The fixtures for the forthcoming Men’s England Hockey League (EHL) season have been announced.
Men’s EHL Champions Reading travel to London to take on Hampstead & Westminster on the opening day of the season, Saturday 15 September, while the side they beat in last season’s Championship decider, East Grinstead, host Surbiton. Brooklands MU and Canterbury, both of whom return to the Premier Division from the Conferences, face off in Kent on matchday one and Cannock and Beeston meet, having finished fourth and second respectively last season. Loughborough Students host Southgate in the final fixture.
In Men’s EHL Conference North, Sheffield Hallam, who finished as runners-up to promoted Brooklands MU last season, take on newly promoted Khalsa, who hail from Leamington Spa. Conference North newcomers Wakefield will host Bowdon, who were relegated from the Premier Division, while Durham University host Doncaster and Belper host Leek. Preston and Olton & West Warwicks, who finished just four points apart last season, open their new season against one another.
In Men’s EHL Conference West, Team Bath Buccaneers will look to put behind them the disappointment of failing to secure promotion to the top flight after winning the division last season. They open the new campaign at Cheltenham, who finished eighth. Exeter University drop into Conference West following their relegation from the Premier Division and they host another University side, University of Birmingham, on the opening day. Cardiff & UWIC are at home to Firebrands while Guildford host Havant and Whitchurch travel to Fareham.
In Men’s EHL Conference East, 2012 runners-up Old Loughtonians open 2012-2013 with a home tie against newcomers Richmond, whose home ground at the University of Westminster in Chiswick recently hosted the Investec London Cup. Wimbledon, who finished just behind Old Loughts last season, host City of Peterborough while Bromley & Beckenham, who finished just one place above the relegation zone, host Indian Gymkhana. In the day’s final two matches, Oxted visit Holcombe and Cambridge City play host to Teddington.
Men’s England Hockey League Opening Day Fixtures
15 September 2012
Men’s Premier Division
Loughborough Students v Southgate
East Grinstead v Surbiton
Hampstead & Westminster v Reading
Canterbury v Brooklands MU
Cannock v Beeston
Men’s Conference North
Sheffield Hallam v Khalsa
Durham University v Doncaster
Belper v Leek
Preston v Olton & WW
Wakefield v Bowdon
Men’s Conference West
Cardiff & UWIC v Firebrands
Exeter University v University of Birmingham
Cheltenham v Team Bath Buccaneers
Guildford v Havant
Fareham v Whitchurch
Men’s Conference East
Holcombe v Oxted
Bromley & Beckenham v Indian Gymkhana
Old Loughtonians v Richmond
Cambridge City v Teddington
Wimbledon v City of Peterborough
The full fixture list for the 2012-2012 season can be found at www.englandhockey.co.uk/mensehl