About Surbiton Hockey Club
A Message From The Director
Yet More Challenges Ahead At Sugden Road in 2015-16
After another successful season at Surbiton Hockey Club in 2014-15, our teams can look forward to the 2015-16 season with confidence as they face new challenges.
Over the last few seasons, we have upgraded our facilities, both on and off the pitch. Having replaced both our pitches, we now have two top quality pitches for all our teams to play on. And before and after the match, both our teams, and our opposition, have superb changing rooms to use.
From this season, we are also offering hot teas for all our teams and their opposition, as a legacy of recently installing a new kitchen.
We have also improved our facilities for our members, by installing a stand for those supporters who prefer to sit down while watching their hockey.
Mark Waller is entering a second season as Club Captain and Ellie Vickery continues to combine her role of Ladies Chair of Selection with the role of Club Secretary. John Cronin also continues to monitor the SHC website.
Suresh Desai has taken over the position of Club President from Mark Rye. We thank Mark for his hard work during his Presidency, and we are pleased to welcome Suresh.
Surbiton HC was recognised in the Elmbridge Sports Awards, receiving the Mick Burgess Sports Club Of The Year Award.
The Ladies section’s nine teams will continue to face individual challenges as they aim to build on last season’s successes.
In 2014-15, L1 retained both their domestic titles, beating Canterbury 2-1 in the first Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division championships to be held at Lee Valley. They went on to return to the iconic blue pitch to beat Clifton 3-2 in the Investec Women’s Cup final, a feat even more meritorious as the cup was retained without any of our England internationals. The team went through the entire domestic outdoor and indoor season unbeaten, winning promotion to the indoor Premier Division by winning all eight Division One matches.
In Europe, L1 just missed out on a EuroHockey Clubs Champions Cup semi-final place in Bilthoven by losing a shootout to Spanish team, Club De Campo, but wins over CSP Ismailovo of Russia and Irish club University College Dublin earned a creditable fifth place. L1 will return to Bilthoven in May 2016. L1 were also named Senior Team Of The Year at the Elmbridge Sports Awards.
There was more international success as Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb were all members of the Great Britain squad which won the Hockey World League semi-final tournament in Valencia, and clinched qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The same three players also helped England to win the Unibet EuroHockey Championships in Lee Valley to qualify for the Olympics as Continental Champions.
After disappointment in 2013-14, L2 won promotion to South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division One, the highest level the team can play in, in 2014-15, losing just one match. They came close to completing a domestic double, but were denied by Beeston in a penalty shootout in the cup final. L3 continued to progress, finishing second in the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division 3B.
L4 won promotion to the Surrey Ladies League Premier Division, and L5 finished third in Division Four. L6 and L7 both finished fourth in Divisions Five and Seven respectively. L8 just missed out on promotion by two points in Division Eight and L9 finished third in Division Ten.
We are very grateful to Jo Firth, who not only oversees selection for our Performance Teams, but is also responsible for player registrations to both the South and Surrey Leagues. We also thank Ellie Vickery, the Ladies’ Chair of Selection for her continuing hard work, which is reflected by the Ladies’ section continuing success.
M1 suffered heartbreak, losing out on top spot in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division and European qualification on goal difference to East Grinstead. Their hopes of the league title were ended at the Championships semi-final stage by eventual champions, Wimbledon. M1 finished third after beating Beeston. Reading proved too strong in the Men’s Cup final, winning 5-1 at Lee Valley.
Indoors, M1 were relegated from the national league Premier Division.
M2 had a disappointing league season finishing fifth in the Higgins London League Premier Division, and lost out to Cannock in the Men’s Second XI Cup final.
In 2015-16 we have renumbered our men’s teams, so the Academy team will now be M3 when they play in South Area Surrey Open League Division One, having won promotion last season.
Our other men’s teams had varying levels of success, with the highlights being the Jokers reaching the Divisional final against Reading Rustlers and the Magnets finishing as runners-up to Indian Gymkhana Supervets.
Unfortunately M7 had to withdraw from Surrey Open Division Two, but this is a very rare occurrence in our proud club’s history and we will learn lessons from this for the future.
David Curry and Andy Powdrell had their first season in charge as Chairs of Men’s Selection and we thank them for their hard work.
