Investec Women's Masters Finals Round-up

160430 - O45s Final Kettering vs Cambridge-5

Investec Women’s O45s Cup Final: Captain Courageous Shadrack the difference.

Kettering 1 (1)
Shez Coe 18 (PC)

Cambridge 2 (1)
Liane Shadrack 15, 41 (FG FG)

A captain's performance from Cambridge City's Liane Shadrack gave the Reds the O45s Cup and redemption for their final defeat 12 months ago. The Skipper netted a goal in each half and despite a leveller from Kettering Captain Shez Coe, Cambridge were not to be denied.  

The first half was an even encounter as both sides committed players forwards in search of the opening goal. Mary Starsmore-Young had a gilt-edged opportunity for Kettering but was denied by superb stop by Pippa Hall. Cambridge skipper Shadrack almost gave her side a lead after a lovely piece of skill but a splendid save from Michele Collins kept her out. The Cambridge No8 did break the deadlock minutes later, turning in Rebecca Younger’s cross. The lead was short lived and the equaliser was a stunning goal from Kettering captain Coe. She lofted a lovely shot over the goalkeeper, dropping into the far corner.

In the second half, Shadrack, who was a constant thorn in the side of Kettering, put her team back in front with a precise finish. Kettering mounted some strong attacks in a bid to get back on terms but despite some prolonged pressure they could not break through and the cup went to Cambridge.

Investec Womens O35 Trophy: Late winner proves all White for Epsom.

Jersey 0 (0)

Epsom 1 (0)
Sarah White 69 (PC)

A last minute goal from Epsom brought heartache to Jersey in the Investec Women’s O35 Trophy Final. As the sun came out over Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre so did Epsom, dominating the game from the first whistle. Paula Winsor and her silky moves gave the Surrey outfit hope of getting on the score sheet first but it wasn’t to be. As half-time approached Jersey came alive with chances from Lisa Grant but unfortunately for the travelling fans she could not find the net.

Jersey came out the second half strong but Epsom were quick on the counter attack forcing Katie Ridley to get a left glove to deny Sarah White a goal. Both teams were applying the pressure and it could have gone either way but with a penalty corner to Epsom and a chant from the crowd, White scored the match winner from a neatly executed penalty corner routine.

Penny Woods captain of Epsom HC 

'It has been such a great squad performance throughout the competition and we have enjoyed every game this is just fantastic to win. We had our chances throughout the game and we couldn’t put them away but all we needed was that one last goal in the dying minutes to come away winners. We have two other teams in the final tomorrow so hopefully we can claim some more silverware which will be brilliant for the club.'

This competition and finals weekend has been great so thank you England hockey. To watch the Great Britain team at the Olympics then to come back and see the legacy it has left for community sport is just fantastic.'

160430 - O35s Trophy Final - Jersey vs Epsom-6

Investec Women's O35s Shield: Optimism well placed for Folkestone.

Bretforton 1 (0)
Sophie Hamilton 37 (PS)

Folkestone Optimist 5 (3)
Emmeline Pullen 4, (PC)
Livy Cheap 6, 64 (FG, PC)
Nicki Ball 28, 42 (PC, FG)

Folkestone produced a fine display to take home the Investec Women's O35s Shield with a 3-0 win over Bretforton. 

Folkestone started brightly with Lisa Banks slotting in the first goal of the game early on. This took the Midlands outfit by surprise and with them still reeling Livy Cheap took on the defence and drove home the second of the game. Nicki Ball tapped in the third just before half time to put daylight between the sides.

The Pinks came out in the second half determined to pull a goal back and that is exactly what they did. After a foot on the line from the Folkestone defence, Sophie Hamilton stepped up and converted the penalty stroke to get them on the score sheet.

Vicky Watkins was forced to make some brilliant saves but sadly for the Pinks, Ball got her second of match netting to make it 4-1. Cheap finished off the match by securing her second to confirm Folkestone Optimist as O35s Investec Shield winners.

