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The Women’s Champions Trophy starts on Saturday in Mendoza, Argentina, and all the games will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Surbiton will have five players taking part, with Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb all in the England squad, and Julia King playing for New Zealand.
Argentina are the reigning champions and qualified also as the 2014 hosts. The top five teams in the 2012 tournament all qualified for this year’s competition, England qualifying as a result of Great Britain’s runners-up spot in 2012. The Netherlands, Germany and Japan were third, fourth and fifth respectively, with Australia qualifying after winning the Champions Challenge I. New Zealand and China, having been unable to qualify by the above routes, were both invited to take part.
England (World Ranking 6) start against Australia (WR 2) on Saturday (push back 7.30 pm GMT) in the first of three Pool B matches. Twenty-four hours later on … read more
Sky Sports caught up with Surbiton’s Sarah Haycroft and Georgie Twigg while they were preparing to leave for Argentina, to play for England in the Champions Trophy. The interview was shown in the Sportswomen programme on Sky Sports News HQ on Tuesday morning
If you missed it, the video is available at: http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/9579039/hockey-duo-set-for-argentina
Surbiton’s men came from 2-0 down after just seven minutes to win 6-2 in an eventful match at Polo Farm on Saturday evening, in which the final scoreline also referred to the number of yellow cards shown to each team.
Surbiton had won the first NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division match at Sugden Road, 5-4 after having to battle. After seven minutes, Canterbury once again were in control, leading 2-0 after Kwan Browne and Ben Hare scored in the fifth and seventh minutes, both goals coming from open play.
The card fest started in the 19th minute, when Michael Watt spent five minutes in the sin-bin. Yet three minutes later, Surbiton were back in the match, Alan Forsyth converting a penalty corner. Six minutes before half time, Matt Daly brought Surbiton level, again from a penalty corner, leaving all to play for in the second half, but not before Daly … read more
Surbiton Ladies are still three points clear at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after Natalie Maclean struck from a penalty corner in the 41st minute to give Surbiton a 1-0 win over Canterbury on Saturday afternoon at Polo Farm.
Surbiton, were without their England internationals, Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb, who were due to fly out to Argentina on Saturday night for the upcoming Champions Trophy, plus Julia King, who will play for New Zealand at the Champions Trophy, Abi Robinson, who was unavailable, and Harriet Tibble, through injury. In Haycroft’s absence, Rebecca Herbert took over the captain’s armband, as she had previously in the cup matches at Hampstead & Westminster and Holcombe.
In spite of missing several key players, Surbiton fought hard to secure all three points, at one point in the first half having to cope without a goalkeeper for two … read more
Surbiton supporters will have the opportunity to watch both first teams in action on Saturday at Canterbury as both the Investec Women’s Hockey League and the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League enter the second half of the season.
And both teams would seemingly have different tasks with Surbiton Ladies three points ahead of their hosts in the IWHL Premier Division for the 4.30 push back at Polo Farm, whilst Surbiton’s men will be hoping to bounce back from last Saturday’s disappointing 4-1 home defeat by Wimbledon by completing the double over the bottom team in the NPMHL Premier Division at 6.30 pm.
Sarah Haycroft scored both goals in the Ladies’ 2-1 home win over Canterbury just over a month ago, but she will miss the return fixture together with England colleagues Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb, plus New Zealand’s Julia King, as they will all be preparing for the Champions Trophy … read more
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have all been selected to play for England in the Champions Trophy in Mendoza, Argentina from 29 November to 7 December.
England have been drawn in Pool B, and will take on Australia, Germany and the hosts Argentina.
Surbiton have the most players in the squad, closely followed by Holcombe, with three.
Head Coach, Danny Kerry said: “The group we have chosen reflects those who have pushed their case hard during the training block since September. As a result we’ve given some opportunities to a number of players who are relatively inexperienced at this level. The block of training since September has been really focused and has produced excellent commitment from each one of the athletes. We have pushed the group exceptionally hard during this time and they have responded well to that environment.”
Referring to Haycroft’s recall to the squad, Kerry added: ““Joie Leigh, … read more
Surbiton men have been given a home draw against NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division rivals, Beeston in the NOW: Pensions Cup on 8 February.
Surbiton v Beeston was the first tie drawn out, and the remaining ties see Conference East club Chichester Priory Park host Premier Division Brooklands Manchester University; another all Premier Division clash between Southgate and Reading; and Cannock host Conference North club Sheffield Hallam.
