Men's and Women's Cup Finals

There's just two weeks to go until the finale of the 2009 Men's and Women's Cup.

The finals, which will take place as part of a weekend of Festival Fun at the YAZOO National Youth Hockey Festival in Nottingham, will now take place at 15.15 and 17.30 on Saturday 16 May...WITH FREE ENTRY!

15.15hrs: Beeston v Reading (Men's Cup Final)
17.30hrs: Bowdon Hightown v Reading (Women's Cup Final)

Beeston will be hoping to retain the Men’s Cup after they made it to the final with a successful trip to Kent where they comfortably beat Canterbury 5-1.  Beeston found themselves 3-0 up after just 16 minutes and despite the hosts reducing the deficit through Matt Harper, the holders scored a further two in the second half to secure their place in the final.  Beeston will again have home advantage with the final being played at Highfields Hockey Centre where they will play Reading, who eased their way through with a 7-1 victory against Fareham.   Fareham were still in with a shot at half time with the hosts only leading by a goal but Andy Watts scored his third and fourth of the game as Reading added five second half goals to their total with no reply from Fareham.  With just one point separating these two teams in the Slazenger EHL Premier Division, this contest is set to be fast and furious!

Reading ladies will be joining their men at Highfields as they reached the Women’s Cup final with a golden goal victory against University of Birmingham in an entertaining match.  The students had led 3-2 at half time but found themselves 4-3 down going into the last minute when Tina Evans dramatically sent the tie into extra time, scoring from a penalty corner.  However, Reading did not let this affect them and won the game through Emily Maldon who netted a golden goal in the final minutes of extra time.  Reading will now face a tough task as they take on Slazenger EHL Premier League and National Indoor Hockey Champions Bowdon Hightown in the final.  The Cheshire side eased their way through with a 6-0 win against Barnes Hounslow Ealing with Tina Cullen scoring a hat-trick to add to her impressive goal tally this season.