Can anyone stop EG sitting on cloud nine?
Jack Miller runs the rule over the men’s semi-finallists doing battle at Wembley this weekend
EAST GRINSTEAD THE kings of indoor hockey, East Grinstead have won 12 men’s titles in their history, with eight of them coming in the last eight years.
That run is also unprecedented, with St Albans’ five in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s the nearest contender, but they face a tough task to stretch it to nine.
With Ben Allberry firing in the goals they’ve always got a chance – although they will have to improve from their round robin performances. SURBITON SEARCHING for a maiden indoor title, Surbiton admit this is the first season they have taken the competition particularly seriously.
New recruit Mark Pearn may have a lot to do with that change in attitude, and with his titlewinning experience from his days at East Grinstead, Surbiton are certainly well- equipped to break their duck this year.
David Beckett, William Marshall and Alan Forsyth are all scoring freely, meaning they may just be the ones to break EG’s stranglehold on the trophy. SEVENOAKS ANOTHER side without an indoor title to their name, Sevenoaks are the only side from outside the outdoor Premier Division to have made the men’s Super 6s Championship finals.
A gritty 1- 0 win over East Grinstead in the round robin phase was their standout result in qualifying for the semi-finals.
But they also scored seven goals on three occasions in qualification – although with 15 of their 37 goals coming from Michael Barber, if he doesn’t fire they could be in trouble. READING SURPRISINGLY for the Berkshire super- club, Reading have just one men’s indoor title to their name, way back in 1998 when the final was held in Crystal Palace.
Andy Watts’ side only just scraped through to the semifinals too, with a 7- 7 draw against Sevenoaks securing the point they needed to progress.
Watts himself chipped in with eight goals, but it’s Harry Jawanda that defences will be most wary of, with the 30- yearold corner specialist netting 13 times in the round robin phase.
Glory trail: Reading, from clockwise, are aiming for Wembley glory alongside East Grinstead, bottom right and Surbiton, left