U16 Club and U18 Cup and Plate Finals this weekend

2012-2013 Junior Club Competition Winners

The finals of the U18 clubs’ Cup and Plate competitions and the U16 club championships take place this weekend.

The U18 competitions, which will be played at Old Loughtonians HC, will involve the semi-finals and finals of each competition 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.

In the Girls U16, hosts Wakefield are looking for an unprecedented seventh consecutive title. Last season’s beaten finalists Beeston return looking to go one better after losing on strokes to Wakefield in last season’s final. Surbiton will be looking to build on their success in the U14 championships last season, while Reading, Southgate, Wycombe and Bowdon all have good pedigree in England Hockey junior competitions and will use this experience to challenge for honours. Buckingham are newcomers to the finals which highlights the success of the club who are also challenging for promotion to the Investec Women’s League Premier Division this weekend.

In the Boys’ Under 16 competition Canterbury are looking to retain the title they won last season. They also won this season’s Indoor finals when they beat Beeston on strokes. Beeston will of course be looking to take revenge at Wakefield. Surbiton U14 boys emulated their girls’ success in 2014 beating Havant in the final and both teams will be challenging this weekend. We also welcome back to national finals Cambridge City, Woking and Havant. Deeside Ramblers make their first appearance in the finals as do Neston South Wirral whose U18 team are in the U18 Plate finals.

There will be a new name on the Boys’ U18 Cup roll of honour as none of the semi finalists have previously lifted the trophy. All four teams – Belper, City of Peterborough, Team Bath Buccaneers and Ben Rhydding – are great supporters of England Hockey junior competitions and only a couple of months ago were in the U18 indoor finals.

The Boys’ Plate competition will see a slightly different format following the late withdrawal of Bromley and Beckenham. Two teams will be making their first appearance at this level – Yateley and Neston South Wirral – and they'll be joined by NOW: Pensions League club Reading. The three teams will now play each other in a mini triangular tournament.

In the Girls’ U18 Cup the 2012 champions Beeston return looking to add the outdoor title to the indoor trophy they lifted in January. They face Harleston Magpies and both clubs have a strong tradition of developing junior players of all ages and abilities. The same can of course be said for the other semi finalists, Old Loughtonians and Isca, who have reached the latter stages of this competition in the past but have never lifted the trophy.

In the Girls U18 Plate competition it is great to see some new faces at this level, highlighting the benefit of the competition which is run for early Cup round losers. For Spalding this is the first time on the national stage for any team from the club, and they'll take on Wimbledon whilst Lichfield come up against Team Bath Buccaneers.

For the weekend's schedules click here, then navigate via the individual competitions. Results will be tweeted throughout the weekend @englandhockey #U16finals #U18finals