The Race to Lee Valley is almost run!

Holcombe celebrate scoring vs Surbiton

Bigger and better than ever before! This year the culmination of the Investec Women's Hockey League and the Men's Hockey League all happens over one action-packed weekend.

Goals galore. Tension, drama and plenty more besides, the two separate Finals weekends had it all last season. Now, with the men's and women's finals and the promotion playoffs all set to take place over one weekend at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre it promises to be the most spectacular end of season we've ever seen.

Three of the four places in the Investec Women’s Championship finals have been secured with reigning champions Surbiton returning to try to keep hold of their crown for a third successive year. The Sugden Road outfit have yet to lose a game this season and can go top if they win their game in hand this weekend. The current leaders, University of Birmingham have had a fantastic campaign both indoor and outdoor. Phil Gooderham’s side reached the Super 6s semi-finals for the first time and have also secured a spot in the outdoor playoffs, also for the first time. Their side reads like a who’s who of junior international players with a smattering of experienced heads in there for good measure. They will be exciting to watch.

Canterbury, who finished runner-up last year have also booked their place at finals weekend. Once again their brand of exciting, pacy attacking hockey built from a solid defence has stood them in good stead and they will be keen to go all the way this time around.

The fourth place is occupied at present by East Grinstead but Holcombe are level on points with the Sussex side and Clifton are three points back from that. Leicester, back in seventh place could creep in if things go their way, too. It is very much all to play for to take the final slot at the finals weekend from the Investec Women’s Premier Division.

UOBHC celebrate

The Men’s Premier Division is also taking shape. Holcombe’s star studded team have rocketed to the top of the table in their debut season and became the first side to book their place at the end of season finals. Yet to lose a game they are six points clear with three games to go.

In hot pursuit are Reading and Surbiton, who whilst not mathematically qualified will back themselves to pick up the points needed in their remaining games.

That leaves the final qualifying place, currently occupied by reigning champions Wimbledon, but far from secured. Brooklands MU, just a point behind the Wombles are chasing their first appearance at finals and although they have a tough run-in, they will be poised to capitalise on any slip by the champions. Further back are Beeston and East Grinstead, who whilst not mathematically out of contention, will need to pick up maximum points from their remaining games and hope for a slip by their rivals. East Grinstead face Wimbledon and Beeston in their final three games, whilst the Bees have to see off Holcombe to give themselves a chance.

It’s shaping up to be a tense scramble for those all-important qualifying places, followed by a weekend of top class action at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre to battle for the title.

Tickets are on sale for the exciting league finals weekend where we will crown our champions and find out who will play in the Premier Division next season. To buy yours click here.