Super 6s Men's Final Four: Reading

Tom Carson in indoor action

Today we take a look at the third of our Men’s Super 6s semi-finalists as Reading come to the SSE Arena Wembley looking to make up for their disappointment in the semi finals last time out.

If Reading were to adopt a motto for the Super 6s it would probably be “he who dares, wins” as evidenced in their approach to the final game of the qualifying phase. Faced with a win or bust situation and lining up against the reigning champions of the last eight years to qualify Coach Richard Springham threw caution to the wind and played the whole game with six outfield players and no goalkeeper. In an enthralling game the gamble paid off as they won 10-8 and booked their place in the semi-finals against the same opponents.

Reading finished in the third qualifying spot after wins over Loughborough, Team Bath, Wimbledon and East Grinstead helped propel them to 14 points. They have tasted finals day victory once in this competition before, in 1997-98 but despite many appearances at finals day since have yet to get their hands on the trophy since.

“It’s a great honour to make it back to Wembley. “ said Reading Captain Tom Carson. “We have a big game in the semi final after a huge game to get there, beating East Grinstead to scrape through and get back to the big time with a rematch in from of a big crowd.”

Reading HC

The East Grinstead vs. Reading clash is sure to be a hum dinger with both sides packed with talented indoor players. Harry Jawanda has led the way for the Sonning Lane side with 13 goals so far ably supported by Andy Watts. Watts who has nine goals is the personification of the phrase “he knows where the goal is”. With three Carsons, James, Ed and Tom working together and the telescopic reach of Richard Mantell at the back Reading will fear no one.     

“There are four good teams at the finals and East Grinstead have always shown their pedigree. Surbiton have been strong and Sevenoaks are no mugs. We have a good chance. We aren’t the favourites but you never know, do you?"

With 44 goals scored, the second most in the tournament and a host of good indoor players, masterminded by coach Springham, Reading will be raring to go at the big day.

Can they overcome the reigning champions and get to that coveted final? Will you be there to see it? If you haven’t already you can secure your seat by clicking here.