Reading women promoted to EuroHockey top flight

Alex Danson in indoor action for Reading 450

Reading women finished second at the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy in Lithuania. After finishing top of their pool in the opening stages of the tournament the English side went through into the promotion pool for the final day of play where they faced the Dundee Wanderers.

It was the third match of the day and both sides knew that promotion into the top division was at stake. Emily Maguire scored the only Reading goal of the game as the battle ended 1-1, but the result was enough to see the Berkshire side clinch promotion. As an added bonus Reading already know they will contest the EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup next year after taking the Maxi5s title at Wembley earlier this month.

The final match of the day saw the hosts, Gintra-Strekte-Uni take on the Belgian girls of Royal Antwerp HC and finish off their fantastic tournament with a win 7-2 (3-1) which saw them undefeated and at the top of the promotion pool C. They will also be part of the 2015 EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup.

In the earlier matches of the day, the Swiss girls of Rotweiss Wettingen HC defeated Slagelse HC 8-5 (4-1). This guaranteed the Swiss team the first place position in the relegation pool D.  Unfortunately, it also sealed the deal for Slagelse HC to be relegated for 2015.

The second match of the day saw Lorenzoni HF take on Kecioren Balgum SC and win 6-5 (3-0) and avoiding relegation. Kecioren Balgum SC will also be relegated to EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge in 2015.

EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy (Women), Siauliai (Lithuania)
Final Ranking:
1. Gintra Strekte Uni (LTU) (Promoted to Cup in 2015)
2. Reading HC (ENG) (Promoted to Cup in 2015)
3. Dundee Wanderers (SCO)
4. Royal Antwerp HC (BEL)
5. HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI)
6. HF Lorenzoni (ITA)
7. Kecioren Baglum SK (TUR) (Relegated to Challenge in 2015)
8. Slagelse HC (DEN) (Relegated to Challenge in 2015)