EXETER BUOYED BY BUCS SEMIS SUCCESS

university of exeter men's hockey club crestUniversity of Exeter will be hoping their 3-1 midweek British Universities & Colleges Sport hockey win over defending champions Loughborough will kick start their England Hockey League Men’s Premier ascent.

The greens head into Sunday's EHL match at Hampstead & Westminster (1400) three points adrift at the foot of the top flight but buoyed by yesterday's brilliant BUCS victory at Nottingham University.

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CLIFTON AT SURBITON IN SEMIS

clifton ladies hockey club logoClifton Ladies Hockey Club are set to visit unbeaten Conference East leaders Surbiton in the Women’s Cup semi-final on March 25 following a successful double win weekend.

The Bristol-based Investec Women’s Hockey League side followed up Saturday’s 3-0 Premier Division win at Slough with a home 4-0 quarter final cup win over Chelmsford yesterday.

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EXETER RESUME TOP FLIGHT HOCKEY CAMPAIGN

ehl logoUniversity of Exeter are set to resume their England Hockey League Men’s Premier Division campaign at home to Nottingham side Beeston today (University of Exeter Sports Park 1230).

Exeter start the second half of the season – following the midwinter, mid-season break – seeking to move off the bottom of the top flight.

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CLIFTON BACK IN TOP FLIGHT ACTION

clifton ladies' joie leigh in actionThe top women’s hockey team in the region, Clifton Ladies, are set to play their first Investec national league match of 2012 when they host Canterbury (Coombe Dingle Sports Complex 1130) tomorrow.

Bristol-based Clifton side are fifth in the Women’s Premier Division four points behind third placed Canterbury, who edged the mid-October meeting in Kent 2-1.

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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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