Road to Lee Valley: The Invincibles vs. The Silent Assassins.

Surbiton's Abi Robinson celebrates with Sandra Frankland

This Saturday, two of the big hitters from the Investec Women’s Premier Division will go toe-to-toe to fight for the Investec Women’s Cup. Holders Surbiton, dubbed “The Invincibles” take on “The Silent Assassins” of Clifton.

The two sides will be familiar with Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre having played there just a week ago in the league finals. Now, however it all comes down to one game, winner takes it all.

Both sides have had to overcome some stiff tests on their way to the final with Surbiton seeing off, Hampstead and Westminster, Holcombe, Oxford Hawks and Loughborough Students. Clifton have had a far from easy run, either, beating University of Birmingham 1-0, Gloucester City 2-0 and then Bowdon Hightown in the semi-final, 2-1.

Brett Garrard’s side have shown their strength in depth during this competition with some of their more established stars taking a back seat to allow some up and coming talent to take centre stage. The squad have not disappointed. Charlotte Calnan, Emily Atkinson and Abi Robinson have all impressed alongside the likes of Sarah Page, Sandra Frankland and Jenna Woolven. Investec Women’s Premier Division Player of the Year and Top Goalscorer Rebecca Herbert will captain the team as she hopes to round off a splendid personal season with some more silverware for the team. The Sugden Road outfit will field an impressive line-up and hope to impose their free flowing brand of hockey on their opponents.

Harriet Pearce

Clifton were disappointed to have finished fourth in the league playoffs last weekend, but come into the final full of confidence. They are a club with terrific pedigree in this competition reaching the final this year for the seventh time since 1991-92. They have won the title twice in that time and will be fighting hard to add a third win this weekend.

In Caitlin Jeffries they have a supremely talented goalkeeper, whilst Harriet Pearce is a defensive rock with a missile of a strike on penalty corners. Further forward the talents of Joie Leigh are well documented whilst Claire Thomas and Els Mansell both know how to find the net. Like Surbiton, Clifton have quality all over the pitch and are able to turn it on when it matters.

Plenty of attacking talent, two very astute coaches, two excellent teams, one game, one trophy. It promises to be a spectacular clash!

Saturday 25th April 2015

09:30 - Women's 2nd XI Plate Final - Bromley & Beckenham v Oxford

11:30 - Investec Women's Vase Final - Oxted v Amersham & Chalfont

13:30 - Investec Women's Trophy Final - Newcastle v Newent

15:30 - Investec Women's Cup Final - Clifton v Surbiton

17:30 - Women's 2nd XI Cup Final - Beeston v Surbiton

Advanced tickets for Saturday are available for £8 an Adult and £4 for U18s. Click HERE to purchase tickets online.

Sunday 26th April 2015

09:30 – Investec Women’s Masters O35s Shield Final (Pitch 2) - Redbridge & Illford v Wrekin

10:00 – Women’s Masters Over 45’s Cup Final - Cambridge City v Sevenoaks

11:30 – Investec Women’s Masters O35s Trophy Final (Pitch 2) - Jersey v Bury St Edmunds

12:00 – Investec Women’s Masters O35s Cup Final - Bowdon v Sevenoaks

13:30 – Women’s Masters Over 45’s Plate Final (Pitch 2) - Driffield v Canterbury

Tickets are also available for the Investec Private Banking International between Great Britain and Japan which takes place after the O45’s Plate Final. Details here.