Surbiton were due to play East Grinstead in the NPMHL Premier Division on 8 February, the match will now be played the day before (7 February), push back time to be confirmed as Surbiton Ladies are due to play Leicester in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division at 2 pm.
Jenna Woolven’s hat-trick, together with goals by Rebecca Herbert, Sarah Page and Natalie Maclean gave Surbiton Ladies a 6-0 home win over Bowdon Hightown, on a rainy afternoon under the Sugden Road floodlights.
With rivals, Canterbury and Clifton both winning, 2-1 at Leicester, and 3-0 at home to Holcombe respectively, Surbiton kept their three point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, as well as their fifth clean sheet of the season, and now share the best defensive record in the IWHL after Slough were held to a 1-1 draw at Gloucester City in the Conference West.
Bowdon will be looking over their shoulders as Buckingham drew 2-2 at Beeston and are now only a point behind the North West club as they try and avoid having to play in the end of the season Promotion Tournament to stay in the top flight. Reading’s woes continued as … read more
Surbiton’s men dropped to second place in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after local rivals, Wimbledon came from a goal down to win 4-1 under the Sugden Road floodlights on Saturday to stun the league leaders in front of a large crowd.
With mist mildly threatening to affect visibility, Surbiton took the lead in the 15th minute, when the Premier Division’s leading goalscorer, Matt Daly, converted his ninth penalty corner goal of the season, and fourteenth overall, to give the Elmbridge based club hope of keeping up the pressure on East Grinstead at the top of the table.
Wimbledon had other ideas, all of their four goals coming from open play, Phillip Ball equalising in the 28th minute to leave the teams level at half time.
In the second half, Wimbledon breached the Surbiton defence three times, Phil Roper giving Wimbledon the lead for the first time, just five minutes after the … read more
Surbiton Ladies play their last home game of 2014 on Sunday (16 November) when they host Bowdon Hightown at Sugden Road (push back 2 pm).
Surbiton lead the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division by three points, but cannot afford to take eighth placed Bowdon Hightown lightly, even though their opponents have only taken five points from their first eight league games.
Bowdon’s sole win came against bottom club, Beeston on the second weekend of the season, Tina Cullen scoring twice, with Kelly Baxter also on target. Draws at the University of Birmingham and at home to Leicester have kept them two points ahead of ninth placed Buckingham, but having already lost 3-1 at Stowe School, the return fixture in the North West on 7 March could determine whether Bowdon have to defend their top flight status via the end of season Promotion Tournament.
Holly Hunt scored the goal at Buckingham, with Natalie Wray … read more
Surbiton Hockey Club will be hoping for a big crowd at Sugden Road on Saturday afternoon, when local rivals Wimbledon visit the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division leaders for a London derby (push back 4.30 pm).
Surbiton returned to the top of the table thanks to three late goals at Cannock last Sunday, the 6-1 win lifting them above East Grinstead, who won 3-2 at Beeston, on goal difference.
Wimbledon lost their first two league games, at Hampstead and at home to Beeston, but have only lost one match since, a 2-0 home defeat to Reading, the result standing after a floodlight failure caused the match to be abandoned. Wimbledon inflicted East Grinstead’s only defeat of the season,4-1 in West Sussex at the end of October.
Wimbledon’s away form has been better than their home form, as they have also won at Southgate (3-2) and Cannock (4-2), whreras at home, they lost their … read more
Surbiton’s men returned to the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on goal difference after their 6-1 win at Cannock, whilst East Grinstead won 3-2 at Beeston on Sunday afternoon. Both teams have 21 points, but Surbiton have a plus 18 goal difference compared with East Grinstead’s plus 16.
Surbiton led 1-0 at half time in Staffordshire, Rupert Shipperley scoring from open play in the 29th minute. Three minutes into the second half, Shipperley was on target again to double Surbiton’s lead. Chris Grassick gave Surbiton a three goal advantage in the 44th minute, before Peter Jackson pulled a goal back for Cannock from a penalty corner two minutes later.
With seven minutes remaining, Surbiton still led 3-1, but Cannock’s defence crumbled three times in the final minutes with Grassick, Alan Forsyth, and Matt Daly all scoring from open play in the 63rd, 67th and 69th minutes remaining.
East … read more
Surbiton Ladies won 3-1 at Holcombe on Sunday afternoon to earn an Investec Women’s Cup quarter-final tie at home to IWHL Conference West club, Oxford Hawks on 15 February. The teams last met in the Investec Women’s Cup in November 2011, when Chloe Palmer scored all four goals in Surbiton’s 4-1 win at Sugden Road in a third round tie.
