THOMAS AND BALL FIRE GB INTO HISTORIC FINAL

great britain hockey midfielder georgie twigg, courtesy GB Hockey/ Frank UijlenbroekGreat Britain women are through to the annual Champions Trophy final for the first time.

Goals from Slough’s Ashleigh Ball – whose hometown is Cheltenham – and Welsh ace Sarah Thomas enabled team GB to beat Germany 2-0 in last night’s semi-final in Rosario, Argentina.

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BALL FOCUSED ON CHAMPIONS TASK

gb hockey ace ashleigh ball courtesy and copyright GB Hockey/ Frank UijlenbroekAshleigh Ball believes Great Britain have given the Netherlands something to think about following their comeback Champions Trophy 2-2 draw with the world’s top women's hockey team in Rosario, Argentina.

GB play China tonight (1800) aiming to maintain their unbeaten start ahead of Thursday’s quarter-finals and Slough star Ball – who grew up playing hockey in her hometown of Cheltenham – is confident without being bullish.

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TOP OF TABLE HOCKEY CLASH PUT ON ICE

england hockey board logoThe overnight arrival of frost caused a number of postponements in the men and women’s regional league hockey programmes at the weekend.

The top of the table Davis Wood Hockey League Premier One clash between leaders University of Exeter A and Firebrands fixtured to take place in Bristol was postponed and will now be rescheduled.

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SW HOCKEY NEWS: CHELTENHAM MOVE UP

jolly hockey socks, courtesy and copyright tom haighCheltenham A have moved up to second in Davis Wood Hockey League Premier Division Three following a 4-4 home draw with Firebrands A.

The point enables Cheltenham to edge above third placed Taunton Vale A and close the gap on leaders University of Exeter C to three points ahead of next Saturday’s full programme.

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CLIFTON SET FOR READING TEST

investec women's hockey league logoClifton Ladies face the toughest end of year test when they travel to Investec Women’s Hockey League leaders Reading on Saturday in the final game before the midwinter, mid-season break.

Reading are runaway Women’s Premier Division leaders at the midway stage of the season, seven points clear of second placed Leicester.

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SOMERSET STARS IN GB HOCKEY SQUAD

somerset hockey star simon mantell of reading, england and great britainBridgwater-born brothers Richard and Simon Mantell are both included in Great Britain men’s hockey squad for next month’s Champions Trophy in New Zealand. 

Reading forward Simon Mantell, 27 (pictured) returns to international action having missed England’s European bronze medal-winning campaign in August.

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