SLOUGH women will be looking to book their place at the England Hockey Indoor Championship finals day this weekend, writes Dave Wright.

Having won three of their opening four games, they are well placed for a top-four finish going into the remaining four fixtures.

The Pink and Blacks face Leicester and Bowdon Hightown this Saturday, followed by Holcombe and Buckingham on Sunday, with all four games taking place at the Phoenix Sport & Leisure Centre in Telford.

The current standings have Slough, East Grinstead and Buckingham all locked together on nine points, two ahead of Bowdon and Holcombe.

The top four in the final placings will qualify for Super Sixes finals day which takes place at the Copper Box Arena, London, on

Sunday 27th January.

FORMER Slough star Karen Brown, who will be 56 next Wednesday (9th January) was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list for her services to hockey.

She joined the club in 1987 and spent a decade there, captaining the team from the start of the 1992 season. During her time, Slough dominated the domestic scene, both indoors and outdoors, and the club became England's most successful medal winners in Europe.

Brown won 355 England and Great Britain caps between 1984 and 1999, appearing in three Olympics, starting in 1988, and five European Championships.

In 2005, she became a vital member of the England and Great Britain coaching set-up, helping the women’s team to win the bronze medal at the 2012

Olympics and gold at the European Championships in 2015, as well as their famous Olympic triumph at Rio in 2016.

She stepped down from the coaching role in 2017, but continues to work in a coach development capacity with GB Hockey.