England: England Hockey Club Championships 2023 Finals Review

Men’s Over 50s Tier 1 Final – Reading O50s beat Epsom O50s 3-1 

Reading O50s registered a 3-1 comeback win over Epsom O50s in the Men’s Over 50s Tier 1 Final. Epsom took the lead through David Webster’s field goal in the 31st minute, but Reading came back in the second half and scored a total of three goals to clinch the title. Wayne Shepherd got the equaliser through a penalty stroke in the 43rd minute, while Tim Hunt and Ian Hammond went on to score two quick goals in the 52nd and 54th minutes respectively to seal the win for Reading. 

Women’s Over 35s Tier 2 Final – Pendle Forest O35s beat Old Georgians O35s 6-3  

In the Women’s Over 35s Tier 2 Final, Pendle Forest defeated Old Georgians 6-3. Charlotte Hartley (9′, 16′, 49′, 52′) was the star of the show as she scored four field goals, while captain Karen Wignall (20′) and Steph Bedford (67′) contributed a goal each in Pendle Forest’s big win. For Old Georgians, it was Tanya Hall (18′, 57′), who netted twice and Monica Younghusband (27′) also scored.  

Men’s Over 60s Tier 1 Final – Warwickshire & Worcestershire O60s beat Indian Gymkhana O60s 12-3 

Warwickshire & Worcestershire O60s registered an emphatic 12-3 win over Indian Gymkhana O60s in the Men’s Over 60s Tier 1 Final. Lloyed Brammer (39′, 40′, 41′, 42′) starred with four goals, while David Knott (29′, 52′, 55′) bagged a hat-trick, and Ian Mcillwaine (13′, 22′) and Avtar Khangure (33′, 65′) each netted twice. Balkar Jawanda (7′) also got on the scoresheet for the winning team, while Chani Bhaura (19′, 62′, 67′) scored all three goals for Indian Gymkhana.  

Women’s Over 45s Tier 2 Final – Sevenoaks O45s beat Telford & Wrekin O45s  3-1  

In the Women’s Over 45s Tier 2 Final, Sevenoaks O45s edged past Telford & Wrekin O45s 3-1 in a thriller. It was Telford & Wrekin O45s who took the lead through Helen Miller in the 34th minute, but a brace from Laura den Daas (44′, 53′) and a goal from Sue Acott (52′) helped Sevenoaks O45s clinch the title.  

Women’s Over 35s Tier 1 Final – Didsbury Northern O35s beat Olton & West Warwicks O35s 2-1 

Didsbury Northern O35s earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over Olton & West Warwicks O35s in the Women’s Over 35s Tier 1 Final. After a goalless first half, Didsbury Northern O35s broke the deadlock in the 48th minute through Nicky Kellett, but Sally Walton went on to equaliser for Olton & West Warwicks O35s in the 56th minute. It was Rhiannon Byrne-Bowles who scored the winner for Didsbury in the 63rd minute.  

Women’s Over 55s Tier 2 Final – Driffield O55s beat St Albans O55s 2-2 (4-3 SO) 

Driffield O55s just edged out St Albans O55s 2-2 (4-3 SO) in a thrilling Women’s Over 55s Tier 2 Final. Driffield took the lead through Susan Bratt in the 19th minute, but Paula Frenzel equalised for St Albans in the 29th minute and Elizabeth Cleverly’s strike put St Albans 2-1 ahead in the 53rd minute. however, Sally Hunt’s penalty corner conversion in the 64th minute for Driffield ended the game in a 2-2 draw. The penalty shootout too ended in a 4-4 stalemate with both teams failing to score one in the first set of 5. Finally, on the 12th penalty, it was St Albans who blinked first in sudden death as Driffield goalkeeper Debbie Nelson came up with a fine save to deny Elizabeth Cleverly.  

Women’s Over 55s Tier 1 Final – Kettering O55s beat Redland O55s 3-1  

Kettering O55s earned a 3-1 win over Redland O55s in the Women’s Over 55s Tier 1 Final. Mandy Starsmore-Young (10′, 18′, 32′) starred with a fine hat-trick for Kettering, while captain Catherine Coombs (35+’) scored the lone goal for Redland.  

Women’s Over 45s Tier 1 Final – St Albans O45s beat Rugby & East Warwickshire O45s 4-0 

In the Women’s Over 45s Tier 1 Final, St Albans O45s registered a comprehensive 4-0 win over Rugby & East Warwickshire O45s. Marie Jones (11′), Suzy Clapp (44′), Elizabeth Cleverly (46′) and Jennifer Birch (61′) were the goal scorers for the tangerines.  

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