Men’s Premier Division tournament resumes this weekend

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The Men’s Premier Division returns this weekend with four teams set to battle all the way to the end of the season to determine who will be this year’s champions.

It’s incredibly close in the Vitality Women’s Premier Division as well with three teams all sitting on 27 points at the top of the table following last week’s results.

The men’s Premier Division returns with three Saturday clashes under the lights as the ‘Top 6 gets under way for the first time.

With points carried over from the winter break, Holcombe and East Grinstead both open up with home encounters as they bid to bridge the gap on the top four.

East Grinstead, who squeezed into the Top 6 on the final day in November, are at home on Saturday evening against Surbiton where they will be aiming to reverse October’s 6-1 defeat at Saint Hill.

Meanwhile, Surbiton will be looking to overturn a run of three without a win outdoors during a rare dip in form before the Christmas break.

Holcombe, unbeaten in five, take on newly-crowned indoor champions Wimbledon, while Premier Division leaders Old Georgians return to the fold with a home clash against Hampstead & Westminster. Wimbledon, Old Georgians and H&W have all beaten just once this season as the race to Europe begins in earnest.

  • East Grinstead v Surbiton – 18:00 (Sat 12 February)
  • Holcombe v Wimbledon – 18:00 (Sat 12 February)
  • Old Georgians v Hampstead & Westminster – 18:00 (Sat 12 February)

In the bottom tier of the Men’s Premier Division, University of Exeter will need to hit the ground running on the opening matchday weekend as they bid to avoid relegation.

Exeter don’t start until next weekend, while second from bottom Brooklands MU could make early inroads on those above them – the bottom two sides are automatically relegated this season – with victory over Beeston.

Oxted and University of Durham also meet on Saturday afternoon.

  • Brooklands MU v Beeston – 13:30 (Sat 12 February)
  • Oxted v University of Durham – 15:00 (Sat 12 February)

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