At PUSH we love the cup. OK the men’s and women’s cups have lost a little shine over the years, especially since there is now no European place to the winner. But for those of us who played men’s hockey in the days BEFORE the national league, the HA Cup was THE competition in English hockey.
[img_assist|nid=2144|title=|desc=Beeston’s Sam Ward takes the HA Cup for a celebratory drink in 2010. Will the English champions be able to do a league and cup double this year?|link=node|align=left|width=180|height=254]This Saturday’s two final’s at Cannock HC have a touch of giant-killing potential – all in the best cup tradition.
In the women’s final, the 2009 cup winners, premier league stalwarts and national indoor champions Bowdon Hightown play EHL east conference runners-up Surbiton. While in the men’s cup, northern conference third-place getters Doncaster play cup holders and national champions Beeston.
Both conference sides have knocked over premier league opponents on their road to the final – Surbiton defeated Reading (who went on to win the national championships) in the quarter finals and Doncaster turned over Cannock in the semis.
So shock(s) could be on the cards.
Men’s final: 5.30pm Beeston vs Doncaster
Women’s final: 3pm Bowdon Hightown vs Surbiton