Leopards & Tigers, Lynx and Tigers in Finals

The Wessex Leopards and the Saxon Tigers will meet in the final of the U18 Boys competition on Sunday afternoon, while the Mercia Lynx and the Saxon Tigers will meet in the U18 Girls final.

The Lynx and Tigers met each other in a rehearsal of the final on Saturday afternoon, with the Lynx coming out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Holly Brown and Alice Sharp, while the Wessex Leopards beat the Pennine Pumas 5-0, with the two sides meeting again tomorrow to decide 3rd v 4th place.

Despite a 5-1 defeat to the Pennine Pumas in the final game of the day, the Wessex Leopards still progress to the Boys U18 final, thanks to wins in their first two matches.  The Saxon Tigers ensured their place alongside them by holding of a Lynx fight back to win 3-2, with Josh Godfrey netting the crucial goal.

In the Under 16 competition, the Saxon Tigers lead the way in the Girls competition with two wins from two, including a 2-1 victory over the Wessex Leopards on Saturday morning.  The Mercia Lynx and the Leopards lie in second and third respectively, separated by just a single goal on goal difference.

The U16 Boys Mercia Lynx lead the way, two points ahead of the Saxon Tigers, with the two sides meeting at 09:00 on Sunday morning in a winner takes all encounter to decide who will win the Under 16 Futures Cup.

The Wessex Leopards meet the Pennine Pumas in the other match on Sunday, with the two sides collecting a draw and a loss during the course of Saturday.

In addition to the final classification matches, Sunday also sees the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Cannock as part of the build up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which take places in Delhi, India next October.  The Baton set off from Buckingham Palace on Thursday 29 October, and will arrive in Cannock Hockey Club at around 10:30, so don’t miss your chance to see it on its historic journey.

Throughout the day there’ll also be the chance to get up close to the EuroHockey Nations Championship trophy won by England’s Men in Amsterdam, as England Hockey’s Trophy Tour rolls into Cannock.  So if you’re coming along, don’t forget your camera, as there’ll be the chance to have your photo taken basking in the golden glow of England’s European victory.

Thanks to Man Group plc it’s free entry for spectators again on Sunday and with eight games taking place, including the final round of Under 16 games and the Under 18 classification matches, there’s plenty of hockey for fans to watch.  The first matches push back at 09:00, with the U18 Boys final rounding out the day at 15:45.

Twitter LogoIf you can’t make it down to Cannock Hockey Club on Sunday, you can still stay up-to-date with the final matches in the Futures Cup via regular updates on Twitter.  To follow England Hockey on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/EnglandHockey 

For all the information, results, match reports and standings from the 2009 Futures Cup, click on www.englandhockey.co.uk/futurescup