East Grinstead and Reading win indoor national hockey titles

[img_assist|nid=7128|title=Five in a row|desc=East Grinstead celebrate winning the Maxifuel Super Sixes final against Reading at Wembley Arena January 27, 201 – Ady Kerry.|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=113]LONDON, January 27 – East Grinstead recorded a record-equalling eighth national indoor men’s title and Reading won their first national women’s indoor title at Wembley Arena on Sunday.

East Grinstead, pushing for their fifth straight title, overpowered Reading 7-1 in the men’s final, having despatched Canterbury 9-5 in their semi.

EG captain Glenn Kirkham scored his side’s two opening goals. He won the man of the match award for the final. Team-mate Niall Stott took the semi-final award. 

Reading’s Stephen Dick took man of the match in their 12-4 semi-final destruction of Beeston. He also took the unofficial crowd award – receiving by far the biggest cheer from the Wembley Arena ahead of the final.

Dick treated his fan club to Reading’s only goal of the final to level at 1-1 after four minutes. But from then on, the defending champions were always in charge with goals from Hendrik Geyer, two strokes from Richard Smith and two open play goals from Mark Pearn.

Pearn’s double included  the goal of the evening – a rocket-like flick on the run into the roof of the net from a return pass via Adamson Harper.

[img_assist|nid=7129|title=Champions|desc=Reading captain Emma Thomas lifts the trophy the Maxifuel Super Sixes final against Sutton Coldfield at Wembley – Ady Kerry|link=node|align=left|width=220|height=132]In the women’s final Reading and Sutton Coldfield traded blows early with goals from Helen Richardson and Elspeth Cockburn being cancelled out by Sutton’s Sarah Mills and Jane Sixsmith before half-time.

Three fine second-half goals from GB international Richardson then took the game away from Sutton.