U16 and U18 finals this weekend

This weekend sees the finals of the U18 clubs’ Cup and Plate competitions and the U16 club championships. The U18 competitions which will be played at Old Loughtonians HC sees the semi finals and finals of each played on one day with the boys on Saturday and the girls on Sunday.  The U16s play at Wakefield HC over both days in a round robin format with pool winners playing in the final.

Wakefield logoIn the Boys U16 competition six clubs feature who are playing in the national finals for the first time at this age group. Making their debuts are Cambridge City, Preston, Surbiton, Isca, Oxford and Southgate. They are joined by Canterbury, who consistently make the finals at this age group but are yet to win the competition, and Belper who will look to go one better than last year where they came runners up to Old Loughtonians.

In the Girls U16  competition, the teams on show will have a little more experience of competing in the national finals with Old Loughtonians, Team Bath Buccaneers, Beeston, Kirkby Lonsdale and hosts Wakefield making it to the finals last year at Cannock. Wakefield have an incredible record at this age group and last season won their fifth consecutive title by beating Kirkby Lonsdale in the final. Making their debut in the national finals are Banbury, Ipswich and Reading.

small Old Loughtonians logoIn the Boys U18 Cup finals Beeston will be looking to regain the title they won in 2011 but will face a strong challenge from perennial Midlands rivals Cannock who also appear on the roll of honour, the host Old Loughtonians and Trojans. A note for the statisticians is that Beeston won the first clubs only U18 competition here at Luxborough Lane back in 2003 beating Winchester in the final. Winchester are a club with a long tradition of junior development and success and are in the U18 Plate competition although their only national title has come indoors. There will be new name added to the Plate roll of honour as Alderley Edge, Marlow, Sutton Coldfield will also contest the final for the first time.     

In the Girls U18 Cup finals the 2011 champions Surbiton return looking to regain the trophy. Along with Canterbury and Harleston Magpies they also field teams in next weekend’s Investec Women’s Finals at Reading. The other semi finalists Teddington were beaten semi finalists in 2012.  The Girls Plate competition sees Chelmsford, Oxford Hawks, Taunton Vale, Wakefield looking to win the trophy for the first time although Wakefield have enjoyed considerable success at the Under 16 age group.

For the weekend's schedules click here then navigate via the individual competitions. Results will be tweeted thrghout the weekend @englandhockey #juniorhockeyfinals