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Hockey - 07. May 2007.

Leopards put Tigers on the Spot.

Leopards put Tigers on the Spot.

Wessex Leopards won the women's title in the inaugural Great Britain Super League at Manchester 's Belle Vue Hockey Stadium 6th May,  beating the Saxon Tigers 4-1   through goals from Jenny Hall, Rebecca Herbert, Katie Long and Crista Cullen.  Scotland's Caledonian Cougars, Linda Clement, with seven goals, was the women's top scorer.

 

Manchester digital TV broadcaster , Channel M,  covered the finals day to be  broadcast  later this week on their "Sports Central "programme on  digital TV ( Virgin Media  878, Sky 203 , terrestrial 39  or via their website at

http://www.channelm.co.uk/sport/     Brooklands Hockey Club 's  Jeff Gizzard (MC for the weekend's  event ) , stepped in at the last minute  to provide Channel M with expert commentary.  BBC Essex's Ollie Rogers , brother of England International / Saxon Tigers , Chloe Rogers,  also videoed   some of the action and interviewed   prolifically capped hockey legend , Karen Brown about the new Super League.

 

The Super League was formed May last year following the signing of the Great Britain Framework agreement designed   to provide a new nationwide competition that was not exclusive to national teams. It comprises of three English teams, 2 Scottish and 1 Welsh team for each gender. Its aim is to help identify and nurture players, coaches and officials able to participate and compete  for Great Britain in future Olympic games. Teams started training together in March this year with  a total of 260 players  and 60 staff and officials  supplied with new branded  playing kit, courtesy of Mercian.  

 

The final results were as follows

Placings5 / 6  Pennine Pumas Celtic Panthers  1

3/4  Caledonian Cougars 4    Highland Jaguars  1

1/2    Saxon Tigers 2   Wessex Leopards 4

 

by John Coxon

More images from the women's games at 

http://www.photoboxgallery.com/JohnCoxon

 

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