Throwback: Indoor semi-final drama

Canterburys Liam Foster celebrates scoring at the indoor finals day

The Super Sixes is always a fantastic occasion with the crème de la crème of our domestic teams battling it out under the bright lights of the SSE Arena Wembley to be crowned champions. The game no one wants to lose is the semi-final. With so much riding on these matches, we have been treated to some spectacular finishes in recent years. We look back on two of the most dramatic semi-final finales.

Men's Semi-Final 2014-15: Sevenoaks 5-6 Canterbury.

Where better to start than with last year’s men’s semi final? The all-Kent clash between Sevenoaks and Canterbury brought plenty of goals but was most notable for the winning strike from Liam Foster, with the last play of the game.

The game was a see-saw encounter with Sevenoaks captain Chris Barker handing his side an early lead, only for Foster to cancel it out almost immediately. The teams traded goals with Wei Adams netting for Canterbury and Mike Holland levelling it up only for Ben Allberry to nudge Canterbury in front just before the break.

There was no let-up after the interval as once again Barker struck early, within 30 seconds of the re-start. Adams re-established Canterbury’s lead and then a quick fire double from the excellent George Torry put Sevenoaks back in the ascendancy. Undeterred, the Polo Farm outfit levelled it at 5-5 through Allberry’s second of the match. The crowd started to prepare themselves for a shootout, but there was to be one final twist. With Kwan Browne in possession in midfield running the time down, like a basketball player waiting for the shot clock to reach its final moments, the crowd were screaming at him to move it on. Browne was the coolest man in the building and calmly fired it out wide, where the cross was played in for Foster to divert home with just a second left on the clock. Sevenoaks hearts were broken, Canterbury were ecstatic, the crowd were stunned at what they had just seen.

Women’s Semi Final 2014: Reading 4-3 Slough

Another semi-final, another local rivalry and another last-gasp strike. Reading sealed their place in the 2014 final thanks to a late Alex Danson strike to sink Slough and set up a repeat of the 20111 final with Bowdon Hightown.

Reading had looked set to cruise into the final when they raced into a three-goal lead in the first half. Helen Richardson-Walsh and a Danson brace did the damage and it looked like a lost cause for Slough.

Mel Ball started the comeback with a well-worked penalty corner. Alex Scott thundered another set piece against the post right on the stroke of half time and it was 3-1 to the Sonning Lane side at the break.

Alex Danson bags the winner against Slough in the 2014 indoor semi final

Both goalkeepers excelled as the teams hunted for that all-important next goal. Sarah Ellis saved well from Scott and then denied Harriet Cunningham whilst at the other end Hinch made a wonderful save from Susie Gilbert, recovering from a prone position on the ground to somehow get a glove to the shot. Ashleigh Ball’s low penalty corner snuck past Ellis and found the backboard just inside the far post with eight minutes remaining and then four minutes later Scott snapped up a rebound to lift the ball into the roof of the net to tie the game at 3-3.

It looked like the momentum would be with Slough should the game head to a shootout but with seconds remaining, Sam Quek drove down the right and cut the ball back to Danson who had peeled away into space, she fired the ball past Hinch and made it 4-3 in the most dramatic of fashion.

With four semi-final matches both men’s and women’s, taking place on the same day, there will surely be plenty goals, plenty of action and of course, plenty of drama. Make sure you secure your seat now! For all ticketing information click here.