January 23, 2018
The EIHA Womens Leagues are getting back underway after the Christmas break, here we look at all of the divisions to see the latest positions and catch up on the very latest action.
ELITE LEAGUE: Bracknell Queen Bees opened a four point lead at the top of Elite League after a 5-0 home win over Kingston Diamonds on Saturday. Bracknell have eight wins from eight, while playoff champions Solihull are second with six wins from eight games. Guildford Lightning are third while Kingston hold the fourth play off spot. Streatham Storm are challenging just two points out of play offs with Sheffield Shadows in sixth place.
On Saturday, Rachel Cartwright bagged a hat-trick with other markers from Chrissy Newman and Sophie Herbert. Sam Bonathan made 16 saves for the shutout.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Two teams boast 100% records at the head of the standings. Chelmsford Cobras have seven wins from seven, just ahead of Swindon Topcats (six from six). The two teams meet at Chelmsford on 18 February. MK Falcons and Kingston Diamonds complete the top four playoff places.
Last weekend Kingston had a road double header at Bracknell and Chelmsford. The Diamonds shone on Saturday, winning 5-1 at the Firebees. Reagan Downing netted a treble, with goals from Joanne Cockerton and Beth Barwell.
The following day, Diamonds struck in the first minute at Chelmsford but the Cobras hit back with five unanswered to lead 5-1 at 32.17. Ellie Wakeling and Abbie Sylvester both scored twice for Cobras. Kingston rebounded with goals from Carla Clark (2) and Dawn Dickinson to pull within a single goal before Tereza Plankova sealed the points with a sixth for Chelmsford.
DIVISION 1 NORTH: Sheffield Shadows and Telford Wrekin Raiders played out a 3-3 tie on 14 January as D1 North resumed after the Christmas break. Hazel Wilson (Sheffield) and Abigail Plant (Telford) each scored twice for their respective sides.
Solway Sharks and Telford hold the playoff spots at the moment, but there are plenty of fixtures in 2018 so places are liable to change between now and playoff weekend in May.
DIVISION 1 SOUTH: Three points separate first to eighth in the league, with only Basingstoke Bison Ladies boasting an unbeaten record. Swindon Topcats and Bison Ladies hold the top two places as things stand but this ultra-competitive division looks like going down to the wire.
Action last weekend saw Invicta Dynamics hold off Cardiff Comets 6-4 in a see-saw game at Gillingham. Lucy Gruber and Hannah Eason scored twice for Invicta to lead the scoring, Kimberley Evans (2+1) headed the chart for Comets.
U16 GIRLS NORTH: Kingston Diamonds head the North group with three wins from three so far. Sheffield Shadows have four points from four games ahead of Nottingham Vipers with three losses so far.
U16 GIRLS SOUTH: Bracknell Ice Bees are top of the four team league with six points. Milton Keynes also have six points but have played three games more. Haringey and Swindon have two points each in third and fourth spot. Last weekend Bracknell won 7-0 at home to Haringey – Emily Harris leading the way with 2+2, Ellie Wakeling adding 2+1.
All of the links to league standings, results and fixtures can be found on the EIHA website: https://eiha.co.uk/womens/