SOLIHULL Vixens missed out on play-off final victory to Women’s Elite League champions Bracknell.
Having successfully secured their place in the play-offs with a third place finish in the league, Vixens progressed into Sunday’s final with a 5-2 victory over Guildford on Saturday.
Rebecca Speckman, Kennedy Wallace, Martina Krupkova, Katie Henry and Paige Dance with the winning goals.
The Vixens were in good spirits for the play-off final but their fatigue was apparent.
However, Solihull dared to dream when they took the lead at 12.37 when Amy Trueman assisted Henry.
As the game wore on tiredness got the better of the girls with Bracknell levelling at 17.20.
Bracknell started the second period with more pace and goals at 29.13, 34.24 and 39.06 put the league champions 4-1 up.
Solihull battled on in the third period and made the occasional chances but Bracknell proved lethal in their attacks with further goals at 43.06, 43.58 and 47.12 completing a 7-1 rout.
Head coach Paul Turnbull said: “The girls really need to be proud of their achievement.
“Part way through the season when we lost so many players, many people wrote off our chances of making top four and getting to the play-offs.
“We did far better than that by securing a comfortable third place and moreover we comfortably beat Guildford who finished the league above us and became the second best team in the country.”
Team manager Kerry Allen added: “We are disappointed not to have retained our title but with all we have been through, to end up in second place is better that most expected and the girls need to be very proud.
“We will now regroup over the summer and hopefully get the injured players back.
“We also have some other players enquiring about positions so we hope to take on 2018/2019 with renewed optimism.”