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

The Hockey Paper - - SUPER 6S -

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

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