Janet Fuller captain of Folkestone Optimist HC

'Every player has given their all in this and we have had such good fun in this tournament along the way. It has been absolutely brilliant to play in the Olympic Park, how have we managed to end up here?! Thank you to the supporters who have come with us from the lead up and today!'

Investec Women’s O35s Cup Final. Classic game of two halves for Bowdon and Canterbury

Canterbury 2 (0)
Sue Spight 67 (FG)
Mel Clewlow 70 (PC)

Bowdon Hightown 5 (0)
Vicky Currie 38 (FG)
Tina Cullen 40 (PC)
Sally Walton 42, 68  (FG, FG)
Sally-Anne Kurton-Matthews 57 (PS) 

A classic game of two halves handed Bowdon Hightown the Investec Women’s O35s title at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Canterbury dominated the first 35 minutes, creating a number of chances, only to be kept at bay Sam Leckey in the Hightown goal, ensuring the sides went in level at the break. The second 35 minutes was all about Bowdon’s clinical finishing as goals from Vicky Currie, Tina Cullen Sally-Anne Kurton-Matthews and a Sally Walton brace gave them a 5-2 win and the trophy.

Mel Clewlow dictated proceedings in the first half, marauding forwards from the back and picking passes at will. Moira Clewes was unlucky not to score as twice Leckey excelled to deny the No6 and despite a glut of penalty corners the Kent side could not break through and it was 0-0 at the break.  

The second half was a different story. Bowdon took the lead thanks to a lovely goal. Tina Cullen threaded the pass into the circle; Lisa Garbutt squared to Vicky Currie who slotted home. It was 2-0 shortly after as Walton set up Cullen from a penalty corner before the provider turned scorer, Walton making it 3-0. A penalty stroke from Hightown’s Sally-Anne Kurton-Matthews made it 4-0 despite Sue Spight pulling one back Walton nabbed a second to make it 5-1. Clewlow smashed in a goal on the final whistle but Canterbury were left heartbroken whilst Hightown toasted their win.

Diane Bellin captain of Bowdon HC

'We are over the moon to have won, as we were here last year and we came second so we didn’t want to go back with silver again. It was a very good game, we were obviously conscious about their corners and they had about ten in the first half but didn’t convert any. We changed our formation in the second half which I think put us ahead but we had players from our first team to our sixth team where we just believed in everybody. Those 16 girls out there did tremendously. We were disappointed last year as we thought we could have won. Their man of the match was there goalie so sometimes it doesn’t happen; we just wanted to go that one step further this time.'

O45s Plate Final - Redland UWE vs Canterbury-5

Investec Women’s O45s Plate Final: The Future's Bright, the Future's Redland.  

Canterbury 2
Kellie Litchfield 17 (FG)
Sue Spight 27 (FG) 

Redland UWE 4
Sally Coleman 8 (PC)
Elaine Batersfield 29 (PC)
Sarah Thomson 36 (FG)
Cath Coombs 68 (PC) 

Redland UWE captured the Investec Women’s O45s Plate with a clinical display of finishing to see off Canterbury 4-2.

A Sally Coleman penalty corner opened the scoring in the first half in an entertaining game which flowed from end to end.

Canterbury hit back when Wendy Cameron’s run and cross was acrobatically converted by Kellie Litchfield and then Sue Spight showed her poacher’s instinct to put the Kent side ahead. Moments before the break, it was all square again as Elaine Batersfield scooped in the equaliser.

After the half time break, Redland got their noses in front almost immediately. Sarah Thomson stabbed home from close range after the ball fell kindly to her in the circle. Redland put the pressure on Canterbury who were still dangerous on the counter attack. With time running out, Redland struck a killer blow. A well-worked penalty corner set up Cath Coombs who made it 4-2 and settled the final.

Cath Coombs captain of Redland UWE HC

'We are absolutely delighted to be the O45 champions. We have played ever so well all throughout the season where we have had some great results leading up to this. This game was for our ex-president, Chris Bradley who sadly passed away earlier this year so this win was for her. We have had a couple of tough games, we always take a half to get going but I felt the second half we dominated.'