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Holcombe Ladies promoted from Super 6s Division One to the Premier Division after champions Beeson are found to have fielded an ineligible player

Holcombe have been promoted as champions from the Super 6s Division One to the Premier Division following a punishment for their rivals.

The National Game Panel have punished Beeston for fielding an ineligible player in their fixtures over the weekend of January 6-7 and those games have been recorded as 5-0 defeats and points adjusted accordingly.

Holcombe Women have been promoted in the Super 6s to the Premier Division Picture: Becci Woodhead / Holcombe Hockey Club
Holcombe Women have been promoted in the Super 6s to the Premier Division Picture: Becci Woodhead / Holcombe Hockey Club

By Lucas Ball

The Super 6s’ indoor league are played over three weekends.

Reading initially finished in second place but have been leapfrogged by both Holcombe and Sutton Coldfield, meaning the latter two sides have been promoted to the Super 6s Premier Division while Reading are set to remain in Division One.

Richard Lane’s Holcombe side lost 5-3 to Beeston on the first weekend of Super 6s action so, as a result, have gained three points and seen their goal difference improve by seven.

Holcombe sat second bottom after the first weekend of action, having also lost 2-1 to Knole Park and drawn 0-0 with Reading, surging up the table to fourth with four wins out of four at Polo Farm, Canterbury, on weekend two.

Lane’s team beat Wimbledon and Sevenoaks on Saturday, January 13, both by a 4-2 scoreline, before wins against then table-toppers Sutton Coldfield (4-3) and hosts Canterbury (7-1) the following day.

There has been no change at the bottom of the table, with Canterbury relegated to Division Two while Beeston drop from first to sixth.

Holcombe and Sutton Coldfield will now face Buckingham, Slough, East Grinstead, Surbiton, Guildford, Harleston Magpies and Repton in the Premier Division next season.

It means a return to Premier Division action in 2025 for Holcombe for the first time since 2022, when they were relegated alongside Wimbledon.

It will also be the first time that both Holcombe’s men and women’s side have been in the Super 6s Premier Division since the same year, with Barry Middleton’s side securing a sixth-placed finish that year ahead of securing survival on the final day of the 2024 Premier Division with a win against Surbiton.

Holcombe Women in Super 6s action Picture: Becci Woodhead / Holcombe Hockey Club
Holcombe Women in Super 6s action Picture: Becci Woodhead / Holcombe Hockey Club

Coach Lane commented: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have ended the indoor season as champions of Division One.

“The girls thoroughly deserved it, putting an outstanding second weekend of performances in.

“They grew with each game and played exceptionally.

“It is a pleasure to be a part of the group this talented group.”

Captain Harriet Pittard added: “It’s super exciting to get the promotion - it really is putting us, as a group, in the direction we set out for this year!

“The indoor group have worked really hard, with the first weekend being a real learning curve for us and then on the second weekend, we really took off as a group and made such huge progress!

“It means exciting times ahead for next year’s Premier Division Super 6s and we can’t wait!

“I’m very proud of the group and we couldn’t have done it without Laney, Kerry and Remy - great team effort all round!"

Manager Kerry Hodges said: "Wow, what a tournament!

"It was an absolute honour to manage and be part of the most amazing group of players!

"The final result is testament to their ability to adapt and never give up."

Both teams return to competitive outdoor action in the coming weeks with Holcombe’s women facing a home Division One South double-header with fixtures against Surbiton 2s and then Southgate at Holcombe Park on February 3-4 (both 2pm).

Holcombe men get Phase 2 of their Premier Division campaign under way at St George’s College against leaders Old Georgians on Saturday, February 10 (6pm).

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