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The 2016 EuroHockey U18 Youth Championships start in Cork on Sunday and Surbiton Hockey Club has players in both England’s boys and girls squads.
Holly Munro will captain the Girls team which starts its campaign against hosts Ireland (5.45 pm) on Sunday, whilst Louisa Bray is one of two goalkeepers in the England squad.
England continue with a match against Germany on Tuesday (10 am) before completing their Pool B schedule against Russia on Wednesday (9.45 am).
If England finish in the top two, they will play in next Friday’s semi-finals, otherwise they will have to battle against relegation in Pool C against the teams which finish third and fourth in Pool A.
The teams in Pool A are: Belgium, Netherlands, Poland and Spain.
England would carry forward their result against their other Pool B opponent to join them in Pool C.
The final and bronze medal match are both scheduled for Saturday 30 July.
Meanwhile in England’s boys … read more
Surbiton Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Sabbie Heesh will be joining the club in advance of the 2016-17 season.
Goalkeeper, Heesh, 24 years old and a member of Great Britain’s centralised training squad, will join Surbiton from Leicester.
Heesh made her Great Britain debut against Germany on 12 November 2013 and went on to make her second appearance against Japan, replacing Maddie Hinch in goal at half time on 27 Apr 2015 at Lee Valley.
Although Heesh has yet to formally make her England debut, she was named in the England squad which won the Unibet EuroHockey Championships at Lee Valley in 2015.
Heesh has represented England at Under-16, Under-18, Under-21 and Under-23 level.
Heesh has previously played for Belper, Cannock, Bowdon Hightown and Loughborough Students.
With the Summer programme coming to the end it gives a chance for our colts to have a break before the hockey season starts again in September.
This year’s Summer programme saw 644 colts taking part, 144 colts coming externally from the club. This not only gave our colts the chance to play throughout the summer but also other colts players in the local area the opportunity of continuing to play hockey and improving their skills.
The introduction of the Dexters Game Time, which is played in a six a side format on a third of a pitch, was a new addition to the summer programme this year.
The club was lucky enough to secure sponsorship from Dexters Estate Agents who are based in Claremont Road in Surbiton which enabled the club to invest in new equipment, including pitch dividers, strips for marking the shooting areas and new balls.
The new format was a great success as it gave the colts … read more
Great Britain’s men, again without Surbiton’s Chris Grassick, through injury, needed two goals in the last ten minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw against Belgium in Dusseldorf on Sunday.
Reading’s Simon Mantell struck twice in the 50th and last minutes, both times from open play, after Belgium led 2-0 through Elliot van Strydonck’s 15th minute opener and Sébastien Dockier’s 22nd minute goal, also both from open play.
Germany defeated the Netherlands 3-2 in the last game of the tournament to overtake Great Britain and win the ERGO Masters 4 Nations Invitational.
After the game, Great Britain’s Head Coach, Bobby Crutchley said: “When we play the way we’re capable of and we do what we set out to do, we create chances. It’s nice for Simon Mantell to get a couple of goals, too. I’d probably say we’ve produced two and half good performances out here. We played some good hockey at times and we did plenty … read more
After a rest day on Friday, Great Britain’s men followed up their 1-1 draw with Germany on Thursday by beating the Netherlands 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at the ERGO Masters 4 Nations Invitational tournament in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Unfortunately, Surbiton’s Chris Grassick didn’t play against the Dutch after being injured late in the game against Germany.
Holcombe’s Ashley Jackson won his 100th Great Britain cap, with club mate Sam Ward scoring twice in the 11th and 43rd minutes with Wimbledon’s Henry Weir adding a third in the 48th minute.
Great Britain face Belgium in their third and final game at 1030 am (BST) on Sunday.
Belgium lost both their games 3-2, to the Netherlands on Thursday and to Germany on Saturday.
With one game to play, Great Britain lead the table on four points, with a two better goal difference over second placed Germany.
The Netherlands are third on three points with Belgium last on no points.
Colin … read more
Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg, who will be heading off to Rio for the upcoming Olympic Games along with club mates Giselle Ansley and Hollie Webb at the end of July, can be seen on BT Sport over the next few days.
Together with GB goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch and captain, Kate Richardson-Walsh, Twiggy is interviewed by BT Sport’s Claire Balding at Bisham Abbey, looking back at the 2012 Olympics, the 2015 Euros triumph and looking forward to the Rio Olympics.
The 30 minute programme, part of the Claire Balding Meets series can be seen on BT Sport 1 at:
Fri 15 Jul – 2200
Sat 16 Jul – 1715
Sun 17 Jul – 0930 and 1400
Mon 18 Jul – 1800
BT Sport can be found on BT TV on channels 408 (SD) and 430 (HD); on Virgin Media: 527 (HD) and 531 (SD); and on Sky 413.
