Top class hockey on show at season finale

investec hockey finals weekend 2012 - leicester celebrate

Witness women’s sport at its best as England's top clubs compete for glory, prize-money, European places and promotion as Reading Hockey Club's Sonning Lane ground hosts the Investec Women's Hockey League Finals this weekend.

Following a fantastic NOW: Pensions Men's Hockey League Finals weekend, this show-piece finale is another chance for you to see the stars of London 2012 do battle with their clubs as the top four teams play for a place in Europe, the £2500 winner’s cheque and most importantly the league title. Alex Danson, Georgie Twigg and Kate Walsh will be amongst many great players on show.

Beeston and Buckingham get the weekend underway at 11am on Saturday in the Play-Offs. The Investec Conference North champions, Beeston will be aiming to bounce back from the defeat they suffered a fortnight ago against Investec Premier Division outfit Olton and West Warwickshire. Investec Conference West winners Buckingham will also prove formidable opponents, having gone unbeaten throughout the whole of the league season and with a 2-1 win against Investec Conference East champions Harleston Mapgies in the Play-Off tournament under their belts.

That is followed at 1pm by the clash between Harleston Magpies and Olton and West Warwickshire. Harleston had to battle all the way to take the East title on the last week of the season, and they will need all that fighting spirit against the Midlanders who beat Reading and Sutton Coldfield earlier in the season.

The first of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Semi-Finals is at 3.15pm with table-topping Leicester playing Surbiton, while second plays third at 5.30pm when Canterbury take on hosts Reading.

Sunday sees both the Finals and the Play-Offs reach a climax. The final two Play-Off matches are first up, with Harleston Magpies v Beeston at 10am followed by Olton and West Warwickshire v Buckingham at noon.

Then comes the battle for third spot in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals with the two losers from Saturday facing each other, before the season finale clash at 5.15pm with the teams also fighting it out for the £2500 prize money on offer from sponsors Investec.

As well as eight cracking matches over two days, the weekend offers a great spectator experience too.

In the marquee you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy a drink in our bar; visit the Official England Hockey Store with the brand new official replica kit plus a range of items from sticks to autograph books and the England Hockey stand, where you can find out all you need know about hockey from where to play to forthcoming events.

Over the weekend, there will be lots of entertainment for youngsters wanting to have a go themselves as England Hockey's Fun Zone will be in full swing throughout the weekend. Fully supervised, the Fun Zone will offer an inflatable hockey pitch, a chance to 'beat the goalkeeper' and to meet two of hockey's most familiar faces, mascots Jasper and Jess.

With music and entertainment, there will be a great atmosphere boosted by the teams’ supporters looking to cheer their heroes on to success.

* Book tickets now for the showpiece finale to the hockey season. Enjoy eight fantastic matches of top quality hockey over one weekend at the Investec Women's Hockey League Finals Weekend and Promotion Tournament at Reading Hockey Club's Sonning Lane ground on 20-21 April.

With tickets from just £6 and a family weekend ticket for only £55 – it is the perfect family outing with a fun zone for kids and plenty of food and drink options for everyone.

Buy your advance seat tickets today and save £5 with an adult weekend ticket or a massive £29 with a family weekend ticket (two adults, two concessions). These offers are available in advance only so don’t delay. Matchday tickets will increase by £5 for adults and £2 concessions.

Find out more and book via www.englandhockey.co.uk/leaguefinals


Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals

Saturday 20 April
11:00 - Investec Women's Hockey League Play-Off Match 3 -
Beeston (Investec Conference North) v Buckingham (Investec Conference West)
13:00 - Investec Women's Hockey League Play-Off Match 4 - Harleston Magpies (Investec Conference East) v Olton & WW (Investec Premier Division)
15:15 - Investec Women's Hockey League Semi-Final 1 - Leicester (1st) v Surbiton (4th)
17:30 - Investec Women's Hockey League Semi-Final 2 - Canterbury (2nd) v Reading (3rd)

Sunday 21 April
10:00 - Investec Women's Hockey League Play-Off Match 5 -
Harleston Magpies (Investec Conference East) v Beeston (Investec Conference North)
12:00 - Investec Women's Hockey League Play-Off Match 6 - Olton & WW (Investec Premier Division) v Buckingham (Investec Conference West)
14:45 - Investec Women's Hockey League 3rd v 4th
17:15 - Investec Women's Hockey League Final