Ipswich qualify for National Finals

Womens English Hockey Premier League IndoorIpswich 5 Sutton Coldfield 5 Ipswich 3 Olton 7 Ipswich 2 Old Loughtonians 2Ipswich 6 Bowdon Hightown 4 Ipswich, for the third year running, have won through to the England Hockey National Indoor Finals.

Womens English Hockey Premier League Indoor

Ipswich 5 Sutton Coldfield 5

Ipswich 3 Olton 7

Ipswich 2 Old Loughtonians 2

Ipswich 6 Bowdon Hightown 4

Ipswich, for the third year running, have won through to the England Hockey National Indoor Finals. The Suffolk side went one better than last year, finishing in third place in the league. It means they will face second place Bowdon Hightown in the second semi-final on Sunday 21 January at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

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Ipswich started the weekend with a 5-5 draw with fourth placed Sutton Coldfield. Trailing 5-4 with six minutes to play Leisa King was sent off for dissent and things looked bleak for the Suffolk side. However, a fantastic team effort saw the side battle back into the match and claim a well deserved draw.

The second game of the weekend saw Ipswich face a tricky Olton team and an ill disciplined Ipswich display saw them lose 7-3.

Sunday saw Ipswich play East rivals Old Loughtonians, knowing that a win would put them through to finals day. A narrow 2-1 winning margin was pegged back with only four minutes left to go and Ipswich had to settle for a disappointing 2-2 draw.

The final game against Bowdon Hightown was do or die for the Suffolk side, knowing that they needed to win to claim third place. Despite going 2-0 down, Ipswich remained patient and were soon back in the game, going in at half time 4-3 down. The second half saw Ipswich's player rotations pay off as they took advantage of a tiring Hightown side, scoring three goals without reply to lead 6-4. Despite some increased pressure in the final minutes, Ipswich held firm and made sure of their place in England Hockey's biggest event.

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