Bowdon take top spot from Slough in women's Premier Division

Kerry Hall Bowdon Maxinutrition 5s, Dec 15 2013, - 450

The semi finals will be played at Kettering this weekend - find out more information and buy tickets here - it's an excellent day out for the family.

UNDEFEATED Bowdon Hightown wrestled top spot from Slough in the final day of league matches to book their place in the semi finals, where they will be joined by Slough, Reading and Canterbury.

Bowdon kept a keen eye on the opening game which featured the two sides they would play, Slough and Harleston Magpies. The game ended in a 2-2 draw and Bowdon Hightown knew that they would finish top if they could win their games.

Tina Cullen, Michelle Liptrot and Sally Walton all scored twice as they beat Harleston Magpies 6-2 and then, in the big game of the day, they beat Slough 4-2 with Sally Walton scoring twice again.

Reading secured the third play-off position with consummate ease, first beating Sutton Coldfield 8-0 and then Olton and West Warwickshire 10-3. Ellie Cockburn was in great form once again, scoring five times over the two games.

It came down to Canterbury or East Grinstead for the final play-off spot. Canterbury beat Leicester 7-3 with Nikki Lloyd getting a hat-trick and Nikki Kidd scoring four.

East Grinstead had to win their game - also against Leicester - to stay in contention. And they did just that, Sophie Bray leading the scoring in an 8-6 win.

It came down to a tense decider, with the two sides meeting in their final games. Player/Coach Jen Wilson proved to be the key player in the game as her hat-trick fired Canterbury to a 7-4 win and into the play-offs.

At the other end of the table, last year’s semi-finalists Leicester are relegated after winning just one game. They are joined by Olton and West Warwickshire.

University of Birmingham currently lead Division One by a single point after recording three wins and a draw so far.

The Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Finals will be played on 2 February 2014 at Wembley Arena. You can get more information and buy tickets at www.englandhockey.co.uk/maxi5s

Results from Sunday, January 5 2014:

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Championship Women’s Premier Division: Harleston Magpies 2, Slough 2; Leicester 3, Canterbury 7; Reading 8, Sutton Coldfield 0; Bowdon Hightown 6, Harelston Magpies 2; East Grinstead 8, Leicester 6; Olton & West Warwickshire 3, Reading 10; Slough 2, Bowdon Hightown 4; Canterbury 7, East Grinstead 4; Sutton Coldfield 5, Olton & West Warwickshire 4.

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Championship Women’s Division One: Bristol Firebrands 3, Brooklands Poynton 8; Sevenoaks 2, Clifton 5; Wakefield 3, Surbiton 8; Buckingham 2, Chelmsford 3; University of Birmingham 4, Bristol Firebrands 2; Brooklands 4, Sevenoaks 2; Clifton 6, Wakefield 3; Surbiton 4, Buckingham 6; Chelmsford 2, University of Birmingham 2.

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Championship Women’s Division Two North: Army 3, Oxford Hawks 5; Gloucester City 2, Liverpool Sefton 1; Lichfield 1, Stourport 7; Liverpool Sefton 4, Army 5; Oxford Hawks 8, Lichfield 2; Stourport 4, Gloucester City 4; Army 5, Lichfield 3; Liverpool Sefton 7, Stourport 11; Oxford Hawks 7, Gloucester City 2.

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Championship Women’s Division Two South: Holcombe 3, Trojans 2; Old Loughtonians 2, Ipswich 1; St Albans 1, Horsham 3; Ipswich 4, Holcombe 3; Trojans 1, St Albans 7; Horsham 4, Old Loughtonians 3; Holcombe 3, St Albans 3; Ipswich 2, Horsham 2; Trojans 2, Old Loughtonians 6.