The EIHA Womens’ Section have confirmed the format of their competitions for the 2016/17 season.bracknellQBs

Clubs will once again compete in three divisions – Elite, Premier and Division 1 – and the season concludes with Trophy Weekend at IceSheffield on 3/4 June 2017.

There will be a full complement of six teams in the Women’s Elite League this season after Swindon Topcats were promoted and last year’s fifth placed Guildford Lightning retain the WEL status.  Kingston Diamonds are promoted from D1 North to the Premier after winning last season’s playoff, while Chelmsford Cobras remain in the WPL for 16/17.

Division 1 North is at six teams this year, while D1 South is unchanged with the same seven clubs as 15/16.  The D1 sides will also have North & South Cup competitions with the prospect of a North v South D1 Cup Final later in the season.

The full list of teams in their divisions is as follows:

Women’s Elite League (2H 2A)
Bracknell Queen Bees
Sheffield Shadows
Solihull Vixens
Kingston Diamonds
Swindon Topcats
Guildford Lightning

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Women’s Premier League (1H 1A)
Widnes Wild
Streatham Storm
Milton Keynes Falcons
Slough Phantoms
Whitley Bay Squaws
Nottingham Vipers
Kingston Diamonds WPL
Chelmsford Cobras

Women Division 1 (1H 1A)
North
Billingham Wildcats
Telford Wrekin Raiders
Coventry Phoenix
Sheffield Shadows D1
Solway Sharks
Blackburn Thunder

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South
Invicta Dynamics
Cardiff Comets
Bracknell Fire Bees
Solent and Gosport Amazons
Basingstoke Bison
Peterborough Penguins
Oxford Midnight Stars

Division One North Cup  (1H 1A)
Billingham Wildcats
Telford Wrekin Raiders
Coventry Phoenix
Sheffield Shadows D1
Solway Sharks

Division One South Cup (1H 1A)
Cardiff Comets
Basingstoke Bison
Oxford Midnight Stars

The 2017 Trophy Weekend is on 3/4 June a week later than normal following EIHA major event rescheduling for 2017. The timetable is available at this link: Final Trophy Weekend Schedule 2017