May 16, 2019
The EIHA Women’s Trophy Weekend takes place at Widnes on June 1 & 2 with a total of fourteen teams contesting four national titles. League management have confirmed the schedule for the ten games and while most of the places have been taken there is still a battle over the next couple of weeks to book a ticket to the dance.
Saturday’s programme sees semi finals for the three senior divisions – Elite, Premier and Division 1. The respective winners take their place in the Finals on Sunday, where there is also the U16 Girls Final on the schedule.
In the Elite League, Bracknell Queen Bees secured an eighth successive league title at the end of April and have at time of writing have 17 wins and one draw from their 18 games. They close out this weekend at Kingston on Saturday and at home to Guildford on Sunday.
Solihull Vixens will end the season in second place having completed their schedule with 12 wins and two draws.
The battle for third and fourth will go to the final weekend of the regular season. Kingston Diamonds and Guildford Lightning will both qualify for Trophy Weekend, but they each face the Queen Bees before going head to head on May 26. Guildford are currently one point ahead of Kingston after 18 games played.
Streatham Storm and Swindon Topcats complete the WEL running order in fifth and sixth place respectively.
There are several permutations for qualification from Women’s Premier League where Nottingham Vipers have secured the league title after a win at rivals Sheffield last weekend. Behind the Vipers, places 2-7 are not confirmed with four of the sides battling to fill three remaining qualification spots at Widnes.
There are eight WPL games over the final two games of the regular season with many of the sides in contention facing off against each other – Whitley Squaws travel to Chelmsford Cobras on Saturday looking to clinch the runners-up spot. Kingston Diamonds and Sheffield Shadows are the other sides fighting it out for a Trophy Weekend place. MK Falcons look set to miss out on defending their playoff crown, while Bracknell Firebees and Widnes Wild Women complete the WPL standings.
The Division 1 programmes in both north and south are concluded.
Telford Wrekin Raiders won the north league and will open up proceedings at Trophy Weekend in the first semi final. Behind them Solway Sharks Ladies will make a first ever appearance at the Trophy Weekend after they clinched the runners up spot over Sheffield Shadows by a single point. Grimsby Wolves completed their first season in the women’s league and we look forward to them continuing to grow in seasons to come.
Division 1 South was extremely competitive with five of the nine teams playing at .500 or better. Swindon Topcats lost only once to win the title with 28 points to 24 for runners up Cardiff Comets. Streatham Storm (21) and the newly formed Slough Sirens (20) also enjoyed a successful campaign. Coventry Phoenix, Oxford Midnight Stars, Solent Amazons, Invicta Dynamics and Peterborough Penguins completed the table.
There will be a new U16 girls team representing the south this season after Haringey edged out Bracknell Ice Bees in the standings to qualify for Trophy Weekend. They will play Kingston U16 Diamonds who also had a fight to see off the challenge of Sheffield Shadows in the north. Kingston’s two wins and a tie in the head to head means they will play for the U16 title at Widnes.
Follow www.eiha.co.uk/womens over the next two weekends to track the final qualifying spots for Widnes on June 1&2.
TROPHY WEEKEND 2019 SCHEDULE
Saturday June 1
11.00am D1 semi final – Telford Wrekin Raiders v Cardiff Comets
12.45pm WPL semi final – Nottingham Vipers v WPL Fourth Place
2.30pm WEL semi final – Bracknell Queen Bees v WEL Fourth Place
4.45pm D1 semi final – Swindon Topcats v Solway Sharks Ladies
6.45pm WPL semi final – WPL Second Place v WPL Third Place
8.30pm WEL semi final – Solihull Vixens v WEL Third Place
Sunday June 2
10.45am – D1 Trophy Final
1.00pm – Premier Trophy Final
3.15pm – U16 Girls Final – Haringey v Kingston
5.00pm – Elite Final for Bill Britton Trophy
Admission at Planet Ice, Widnes is free for spectators across the weekend. All games will be available as a webcast from 247.tv – webcast details to follow.