Surbiton Hockey Club will offer you a warm welcome to Sugden Road, whether you dream of Olympic glory or wish to play a great team sport at a modest level, All our young members are offered specialist training by some of the country’s top hockey coaches, and everyone gets to play competitive matches throughout the season.
Our Junior Performance Groups regularly supply players to the various junior national, regional, and county squads. With our youngest Colts starting their hockey at the age of 6, we have a thriving Junior Academy programme on Sunday mornings.
Colts members come from dozens of schools both in Elmbridge and far beyond and we pride ourselves in seeing lasting new friendships being forged on and off the field. Our aim is to provide learning within our training, whilst having fun and we would like to thank Will Fulker and Mark Atherton and their team of coaches for their hard work this year in achieving those objectives and to Fred Moore, who deservedly received the Mayor’s Special Award for his continuing tireless efforts with the Colts and their parents at the Elmbridge Sports Awards.
All of their hard work has been rewarded with national titles for our U14 and U16 Girls and our U12 Boys.
Our U12 Girls were finally dethroned as national champions by Spencer after a long run of success, but had previously received the Junior Team Of The Year Award at the Elmbridge Sports Awards. The U16 Boys were runners-up to Beeston, whilst the U18 Boys lost the Plate final to Bury St. Edmunds.
Thanks to our Goalkeeping Academy, Surbiton has continued to maintain its proud record of supporting and developing goalkeepers over the past few seasons. Within the Colts section many of our keepers have represented their Counties and have also impressed at Regional level.
Players at both Junior and Senior level receive the support they need to develop their skills and take their careers to a new level
Richard Beaumont continues to work hard as Umpires Manager, helping both Team Captains, and other club members to ensure that umpires were appointed to SHC matches as necessary.
Our Community Programme
“Suburban Hockey” goes from strength to strength. Local schools continue to benefit from the coaching expertise of the SHC team, and this community programme is developing. Suburban Hockey, which is a separate company, and has been granted charitable status, also offers a number of bursaries for talented children to join a hockey club, if they are unable to afford the fees. Suburban Hockey is also actively seeking sponsorship and donations.
And The Social
Once again, there will be many social events to look forward to this season, so look out for announcements during the season.
Our 2014-15 season provided many new challenges and I hope that we will continue to build on the successes, and the progress made during last season. We want everybody to enjoy their hockey at Surbiton Hockey Club, and look forward to another successful season in 2015-16 at Sugden Road.
Surbiton could not operate without our volunteers who give up their time to help the club, and contribute much to the club’s success. However, we are always looking for even more volunteers to help out, so if you have any free time and would like to help on any scale please let us know.
Director of Hockey
A Message From The Club Captain
Welcome to the 2015-16 season at Sugden Road.
Once again the new season has come around incredibly quickly. For some of our senior elite players there has been little respite as many have been representing their respective countries in important international tournaments and competitions. Likewise, some of our very gifted Colts, several of whom have been busy playing for their respective national age group sides.
Once again, both our men’s and ladies’ 1st teams are expected to put in a strong challenge for domestic honours. And, after their debut playing in Europe last season, the ladies will be looking to improve on their very good showing when they return to play Europe’s finest next year.
But, Surbiton is not all about just the elite and performance squads. Monday night pre-season training sessions have once again proved popular amongst players of all ages and abilities. This reflects what the club should be all about; bringing people together to play hockey in a friendly yet competitive atmosphere. This has long been a hallmark of SHC, which has grown to be the largest hockey club in the country whilst retaining its distinctive culture and friendly atmosphere.
The development of the pioneering colts section has contributed in no small measure to the development of the club at the elite level, and the incredible growth and success of the women’s section. None of this would have been possible without the hard work put in over many years by an ever increasing number of volunteers. These are the people who give their free time and talent to help make the club run smoothly, often un-seen and largely without thanks.
As Club Captain, my role is simply to co-ordinate the work of all the constituent parts to ensure that the club runs properly. My task is made that much easier by having such a dedicated team of volunteers prepared to work hard for the club they care about deeply. There is always room for more volunteers. So, if you feel you can help in some way, please let me or any other member of the Board know.
I plan to watch and support as much hockey across the club as possible, and look forward to hearing from the membership what they expect from the club. There is no magic wand. But your voice is crucial is helping us gauge that we are on the right track and that the club is developing to meet your needs.
So, whether you are a playing member, old member, supporter, sponsor, or visitor, I look forward to welcoming you to Sugden Road this season.