Seeing stars at the Investec Womenís Hockey League Finals Weekend

Reading's Sam Quek (L) dives in to challenge Surbiton's Georgie Twigg during their Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division game at Surbiton HC, 12th October 2013. - 450

Now that the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup is over, you might find yourself in a bit of a lull when it comes to seeing England internationals playing live and in person. Rather than wait until the Investec London Cup later this year, you can see some of the stars between 12-13 April at the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals Weekend.

14 players that will be making an appearance over the weekend are also currently in the England women's international squad, spread across six of the eight teams that are taking part in the Championship battle and the Play-Off Tournament. Canterbury, Clifton, Reading, Surbiton, Holcombe and Buckingham all have a few internationals making up the ranks, and you can find out a bit more about them below.

Grace Balsdon is on the squad for Canterbury, and with two GB caps to her name she’s one of the relative newcomers, having gained those playing in San Diego earlier this year. Grace was also part of the team that went to the Indoor EuroHockey Nations Championship where she made her Senior International debut. Clifton are also fielding a player who took part in the Indoor Championship in the form of Jo Leigh, who made her debut last year at the Investec Challenge in Cape Town, and since then she’s racked up eight England and GB caps.

Reading have got no fewer than five players on their squad who have a place on the England and GB teams, closely followed by Surbiton with four. They’ve all got years of experience behind them, but special mention goes to Kate Richardson-Walsh with a staggering 313 international caps. As England and GB Captain she’s taken the team through some of their greatest moments, and she’s backed up by Sam Quek, Susie Gilbert, Susie Townsend and fan favourite Alex Danson, who was this year’s top scorer in the Premier Division and player’s player of the season.

Not to be outshone, Surbiton have got more than a few England players of their own, with team captain Sarah Haycroft leading the way. She’s another player that made her senior international debut at the Investec Challenge last year, and along with Giselle Ansley and Hollie Webb they’re all close to breaking 30 international caps, so they’re more than used to working together both domestically and for the country. Georgie Twigg rounds off Surbiton’s internationals, and she’s sure to be one to watch this weekend.

Star goalkeeper Maddie Hinch will be on the field for Holcombe, aiming to keep up her record of only 11 goals conceded this season, while Laura Unsworth will be in the defence doing her best to make Maddie’s job easier. They’ve both defended England’s goal together several times since 2011, and given how this season’s gone so far there’s no doubt they’re doing as well together for Holcombe. Last on our list of internationals is Zoe Shipperley, playing for Buckingham, and much like Grace Balsdon she's another player with two GB caps to her name along with several playing for the England Indoor squad.

Tickets are still available for the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals weekend, so if you want to see all of the above international players as well as the best that the Women’s Hockey League has to offer you can take advantage of our advance ticket offer and save 30% compared to on the gate. The offer runs out midnight tonight, so act fast!