Preview: Women's Super 6s

Tina Cullen celebrates after scoring in the indoor final

The indoor season gets underway in the Women’s Super 6s this weekend with the nine best teams the domestic game has to offer all set to do battle for a place in the top four and a place at Wembley on Finals day.

Last year’s champions Bowdon Hightown have a strong look about them. The competition’s top scorer Sally Walton is lining up for the Seahorses once more and will be aiming to repeat her incredible feat of 22 goals in the competition this time out. Ace goalkeeper Amy Tennant will be between the posts whilst Michelle Liptrot, Tina Cullen and Holly Hunt, returning from her outdoor commitments with University of Birmingham, provide plenty of quality to the team who took the title last time out.

East Grinstead, the runners-up in last year’s competition can call upon the considerable talents of goalkeeper Becky Duggan. In Lucy Bairnie and Joanna Davis they have the experience for the big occasion whilst Emma Lee-Smith, scorer of nine goals for relegated Harleston Magpies will surely prove to be a canny signing that can score the goals to fire them towards the top of the table.

Semi-finalists Slough will be hoping to get to the final this time out and have the goals of the dangerous Alex Scott to fire them there whilst the other final four side from last year, Canterbury will rely on their excellent blend of youth and experience to book another day out at Wembley. Captained by England defender Grace Balsdon and with Susie Rowe also in the ranks the Kent side will have plenty to offer on set pieces.

Reading’s recent resurgence in the outdoor league should give them confidence as they head indoors for another tilt at the title. Georgie Blackwood looks a talented goal scorer and there is plenty of experience and guile form the likes of Abi Harper and Ellie Cockburn meaning Reading will be hoping to get themselves back to Wembley once again.

Sutton Coldfield, recent finalists themselves in this competition have plenty of firepower in their arsenal with Emma McCabe, Jane Sixsmith, Sarah Parkinson-Mills and Vicky Woolford all knowing where the goal is, as they say.

University of Birmingham just avoided the drop last season but with some added experience in the shape of Tina Evans and the heroic defending of Amelia Andrew they should be a different prospect. Their attacking options aren’t too bad either, with Erica Sanders a stand out in a good attacking unit.

Leicester regained their place in the top flight after a one season absence and have a good squad with the outstanding Katie Long, Holly Payne and Rachel Mack all sure to cause defenders problems. Perhaps the most eye-catching name on their team sheet is that of Olympic Bronze medallist Chloe Rogers who makes her return to the Leicester ranks for the competition.

Surbiton, the other newly promoted side show the quality of strength in depth that the club has. With their international contingent at the World League with Great Britain they can still call on the considerable talents of Rebecca Herbert, Jenna Woolven Jo Hunter and Emily Atkinson to name just a few.

The semi final places will be hotly contested and sure to go right down to the wire. You can follow all the live scores and stats here.

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