Sunday, December 3, 2023

England Hockey finals weekend places still up for grabs

Old Georgians, Holcombe, Wimbledon and Surbiton have secured their places in the Men’s Premier Division Finals Weekend with a game to spare.

Holcombe thrashed Beeston 6-1 to continue their Phase 3 form with back-to-back wins, while Old Georgians won 4-0 away to Hampstead & Westminster, with top scorer Sam Ward once again netting for the league champions.

Old Georgians and Holcombe meet next weekend in the final pool phase game to decide who finishes top ahead of the final four showdown at Surbiton HC on April 1/2.

Wimbledon and Surbiton will also square up next Saturday to find out who finishes top of Pool B. Surbiton squeezed past Reading 1-0 away, while Wimbledon racket up a 6-2 win over Oxted.

In the Vitality Women’s Premier Division, Surbiton left it late to continue their winning form with a 3-1 win over Beeston.

Giselle Ansley and Darcy Bourne scored late on, leaving Surbiton and East Grinstead to slug it out in their final game next Saturday. Surbiton are now assured of both men’s and women’s teams playing on home turf, while the West Sussex side will also make the trip.

East Grinstead have two wins from two following their 3-1 victory over Uni of Birmingham at home.

It will go down to the wire in Pool B, however, with leaders Clifton Robinsons having almost secured a finals place after a 3-1 shoot-out win over Wimbledon after a 1-1 draw in normal time. Hampstead & Westminster were 7-1 victors over Uni of Nottingham.

Clifton face Uni of Nottingham while nearest challengers Wimbledon and Hampstead & Westminster meet to contest the final spot.

All three sides can still finish top of the group.

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