penalty corner in the 12th minute of extra time.

The Investec Women’s Finals will be held at Reading Hockey Club on Saturday 14 April.

1200 – Investec Women’s Masters Over 35’s Plate Final

1400 – Oxford v Tulse Hill & Dulwich (Investec Women’s Trophy Final)

1400 – Investec Women’s Masters Over 35’s Cup Final

1600 – Oxted v Milton Keynes (Investec Women’s Vase Final)

senior women's hockey cup game

Men’s Senior Finals

West Hampstead missed out on the chance to defend their Men’s Trophy Final as they let a two goal lead slip to lose to 2009 Champions Guernsey in a five goal thriller. Matt Watson was the hero for the channel island team as he scored the equaliser on 52 minutes before netting the all important golden goal winner in the second half of extra time. They will play Gateshead in the final after the north east team carried on their great season to defeat Wisbech Town 5-4. Michael White and Huw Collins each scored a brace to help their team to victory.

Burnt Ash (Bexley) will have the chance to defend their Men’s Vase title as they comfortably beat Hamble 5-1, with Michael Venn scoring two goals. Cleevillians join Burnt Ash in the final after once again making it through on penalty strokes with Tom North and John Collimoore each scoring in the last ten minutes to take the tie to extra time.

The Men’s Masters Over 40’s Cup Final will feature two teams who have never made it to the final before, with Robinsons & Reading made it through in style. The Bristol based side claimed a 4-1 victory at Edgbaston, with Reading overcoming a strong Cannock side 7-2. It was a similar story in the Men’s Masters Over 40’s Plate with both finalists making it through with ease. Stourport, who missed out on strokes in last year’s Cup Final, defeated Keswick 11-0, whilst Bournemouth enjoyed a successful trip to Norfolk to defeat Pelicans 8-1.

The Men’s Over 50’s Cup and Plate finalists are also known. Earlier this month, Richmond secured a place in their fifth final in six years when they beat Canterbury. They will hope to put the disappointment of losing the previous two finals behind them as they look to win their second title. They will play a Harleston Magpies team who beat Bowdon to reach their first ever Men’s Masters Over 50’s Cup Final. Jersey will play Sevenoaks in the Men’s Over 50’s Plate Final. Jersey, who defeated Rugby & EW 4-0 in the Semi Final, will hope to put their 2009 final defeat behind them as they go for their first title. Sevenoaks also made it through comfortably with a 5-1 win at City of York and they make it through to the final after losing out in last season’s semi finals.

The Men’s Senior Finals will take place at Cannock HC over the weekend of 21 & 22 April.

Saturday 21 April

1300 – Guernsey v Gateshead (Men’s Trophy Final)

1530 – Burnt Ash (Bexley) v Cleevillians (Men’s Vase Final)

Sunday 22 April

1100 – Harleston Magpies v Richmond (Men’s Masters Over 50’s Cup Final)

1245 – Jersey v Sevenoaks (Men’s Masters Over 50’s Plate Final)

1315 – Robinsons v Reading (Men’s Masters Over 40’s Cup Final)

1500 – Bournemouth v Stourport (Men’s Masters Over 40’s Plate Final)

As part of this event at Cannock, the Women’s Masters Over 40’s Round Robin Tournament, which features the top team in each region, takes place on Saturday 21 April. The Women’s 2nd XI Cup Final also takes place at 1530 on the Sunday between Clifton and Loughborough Students.

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