The BT Sport TV Guide can be found at: http://sport.bt.com/tv-guide-01363810618853
Great Britain started their ERGO Masters 4 Nations Invitational campaign in Dusseldorf, holding hosts Germany to a 1-1 draw on Thursday evening.
Both goals came in the second quarter, Christopher Wesley opening the scoring for Germany in the 20th minute from open play, only for East Grinstead’s David Condon to level in the same manner three minutes later.
Surbiton’s Chris Grassick came on for Great Britain from the substitutes’ bench in the fourth minute, however with eight minutes remaining, Grassick left the pitch due to injury.
After the game, Great Britain Head Coach, Bobby Crutchley commented: “It was a positive performance from us. We created a number of good chances and scored a nice goal. We improved as the game went on and could have won it on another day.”
“I’m pleased with how we defended after the first quarter. We kept their chances to a minimum and a draw against Germany is a … read more
Although Surbiton’s Chris Grassick was unlucky to miss out on a place in Great Britain’s squad for the Rio Olympics along with Scottish team-mate, Alan Forsyth, Grassick will be back in GB colours this week.
Great Britain face Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands in the ERGO Masters 4 Nations Invitational Tournament in Dusseldorf, Germany, starting on Thursday, 14 July.
Great Britain, who inherit England’s fourth world ranking start against hosts, Germany (WR 3) on Thursday evening and then after a rest day on Friday, face an intense weekend schedule.
On Saturday afternoon (16 July) Great Britain take on the Netherlands (WR 2), before finishing against Belgium (WR 6) on Sunday morning (17 July).
Surbiton Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Emily Defroand, Hannah Martin and Alice Sharp will all be joining the club in advance of the 2016-17 season.
Defroand and Martin will both be arriving from the University of Birmingham, whilst former Birmingham player Sharp returns to the UK after a single season at Hamburg based Club an der Alster, who finished fifth in last season’s Bundesliga 1.
Sharp became the first player to win the Higgins Group UK Youth Award twice in 2010 having previously received the award in 2008. Defroand has also won the award in 2012
Defroand, Martin and Sharp have all been capped at Under-16, Under-18 and Under-21 level for England. In addition, in June 2016. Defroand was the vice-captain of Great Britain’s Under-23 side which competed in the Futures 2020 Invitational Tournament in Nottingham, where Martin scored twice in the first game against Australia.
Defroand joined Old Loughtonians from Havering … read more
Spain completed a 4-0 test series win over Scotland’s women, winning the final match 2-1 in Alicante at Friday lunchtime.
The series saw Spain win the first and third matches 3-0 and the second and fourth matches 2-1.
Scotland women’s Head Coach, Gordon Shepherd praised his squad in spite of the defeats: “Fitness is not an issue. We are fitter and faster than Spain but, unfortunately, we are not ruthless enough in the D. We are creating chances and if the girls continue to do the things we work on in training then we will start converting these chances.” Source: http://www.scottish-hockey.org.uk/
Surbiton’s Robyn Collins, having played in the first three games was rested from the fourth game, but former Surbiton players, Becky Merchant, now with Edinburgh University, and Kate Holmes, currently with Clifton, were both in Scotland’s starting line-up.
Spain took the lead in the 27th minute through Maria Contardi’s open play goal.
In the 43rd … read more
Spain beat Scotland’s women 3-0 to clinch the series 3-0 with one game to play.
At Thursday lunchtime in Alicante, Alicia Magaz gave Spain an eleventh minute lead from open play.
Six minutes into the second half, Scotland fell further behind, Lola Riera converting a penalty corner to double the hosts’ lead.
With one minute remaining, Maialen Garcia added a third Spanish goal to complete a comprehensive victory.
Surbiton’s Robyn Collins was in the Scottish starting line-up.
Former Surbiton player, Becky Merchant, now with Edinburgh University, captained the Scottish squad, whilst another former Surbiton player, Kate Holmes, now with Clifton, came on as an eighth minute substitute.
The fourth and final game is on Friday at 12.30 local time.
Surbiton’s Robyn Collins was in the Scottish starting lineup for the second evening running but couldn’t prevent Spain (World Ranking 14) from taking a 2-0 lead in the four match series in Alicante on Tuesday.
With Scotland (WR 17) seemingly heading for a 1-1 draw, Spain’s Rocio Ybarra broke tartan hearts with a winning goal from open play with just five minutes remaining to give the hosts a 2-1 win to follow up their 3-0 win on Monday.
