Fast, exhilarating end-to-end indoor hockey returns to The SSE Arena, Wembley on 31 January 2016 as England Hockey hosts the Super 6s indoor hockey finals. This year, the re-introduction of the Women’s Semi-Finals to Wembley means there are six games across the whole day.
Last year’s women’s champions Bowdon Hightown are back to defend their crown and will take on East Grinstead in a repeat of last year’s final. The other semi-final pits Canterbury against University of Birmingham with the final to follow later in the day.
In the men’s competition East Grinstead are going for an unprecedented eighth consecutive crown with Sevenoaks standing in their way in the semi-final. Canterbury, beaten finalists last time out, are up against Reading in the other semi-final with the men’s final bringing the event to a thrilling finale.
As well as the drama on the field, England’s European Champions will be there to parade the trophy and their medals and fans will have the chance to get their heroes’ autographs at one of our signing sessions. It’s an action-packed day and is a hit both for hockey fans and the neutral sports fan – with over 50 goals in the day in previous years you can’t take your eyes off the action! The nature of indoor hockey is fast and exciting, making it a brilliant spectacle for all ages.
Women’s Super 6s Semi-Finalists
League position 2015/16: 1st
Top goal scorer: Anna Kolarova (11 goals)
Route to the final: Played 8, won 7, drew 1, lost 0, scored 28.
Grace Balsdon, Canterbury Captain: “It’s a fantastic achievement for us to make it to Wembley. I went last year to watch the men and it was an incredible experience, we’re very excited to be part of it this time. We’ve been very consistent. We have a good defence and have been very disciplined, if things go our way on the day, then we rate our chances very highly.”
Team: East Grinstead
League position 2015/16: 2nd
Top goal scorer: Emma Lee-Smith (12 goals)
Route to the final: Played 8, won 6, drew 1, lost 1, scored 37.
Joanna Davis, East Grinstead Captain:“It’s a great feeling to get to Wembley. it’s exciting and it’ll be exciting if we win it. We’re at the stage where we are confident in ourselves. Our excitement has switched to determination. Why play at this level and not want to win it? We rate our chances highly. We showed we can play against anyone and score goals against anyone so we’re very confident.”
Team: Bowdon Hightown
League position 2015/16: 3rd
Top goal scorer: Sally Walton (20 goals).
Route to the final: Played 8, won 4, drew 2, lost 2, scored 42.
Michelle Liptrot, Bowdon Hightown Captain:
“Wembley is really important to us. We’re ecstatic to make it back there this year. We’re really looking forward to it. We have a good mixture of experience and youth. We’ve been there before and it’s a big day so our experience of the day will help. We don’t underestimate anyone but we are confident in our own abilities.”
Team: University of Birmingham
League position 2015/16: 4th
Top goal scorer: Erica Sanders (10 goals)
Route to the final: Played 8, won 4, drew 0, lost 4, scored 28.
Tina Evans, University of Birmingham Captain:
“We’re excited. It’s the first time we’ve made it this far. We’re looking forward to enjoying the atmosphere and enjoying the experience. It’ll be new to us but we’re learning all the time and hopefully we can surprise people on the day.”
Pictured above Bowdon Hightown trio Sally Walton Michelle Liptrot and Tina Cullen celebrate winning last years title.