[img_assist|nid=7399|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=59]READING, April 19 – Witness women’s sport at its best as England’s top clubs compete for glory, prize-money, European places and promotion as Reading Hockey Club’s Sonning Lane ground hosts the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals this weekend.
The show-piece finale is another chance for you to see the stars of London 2012 do battle with their clubs as the top four teams play for a place in Europe, the £2,500 winner’s cheque and most importantly the league title. Alex Danson, Georgie Twigg and Kate Walsh will be amongst many players on show.
Beeston and Buckingham get the weekend underway at 11am on Saturday in the Play-Offs. The Investec Conference North champions, Beeston will be aiming to bounce back from the defeat they suffered a fortnight ago against Investec Premier Division outfit Olton and West Warwickshire. Investec Conference West winners Buckingham will also prove formidable opponents, having gone unbeaten throughout the whole of the league season and with a 2-1 win against Investec Conference East champions Harleston Mapgies in the Play-Off tournament under their belts.
That is followed at 1pm by the clash between Harleston Magpies and Olton and West Warwickshire. Harleston had to battle all the way to take the East title on the last week of the season, and they will need all that fighting spirit against the Midlanders who beat Reading and Sutton Coldfield earlier in the season.
The first of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Semi-Finals is at 3.15pm with table-topping Leicester playing Surbiton, while second plays third at 5.30pm when Canterbury take on hosts Reading.
Sunday sees both the Finals and the Play-Offs reach a climax. The final two Play-Off matches are first up, with Harleston Magpies v Beeston at 10am followed by Olton and West Warwickshire v Buckingham at noon.
Then comes the battle for third spot in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals with the two losers from Saturday facing each other, before the season finale clash at 5.15pm with the teams also fighting it out for the £2500 prize money on offer from sponsors Investec.
Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals
Saturday April 20
11:00 – Investec Women’s Hockey League Play-Off Match 3 – Beeston (Investec Conference North) v Buckingham (Investec Conference West)
13:00 – Investec Women’s Hockey League Play-Off Match 4 – Harleston Magpies (Investec Conference East) v Olton & WW (Investec Premier Division)
15:15 – Investec Women’s Hockey League Semi-Final 1 – Leicester (1st) v Surbiton (4th)
17:30 – Investec Women’s Hockey League Semi-Final 2 – Canterbury (2nd) v Reading (3rd)
Sunday April 21
10:00 – Investec Women’s Hockey League Play-Off Match 5 – Harleston Magpies (Investec Conference East) v Beeston (Investec Conference North)
12:00 – Investec Women’s Hockey League Play-Off Match 6 – Olton & WW (Investec Premier Division) v Buckingham (Investec Conference West)
14:45 – Investec Women’s Hockey League 3rd v 4th
17:15 – Investec Women’s Hockey League Final