Alicia Magaz had given Spain the lead in the eleventh minute, but Scotland fought back three minutes after half time, former Surbiton player, Becky Merchant, now with Edinburgh University, scoring the Scots’ first goal of the series, both goals also coming from open play.
After a rest day on Wednesday, the series resumes on Thursday with the fourth and final game scheduled for Friday. The last two games will be played at 12.30 pm.
Great Britain have this morning announced the sixteen player squad and three reserves who will be heading to Rio for the 2016 Olympics.
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have all been included by Head Coach, Danny Kerry in the squad for the Games which take place from 5 to 21 August.
Former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray, now with East Grinstead, and who scored against Australia on the penultimate day of the Women’s Champions Trophy at Lee Valley last weekend, has also been selected.
Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England said: “I’m very proud to be able to welcome hockey players from both the men’s and women’s squads to Team GB today
“In both of these sides there is a blend of Olympic experience and Olympic debutants who have come through in the last four years and who have shown they can compete at the very highest level.
“It’s great to qualify athletes … read more
Surbiton’s Robyn Collins is in the Scottish squad currently taking part in a four test series with Spain in Alicante.
Scotland are currently ranked 17th in the world, with their Spanish hosts, three places higher in 14th.
On Monday night, Spain took a 1-0 lead in the series, winning the first match 3-0, all three goals coming from open play.
Cristina Guinea put Spain ahead in the fifth minute, Scotland still trailing just by a single goal at the half time break.
The remaining two Spanish goals were both scored in the third quarter, Beatriz Perez doubling the hosts lead in the 35th minute, with Maria Contardi adding the third goal three minutes later.
Collins was in the starting line-up, but sat on the naughty step for two minutes after seeing green in the 29th minute.
Former Surbiton players, Becky Merchant (Edinburgh University) and Kate Holmes (Clifton) are also in the Scottish squad, Merchant joining Collins … read more
Great Britain’s women finished fifth at the Champions Trophy at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre after winning 4-3 over New Zealand on Sunday afternoon, avenging the 1-0 defeat in the pool match last Tuesday.
Reading’s Alex Danson gave Great Britain a tenth minute lead with a shot into the right corner backboard.
Anita McLaren levelled for the Black Sticks in the 22nd minute, also finding the backboard from open play.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb tackles New Zealand’s Anita McLaren on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
Great Britain led 2-1 at the halfway point, the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley restoring their lead from open play four minutes before half time.
Three minutes into the second half, came a milestone moment as Great Britain converted their first penalty corner at the eighteenth attempt, Danson putting the hosts 3-1 ahead.
New Zealand had lost their video referral after challenging the award of Great Britain’s only penalty … read more
Great Britain will take on New Zealand in the fifth/sixth place playoff at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday (2 pm) after losing 4-1 to Australia in the final pool game on Saturday.
Great Britain needed to beat Australia by three goals to snatch fourth place on goal difference and earn the opportunity to play for bronze, but two Australian goals in the first six minutes quickly ended their hopes.
In the fifth minute, Kathryn Slattery converted the Hockeyroos’ first penalty corner of the match with a deflection and a minute later, former Surbiton player, Georgie Parker doubled Australia’s lead with an open play deflection.
Surbiton Past & Present: Current Surbiton player Hollie Webb tackles former Surbiton player, Georgie Parker on Saturday. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
Great Britain fought back at the start of the second quarter, Reading’s Helen Richardson-Walsh attacking down the left before crossing for East Grinstead’s Sophie Bray to pull a … read more
Great Britain’s hopes of winning a medal at the Women’s Champions Trophy at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre are in jeopardy after they suffered a 2-0 defeat to the United States on Thursday night.
Great Britain have now gone 186 minutes since Reading’s Helen Richardson-Walsh scored her country’s second goal against Argentina on the opening day of the season.
Yet, in the first half, Great Britain created chances to score, Reading’s Alex Danson just sending her shot past the left post from the right of the circle five minutes before half time.
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley goes past the United States’ Kathleen Sharkey on Thursday night. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
The USA’s Rachel Dawson saw yellow two minutes later, with Holcombe’s Nicola White also spending five minutes in the sin-bin after being shown a yellow card seven minutes into the second half.
The deadlock was broken in the 39th minute, Emily Wold scoring from open … read more
If you have tickets for today’s matches at the Women’s Champions Trophy at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, please be aware that there is disruption on the trains due to overnight lightning strikes on signalling equipment.
South West Trains expects to be affected until the end of service on Thursday with several trains cancelled. Their Journey Check page can be found at: https://www.journeycheck.southwesttrains.co.uk/
The Jubilee Line from London Waterloo to Stratford should be OK, although there were earlier problems at Canning Town with no interchange with the Docklands Light Railway.