At Holcombe Park on Sunday, Both teams were devoid of their international players, Surbiton giving first team debuts to youngsters Ellie De Heer and Lottie Ross.
Surbiton forced a penalty corner within 20 seconds of the start, Julia King thwarted by the home defence, and then shooting wide from the team’s second award in the second minute.
Emmie Le Marchand opened the scoring in the eighth minute, perfectly positioned to tip the ball past Holcombe goalkeeper, Alice Trill. Two minutes later, King was denied again as Trill made a double save from Surbiton’s third penalty corner, … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ penalty corner routine paid dividends on Saturday afternoon as four of their five goals against Buckingham came from set pieces. The 5-0 win kept Surbiton three points ahead of both Canterbury and Clifton, who both won, with Holcombe, a further point back also winning with the top four teams starting to pull away in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.
On a dull day, with the floodlights needed from the start, Surbiton needed time to settle down, but took the lead in the 16th minute, when Georgie Twigg found the backboard from open play with her third league goal of the season. The goal was also Surbiton’s 200th goal in five seasons of national league hockey.
Surbiton forced eight penalty corners in the first half, with Jo Hunter particularly unlucky not to score, as her shot contrived to rebound off the right post. Surbiton’s second goal came in the 24th … read more
Surbiton’s men could return to the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division if they beat eighth placed Cannock on Sunday (push back 2 pm at the Morris Ground); and East Grinstead fail to win at third placed Beeston.
Surbiton were deposed last weekend when East Grinstead returned to the summit, finally breaking through a resolute Southgate defence to score four second half goals, and win their game in hand, 4-0 in West Sussex.
Cannock are currently four points above Canterbury, who are in ninth place, and on course to defend their top flight status against the three Conference champions at the Promotion Tournament. In addition, Cannock had a point deducted for fielding an ineligible player earlier in the season, otherwise they would be in sixth place, having leapfrogged both Hampstead & Westminster and Southgate.
Cannock lost 4-3 at home to East Grinstead on the opening day of the season, then … read more
After a week’s break due to the Futures Cup, Surbiton Ladies continue their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division quest on Saturday when they welcome Buckingham to Sugden Road (push back 2 pm); and on Sunday travel to Holcombe for their third round Investec Women’s Cup tie (also push back 2 pm).
Surbiton lead second placed Canterbury by three points, but can’t afford to take Buckingham likely, although last season’s Conference West champions have struggled in the top flight this season, only winning one game (at home to Bowdon Hightown) in their first seven league games.
Buckingham won promotion at the fourth attempt after just losing out on goal difference twice, but although they have current international, Zoe Shipperley in their squad, have found life tough in the Premier Division, although their only heavy defeat came at the hands of Holcombe, who won 6-0 on 18 October. Buckingham lost 1-0 at Clifton … read more
Once again, Surbiton Hockey Club’s achievements were recognised at the annual Elmbridge Sports Personality Of The Year Awards, this year held at Danes Hill School last Friday (31 October). The awards which were sponsored by Sandown Park, the David J Arthur Group of Companies, and Active Surrey, were given to all sections of the club from players to coaches and volunteers on another successful night.
Surbiton’s Under-12 Girls, who won the In2Hockey Championships yet again after beating Marlow 3-0 in the final at Cannock HC, received the Team of the Year award in the Junior category. Surbiton Ladies capped an historic year in which they completed the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division and Investec Women’s Cup double for the first time, by receiving the senior Team of the Year award.
Surbiton Ladies’ coach, Brett Garrard, who has taken the team out of the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League and through the … read more
Surbiton Hockey Club was well represented at last weekend’s Futures Cup at Cannock HC, having a total of 17 players selected.
The Under-16 Tournaments were held as a round-robin competition with no final. Morgan Males and Zach Wallace were members of the Saxon Tigers Boys squad which won the tournament by two points from both Pennine Pumas and Mercia Lynx. Males scoring in the 4-2 win over Wessex Leopards, who included Owen Williamson.
Ellie Shahbo and Yasmin Chahal were selected for the Under-16 Girls squad which finished third, getting their only point against the Leopards, who had Ellie De Heer, Lottie Ross and Sophie Tait in their squad, Tait scoring against the Tigers.
