Cup, Trophy & Vase Semi Finals

University of Birmingham win the 2012 Investec Women's Cup

The Senior England Hockey Knockout Competitions reach the Semi Finals this weekend with teams across the country aiming for a place in the national final.

Investec Women’s Cup
Investec Women’s Hockey League (IWHL) Premier Division team Bowdon Hightown, who have won the cup on eight occasions, travel to IWHL Conference West side Buckingham. Despite being in the league below their counterparts, Buckingham will fancy their chances as they are the only league team to be unbeaten this season. The sides met in this competition back in 2008 when Bowdon Hightown came out comfortable winners. The other Semi Final is a repeat of the 2000 Women’s Cup Final when back then; Clifton came out 4-2 winners against Sutton Coldfield. There is little to choose between the two sides who sit mid table in the IWHL Premier Division, with both teams cancelling each other out in their head to heads this season.

Buckingham v Bowdon Hightown (12:00, Stowe School)
Clifton v Sutton Coldfield (12:30, Clifton College)

Investec Women’s Trophy
Henley will hope to put their Semi Final heartbreak of last season behind them and go one better to reach to Investec Women’s Trophy Final when they host North Notts. North Notts have enjoyed a good season in Midlands Division One and will hope to reach the Trophy Final for the first time, although they did win the Vase in 2003. Sonning host Bishop’s Stortford in the other Semi Final with both sides hoping to reach the Trophy Final for the first time, although like North Notts, Sonning won the Vase back in 2008. The two sides have performed well this season with Sonning third in South Division 3A and Bishop’s Stortford second in East Division One South.

Henley v North Notts (14:00, Henley HC)
Sonning v Bishop’s Stortford (14:00, Sonning HC)

Investec Women’s Vase
Holders of the Vase Oxted wil hope to make the Final for the second year running, but standing in their way are West Bridgford Monarchs who are having an extraordinary season. The Nottingham based side have won all 20 of their Notts Premier Division league matches this season with an impressive +73 goal difference. Oxted themselves have had a good season finishing second in the Surrey Premier. 2011 runners up Guernsey host Andover in the other Semi Final in a match that will take place on 7th April. Guernsey lost out at this stage last season and this time come up against an unbeaten Andover side who have comfortably won Hampshire Division One.

Guernsey v Andover (To be played on 7th April)
Oxted v West Bridgford Monarchs (11:30, Oxted School)

The Investec Women’s Finals are being held at Beeston Hockey Club on Saturday 27th April. The event will also feature the Investec Women’s Masters Finals on Sunday 28th April. The schedule will be available online once the teams are known.

Men’s Cup
The Men’s Cup Semi Finals took place last weekend which saw Hampstead & Westminster reach the final for the third time in four years with a thrilling win against Cannock on Penalty Strokes. They will play Surbiton who reached the final for the first time since 2004 after comfortably beating Oxted

Men’s Trophy
Lewes travel to Banbury in the Men’s Trophy and will hope to make it a hat trick of wins against them this season. The sides compete in the South Premier 2 with Lewes leading the way and Banbury in fifth place. Banbury have enjoyed success in this competition over the years, reaching the final four times between 2004 and 2008. The other Semi Final sees Guernsey host South Cheshire in what promises to be a great day of Sport for the Island. On Saturday, Guernsey FC play in the FA Vase Semi Final just before Guernsey HC, who won the competition in 2009 and were runners up last season take on South Cheshire which should see a bumper crowd at Footes Lane. South Cheshire, who are currently third in North Division 2 West, have never reached the final of this competition but did come runners up in the Vase in 2010.

Banbury v Lewes (14:00, North Oxfordshire Academy)
Guernsey v South Cheshire (18:00, Footes Lane – Match being played on Saturday)

Men’s Vase
The Men’s Vase Semi Finals feature four teams who have never previously reached the Final. Winchester face a 540 mile round trip to North Yorkshire to take on Richmond, who play in the North East Premier Division. Winchester have enjoyed a good season so far, gaining promotion from the Hampshire/Surrey Division Two scoring 93 goals along the way. The other Semi Final sees East Midlands Division One side Ashbourne host Basingstoke who are in fifth place in the same league as Winchester.  Ashbourne are in second place in their league and will hope to carry their league momentum through to the Vase competition.

Ashbourne v Basingstoke (13:30, Repton School)
Richmond v Winchester (12:30, Richmond School)

The Men’s Finals are being held at Wakefield Hockey Club on Saturday 4th May. The event will also feature the Second XI Finals and Women’s Masters Over 40’s Tournament on Sunday 28th April. The schedule will be available online once the teams are known.