Goals from Emily Atkinson, Hollie Webb and Jenna Woolven fired Surbiton to a 3-0 win over Canterbury and their first Investec Women’s Championship Trophy. Brett Garrard’s side, in only their second season in the Premier League and their second appearance at the playoffs held off a spirited display from the Kent side to cap a perfect weekend for the Sugden Road outfit.
Reading bounced back from the disappointment of yesterday’s semi-final defeat to Surbiton with a dominant display to hammer Clifton 6-0 to seal third place in the playoffs. A hat-trick from Becky Halle, two from Alex Danson and another from Jess Brooker did the damage as Clifton simply could not live with their opponents.
Two goals from Buckingham captain Zoe Shipperley ensured the West Conference side finally take their place in the top flight at the fifth time of trying.
Having qualified for playoffs the last four seasons before this one and having missed out, it was starting to look like it might never happen for Buckingham, especially after their crushing defeat by Holcombe yesterday. However, a splendid defensive display and a brace from their inspirational skipper were enough to get them over the line, condemning Sutton Coldfield to relegation- the first premier league side to suffer that fate via the playoffs. Continue reading
Holcombe secured a deserved place in next season’s Premier League with a brutal display of finishing blitzing Brooklands Poynton by 8-2 in their final game of this playoff competition. Holcombe went into the game needing only a draw to go up but there was never any doubt of them pushing for anything other than a win as Megan Frazer helped herself to a hat-trick adding to goals from Shelley Russell (2), Nikki Daly, Lucy Wood and Steph Elliott. Continue reading
Two goals from Jenna Woolven fired Surbiton into a final showdown with Canterbury tomorrow as Brett Garrard’s side produced a fine display, running out 4-1 winners over Reading in a pulsating encounter at Sonning Lane. Continue reading
Goals from Eliza Brett and Anna Baker were enough to give Canterbury a 2-0 win over Clifton to take their place in the Investec Women’s Championship Playoff Final tomorrow. Brett struck in the eighth minute whilst Baker, as she did in the league meeting between the two sides, sealed the win with the second in the 43rd minute. Continue reading
A splendid display from Holcombe gave the Kent side one foot in the Premier League going into the final game of the playoffs as they swept aside Buckingham with a crushing 6-0 victory. Continue reading
Goals from Gemma Brown, Emma McCabe and Jane Sixsmith gave Sutton Coldfield a great chance of maintaining their Premier League status as they twice came from behind to snatch a 3-2 win over Brooklands Poynton. Continue reading
The votes are in. The dye is cast and the results have been finalised. The moment you’ve all been waiting for, the time to announce the eleven players the public have chosen as their Investec Women’s Premier League Team of the Season. Here goes: Continue reading
And then there were four. The teams who have proved themselves to be the finest in the land will come together at Reading Hockey Club this weekend to do battle to determine who will be crowned champions and also grab that all-important place in Europe for next season. Having finished top of the league, Canterbury already have a European place sewn up and will face Clifton, who finished fourth, in their semi final. The other semi-final pits defending champions Reading against Surbiton. The Top of the D gives you the low-down on the teams. Continue reading