Investec Women's Hockey League 2012/13

Surbiton celebrate at the Investec Women's Finals Weekend 2012
Following the conclusion of the promotion and relegation tournaments in April, the Investec Women’s Hockey League divisions for the forthcoming season 2012/13 have been announced.

Slough retained their Investec Women’s Premier Division status following a successful campaign in the promotion tournament at the Investec Women’s Finals Weekend.  They will be joined by Surbiton from Investec Women’s Conference East.  Surbiton (below), the Conference East champions, finished second in the promotion tournament and qualified for next season’s Premier Division courtesy of a superior goal difference over Buckingham from Investec Women’s Conference West.

Investec Women's Finals Weekend Surbiton

Beeston will again compete in Investec Women’s Conference North after they finished bottom of the promotion tournament.  Joining Beeston in Conference North are Cannock, relegated after finishing tenth in last season’s Premier Division, and Ben Rhydding, promoted from the North regional league for the first time since relegation in the 2008/09 season.

Action from Slough versus Surbiton at the Investec Women's Finals Weekend 2012Horsham retained their Investec Women’s Conference East place through the relegation playoffs.  Joining them in Conference East for the 2012/13 season are Bromley & Beckenham from the East regional league and Wimbledon from the South league. Wimbledon’s absence from national league hockey ran to five seasons having last competed in the 2006-07 season.

Taunton Vale’s exile from the Investec Women’s Hockey League was a season shorter than Wimbledon’s; they were relegated from the old National South Division at the end of the 2007-08 and return to Investec Women’s Conference West for the new season.  Buckingham, who missed out on an Investec Women’s Premier Division place in the narrowest of circumstances, will once against compete in Conference West, joined by Taunton Vale and the Midlands’ regional qualifier Stourport.

Structure of the Investec Women’s Hockey League for season 2012/13 and the divisions’ constituent teams.

Investec Women's Premier Division
Bowdon Hightown
Olton & West Warwickshire
Sutton Coldfield
University of Birmingham

Investec Women's Conference North
Ben Rhydding
Brooklands Poynton
Durham University
Liverpool Sefton
Loughborough Students
Wakefield Bradford
Whitley Bay & Tynemouth

Investec Women's Conference East
Bromley & Beckenham
Harleston Magpies
Old Loughtonians
Oxford Hawks
St Albans

Investec Women's Conference West
Barnes HE
Gloucester City
Isca University
Swansea City
Taunton Vale

Investec LogoAbout Investec, title sponsor of the Investec Women’s Hockey League
Investec is an international specialist bank and asset manager that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a select client base. The group was established in 1974 and has core activities in the UK, South Africa and Australia, employing approximately 7300 employees.

Investec focuses on delivering distinctive profitable solutions for its clients in three core areas of activity, namely Specialist Banking, Wealth & Investment and Asset Management.

Investec sponsors English Test Cricket, the Investec Derby Festival, the England & GB Women’s Hockey team, the South African Women’s Hockey team, Tottenham Hotspur in cup competitions, the Investec Tri Nations Rugby and Investec Super Rugby in New Zealand.

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