Women's England Hockey League
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Women's England Hockey League
Women's England Hockey League
CountriesEngland England
AdministratorEngland Hockey
First tournament1989-90
Last tournament2020-21
Number of teams11 (Premier Division)
10 (Division 1 South)
10 (Division 1 North)
30 (Conference teams)
Current championSurbiton
Most successfulSlough
(11 titles)
WebsiteWomen's Hockey League

The Women's England Hockey League is a field hockey league organised by England Hockey that features women's teams from England. [1] From 2011-2020 it was sponsored by Investec and was referred to as the Investec Women's Hockey League.[2]

Format

Regular season

There are 61 teams in the league, the top tier consists of a Premier Division of eleven teams. Below this is tier two, which consists of two ten team Division One regional teams (North and South). The third tier consists of three regional conferences North, West, and East, all consisting of ten teams. The teams play each other home and away during an 18 week season from September to April. The league has a winter break between December and February. At the end of the season there are a series of play-offs that decide which teams are promoted and relegated and which team finish as champions. [1] The winners of the Premier Division regular season automatically qualify to play in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. [3]

League Finals Weekend

The top four Premier Division teams from the regular season qualify for the League Finals Weekend. The team that wins this tournament will be overall champions of the Women's England Hockey League and will qualify to play in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. If the team finishing top of the Premier Division at the end of the regular season also wins the League Finals Weekend tournament, the tournament runners-up will qualify as England's second team in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. [3]

2021-22 teams

Premier Division

Division One South

Division One North

Team City/town Home pitch
Belper Belper Belper Meadows
Ben Rhydding Ben Rhydding Coutances Way
Bowdon Hightown Bowdon, Greater Manchester The Bowdon Club
Brooklands Poynton Sale, Greater Manchester Brooklands Sports Club
Durham University Durham The Graham Sports Centre
Gloucester City Gloucester Plock Court and St Peter's High School
Leicester City Leicester Leicester Grammar School
Olton & West Warwicks Olton West Warwickshire Sports Club
Stourport Stourport-on-Severn Stourport Sports Club
University of Nottingham Nottingham David Ross Sports Village
Nottingham Hockey Centre

History

The Women's National League was introduced for the first time in 1989-90. [4][5] and the inaugural Women's National League title sponsored by Typhoo was won by Slough.[6]

Past Winners

Premier Division

Premiership Tournament/Super Cup

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Investec Women's Hockey League". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Investec ends sponsorship with England Hockey ahead of Tokyo Olympics". The Hockey Paper. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Play-Offs". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Joyce Whitehead. "Slough are the first national champions." Times [London, England] 19 Mar. 1990". The Times Digital Archive.
  5. ^ ""Tea company to sponsor new league." Times [London, England] 26 Apr. 1989". The Times Digital Archive.
  6. ^ "Joyce Whitehead. "Slough to receive trophy." Times [London, England] 16 Mar. 1990". The Times Digital Archive.
  7. ^ "Alix Ramsay. "Slough scoop the pot." Times [London, England] 25 Mar. 1991". The Times Digital Archive.
  8. ^ "Alix Ramsay. "Slough seal trophy." Times [London, England] 2 Mar. 1992". The Times Digital Archive.
  9. ^ ""England team due for early return." Times [London, England] 15 Mar. 1993". The Times Digital Archive.
  10. ^ "Alix Ramsay. "Leicester shut out Ipswich to end long title wait." Times [London, England] 25 Apr. 1994". The Times Digital Archive.
  11. ^ "Sydney Friskin. "Teddington sights on final." Times [London, England] 14 Apr. 1995". The Times Digital Archive.
  12. ^ ""Holland repeat mastery." Times [London, England] 15 Apr. 1996". The Times Digital Archive.
  13. ^ "Alix Ramsay. "Slough lift their fifth title in eight years." Times [London, England] 14 Apr. 1997". The Times Digital Archive.
  14. ^ "L1 Win League Title For Fourth Season In Succession". surbitonhc.com. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "M1 & L1 Champions, L2 Promoted". Surbiton Hockey Club.

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