What's On This Weekend?

The England Hockey League resumes after a week’s break with round seven of matches and the Women taking centre stage on Saturday. 

Leicester v Canterbury 2010Leicester regained top spot after week six replacing Canterbury who slipped own to fourth and their meeting at Leicester GS is the pick of the day’s matches. The other teams in the top four also play each other with second placed University of Birmingham at home to Slough who trail them on goal difference. The top four have opened up a five point gap on the rest of the Division and below them the teams in fifth and sixth, Olton & WW and Bowdon Hightown, meet  at Grange Road looking to bridge the gap. Reading too will hope to make up ground on the leading group with international players becoming available for their game with Clifton whilst bottom of the table Brooklands Poynton make the short trip to Cannock needing points to not be cast adrift. 

Chelmsford Hockey Club logoChelmsford, the Women’s Conference East leaders, face a tough trip to old rivals Ipswich who are a point behind them in third. If they slip up second placed Surbiton could move above them with a win at Cambridge City. The top two meet in Women’s Conference North where leaders Sutton Coldfield travel to Bradford Wakefield. The West leaders Buckingham are at home to mid table Firebrands

Euro Hockey League Logo ThumbnailOn Sunday it is the Men’s turn for action. Beeston, East Grinstead and Reading were all victorious in R1 of the EuroHockey League which is a boost to all teams in the Premier Division as it improves England’s chances of retaining three qualifying places in next season’s event. 

Two of the teams who qualified in Spain, East Grinstead and Reading, meet at Saint Hill with league leaders EG looking to build on a four point advantage at the top and Reading needing to get up the table from their current sixth place.  Second placed Beeston travel to Brooklands MU. Hampstead and Bowdon who occupy third and fourth have been the surprise packages to date and they meet in London. Cannock make the short trip to Loughborough Students in a Midlands derby and Canterbury host Surbiton.

Team Bath Buccaneers celebrate the winning goal against Brooklands MUThere is a top of the table clash in Men’s Conference East where leaders Indian Gymkhana play host to Southgate. University of Durham took over from Sheffield Hallam Civica as North Conference leaders in week 6 and will look to maintain their lead over the Yorkshiremen with a home win against Barford Tigers. Team Bath Buccaneers, who went clear at the top of the West Conference at the break, play host to University of Birmingham.        
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