End of Season Championship & Playoffs Details

Following the conclusion of the England Hockey League (EHL) regular season programme at the weekend, the participants are known for the end of season EHL relegation, promotion and Championship playoffs.

Men’s England Hockey League Championship
In the Men’s Championship tournament, Reading, East Grinstead, Surbiton, Beeston and Loughborough Students will compete for the title of Men’s Premier Division Champions and the opportunity to compete for England in Europe next season.  Reading have already secured England’s lowest ranking Euro Hockey League spot as a result of finishing top of the league table but will have the opportunity to improve on that through the Championship tournament.

Loughborough Students' David Condon during their EHL Premier League game at Hampstead HC, London, 8th November 2009.The first stage of matches will be played at home clubs’ venues and are weighted to teams based on their final place in the league table.  In this instance, fourth placed finishers Beeston will play host to Loughborough Students at Highfields Sports Club on Saturday 24 April, a repeat of the final game of the season, which ended in a 1-1 draw.  The winner of that tie will then take on Reading the following day at Sonning Lane. 

Also on Sunday 25 April, second placed East Grinstead will host Surbiton.  East Grinstead holds the upper hand having won away at Surbiton 4-1 during the season, with the home fixture ending in 5-5 parity.

The winners of the matches on 25 April will face each other in the Championship Final, to be played at Cannock Hockey Club alongside the EHL Promotion Tournament on Monday 3 May.  If required for an additional Euro Hockey League qualification place, there will also be a third/fourth place playoff on Sunday 2 May.

Women’s England Hockey League Championship
In the Women’s Championship, table toppers Leicester will be joined by Reading, Slough, University of Birmingham and Canterbury.Katie Long of Leicester and England in action for Leicester during the 2008-09 Slazenger EHL Women's Premier Division  There are two places available to English clubs in a revamped women’s European competition next season with Leicester having secured the second of those two spots by finishing top of the table.  The first spot will go to the winner of the women’s England Hockey League Championship.  If Leicester wins the tournament, they will obtain the first ranked spot with the runner up taking the second qualification spot.

The first stage of matches will be played at home clubs’ venues and are weighted to teams based on their final place in the league table.  In this instance, University of Birmingham will host Canterbury on Saturday 24 April with the winner playing Leicester the following day.  University of Birmingham will have to beat the form guide having lost twice to Canterbury during the regular season. 

In match three, Reading and Slough will face off in a bumper day of hockey at Sonning Lane on Sunday 25 April.  The tie between the two on the final day of the season ended in a 1-1 draw and although Reading beat Slough 3-1on the first day of the season, the game promises to be a tight affair.

The winners of the matches on 25 April will face each other in the Championship Final, to be played at Cannock Hockey Club alongside the EHL Promotion Tournament on Saturday 1 May.

Men’s England Hockey League Promotion Playoffs
Brooklands MU, who finished ninth in the EHL Men’s Premier Division table, now have three matches to save their Premier Division status as they play each of the Conference winners in a round robin tournament at Cannock HC in Staffordshire over the weekend of 1-3 May.  Looking to take their place, and that of automatically relegated University of Exeter, are Conference North winners Deeside Ramblers, Conference East winners Canterbury and Conference West winners Team Bath Buccaneers. 

Women’s England Hockey League Promotion Playoffs
Clifton, who finished ninth in the EHL women’s Premier Division table, now have three matches to save their Premier Division status as they play each of the Conference winners in a round robin tournament at Cannock HC in Staffordshire over the weekend of 1-3 May.  Looking to take their place, and that of automatically relegated Trojans, are Conference North winners Durham University, Conference East winners Ipswich and Conference West winners Cannock.

Men’s England Hockey League Relegation Playoffs
The men’s EHL relegation playoffs take the format of a three team round robin with each team playing a home and away fixture over three weekends: 17 April, 24 April and 1 May.   The teams finishing ninth in each of the conferences - Indian Gymkhana (East), Sheffield University Bankers (North) and Old Georgians (West) - will compete for one survival place, with the other two sides relegated to the Regional Leagues. 

Women’s England Hockey League Relegation Playoffs
The women’s EHL relegation play-offs take the format of a three team round robin with each team playing a home and away fixture over three weekends: 17 April, 24 April and 1 May. The teams finishing ninth in each of the conferences - Southgate (East), Sheffield Hallam (North) and Swansea (West) - will compete for one survival place, with the other two sides relegated to the Regional Leagues. 

Relegation Play-offs – to be played at clubs’ home venues

Saturday 17 April
Men’s Conference Relegation M1: Sheffield University Bankers v Indian Gymkhana
Women’s Conference Relegation M1: Southgate v Swansea
Saturday 24 April
Men’s Conference Relegation M2: Indian Gymkhana v Old Georgians
Women’s Conference Relegation M2: Swansea v Sheffield Hallam
Saturday 1 May
Men’s Conference Relegation M3: Old Georgians v Sheffield University Bankers
Women’s Conference Relegation M3: Sheffield Hallam v Southgate

EHL Championships – Stage One – to be played at clubs’ home venues

Saturday 24 April
Men’s EHL Championship M1: Beeston v Loughborough Students
Women’s EHL Championship M1: University of Birmingham v Canterbury
Sunday 25 April
Men’s EHL Championship M2: Reading v Winner Match 1 (Beeston/L’boro)
Men’s EHL Championship M 3: East Grinstead v Surbiton
Women’s EHL Championship M2: Leicester v Winner Match 1 (UoB/C’bury)
Women’s EHL Championship M3: Reading v Slough

Promotion Tournament & EHL Championships – to be played at Cannock HC

Saturday 1 May    
10:15 Women’s P/R: Cannock v Clifton
12:00 Women’s P/R: Durham University v Ipswich
13:45 Men's P/R: Team Bath Buccaneers v Brooklands MU
15:30 Men's P/R: Deeside Ramblers v Canterbury
17:15 Women's EHL Championship Final: Winner Match 2 v Winner Match 3

Sunday 2 May    
10:15 Women’s P/R: Clifton v Durham University
12:00 Women’s P/R: Ipswich v Cannock
13:45 Men's P/R: Brooklands MU v Deeside Ramblers
15:30 Men's P/R: Canterbury v Team Bath Buccaneers
*17:15 Men's EHL Championship 3rd/4th: Loser Match 2 v Loser Match 3
*if required

Monday 3 May    
10:00 Women’s P/R: Ipswich v Clifton
10:00 Women’s P/R: Durham University v Cannock
12:15 Men's P/R: Canterbury v Brooklands MU
12:15 Men's P/R: Deeside Ramblers v Team Bath Buccaneers
14:30 Men's EHL Championship Final: Winner Match 2 v Winner Match 3

Ticketing arrangements for the England Hockey League Championship tournament and Promotion Playoff at Cannock Hockey Club will be announced shortly.