Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Men’s Final: East Grinstead 8-4 Canterbury.

East Grinstead swept to their sixth consecutive indoor title with an 8-4 win over Canterbury in what proved to be a hugely entertaining encounter. Ross Stott and Mark Pearn grabbed two goals apiece to fire the Sussex side to the title but it was the performance of Czech International ‘keeper Filip Neusser that caught the eye. The giant goalkeeper made a series of crucial saves during the first half to preserve his team’s lead and was deservedly named the player of the match. Continue reading

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Men’s Semi Finals: East Grinstead vs Holcombe, Key Battles.

With East Grinstead going up against Holcombe and Reading facing off against Canterbury, this Sunday’s Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Semi Finals promise to be an exciting spectacle. Each side has their share of match winners, The Top of the D looks at some of the key players and the key battles in each of the games. First up, reigning champions East Grinstead vs. Holcombe. Continue reading

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Ladies’ Final: Key Battles.

Both Reading and Bowdon Hightown came through nail-biting semi-finals in dramatic fashion to take their places at Wembley in a repeat of the 2011 final.

With both teams no stranger to this big occasion a number of key battles will take place all over the court. The Top of the D takes a look at the players who could make the difference this weekend. Continue reading

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s: Men’s Ones to Watch.

Despite the change from six to five-a-side in the indoor game, some things stay the same. East Grinstead find themselves top of the pile in the race to Wembley. Reading and Bowdon are not far off the pace and with just five points separating Canterbury in fourth and Doncaster who are bottom, there is still much to play for over the second weekend of the Maxinutrition Hockey 5s. Here, The Top of the D gives the lowdown on some of the players to keep an eye out for: Continue reading

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s: Women’s Ones to Watch.

The second weekend of the Women’s Maxinutrition Hockey 5s is just days away as the crème de la crème of England’s domestic teams return to Bromsgrove to find out which teams will advance to the semi finals. After the first weekend in December, Slough sit proudly top of the table after an unbeaten first two days. Bowdon Hightown and Reading are in hot pursuit, whilst Canterbury occupy the final qualification place. Indoor is an unpredictable game, however, so there are still likely to be plenty of twists and turns before all is said and done. The Top of the D gives you the lowdown on some of the players to look out for this coming weekend:

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