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NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Finals

Via England Hockey

From 5-6 April the top four men’s teams will battle it out to be crowned NOW: Pensions League Champions. We’ve got the schedule and we’ve got the standings, so let’s see how the teams will square off against each other.

Saturday and Sunday both start off with two matches from the Play-Off tournament, which will determine which teams will have a place in the Premier Division next season. Following them is the two semi-finals on Saturday, then on Sunday the 3/4 place play-off and the main attraction of the Championship Final. Below we’ve gone through the first two matches and how the two teams match up.

You can see the matches in person at Reading HC: advance tickets are still available, saving you money on the door as well as giving you peace of mind that your entry is guaranteed. Tickets start from £15 for Adults and £6 for U18s – book now!

The first semi-final sees first play fourth, and those places are taken by East Grinstead and Surbiton. Finishing the league in first place, East Grinstead have gained an automatic European place and fired back into the Finals weekend with style, after having finished fifth last season. They’re facing up against Surbiton, who are coming into the finals weekend off the back of a brilliant second half of the season – they have two of the top three scorers in the league as Matt Daly and Alan Forsyth have both been on top form. Surbiton will be a force to be reckoned with as they look to consolidate their European place alongside their fight to win the trophy.

Semi-final two features Beeston, who finished second, and Reading, who finished the season in third. Beeston are coming into the Finals weekend as defending champions, but they haven’t been as dominant this season. They’ve got five players in their team who are also members of the England squad, but as two of them might not play it might not be enough to tip the match in their favour. However, they’ve got a secret weapon in Sam Ward, the league’s second highest scorer and looking to add to his tally as the weekend marches on. Their opponents Reading also have a number of England and GB stars in their team – with upcoming star Tom Carson up front and the formidable drag-flick of Simon Mantell, Reading will be looking to play the home advantage to its fullest.

Those are the first two semi-finals, where the winners and losers will determine how the last two matches on Sunday will play out. Let us know your opinion on who’ll prevail on Twitter or Facebook then come down to the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Finals at Reading HC to see if your predictions are right!

5th-6th April at Reading HC

Saturday

1030 – NOW: Pensions MHL Play-Offs Match 3
Sheffield Hallam (Premier) v Southgate (East)

1230 – NOW: Pensions MHL Play-Offs Match 4
Cardiff & Met (West) v Brooklands MU (North)

1445 – NOW: Pensions MHL Championship Semi 1
East Grinstead (1st) v Surbiton (4th)

1700 – NOW: Pensions MHL Championship Semi 2
Beeston (2nd) v Reading (3rd) 

Sunday

1000 – NOW: Pensions MHL Play-Offs Match 5
Southgate (East) v Brooklands MU (North)

1200 – NOW: Pensions MHL Play-Offs Match 6
Sheffield Hallam (Premier) v Cardiff & Met (West)

1415 – NOW: Pensions MHL Championship 3v4
Loser Semi 1 v Loser Semi 2

1645 – NOW: Pensions MHL Championship Final
Winner Semi 1 v Winner Semi 2

Via England Hockey