Saturday, May 25, 2024

England Hockey Finals Weekend: Old Georgians and East Grinstead set for title defence

Old Georgians men and East Grinstead women are on track for league title defences after both won on the final day of the season to secure League Finals Weekend tickets.

Old Georgians, unbeaten in 17 matches, beat Holcombe 4-2, with Henry Weir scoring from two second-half penalty corner goals.

Old Georgians will take on Wimbledon in a repeat of last year’s semi-final on Saturday, with Hampstead & Westminster set to face Surbiton in the other last four clash.

In-form Hampstead & Westminster secured their ticket with a 4-2 win over Beeston, who suffered a fourth defeat in a row.

Men’s Premier Division top scorers:
Sam Ward (Old Georgians) 25
Henry Croft (Beeston) 23
Struan Walker (Surbiton) 22
Alan Forsyth (Old Georgians) 21
Luke Taylor (Surbiton) 17
Nick Bandurak (Holcombe) 17

Meanwhile, Cardiff & Met staved off relegation in their first ever season in the Men’s Premier Division. Reading’s home form proved their demise as the failed to win a single game at Sonning Lane. 

In the Women’s Premier Division, East Grinstead overcame Reading 2-1 and will head into this weekend’s league finale 13 matches unbeaten. Grace Balsdon and Sophie Bray scored second-half goals to secure their passage. 

Wimbledon beat Bowdon to qualify for League Finals for the first time, while Surbiton beat Hampstead & Westminster for the third time this season courtesy of a 4-1 win. H&W are set to meet East Grinstead in the women’s semi-finals. 

Meanwhile, Beeston were relegated to the second tier after six seasons in the Premier Division. They were demoted with Isca & University of Exeter.

Women’s Premier Division top scorers:
Madi Ratcliffe (Hampstead & Westminster) 15
Hannah French (Surbiton) 13
Sophie Bray (East Grinstead) 13
Tess Howard (East Grinstead) 13
Mia Moore (Reading) 10

Sat 13 April 2024 

11.00     Women’s semi-final 1  

13.15     Women’s semi-final 2  

15.30     Men’s semi-final 1  

17.45     Men’s semi-final 2  

Sun 14 April 2024 

10.00     Women’s 3rd/4th play-off 

12.15     Men’s 3rd/4th play-off  

14.30     Women’s final 

17.00     Men’s final

Tickets still available

*Stats provided by Colin Pike

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