The Transport For London website can be found at: https://tfl.gov.uk/
If for any reason, you can’t get to Lee Valley, don’t forget that the matches are being shown live on BT Sport 1. The schedule can be found at: http://sport.bt.com/tv-guide-01363810618853
You are advised to check your journey before leaving home.
A goal after just 56 seconds gave New Zealand a 1-0 victory over Great Britain on Tuesday night to virtually end the hosts’ hopes of reaching the Women’s Champions Trophy final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
Great Britain will need to beat both the United States on Thursday (8 pm) and Australia on Saturday (6 pm) and hope that other results go their way.
The Black Sticks, including former Surbiton player, Julia King, who had an excellent game in defence, stunned Great Britain, with Stacey Michelsen scoring the only goal of the game.
New Zealand dominated the first quarter to the extent that Great Britain only made their first circle penetration of the match with one second remaining of the quarter.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb was in Great Britain’s starting line-up, whilst both Georgie Twigg and Giselle Ansley, who failed to score from Great Britain’s first two penalty corner awards, came on in … read more
Today (Monday) may be a rest day in the Women’s Champions Trophy, but there’s always something happening!
Surbiton’s intrepid club photographer, Tim Reder found current L1 player, Naomi Evans at the Hockey Museum at Lee Valley on Sunday.
Naomi has made a very positive exhibition of herself in her first season in Surbiton colours, helping Surbiton Ladies to their third successive Investec Women’s Hockey League Championship and also making her mark at the EHCCC in Bilthoven.
Yesterday, Naomi could be found in the green and gold of her beloved Hockeyroos, and why else would she be smiling after Australia’s 3-1 win over antipodean rivals, New Zealand on Sunday afternoon?
Well, of course, she is also happy to be a member of Surbiton HC and is only too keen to point the way to which hockey club plays at Sugden Road!
If you’re lucky enough to have tickets for the remaining days of the Women’s Champions … read more
Great Britain suffered their first defeat at the Champions Trophy on Sunday afternoon, going down 2-0 to the Netherlands at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in front of another enthusiastic crowd.
Both Dutch goals came from penalty corners, Lidewij Welten opening the scoring in the 17th minute, with Maartje Paumen, the Netherlands captain and tournament leading scorer, adding a second goal with seven minutes remaining.
Welten scored at the right post, whilst Paumen added to her four goals against New Zealand on Saturday, finding the backboard from the Netherlands’ sixth penalty corner of the match.
Not this time: Surbiton’s Hollie Webb and Giselle Ansley combine to thwart first Dutch goalscorer, Lidewij Welten at Lee Valley. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
The University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley went close in the tenth minute, clipping the crossbar, but goalscoring opportunities were few and far between.
Great Britain, who had seen their first and only penalty corner award … read more
Surbiton’s Willie Marshall and Nick Parkes helped Scotland’s squad to win the Four Nations Invitational tournament in Gniezno, Poland.
Scotland won their third and final game against Italy, 4-0 early on Sunday morning, Marshall, the Scottish captain scoring the third goal from a penalty corner in the 46th minute.
Marshall and Parkes were both in the Scottish starting line-up for the third game running, the victory opening up a three point lead over France, who were due to meet Poland in the final game of the tournament.
France needed to beat Poland by three goals to win the competition on goal difference, but eventually lost 3-0 to finish third.
Scotland won the tournament with 7 points, Poland finishing second with 6 points and France ending up with 4 points.
Italy won the wooden spoon after losing all three matches.
Great Britain started their Women’s Champions Trophy campaign with a 2-2 draw against holders, Argentina in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Great Britain, who have inherited England’s sixth ranking for the tournament, had to come from behind twice before securing a point.
Las Leonas, ranked second in the world, took the lead through Maria Granatto’s open play effort in the seventh minute.
Argentina held their single goal lead until half time in spite of having three players sent to the sin-bin, Delfina Merino and Pilar Romang seeing green, with Florencia Habif banished for five minutes just before the end of the second quarter.
Great Britain caught out the Argentinian defence just 46 seconds into the third quarter, Reading’s Helen Richardson-Walsh scoring from open play.
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley helps Great Britain mount another attack against Argentina on Saturday. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
Argentina almost fell behind in … read more
Surbiton’s Willie Marshall and Nick Parkes are both in Gniezno, Poland, representing Scotland in a Four Nations Invitational Tournament against the hosts, France and Italy.
On Friday afternoon (17 June), Scotland came from a 1-0 half time deficit to draw their opening match 2-2 with France. Poland beat Italy 3-1.
