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Supersixes indoor lineup decided


The line-up for the 2011 super sixes England indoor hockey finals has been decided after the final weekend of premier league action.
Men’s league champions East Grinstead will play Old Loughtonians with Reading and Beeston to clash in the other semi.


The line-up for the 2011 super sixes England indoor hockey finals has been decided after the final weekend of premier league action.
Men’s league champions East Grinstead will play Old Loughtonians with Reading and Beeston to clash in the other semi.
Also Wembley-bound on January 30 will be the two women’s finalists Bowdon Hightown and Reading – the women’s semis having been played on Sunday January 16.
In the women’s semi-finals, league winners and last year’s national champions Leicester were knocked over 3-1 by Reading, a club in their first season in the women’s premier division. In the other semi at Perdiswell leisure centre, Worcester, Bowdon Hightown came through a thrilling 5-4 semi-final against Slough, who had earlier finished second in the table, one place higher than the Cheshire club. Forty-year-old Tina Cullen scored twice for Bowdon, taking her tally for the weekend to ten. Reading had England and Great Britain forward Alex Danson to thank for their progress. The 25-year-old found the back of the net 16 times over the weekend, including two in Reading’s 3-1 semi-final win.
In the men’s competition, defending champions East Grinstead will head to Wembley looking to win the tournament for the sixth time and the third year in a row. The West Sussex side lost just one of their nine matches in the league, to Beeston their semi-final opponent. When the two sides clashed on Sunday the result was a 7-6 thriller with Tim Davenport scoring two minutes from time for the Nottingham club.
Old Loughtonians won the last of their three national indoor hockey titles more than a decade ago, in the 1999-2000 season. But in 18-year-old Harry Martin, who made his senior international debut in 2010, the Essex side have an exciting young prospect capable of competing against the very best.
The capacity at the Wembley Arena is 5000 and with a number of south-eastern clubs qualifying there is at least some hope of a full house for the three matches on Sunday January 30. For details of tickets click here. Doors open at 11am. First match at noon with the men’s champions crowned just before 6pm
At the other end of the table, St Albans, the most decorated men’s team in the English indoor game, were relegated to division one after finishing bottom on four points. Also following them down are Loughborough Students. Replacing them in the men’s premier next season will be Sevenoaks and Harleston Magpies, who finished first and second in division one.
And there was a double celebration in Norfolk as Harleston Magpies’ women also won promotion to the premier division and winning the division one title. They, and Bristol-based Clifton, will replace Chelmsford and Ipswich, both of whom were relegated to Division One.

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