May 18, 2018
The EIHA women’s hockey season comes to a close this weekend with the traditional end-of-season playoff weekend, officially Women’s Trophy Weekend. Four titles are up for grabs with the top four sides from Elite, Premier and Division 1 and the best two U16 clubs doing battle for one last time.
All games are at Bauer Arena Ice Sheffield with FREE admission for spectators. For those unable to make it to Sheffield, 247.tv are streaming all ten games from the weekend online at this link.
The tournament also has its own Twitter account, if you follow @EIHATrophyWknd for scores, pics and news from rinkside in Sheffield throughout the weekend.
On the eve of the tournament we take a look at all competing teams and compare their league records, top scorers and best goalies giving you some players to watch and teams to be wary of. Let’s start with the top division, the Women’s Elite League.
The semi finals on Saturday are Bracknell v Kingston and Guildford v Solihull.
BRACKNELL QUEEN BEES (1st)
League record (W-D-L) 19-1-0. Goals 119-26. Top scorer Christine Newman 29+13=42. Goalie Sam Bonathan 0.923 save percentage.
KINGSTON DIAMONDS (4th)
League record 5-6-9. Goals 37-53. Top scorer Shannon Jones 5+8=13. Goalie Holly Steeples 0.932
GUILDFORD LIGHTNING (2nd)
League record 12-3-5. Goals 73-46. Top scorer Louise Adams 22+11=33. Goalie Alexandra Barrow 0.922
SOLIHULL VIXENS (3rd)
League record 12-1-7. Goals 78-60. Top scorer Katie Henry 32+9=41. Goalie Michelle Franklin 0.915
Into the Women’s Premier League, where the top four will line up Swindon v Kingston and Chelmsford v Milton Keynes.
SWINDON TOPCATS (1st)
League record 11-1-0. Goals 85-7. Top scorer Rebecca Da Cova 19+17=36. Goalie Rachel Moore 0.992
KINGSTON DIAMONDS (4th)
League record 5-1-6. Goals 36-47. Top scorer Reagan Downing 9+6=15. Goalie Charlotte Cook 0.890
CHELMSFORD COBRAS (2nd)
League record 8-1-3. Goals 62-37. Top scorer Tereza Plankova 20+8=28. Goalie Cherry Hambleton 0.863
MILTON KEYNES FALCONS (3rd)
League record 8-0-4. Goals 57-26. Top scorer Rachel Piotrowski 16+11=27. Goalie Kayleigh Doyle 0.910
The third tier, Division 1, is split into North and South leagues. The top two from each play crossover semi finals, so it’s Whitley Bay v Streatham and Basingstoke v Blackburn.
WHITLEY BAY SQUAWS (1st in North)
League record 5-2-1. Goals 40-19. Top scorer Steph Towns 21+9=30. Goalie Jessica Kinghorn 0.913
STREATHAM STORM (2nd in South)
League record 11-2-3. Goals 64-30. Top scorer Parris Moore 19+8=27. Goalie Stephanie Wicken 0.956
BASINGSTOKE BISON LADIES (1st in South)
League record 11-2-3. Goals 76-29. Top scorer Jodie Attrill 27+9=36. Goalie Katherine Robinson 0.922
BLACKBURN THUNDER (2nd in North)
League record 4-1-3. Goals 27-16. Top scorer Abigail Rawcliffe 12+2=14. Goalie Tegan Lavery 0.944
Finally the U16 Girls competition again features a North and South division, with the two league winners going head to head in Sunday’s U16 Trophy Final. It’s Bracknell v Kingston once again this year.
BRACKNELL ICE BEES (1st in South)
League record 11-1-0. Goals 90-5. Top scorer Emily Harris 40+14=54. Goalie Kayla Poole 1.000
KINGSTON DIAMONDS (1st in North)
League record 6-0-1. Goals 79-10. Top scorer Sophie Campbell 14+5=19. Goalie Chloe Rees 0.958