Senior Semi Finals Preview

In the Women’s Cup, there is guaranteed to be a non England Hockey League (EHL) Premier Division team in the final as Sutton Coldfield from the EHL Conference North host Surbiton from the EHL Conference East. 

Sutton Coldfield have defeated three EHL Premier teams on route to this stage and will be full of confidence against a Surbiton side who caused an upset of their own in the Quarter Finals by defeating 2010 runners up Reading. The other Semi Final features two EHL Premier League teams as 2009 champions Bowdon Hightown host University of Birmingham. The sides have won one game apiece in their head to heads in the league this season.

Men's Trophy

In the Men’s Trophy, Kent side Ashford, who won have won the trophy on two previous occasions (1994 & 2001), host West Hampstead who play in the league below their counterparts. West Hampstead, despite being a league lower, will be full of confidence going into the match having won all but one match in their league campaign this season. The other semi final features Tulse Hill & Dulwich from the South Regional Premier Two, as they take on a Burton side who sit top of Midlands Division One.

Men's Vase

In the Men’s Vase competition, Tameside take on Bebington who both play in the North West Division One. Bebington currently sit seventh with Tameside just two places behind in ninth, and there has been little to choose between the two sides this season with each team winning one game of their head to heads by the single goal. The second Semi Final features Chippenham from the West North Division Two League who have averaged just over seven goals on route to this stage, as they take on Burnt Ash (Bexley) from Kent Division One. Both sides are top of their respective leagues. 

Women's Trophy

The Women’s Trophy sees 2007 champions Tulse Hill & Dulwich travel west to take on Teign who currently sit second in the West South Division. Tulse Hill & Dulwich are currently fifth in South Division Two. Wimbledon, who have only conceded two goals in the competition on route to this stage host North Stafford from Midlands Division One. Wimbledon currently lie second in South Division Two with North Stafford in mid table in their League.

Women's Vase 

The Women’s Vase features two teams from outside mainland England. First of all, Vikings, who play their Hockey on the Isle of Man, take on Alderley Edge who have already won Cheshire Division One this season. Vikings will be looking to go one stage further than they did last year when they lost at this stage. The other Semi Final features Guernsey from the Channel Islands, as they come up against last season’s losing finalists Worthing, who finished their league season in second place in the Sussex Premier Division.

Masters O40s Cup & Plate 

Also taking place this weekend is Semi Finals of the Men’s Masters Over 40’s Cup & Plate. In the Cup, 2008 champions Ipswich travel to take on Belper, with Stourport hosting Bishop’s Stortford. The Plate will see City of Peterborough play at home to Bournemouth, with Worcester taking on Burton. Last weekend, Tunbridge Wells and Holcombe won their matches to make it an all Kent affair in the Men’s Masters Over 50’s Plate Final where they join Richmond and Indian Gymkhana who had already made the Men’s Masters Over 50’s Cup Final.

The Senior Finals, which feature the Men’s & Women’s Trophy & Vase Finals as well as the Men’s & Women’s Masters Finals will take place over the weekend of 16 & 17 April at Tonbridge School, Kent. The Men’s & Women’s Cup Finals take place at Cannock Hockey Club on Saturday 14 May.

Please check the website on Sunday for Information on the finalists.