Slough take home glorious Super 6s title

Harriet Ward on the attack

Slough 2 (2)
Dilly Newton 6 (PC)
Georgie Whittaker 19 (FG)

Canterbury 0 (0)

Slough captured their 14th Super 6s title and their first since 2008 with a hard earned 2-0 win over Canterbury in the final. The Pink and blacks struck through Dilly Newton and Georgie Whittaker to take home the title and spark glorious scenes at the end.

Slough scored early thanks to a well taken penalty corner from Newton who found the net with unerring accuracy.

Canterbury hit back and Sarah Kerly’s mazy run and shot almost gave the crowd a wonderful goal but it flashed just wide. The Kent side continued to press and had a gilt-edged opportunity when Van Kemmel was brought down resulting in a penalty stroke. Grace Balsdon stepped up but Asha Tranquille-Day was her side’s hero, saving low to her right.

Before the break Slough doubled their lead when Whittaker seized on a loose ball, spun and slotted home making it 2-0 at the break.

Canterbury came out strongly in the second half. Balsdon had a penalty corner cleared off the line by Ash Bhogal. Canterbury began to exert pressure, building the play from the back with Balsdon dictating the tempo. Despite a couple of mazy runs from Kerly and some nice play from Nina Steikowski the Kent side could not find a way through. At the other end, Slough’s Charly Brydon made a brave run down the boards but her shot flashed wide of the post. With time running out Canterbury forced a penalty corner. With the ball slipped to Kerly it looked certain they’d score but Harriet Ward appeared from nowhere and made a great block. There was still time for Tranquille-Day to see off a penalty corner from Balsdon and with the clock running out Slough toasted their victory and another title.

England Hockey spoke to Dilly Newton post match, see the interview below.