East Grinstead set for EHL Women’s debut

East Grinstead, Old Georgians and Holcombe will all take part in next season’s Euro Hockey League following the conclusion of the English club season earlier this month.

On the women’s side, EG ended Surbiton’s incredible streak, dating back to the 2013/14 season, to win the title for the first time since its introduction in 1989.

It means East Grinstead (picture above from Graeme Wilcockson) above from will take the top European spot in the EHL Women’s FINAL8 while Surbiton get the second European ticket for next season in the EuroHockey Trophy.

Surbiton won a semi-final thriller against Hampstead & Westminster 5-3 while East Grinstead got their place in the final via a shoot-out after a 3-3 draw with Clifton Robinsons.

In the final, EG burst out of the blocks with Laura Roper and Anna Faulstich scoring in the first quarter; Leah Wilkinson cut the gap in Q2 and Sophie Hamilton levelled up at 2-2 in the third quarter.

Sally Sime, though, got the winner with nine minutes to go for a famous 3-2 win.

For Old Georgians, they overcame a titanic men’s semi-final tussle on the Saturday against Wimbledon in a shoot-out 4-3 after normal time ended 0-0.

It setup a final date with Holcombe who knocked out Surbiton with a 2-1 success, a result which ensured their European spot into the bargain.

Old Georgians celebrate as Premiership champions on Day 2 of England Hockey Premier Finals weekend at Surbiton Hockey Club. Picture: Graeme Wilcockson / gmwsport.com / England Hockey

In the final, Old Georgians raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first five minutes via James Tindall and Lee Morton. 

Holcs got one back soon after, the reigning champions went back-to-back with three more from Chris Proctor, Tom Carson and Sam Ward for a 5-1 victory.

It means OId Georgians will be England’s number one men’s seed in next season’s EHL with Holcombe the second seed.