About Surbiton Hockey Club
A Message From the Director
More Challenges Ahead At Sugden Road in 2014-15
After a successful season at Surbiton Hockey Club in 2013-14, our teams can look forward to the 2014-15 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 qualify 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.
Having concentrated on improving our facilities for our playing members, it is now time to look at our supporters’ facilities. We are pleased to able to boast a stand which will be at Sugden Road for the whole season, not just for certain matches, enabling the club to offer a seating option for those who would prefer not to stand to watch our teams.
Due to the club’s success and reputation, Surbiton Hockey Club was proud to be awarded the Elmbridge Sports Club of the Year title in November 2013,
Rob Dunn has decided to step down as Club Captain after two seasons, and we thank him for his hard work during that time, especially in promoting the appeal which enabled us to replace Pitch 2. Mark Waller has taken over the club captaincy and we welcome him to the position.
Ellie Vickery is combining her role of Ladies Chair of Selection to take over the position of Club Secretary from John Cronin. We thank John for his hard work, not only as Club Secretary, but for his continuing work on the SHC website.
Mark Rye will continue as SHC President.
The Ladies section’s nine teams will all face individual challenges as they aim to build on last season’s successes.
In 2013-14, L1 achieved their ambition of European qualification in fine style, not only beating Canterbury 3-0 to become Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division champions for the first time, but completing the domestic double, beating Hampstead & Westminster in the Investec Women’s Cup final in Nottingham.
Defending both titles will be a difficult challenge, but one that the squad is fully capable of meeting. With a mixture of youth and experience, and having recently recruited New Zealand international Julia King; and Jo Hunter from Leicester, L1 should be fully prepared both at home and in Europe. Promotion to the Indoor Premier Division is another target.
Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb all won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, after coming within eleven seconds of winning gold after Australia’ late equaliser.
L2 will hope to go one better after narrowly missing out on promotion to South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division One, finishing runners-up to OxfordUniversity in Division Two. L3 having worked hard in to stay in Division 3A in their first season at regional league level, will aim to consolidate their status, with the future target of winning promotion to Division Two.
L4 and L5 finished fourth in Surrey Ladies League Divisions One and Four respectively, whilst L6 finished sixth in Division Six. L7 and L8 both won promotion to Divisions Seven and Eight, after finishing as runners-up in their divisions. L9 finished fourth in Division Eleven.
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, having helped five teams to promotion over the last two seasons.
M1 missed out on qualification for the Euro Hockey League, even though they finished third at the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championships. Owing to a disappointing overall performance by English clubs, England slipped down the ranking table, and will only be entitled to enter two teams in Europe in 2014-15.
M1’s first venture in the Euro Hockey League ended at the Last 16 stage in Eindhoven, where they lost 3-1 to Oranje Zwart. A 5-0 win over SV Arminen and a 3-0 loss to RC Polo de Barcelona in Spain had seen them finish second in their qualifying group. The team received fantastic support at both venues, which was much appreciated. M1 finished fourth after eighteen matches of the Premier Division season.
The Sparticans (M9) were the only men’s team to claim a league title, winning promotion to Surrey Open Hockey League Division Four; although M5 had a very successful season, finishing second to earn promotion to Higgins Group London Hockey League Division Four. M2 also finished second in the London League Premier Division,.
M4A will now be known as Surbiton Academy in 2014-15, and are now the third ranked men’s team within the club, as efforts will be made to move them up the leagues and strengthen the club’s position within the men’s leagues overall.
There was disappointment as M4 were relegated to London League Division Four, but M2 won the Premier Division cup, beating Hampstead & Westminster on penalty strokes. M5 beat London Wayfarers Centurions 5-2 to lift the Division Five cup. The Jokers, who finished as runners-up in Vets Division One, failed to reach the divisional final, losing to St. Albans in the semi-final.
After three seasons, Mike Gilroy-Scott has stepped down as Chair of Men’s selection, and we thank him for all his efforts. David Curry has taken over as the Chair for the 2014-15 season.
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 JuniorAcademy 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 for his continuing tireless efforts with the Colts and their parents.
All of their hard work has been rewarded with national titles for our U14 Girls, and our U12 Girls, who retained the title without conceding a goal.. Our U16 Girls broke Wakefield’s six year stranglehold on their national title, on their own pitch.
The U12 and U14 Boys both came third in their national competitions, but only after losing their final pool matches.
Thanks to our GoalkeepingAcademy, 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. The social season starts on 27 September with the Beginning of Season party, followed by further events in October and November, and in 2015.
Our 2013-14 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 2014-15 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 2014/15 season at Sugden Road, the 140th Anniversary of the club’s foundation in 1874. I am hugely honoured to have been elected as Captain of the club that I joined as a colt in 1981, and look forward to building on the work of my predecessors, helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of the club.
At the time of writing, pre-season training is underway and many of you are eagerly anticipating the start of the new season. This has been borne out by the numbers turning up for Monday night hockey and fitness sessions, ranging in age and skill levels, from colts to veterans. This reflects what the club should be all about; bringing people together to play hockey in a friendly yet competitive atmosphere, whatever their age or ability. This has long been a hallmark of SHC, which has grown to be the largest hockey clubs in the country, whilst retaining its distinctive culture and friendly atmosphere.
Last season saw two major developments at the club. Although we cannot rest on our laurels, and will continue to seek to improve and upgrade our facilities, this season will largely be one of consolidation and maintaining our position as the country’s best club.
The big question is can we surpass the success of last season? Although the men’s 1st team won’t be playing in Europe this season, there are high hopes for success in the Investec Women’s Hockey League. And we can look forward to supporting the Ladies as they play in the EuroHockey Clubs Champions Cup for the first time following their great successes last season. Many of our lower league sides will be jostling for promotion, and our colts will be looking to replicate and maybe even improve on the number of national titles won last season.
The development of the pioneering colts section has contributed in no small measure to the development of the men’s 1st XI 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 a small number of volunteers. They 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 component parts to ensure that the club runs smoothly. 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 in helping us know that we are on the right track and that the club is developing to meet your needs.
Whether you are a new member, seasoned veteran, social or occasional player, old member, supporter or visitor, I wish you all a successful and enjoyable season. Wear the green and magenta with pride, respect your opponents and umpires, support your club on the pitch, in the clubhouse, and at social functions.
10 September 2014