The draw has been made for the Semi Finals of the Women’s Vase following this weekend’s Quarter Final matches. The finalists are also known for the Junior Cup Finals which will take place at the University of Birmingham over the weekend of 25- 26 April.
In the Women’s Vase Semi Final Draw, there is a sense of déjà vu with Lewis drawing Camberley & Farnborough for the second year in a row. Lewis defeated Amersham & Chalfont to reach the last four, just as they did at this stage last season, with a brace from Suzie Clapp and Anna Worth proving enough to beat the Buckinghamshire-based side. Lewis, who are undefeated in the Sussex Premier League so far this season, will hope to go one better than last year against a Camberley & Farnborough side who have never won the competition but have reached the final twice in the last three years. Five goals in the first half, including a hat trick from Lucy Hollely, sent last season’s finalists to a 6-1 victory against Dudley.
The other Semi Final will see Oswestry host East Grinstead with both teams going strong in their leagues. Oswestry, who are currently second in Cheshire Division One reached the last four after a successful trip to Bedfordshire where they beat Shefford & Sandy 2-1. Two goals in each half from East Grinstead’s Ella Kenny ensured that her team defeated Newcastle 4-0. East Grinstead are also second in their league and will hope to go one better than last year when they lost to eventual winners Sonning at this stage.
Women’s Vase Semi Finals – Ties to be played Sunday 5 April
Camberley & Farnborough v Lewis
Oswestry v East Grinstead
In the junior competitions, the 16 finalists are now also known for the Finals of the Boys & Girls U15 & U18 Cups, which will be held at the University of Birmingham over the weekend of 25-26 April. Since 2006, the four finalists in each age group have played in a round-robin format at one venue to determine the winner. This format was established to mirror the type of tournament hockey that would be experienced at international level.
Wakefield will be looking to retain the Girls U15 Cup as they go head to head with Teddington, Surbiton and Lytham St Annes, with the latter making their first appearance in the finals. Wakefield have also made it to the finals in Girls U18 Cup and will be joined by Reading, Leicester and regular finalists Belper who will be looking to make it three championships on the trot.