What's On This Weekend?

This weekend sees the return of some international players to their club sides and it will be interesting to see what impact this has on the results.

Key events taking place this weekend include the
(click each of these events to 'jump' to the article if required) 
 
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EHL Preview
Women
This weekend promises to be an important one to gauge the progress of each team’s season, after Saturday each will have played a third of their fixtures. The weekend also signals a natural break in the calendar with the Futures Cup and clubs representing England in the EuroHockey League next weekend. So, with the EHL not resuming fixtures until 7 November, each team will be looking to head into the week off on a high.
 
Canterbury versus University of Birmingham in the rain during the 2009-2010 women's England Hockey League Premier Division for home pageEuroCanterbury currently top the Women’s Premier Division having only dropped points in a loss against second side Leicester. The leaders host Reading at home whose record is a mirror image of their own having lost 4 and won one. It has been a surprising start for Reading and a result, against the form book, in this game could provide them the momentum they need to overturn their season.
 
Bottom side Brooklands Poynton host Leicester on Saturday, having gained points in two draws against Clifton and Slough. Leicester, themselves, have been held to draws in the last two games by Cannock and Olton & WW; results which may have disappointed the club as they had looked to cement their place at the top of the table at the time. Leicester’s away record has produced seven points from the nine available so they will be hopeful to get further points on the board.
 
University of Birmingham, third in the table, have taken just a point from their last two games after winning their first three. A return to that start of season form will be required to gain points over Bowdon Hightown. Hightown’s mixed form this season sees them in fifth place having won as many as lost with a draw thrown in.
 
Slough were back to winning ways last weekend and travel to Clifton in the search of their second back to back wins of the season. Olton & WW’s four points from the last two games, including that excellent draw with Reading, moved them out of the relegation places. Their local derby with Cannock on Saturday, with just a point separating the teams in the league, looks to be an engaging encounter.

Chelmsford and Surbiton, level on 11 points at the top of Women’s Conference East are looking for the other to drop points while they record their fourth wins of the season, they must get beat Cambridge City and Old Loughtonians, respectively, to do so.  Wakefield Bradford, the only team in Women’s EHL with a 100% record and leaders of Women’s Conference North, travel to fourth placed Loughborough Students. Third placed Sunderland make the short trip to local rivals Durham University. Buckingham and newly promoted Isca Univeristy are tied at the top of Women’s Conference West on 11 points. Buckingham host fourth placed Exe whilst Isca University host second bottom Staines.
 
Men
East Grinstead possesses the only 100% record in the Men’s league, but the Sussex side face their second longest trip of the season to third placed Bowdon on Saturday. The Premier Division champions last season beat Beeston last week to move three points clear of the top and have been in formidable form. Beeston will be looking to bounce back from that loss as they host Hampstead & Westminster at home. In a repeat of the EH Cup final last season that they won, the Bees will be eager for a similar result as they look to heap pressure on East Grinstead.
 
Hampstead have now lost two in a row and will be hoping that their away trip will provide a platform to change their fortunes. Loughborough Students and Surbiton both have two wins to their name and six points on the board heading into their clash on Saturday.
 
Cannock HC men celebrate a goal at homeIn what is proving to be a tight division, the three points will be vital for pushing for a place in the top five and to avoid the drop, since two points separate them from the relegation places. Cannock find themselves in unfamiliar territory at the bottom of the table but a 3-2 win over Surbiton last week will have lifted their spirits as they seek a positive result against Brooklands MU, at Chase Park. Brooklands recorded back to back wins for the first time this season, thanks to single goal victory margins over Surbiton and Reading.
 
Another powerhouse of the Premier Division in a surprising league position, Reading, host promoted Canterbury on Saturday needing to kick start their season. Canterbury has struggled in the past two weeks losing out to Beeston and Bowdon and a win would move them out of the relegation playoff place.
 
In the Men’s Conferences, Indian Gymkhana lead the East and host Bromley and Beckenham whilst Southgate, who racked up an impressive 12 goals last weekend make the short trip to Wimbledon. Sheffield Hallam Civica, in first, and Doncaster, in second, of Men’s Conference North scored 10 and 8 goals and this week face Durham University and Belper respectively. University of Exeter and Team Bath Buccaneers, level on 13 points at the top of the Men’s Conference West travel to Guildford and host Havant respectively.
 
