This weekend, with weather that hopefully reflects the season we’re in, Hockey Wales will play host to the 2018 Cup Finals. Here’s your line up…
10.00 a.m. Ladies Challenge
Cardiff Medics 2nds v Northop Hall
In a repeat of last year’s Challenge final, it will be a welcome return to Northop Hall who will be determined to retain their title as Challenge winners. As is the way with student teams, the Medics squad has only one player from last year’s team, whilst the ‘Hall’ will have 9 players returning – their experience may prove invaluable.
12.15 p.m. Men’s Trophy
Bridgend v Swansea City
Bridgend perennial finalists or semi-finalists – lost last year in semis to Penarth, who were having one of their most successful seasons. This season Bridgend gained promotion from De Cymru & The Marches 1 league as Champions and will next season be in the same League as Swansea City.
Swansea had a great season, particularly in the second half where they only dropped 5 points out of 30 until two defeats in their final matches left them in 4th place.
14.30 p.m. Ladies Trophy
Cardiff & Met 2nds v Bangor University 2nds
With neither of last year’s finalists making it though this season, it will be two teams who would not normally play against each other who have won through. With Commonwealth Games debutant, Alf Dinnie coaching the team and a number of experienced players in their squad it will be interesting to see how they cope against the students from Bangor. The Uni team are used to travelling in this year’s competition, having won through their pool in Newtown and semi-final in Welshpool.
10.00 a.m. Men’s Challenge
Cardiff & Met E v Swansea University B
Returning for another chance of winning the Trophy following their defeat in the final last year, Cardiff & Met will be quite used to their student opposition as they both play in the De Cymru 1 league and finished on equal points. The head to head during the season went the way of the University with a draw and a victory in the two matches.
12.15 p.m. Ladies Championship
Cardiff University v Swansea University
The clash of the universities could prove to be the closest game of the weekend with Swansea having recently beaten Cardiff 2-1 in the Varsity match. Both teams ended up in mid table in the Premier League with Cardiff having a miserly defence in only conceding 21 goals in their 18 games. In their two league matches honours were even with one win apiece. Swansea Uni overcame Cardiff & Met 3-2 in their semi having twice having come from behind and will be the first time they have played in their final since the competition was restructured. Holders Cardiff Uni had a difficult encounter in their semi-final match as it was against their 2nds with only a 57’ goal separating the teams. The winning team will qualify to represent Wales in Europe next year.
14.30 p.m. Men’s Championship
Whitchurch v Cardiff & Met
Playing in the final is nothing new to either of the two teams having faced each other on numerous occasions over the past few years. With Cardiff & Met looking to retain the trophy and Whitchurch hoping to gain some encouragement before their EuroHockey trip to Slovenia. With their Commonwealth Games players only having recently returned from the Gold Coast, it will be interesting to see how Cardiff & Met reintegrate the players after their prolonged absence.
As well as some delicious food and refreshments on site, you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase our replica kit, get involved with our exciting new 50/50 raffle and purchase tickets for the eagerly anticipated Under 18 Boys EuroHockey tournament this July. We look forward to welcoming you!!
Due to numerous events being held at the Sport Wales National Centre this weekend, we urge you to plan ahead.