Leicester march into Maxifuel semis with two more wins

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Leicester marched into the semi finals of the women’s Maxifuel Super Sixes Championship after securing another two victories on the final day of the Premier Division group stages at Bromsgrove School on Sunday.

Top of the table after the first weekend of action, Leicester preserved top spot with another two emphatic victories and will take on Reading in the semi finals next Saturday at Kettering, while Sutton Coldfield and Bowdon Hightown will do battle in the other match-up. The winners will go to Wembley on January 27 for the final.

Leicester started the day well, beating Canterbury 5-2 with Vanessa Hawkings scoring a hat-trick, and she was on target again later in the day when they won 5-2 again, this time against Bowdon Hightown.

Sutton Coldfield moved up to second spot over the weekend, despite having to settle for a 3-3 draw against Clifton and a narrow 4-3 win over Slough. But having secured two big wins the previous day they had done enough take second spot.

Bowdon Hightown were second heading into this weekend, but they dropped to third with a win and a loss on each day – notably the 5-2 defeat to Leicester.

Reading notched up two emphatic victories on Sunday. They beat Olton and West Warwicks 6-1 on Sunday morning, before hammering University of Birmingham 9-0 in the day’s final match.

It proved a bad weekend for Canterbury who, after winning three of their games on the opening weekend, lost all four matches this weekend to finish fifth and miss out on the semi finals.

And it was also a hard weekend for University of Birmingham and Clifton, who will play in Division One next season after finishing in the bottom two.

Women’s Maxifuel Super Sixes Championship, Premier Division: Canterbury 2, Leicester 5; Slough 4, Clifton 0; Olton & West Warwicks 1, Reading 6; Bowdon Hightown 4, Canterbury 0; Sutton Coldfield 4, Slough 3; Univ of Birmingham 2, Olton & West Warwicks 2; Leicester 5, Bowdon Hightown 2; Clifton 3, Sutton Coldfield 3; Reading 9, Univ of Birmingham 0.

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The top four now progress to the semi finals in Kettering this coming Saturday, 12 January.

Enjoy a great, highly charged atmosphere at Arena Sports in Kettering and cheer on the teams as they bid for a place at Wembley Arena.

Doors open: 17:00
Semi final 1: 18:00: Leicester v Reading
Semi final 2: 19:30: Sutton Coldfield v Bowdon Hightown

Tickets cost just £6 for adults and £3 for concessions and can be purchased online from the England Hockey Online Shop.