Saxon Tigers won both Under-18 tournaments. The boys won all three games going into the final against Wessex Leopards. Ore Ogunlana was in the Tigers goal, and Eddie Way was also in the Tigers’ squad. Tigers beat the Leopards 3-1. Evan … read more
Surbiton’s men have been drawn at home to Deeside Ramblers of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference North in the fourth round of the NOW: Pensions Cup on 16 November.
Surbiton reached round four with a third round 5-0 win at Chelmsford of the East League Premier A. Rupert Shipperley opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a penalty corner conversion, then Adam Jolly doubled the lead in the 25th minute.
Leading 2-0 at half time, Surbiton added a third goal in the 40th minute when William Marshall scored from open play, before Jolly scored his second open play goal in the 50th minute, and Alan Forsyth completed the scoring with four minutes to play, again from open play.
Deeside, who are eighth in the NPMHL Conference North, had a walkover in the third round after being drawn away to Belper, having won their second round tie against Lincoln Roses of the North … read more
Having played Holcombe for the first time on Saturday, Surbiton will return to Holcombe for their third round Investec Women’s Cup tie on 9 November.
Surbiton drew 1-1 in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, Rebecca Herbert levelling after Nicci Daly gave Holcombe a first half lead.
Surbiton won 5-0 at Hampstead & Westminster on Sunday, whilst Holcombe beat East Grinstead 2-0 at home to reach round three.
The draw keeps up Surbiton’s run of away draws in the competition.
Surbiton Ladies, the Investec Women’s Cup holders, began their defence with a 5-0 win at Paddington Recreation Ground against Hampstead & Westminster on Sunday lunchtime.
Missing all their GB internationals for the rematch of last season’s cup final, but including Eleanor Jolly, Natalie Maclean, Emma Russell, Clarissa Schilling and Sian Craze in their squad, Surbiton had to wait until the 21st minute to break the deadlock. Sarah Page opening the scoring following a run towards goal.
A minute later, Emmie Le Marchand, who had made her league debut for Surbiton’s first team at Holcombe, the previous day, doubled the visitors’ lead after good attacking play by Jo Hunter. In the 24th minute, it was Hunter’s turn to get on the scoresheet, her shot finding the backboard.
Nine minutes into the second half, Sian Craze scored Surbiton’s fourth goal with a shot which rebounded off the left post onto the backboard. With seven minutes … read more
Surbiton’s Julia King, who joined the club from Auckland after the conclusion of the 2014 Ford National League, is currently playing for the Black Sticks in a six test series against the United States, in Stratford, New Zealand.
On Saturday, New Zealand drew 1-1 with the USA, and on Sunday, New Zealand won the second match 2-1.
King was in the New Zealand starting line-up on both occasions.
The series moved to Palmerston North for games three and four, the United States winning both games to take a 2-1 lead in the series. The USA won the third game 2-1 on Tuesday, King beginning the game on the substitutes bench, and entering the action in the fifth minute. Two days later, the USA won 2-0, King again starting the game on the bench, this time waiting until the third quarter to take part, entering the field of play in the 38th minute.
The final two games were … read more
Surbiton’s men found life easier in the North West than the previous week against Canterbury, beating Brooklands Manchester University 7-1 to go top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after East Grinstead lost 4-1 at home to Wimbledon.
East Grinstead dropped to third, although they can go back to the top if they win their game in hand next Saturday, at home to Southgate, a match which was postponed due to East Grinstead’s EuroHockey League participation in Barcelona.
Surbiton lead Beeston by two points after stunning Brooklands with two quick goals. Alan Forsyth converted from the penalty spot in the eleventh minute, with Rupert Shipperley doubling the visitors’ advantage from open play a minute later.
Matt Daly and Chris Grassick both converted penalty corners in the 29th and 35th minutes to leave Surbiton in control at half time with a 4-0 lead.
Daly scored his second goal of the match from … read more
Surbiton Ladies hold a three point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after drawing their first-ever meeting with newly promoted Holcombe, 1-1 in Kent.
Surbiton, who gave a first team debut to Emmie Le Marchand, who played previously for Worcester and Cannock in the national league, had to come from behind after Nikki Daly smashed the ball into the netting at the left post in the 31st minute. Le Marchand and Jo Hunter had both gone close in the first half.
Six minutes into the second half, Surbiton equalised when Rebecca Herbert scored her sixth league goal of the season, getting the last touch to the visitors’ fourth penalty corner of the match. Sarah Page had a great chance to give Surbiton the lead with twelve minutes remaining but pulled her shot past the right post.
