Women's England Hockey League

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Women's England Hockey League
CountriesEngland England
AdministratorEngland Hockey
First tournament1989–90
Number of teams10 (Premier Division)
10 (Conference East)
10 (Conference North)
10 (Conference West)
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. It is currently sponsored by Investec and as a result is also referred to as the Investec Women's Hockey League. [1]

Format[edit]

Regular season[edit]

There are 40 clubs in the league which features a national Premier Division of ten teams and three regional ten team Conferences - North, West and East. 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. [2]

League Finals Weekend[edit]

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. [2]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Premier Division Play-Off

The winners of the three Conferences join the ninth-placed team from the Premier Division in a round-robin tournament. The top two teams from this tournament qualify for the following seasons Premier Division. The tenth-placed Premier Division team is automatically relegated to the Conferences.

Conference Play-Off

Below the Men's England Hockey League there are five regional leagues – East, Midlands, North, South and West. The winners of these leagues are promoted to the Men's England Hockey League for the following season. The three teams that finished ninth in the Conferences enter a round-robin tournament. The winner will remain in the Conferences while the other two will be relegated to their respective regional leagues along with the three teams that finished tenth in each Conference. The fixtures are played across three weekends with each side play a home and an away tie. [1][2][3]

History[edit]

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]

2018–19 teams[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

Team Home town/suburb Home pitch
Beeston Beeston, Nottinghamshire Nottingham Hockey Centre
Bowdon Hightown Bowdon, Greater Manchester
Buckingham Buckingham Stowe School
Canterbury Canterbury Polo Farm
Clifton Robinsons Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol Coombe Dingle Sports Centre
East Grinstead East Grinstead, West Sussex EGSC
Holcombe Rochester, Kent Holcombe Park
Slough Slough, Berkshire
Surbiton Long Ditton, Surrey Sugden Road
University of Birmingham University of Birmingham Bournbrook

Conference East[edit]

Team Home town/suburb Home pitch
Bedford Bedford Bedford Sports and Hockey Centre
Cambridge City Cambridge Wilberforce Road
Hampstead & Westminster Maida Vale Paddington Recreation Ground
Harleston Magpies Harleston Shotford Heath
Horsham Horsham
Ipswich Ipswich
Sevenoaks Sevenoaks, Kent
Southgate Trent Park Southgate Hockey Centre
St. Albans St Albans Oaklands College
Wimbledon Wimbledon, London King's College School

Conference North[edit]

Team Home town/suburb Home pitch
Belper Belper Belper Meadows
Ben Rhydding Ben Rhydding Coutances Way
Brooklands Poynton Sale, Greater Manchester
Flyde Wesham, Fylde Mill Farm Sports Village
Leeds Leeds Sports Park Weetwood
Leicester Leicester Leicester Grammar School
Loughborough Students Loughborough University
Sutton Coldfield Sutton Coldfield Rectory Park
Timperley Timperley Timperley Sports Club
University of Durham University of Durham

Conference West[edit]

Team Home town/suburb Home pitch
Barnes Barnes, London Barnes Sports Club
University of Exeter Exeter Streatham Campus
Gloucester City Gloucester Plock Court
Isca Exeter
Olton & West Warwicks Olton West Warwickshire Sports Club
Oxford Hawks Oxford
Reading Reading, Berkshire Sonning Lane
Stourport Stourport-on-Severn Stourport Sports Club
Swansea Swansea King George V Playing Fields
Trojans Southampton Stoneham Lane

Winners[edit]

Season Champions Runners Up
1989–90 Slough [4] Leicester
1990–91 Slough [7] Leicester
1991–92 Slough [8] Leicester
1992–93 Ipswich [9] Hightown
1993–94 Leicester [10] Ipswich
1994–95 Slough [11] Hightown
1995–96 Hightown [12] Ipswich
1996–97 Slough [13] Ipswich
1997–98 Slough Clifton
1998–99 Slough Ipswich
1999–2000 Hightown Ipswich
2000–01 Leicester Ipswich
2001–02 Slough Olton & West Warwicks
2002–03 Slough Canterbury
2003–04 Hightown Chelmsford
2004–05 Leicester Ipswich
2005–06 Leicester Canterbury
2006–07 Leicester Slough
2007–08 Slough Bowdon Hightown
2008–09 Bowdon Hightown Olton & West Warwicks
2009–10 Slough Leicester
2010–11 Reading Leicester
2011–12 Leicester Reading
2012–13 Reading Leicester
2013–14 Surbiton Canterbury
2014–15 Surbiton Canterbury
2015–16 Surbiton Canterbury
2016–17 Surbiton [14] Holcombe
2017–18 Surbiton Holcombe
2018–19 Surbiton Holcombe

Premiership Tournament/Super Cup[edit]

Season Champions Runners Up
1998–99 Slough Clifton
1999–2000 Hightown Ipswich
2000–01 Slough Ipswich
2001–02 Olton & West Warwicks Slough
2002–03 Slough Canterbury
2003–04 Hightown Chelmsford
2004–05 Canterbury Leicester
2005–06 Leicester Canterbury

See also[edit]

Men's England Hockey League

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Investec Women's Hockey League". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Play-Offs". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Regional & Other Leagues". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 16 January 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 27 January 2019.