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Loughborough University hosts European hockey competition

Leicester will take on Royal Antwerp in their match tonight Credit: ITV News Central

Hockey players from across Europe will be at Loughborough University to compete in the Women's Euro Club Trophy.

The competition is being held in the county for the first time and gets underway today. Leicester Ladies' Hockey Club face Belgium champions Royal Antwerp in their first match tonight.

Leicester Ladies' Hockey Club face Belgium champions Royal Antwerp in their first match tonight.


Who will make it to the top of ladies' hockey?

Beeston and Olton and West Warwickshire Ladies are also in action in play-offs this weekend to decide who will play top flight hockey next year. Beeston won the Investec Conference Northern Section, while Olton & West Warwickshire finished 9th in the Premier Division.

Olton & West Warwicks have an advantage going into this weekend's games Credit: Ady Kerry/PA Archive

The top 2 teams from those matches will win the right to play alongside the likes of Leicester next year. The first two games in that competition have already been played. Olton & West Warwicks beat Beeston so they have an advantage going into this weekend’s games.


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Tributes paid to Beeston Hockey Club president

Beeston Hockey Club have paid tribute to their president David Williams who died on Friday.

Mr Williams who was 67 collapsed at home after watching Notts County earlier in the evening.

Mr Williams, MBE, had a long association with the club and had previously been chairman.

Graham Griffiths, manager of the Men's First XI, described the news of his death as shocking.

On Sunday, with four games still to play, Beeston secured top spot in the Premier Division after beating East Midlands rivals Loughborough Students 7-4. It guarantees them a place in Europe and means they will be the top seeds for the end of season title play offs.

Four sides will compete for the title at Reading on April 13-14th with Beeston playing the side which came fourth in their semi-final.

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