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Beeston hoping to be crowned Premier Division champions

Beeston take on Reading in semi-final Photo: ITV News Central

Beeston men’s hockey team are hoping to end a hugely successful season by being crowned Premier Division champions this weekend when the country’s top four sides come up against each other.

The Nottingham side face reigning champions Reading in their play-off semi-finals.

Beeston came top of the premier league – 11 points clear of second place having won 14 of their 18 games. If they win the championship it will only be for the second time in their history.

Surbiton play Canterbury in the second semi final with the final being played on Sunday evening at Reading’s ground.

Graham Griffiths, Beeston's first team, manager told ITV News Central:

"We aim to finish the season on a high. We are ready for the challenge."

Beeston’s under 18 boys are also hoping for glory when they take part in the nationals finals which is being played at the Old Loughtonians ground near Chigwell on Saturday.

They will be attempting to regain the title they won in 2011. They play Trojans from Southampton. Cannock under 18s have also made the finals. They play the hosts in their semi final. The final will be played later in the day.

And Beeston’s chase for honours this weekend continues when their girls’ under 16s take part in their national finals in a round robin tournament over two days at Wakefield.