Peel aiming for Wembley winner’s medalBy David Wright
January 18, 2013
Craig Peel is aiming to mark his first season at Reading with a winner’s medal.
The South African, who joined last summer from Farnham where he was player-coach, is in the Blues’ squad which has qualified for the Maxifuel Super Sixes semi-finals at Wembley Arena on Sunday week.
Reading take on Beeston with the winners playing East Grinstead or Canterbury in the final the same afternoon. Peel said: “I’ve been to Wembley before as a spectator and I know what the atmosphere is like, so I am looking forward to playing there. Now we’re there, our aim is to win the competition. It’s not going to be easy, but we have a very good chance.”
Peel played in the first four matches of the indoor Premier Division in December, scoring a hat-trick in a 5-5 draw against
East Grinstead, getting two goals in a 6-4 win over Old Loughtonians and one in a 3-2 defeat of Surbiton.
He missed the second round of matches as he was in South Africa. But Blues stayed unbeaten and finished runners-up to Canterbury in the league.
East Grinstead were also undefeated with four wins and four draws, while Canterbury and Beeston lost only one game each. So on paper, there looks very little to choose between the semi-finalists. Several of the matches between them ended in draws, including a 6-6 thriller between Reading and Beeston.
While Charlie Seccombe’s men face a semi-final, the Sonning Lane club’s women are already through to the final against Sutton Coldfield after knocking out defending champions Leicester 3-2 in last weekend’s semi-final at Kettering.
It will be the third year running that Reading will have two teams at Wembley Arena on the same day. And the teams won’t be short of support with around 100 fans having already booked their seats..
Ticket availability can be found at www.englandhockey.co.uk/maxifuelsupersixes