East Grinstead and Bowdon Hightown crowned Kings and Queens

Bowdon Hightown celebrate their 4-2 victory over Slough in the 2009 National Indoor Hockey Championships at the National Indoor Arena as the cameras capture the atmosphere.
“It’s been three years in the making.  You’ve just got to keep believing in the team and your players and just keep working at it.” 

That’s what coach Roger Newcombe had to say after his side Bowdon Hightown prevented Slough from another indoor hat-trick by overcoming the Berkshire side 4-2 in a north v south clash in the Women’s Final at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.  Tina Cullen, described by Newcombe as “a hero, an absolute legend.  I don’t know what we’d do without her!”, scored a brace in both the semi-final and the final as Bowdon Hightown recorded their ninth indoor title – their first since 1995.

In the Men’s Final, East Grinstead stole the trophy from the Mantell-piece when Martin Haner, Ashley Jackson and Scott Ashdown combined to score eight goals between them to snatch the title from five times goalscorer Simon Mantell in an 8-5 thriller.

For a complete review of all the drama at the NIA in Birmingham, click here.