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Crunch time in England

The men’s domestic hockey season in England reaches its climax this weekend with the NOW: Pensions men’s finals at Reading Hockey Club.

The battle for the English championship sees premier division first-place getters East Grinstead take on fourth-place Surbiton in Saturday’s first semi-final at 2.45pm. The second semi-final sees second-place Beeston play the third-placed hosts at 5pm.

The winners go on to Sunday’s final (4.45pm) while the losers, with potentially a place in Europe at stake, will play for third and fourth at 2.15pm, Sunday.

Also over the weekend, the make-up of next year’s premier division will be decided with the completion of the promotion/relegation playoffs, featuring the three regional conference winners and the next-to-last side in the premier division – Sheffield Hallam. The round-robin tournament will decide the two available premier division places.

The schedule

Saturday
1030 – NOW: Pensions MHL Play-Offs Match 3
Sheffield Hallam (Premier) v Southgate (East) 
1230 – NOW: Pensions MHL Play-Offs Match 4 
Cardiff & Met (West) v Brooklands MU (North) 
1445 – NOW: Pensions MHL Championship Semi 1 
East Grinstead (1st) v Surbiton (4th)
1700 – NOW: Pensions MHL Championship Semi 2 
Beeston (2nd) v Reading (3rd)
 
Sunday
1000 – NOW: Pensions MHL Play-Offs Match 5
Southgate (East) v Brooklands MU (North)
1200 – NOW: Pensions MHL Play-Offs Match 6
Sheffield Hallam (Premier) v Cardiff & Met (West)
1415 – NOW: Pensions MHL Championship 3v4 
Loser Semi 1 v Loser Semi 2
1645 – NOW: Pensions MHL Championship Final 
Winner Semi 1 v Winner Semi 2

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