It's the final countdown

Surbiton lift the title in 2014

This weekend we reach the thrilling finale
 of the Investec Women’s Hockey League season as promotion to next season’s Premier Division is up for grabs, as well as the title itself. The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre plays host to the playoff weekend for the first time as two action packed days decide who will be celebrating and who will be going back to the drawing board for another shot next season. 

The first round of the promotion playoffs took place at Cannock Hockey Club at the end of March where supporters of all four clubs were treated to some spectacular action.

In the first match, a superb hat-trick from Slough’s Dilly Newton gave her side the perfect start as they swept aside Wakefield 3-0. 
The other game went right down to the wire with Buckingham, fighting for their Premier Division survival racing into a three-goal lead against East Grinstead. The lead then went to 4-1 before a late flurry from the Sussex side, ultimately wasn’t enough as Buckingham took a 4-3 win.   

The first round of games this Saturday starts at 10am when East Grinstead take on Slough. The team from Saint Hill know that if they are to keep their promotion hopes alive, a win is all that will do, whilst Slough, winners in week one of the playoffs could put themselves in the Premier Division with a win and other results going their way. It is all to play for with both sides needing the three points for different reasons. 

The other clash, set to start at 12 noon, Buckingham, winners in week one take on Wakefield. With the situation mirroring the first playoff game, it could be win or bust for Wakefield, whilst Buckingham can ensure a peaceful night’s sleep on Saturday evening with a win all but securing their Premier Division status for another season. 

The Sunday will then pit Slough against Buckingham and East Grinstead against Wakefield in the final round of games. 

Attention then switches to the battle for the title as our first Championship Playoff semi-final takes place between Surbiton and Reading.

Surbiton have enjoyed a terrific season, remaining undefeated during the league campaign and topping the table in the process. Reading have rather snuck into the playoffs through the back door, with a last day win over Leicester propelling them into the final place. With as many as nine Great Britain players likely to be on show, this should be a compelling battle for a place in the final. 

The last game of the day is between Canterbury and Clifton. Both sides have had stellar season with the Polo Farm outfit pushing Surbiton right up until the final weeks of the season, whilst Clifton have played some terrific hockey on their way to third place in the league. With these two sides battling it out in last year’s semi-final, a game in which Canterbury ran out winners, there is a little bit of extra spice with Clifton looking for revenge. It should be a superb game. 

Tickets to the dramatic conclusion of the Investec Women’s Hockey League are now on sale. This showpiece event has relocated to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the fantastic new venue of our international fixtures.

The Investec Finals weekend will see England’s top women’s clubs compete for glory in the showpiece finale to the domestic leagues. Also on display will be the promotion tournaments where 9th place in the Premier Division battles it out against the winners of the three regional Conferences for two spots in the Premier Division for 2015/16. For full details, click here.

Advance tickets cost from £17.50 for adults and just £5 for U18s. Weekend tickets are also available from £22.50 for adults and £8 for U18s.

EXCITING CASH-BACK SCHEME FOR CLUBS

England Hockey launches a new cash-back scheme for affiliated clubs, available for the NOW: Pensions Men's Finals Weekend, Investec Women's Finals Weekend and Nations Cup this April. Click here for more information.