Investec Women's Hockey League Finals Weekend Championship rundown

141012 Surbiton's Sarah Page is challeneged by Reading's Helen Richardson-Walsh

This weekend it’s the turn of the women as the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals Weekend is finally here. Between 12-13 April the top four of the Investec Women’s Hockey League play for the championship, and as we've got the schedule and standings it's time to take a look at the semi-finals.

Saturday and Sunday both start off with two matches from the Play-Off tournament, which will determine which two teams will have a place in the Premier Division next season. Following them is the two semi-finals on Saturday, where the winners will play for the Championship in the finals and the losers will fight for third place, so let’s take a look at how these first two games have shaped up.

You can see the matches in person at Reading HC: advance tickets are still available, saving you money on the door as well as giving you peace of mind that your entry is guaranteed. Tickets start from £15 for Adults and £6 for U18s – book now!

The first semi-final is at 14.45 and sees Canterbury and Clifton face off as top and bottom of the top four. As league leaders, Canterbury will be hoping to see a repeat of their last match of the season against Clifton, where they won 2-0, and continue their good form. They’ve had a better season so far than last year, where they were overtaken by Leicester at the last minute, and though they’ve scored fewer goals they’ve also conceded half as many. Nikki Kidd will be the one to watch out for as the highest scorer from Canterbury, but Els Mansell from Clifton will also be looking to increase her tally – and there’s currently only two goals between them. Clifton secured their top four spot one week before the end of the league, and not having been in the finals last year they’ll be finding themselves up against some hardened veterans.

At 17.00 it’s the final match of the day and the turn of the middle ground as second plays third – Reading v Surbiton. With the most goals scored in the Premier Division along with Alex Danson as the Division’s top scorer, Reading have already proved they’re a force to be reckoned with. They’re coming into the weekend as defending Champions, having lifted the trophy last year, but they’ll have a fight on their hands if they want to keep hold of it for another year. Surbiton are more than up to the challenge though: not only did they make it to the finals last year, but it was only two draws (four points) over the course of this season that gave Reading the place above them. After the teams met twice during the season each team walked away with a win, so it really will be all to play for between these two.

Those are the first two semi-finals, where the winners and losers will determine how the final two matches on Sunday will play out. Let us know your opinion on who you think will take home the trophy on Twitter or Facebook then come down to the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals at Reading HC to see if your team’s got what it takes to become Champions!


Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals Weekend, 12-13 April at Reading Hockey Club

Saturday

1030 - Investec WHL Play-Offs Match 3
Sutton Coldfield (Prem) v Brooklands Poynton (North)
1230 - Investec WHL Play-Offs Match 4
Holcombe (East) v Buckingham (West)
1445 - Investec WHL Championship Semi 1
Canterbury (1st) v Clifton (4th)
1700 - Investec WHL Championship Semi 2
Reading (2nd) v Surbiton (3rd)

Sunday

1000 - Investec WHL Play-Offs Match 5
Brooklands Poynton (North) v Holcombe (East)
1200 - Investec WHL Play-Offs Match 6
Buckingham (West) v Sutton Coldfield (Premier)
1415 - Investec WHL Championship 3v4
Loser Semi 1 v Loser Semi 2
1645 - Investec WHL Championship Final
Winner Semi 1 v Winner Semi 2