Both sides largely cancelled each other out, although Holcombe had an opportunity … read more
Surbiton Ladies are getting used to playing in top of the table clashes in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division this season. Following 2-1 wins at Clifton,and at home to Canterbury, Surbiton visit Holcombe on Saturday (push back 4 pm).
Holcombe replaced Canterbury in second place after a resounding 6-0 win at Buckingham last Saturday. Lucy Wood scored a hat-trick, and is Holcombe’s joint leading league goalscorer with Nicola White, both players having scored three goals this season. Nicci Daly, Leisa Randall and Sam Quek have all scored twice, with Laura Unsworth, Tamsyn Naylor and Leigh Maasdorp all having scored once.
Holcombe, who were promoted via the Promotion Tournament in emphatic style last season after winning the Conference East, began the season with a 3-0 home win over Bowdon Hightown. Their second match was a home Kent derby against Canterbury, in which White seemed to have given Holcombe all three points, … read more
Surbiton’s men aim to keep up the pressure on leaders, East Grinstead in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division when they visit Brooklands Manchester University at 12 noon on Saturday; then 24 hours later, they will be in Essex to take on Chelmsford in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Cup.
Brooklands Manchester University are finding life tough in the top flight after winning promotion from the Conference North last season. At the bottom of the table with one point, which was won in a 3-3 draw at Cannock, Brooklands have relied heavily on Peter Flanagan, who has scored five of his club’s twelve league goals this season. Both Aiden Khares and Richard Slater have scored twice, with Stefan Ray-Hills, Andrew Graham and Phil Dutoy also having found the net for the students.
Brooklands lost 2-1 at home to Southgate on the opening day of the season, and after salvaging their … read more
Surbiton’s men had to battle against a determined Canterbury side before coming out on top 5-4 at Sugden Road in a thrilling NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division match on Sunday afternoon.
Canterbury, who started the day in ninth place, having only previously won at Brooklands Manchester University, and lost the other four league games, stunned Surbiton in the fourth minute when Isaac O’Connor slid the ball over the line from close range.
Two minutes later, Matt Daly levelled from a penalty corner, his drag-flick hitting the net just above the backboard. However, by the twentieth minute, Canterbury led 3-1, Kwan Browne restoring the visitors’ lead from a penalty corner in the 17th minute, and Ben Hare scoring with a shot which made the goal netting above the left sideboard bulge outwards.
Daly reduced Canterbury’s lead in the 24th minute, again from a penalty corner, but this time, the goal was awarded after … read more
Great Britain Under-21 Men’s hopes of lifting the Sultan of Johor title in Malaysia were cruelly ended by the reigning champions, India, who snatched a 2-1 win with a goal in the penultimate minute.
Great Britain, captained by Surbiton’s Jonny Gall, had beaten India 2-0 when the teams met in the group stage on Monday, but fell behind ten minutes after half time. Although they fought back to level with fifteen minutes remaining, India retained their title with a late goal.
GB Head Coach, Jon Bleby was proud of his squad: “I’m extremely proud of the performances and the way the lads have played throughout the tournament, but bitterly disappointed that we couldn’t bring home the gold medal. The lads should reflect that this is the start of something big for them and working hard for the future.”
More information can be found at the official tournament website: http://www.sultanjohorcup.com.my/
Surbiton Ladies, inspired by their captain, Sarah Haycroft, beat Canterbury 2-1 to open up a four point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division. Haycroft struck twice in the first half to give Surbiton a 2-0 half time lead. Although Canterbury pulled a goal back in the second half, Surbiton won their fifth league match in succession.
On a murky day, which needed the floodlights switched on, Surbiton dominated in the first half, Haycroft opening the scoring from the right of the circle in the eighth minute, turning to unleash a shot which rebounded off the backboard.
Twenty minutes later, Haycroft was on target again, this time finishing after a run at the Canterbury defence. Otherwise, Surbiton created plenty of chances, but couldn’t finish, leaving the way open for a possible Canterbury comeback.
In the first five minutes of the first half, Canterbury put the Surbiton defence under … read more
Great Britain’s Under-21 Men, captained by Surbiton’s Jonny Gall, will play India in Sunday’s Sultan of Johor Final in Malaysia.
Great Britain beat New Zealand 3-0 to win all five group games, and finish three points clear of second placed India. When Great Britain played India on Monday, GB won 2-0 in their second group game.
More information can be found at the official tournament website: http://www.sultanjohorcup.com.my/