EHL Premier Division Matches 23rd October 2010
 
EHL Men's Premier Division
 
Cannock  v Brooklands MU  13:30
Surbiton  v Loughborough Students  12:00
Beeston  v Hampstead & Westminster  14:00
Bowdon  v East Grinstead  14:00
Reading  v Canterbury  18:00
 
EHL Women's Premier Division
 
Canterbury  v Reading  11:45
Brooklands Poynton  v Leicester  12:00
University of Birmingham  v Bowdon Hightown 12:30
Clifton  v Slough  13:00
Olton & West Warwicks  v Cannock  13:30
Women’s Cup Round Two Preview - 24th October
The Women’s Cup reaches the Second Round this weekend which sees the inclusion of England Hockey League (EHL) teams.
 
Ben Ryydding v Bowdon Hightowon (1330,Ben Rhydding Sports Club
Brooklands Poynton v Doncaster (1200, Brooklands HC)
Buckingham v Woking (1200, Stowe School)
Chelmsford v Bromley & Beckenham (1130, Chelmer Park)
Clifton v Harborne (Walkover to Clifton)
Didsbury Northern v Beeston (1415, Manchester High School for Girls)
Firebrands v Maidenhead (1230, Failand)
Harrow v Team Bath Buccaneers (1400, JFS School)
Maidstone v Southgate (Walkover to Maidston)
Reading v Cambridge City (1200, Sonning Lane)
Sheffield Hallam v Cheltenham (1330, Abbeydale Sports Club)
Surbiton v Sevenoaks (1400, Sugden Road)
Sutton Coldfield v Cannock (1130, Bishop Vesey Grammar School)
Timperley v Olton & WW (1300, Timperley Sports Club)
University of Birmingham v Kettering (1230, University of Birmingham)
Wapping v Hampstead & Westminster  (1400, John Orwell Sports Centre) 
 
Bowdon Hightown player Nicky O'Donnell challenges for the ball in the 2009 Women's Cup Final match against Reading at Highfields Hockey Centre, Nottingham, 16 May 2009There are a total of six EHL Premier League teams in Cup action with University of Birmingham taking on Midland League side Kettering while Reading, who were Cup runners up last season host Cambridge City from the EHL Conference East. There is an attractive all Midlands tie between EHL Conference North team Sutton Coldfield and EHL Premier Division side Cannock and further north, another Premier/North match up sees Brooklands Poynton play host to Doncaster.  
 
Bowdon Hightown and Olton & WW will be on the travels as they visit Ben Rhydding and Timperley respevtively as they try and cause upsets against the EHL Premier teams whilst Clifton are already into the Third Round after receiving a walkover from Harborne. 
 
South League teams Maidenhead and Hampstead & Westminster, who defeated EHL opposition in round one, will look to go further in the competition as the travel to Firebrands and Wapping respectively.  
 
Surbiton come up against Sevenoaks for the second time in two weeks after the teams drew 1-1 in the EHL Conference East and there is guaranteed to be a Non EHL team in the last 16 as Cheltenham travel north to play Sheffield Hallam. 

The remaining Four ties of the round sees EHL teams come up against clubs from outside of the EHL as Buckingham and Chelmsford host Woking and Bromley & Beckenham, with Beeston and Team Bath Buccaneers travelling Didsbury Northern and Harrow. 
 
Men's Cup Round Three Preview 24th October
In the Men’s Cup this weekend, Cup holders Beeston face a tricky tie away at the University of Cambridge and Reading, who have won the Cup on seven occasions, host Chester. The matches are being played a week early due to Beeston’s and Reading’s involvement in the EuroHockey League next weekend. 

Reading v Chester (1400, Sonning Lane)
University of Cambridge v  v Beeston (1400, Wilberforce Road)
Surbiton to officially open their new pitch

Surbiton LogoSurbiton Hockey Club are officially opening thir refurbished first pitch on Saturday with two matches followed by a Wild West Party from 7.30pm - all are welcome - so grab your hats and get down to Long Ditton in your fancy dress to celebrate!
 
12.00 - Surbiton Men's 1st Xl v Loughborough Students (EHL Premier Division) 
14.30 (approx) - Official Opening by Simon Mason, England Hockey President and ex-England and GB goalkeeper (197 caps);
 
Following the opening:
Surbiton Ladies 1st Xl v Old Loughtonians (EHL Women's Conference East)
Complimentary canapés will be available in the bar after the opening.
 
7.30pm til late Wild Wild West Party (click here for more details).
 

Reading evening event

Reading HC LogoReading Hockey Club will be holding another evening event after their 6pm match against Canterbury. Alongside the hockey will be some entertainment, a Hog Roast and BBQ as well as music.

After the match the Annual R.H.C. Quiz will take place upstairs in the bar – charge your glasses and take your seats after the hockey from 7.30pm! This social event is open to all. There’s a small fee per person, and prizes to be won (click here for more details).

 
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