On Saturday, Scotland again came from behind, this time 3-2 down at half time to win a nine goal thriller 5-4 against Poland.
Marshall, who is also captaining the Scottish squad, converted a penalty corner in the 56th minute to make the score 3-3 and set up a thrilling final fourteen minutes.
Four minutes later, Scotland took the lead at 4-3, only for Poland to restore parity in the 62nd minute and leave all to play for.
With six minutes to play, Parkes proved to be Scotland’s hero, also converting a penalty corner to score the winning goal.
Marshall and Parkes were in the Scottish starting … read more
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb help Great Britain start their Women’s Champions Trophy campaign on Saturday (18 June), when they host reigning champions, Argentina (World Ranking 2), who won the competition on home soil in 2014 (push back 2 pm).
Great Britain inherit England’s world ranking of 6 and will hope to emulate the top ranked home country by winning gold in 2016, after England beat the Netherlands in dramatic fashion to lift the 2015 EuroHockey Championships.
The Netherlands face Great Britain on Sunday (also 2 pm push back) as reigning World and Olympic champions as well as the number 1 ranked team in the world.
After a rest day on Monday, there will be a familiar face in the New Zealand squad (WR 4) which take on Great Britain at 8 pm on Tuesday.
Julia King, who was a member of Surbiton Ladies’ 2015 double winning squad, was a late … read more
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have all been included in Danny Kerry’s 18 player squad for the Women’s Champions Trophy, starting on 18 June at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
The competition features Great Britain takng on Argentina, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the USA before the finals day on Sunday 26 June.
Great Britain Head Coach, Danny Kerry previewed the competition: “We have selected a complimentary blend of combinations that is adaptable to the differing challenges we will face at the Champions Trophy. We have creativity, pace, and assuredness across the lines and we are all looking forward to the opportunity to play again at Lee Valley in the wonderful Olympic legacy venue.”
He continued: “The Champions Trophy this year will be interesting as I believe all of the teams competing are capable of winning the prestigious trophy. That should make for tight games decided on the finest of … read more
Surbiton Hockey Club today confirmed the signing of two more international players who have joined the club ahead of the 2016 – 2017 season.
Brendan Creed and David Goodfield will join the Surbiton Men’s squad from Harvestehuder THC in Germany where they were members of the team that finished 3rd in the 2016 Euro Hockey League (EHL).
Creed and Goodfield have had very similar playing careers. Prior to their time in Germany, both played for Sheffield Hallam HC and were members of the England U21 squad that played in the 2013 Junior World Cup in New Delhi, India.
In 2014 they were in the Great Britain U21 squad that won silver in the 2014 Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia and part of the England team that won bronze in the U21 European Championships. In 2015, both were selected for the England U23 squad.
Brendan Creed commented: “Playing in Germany has been a great … read more
Surbiton Hockey Club today make their second announcement of the summer with the signing of three international players who have joined the club ahead of the 2016 – 2017 season.
Harry Gibson, Rob Farrington and Arjan Drayton-Chana will join the Surbiton Men’s 1st XI squad that finished second in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division last season. These are the first signings since Mark Pearn joined in May as Head Coach of the Surbiton Men’s section.
Harry Gibson, a member of the current Great Britain squad training in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, joins from Premier Division side Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club. A talented goalkeeper, Gibson has won seven full international caps for England and Great Britain. He was a member of the Great Britain U21 side that won silver in the 2014 Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia and bronze in the U21 European Championships with England, being … read more
Great Britain’s women struck a psychological blow in advance of the Champions Trophy, forcing a draw with the Netherlands in the second and final test in Amsterdam on Thursday night.
Reading’s Alex Danson scored from open play with just three minutes remaining to earn a 1-1 draw after Eva De Goede had put the Dutch ahead from the penalty spot in what proved to be an unlucky thirteenth minute for Great Britain.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb was in Great Britain’s starting line-up, with club mates Georgie Twigg and Giselle Ansley both coming on from the substitutes bench in the fifth minute.
Great Britain’s Head Coach, Danny Kerry said after the match: ““I’m very pleased with today’s performance. I felt we had the balance of play, particularly in the second half. I’m very proud of how the girls have been on the front foot in both matches despite it being an anxious time around selection … read more
Great Britain’s women beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the first test in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening.
The University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley gave Great Britain the lead, only for Kitty Van Male to equalise for the Dutch.
Reading’s Helen Richardson-Walsh scored what proved to be the winning goal.
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb were all in Great Britain’s starting line-up.
The second game is on Thursday (2 June) push back 7.30 pm, local time.