Ones to watch: Championship Playoffs

Giselle Ansley shoots from a penalty corner.

This weekend things get serious in the Men's Hockey League and Investec Women's Hockey League Championships playoffs. Silverware, glory and European qualification all up for grabs as the best of the domestic game collide in their quest for honours. We give you a little glimpse into some of the players who'll catch the eye this weekend.   

Ashley Jackson (Holcombe)
The England and Great Britain star is one of the main attractions for the Kent side, chasing their first ever Championship title. A star of the recent Hockey India League and England and GB’s all time leading scorer, Jackson is a potent set piece threat, one of the most graceful players on the ball and a phenomenal passer. Well worth watching.

Alan Forsyth (Surbiton)
Goals win games and Forsyth sure knows how to score them. A player who tops the scoring charts this time out with 21 strikes to his name. It is a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that he is not a penalty corner specialist. If Surbiton get Forsyth the ball in the circle, he will do the rest.

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John Jackson, (Reading)
The Ireland star is the very definition of an all-action player. Likely to be featuring for the Green Machine in Rio, Jackson will pop up at one end with a superb piece of defending to deny a goal before appearing at the other end to show his expertise in front of the net to score one. A very underrated player, Jackson will help to make Reading tick.

Alastair Brogdon, (Wimbledon)
One of the star attacking players in the Great Britain team, Brogdon is powerful and pacy and can score all sorts of goals. A player with a phenomenal engine, the former Waterloo Ducks man can turn a game on its head in an instant.

Giselle Ansley, (Surbiton)
A defensive rock, the Great Britain defender is one of the main reasons for Surbiton’s mean defence. The elegant defender shows her international class time and time again and with her penalty corner abilities improving all the time, her threat from set pieces is a danger to any team.

Maddie Hinch, (Holcombe)
The Kent side have a plethora of stars but one of the brightest of those is goalkeeper Maddie Hinch. The stopper has earned rave reviews for her stellar performances in the international arena and will be pivotal to Holcombe’s task of keeping the champions at bay. Agile, brave, capable of the most incredible saves, the Great Britain No1 will take some beating. Perhaps the video below will give you some insight into the Holcombe Stopper.

 

Sarah Kerly (Canterbury)
The striker with the famous name is a player to keep an eye on. Pace, skill, tenacity and the innate ability to put the ball in the net, this striker is one to keep an eye on. Does her share of the defensive work in the press and her selfless running and ability to bring other players into the game make her a nightmare for any defence.

Hannah Martin, (University of Birmingham)
Birmingham’s side reads like a who’s who of the junior international scene. Martin, the younger sister of Great Britain star Harry Martin has bags of skill and trickery as well as the game intelligence of a player much more senior. Birmingham are riding on a crest of a wave this season and her undoubted talent is a big factor in that.

What's the best way to drink in the experience of the spectacular league finals weekend? It's to be there to see if for yourself! Buy tickets for the event here. Tickets are available to buy online up until midnight before each day.

We recommend buying tickets in advance as they increase if bought at the venue. Please note that Weekend tickets cannot be purchased on the gate and must be bought in advance.