Clifton and Buckingham set to do battle for Investec Women's Cup

Buckingham's Amie Hone, Credit Chris Hobson - 450

The showpiece game of a spectacular opening day’s hockey at the Men’s and Investec Women’s Knockout Finals weekend will undoubtedly be the Investec Cup Final between Clifton and Buckingham. The two sides that competed in the Investec Women’s Premier Division this past season have seen off all comers and made their way to the final and will now battle it out for the coveted trophy.

In their first meeting of the season Clifton ran out 2-1 winners whilst in the second the spoils were shared in a 0-0 draw. Despite both sides having, by their own lofty standards, disappointing league campaigns, the desire to collect the Investec Cup is very much alive.

For Buckingham skipper Zoe Shipperley the weekend is as much about redemption for their season as it is about the trophy:

“At the start of the season we set ourselves a goal of winning the cup, we have now made it to the final and are very excited about the challenge ahead. Having had a disappointing season in the Investec Premier Division this is a great opportunity to showcase our club as a top side in the country.” she adds “For the girls it is an opportunity to finish off the season on a real high. It should be a highly competitive match against Clifton and we can't wait for the chance to play at Lee Valley and give the game everything we have!”

Clifton celebrate scoring at Lee Valley

Buckingham are appearing in their first Investec Cup Final. For Clifton however, this is familiar territory. The Silent Assassins have been to seven finals in recent memory, winning the cup twice in 1997-98 and 1999-2000. They were defeated in their other final appearances, including last year, where they were edged out 2-1 by Surbiton’s Invincibles. For Captain Aileen Davis, the focus is on grabbing the title, but it is also a chance to showcase how well the club as a whole has done this season:

"We are absolutely thrilled to be heading back to Lee Valley again to play in the Cup Final. It is a huge weekend for us as a club, with our 2s and Robinsons Over 40s playing in their National Cup Finals. We've all been training hard and are excited for what will be a cracking weekend with some great competition."

Clifton vs. Buckingham: Two teams fighting tooth and nail to take home the glittering trophy. Who is your money on?

50 teams. 25 finals. One chance at glory. The Road to Lee Valley is almost at an end. Don't forget you can still buy tickets to see the finals. Just click here.