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Surbiton L1 Trio Selected For GB In Valencia

Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have all been named in Great Britain’s eighteen player squad for the World League semi-final in Valencia to be held from 10-21 June.
All three players featured in the two match capped series against Japan at the end of April at Lee Valley, with Ansley proving her fitness after recovering from a foot injury by playing in the second match.
Great Britain will be aiming to finish in the top three to secure Olympic qualification, with six of the twelve places allocated to the top three teams in each semi-final.
The remaining places will be taken taken by the champions of the Pan American Games, the African qualifying tournament, the Asian Games, the Oceania Cup, and the Unibet EuroHockey Championships, also scheduled to take place at Lee Valley.
The twelfth and final place can be earned by hosts, Brazil, but only if they meet the qualification criteria.
Great … read more

SHC Featured In Daily Telegraph’s 2014-15 Hockey Review

After another successful season, Surbiton Hockey Club features prominently in the Daily Telegraph’s hockey review of the 2014-15 season.
Surbiton Ladies completed the league and cup double, with Rebecca Herbert voted as the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division player of the season, and divisional top scorer; and the scorer of the winning goal against Clifton in the cup final.
Although they needed more practice at taking shuttles in Europe, there is much to look forward to next season.
And although Surbiton’s men just missed out on European qualification, and were runners-up in both the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division and the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup, there were a lot of positive aspects to be taken from the season, and optimism for next season.
To read the Daily Telegraph review click here

U14 Girls Are National Champions

Surbiton’s Under-14 Girls beat Cambridge City 3-0 to retain the National Championship at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon.

Darcy Bourne (above) converted a second minute penalty corner to open the scoring.
Surbiton’s penalty corner routine bore fruit again in the 20th minute, Sasha Reed (below) scoring from close range.

Four minutes later, Zoe Allchurch (seen below celebrating) put the result beyond doubt to give Surbiton a three goal advantage.

Surbiton had qualified for the final by topping Pool B without conceding a goal.
A 4-0 win against Norwich City, followed by 2-0 wins over both Ben Rhydding and Isca put Surbiton in contention once again for the national title.
Freya Gladstone, Allchurch, Bourne and Coca Hall got Surbiton off to the perfect start against the East Anglians.
Allchurch and Bourne sealed the win over Ben Rhydding; Reed and Hall maintaining Surbiton’s one hundred per cent record to see off Isca.
And a solid defence, combined with a … read more

U12 Boys National In2Hockey Champions

Surbiton’s Under-12 Boys won the National In2Hockey Championships at Highfields Hockey Centre in Nottingham on Saturday, beating Canterbury 3-0 in the final.
Surbiton started with a 3-2 win over Alderley Edge, Oliver Shelton opening the scoring for Surbiton in the third minute, James Parkin equalising two minutes later. Within a minute, Finn Cooper-James restored Surbiton’s lead, but although Archie Benton levelled for a second time on the quarter-hour, Tom Lawes converted a penalty corner in the 17th minute to secure the win.
Against Isca, Surbiton struck twice in the tenth minute, Cooper-James and Shelton on target, Shelton scoring Surbiton’s third goal three minutes later to complete a 3-0 win.
Leicester proved a harder nut to crack, although Cooper-James scored in the second minute. Jacob Paine levelled in the ninth minute and Surbiton had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
In their final pool game, Cambridge City were swept aside 5-1, Lawes converting a penalty corner … read more

U12 Girls’ Run Of In2Hockey Titles Ended By Spencer

Surbiton’s Under-12 Girls’ run of successive National In2Hockey Championships was ended after Spencer won the 2015 title at Highfields Hockey Centre in Nottingham on Saturday.
Surbiton had won the national title for the previous four seasons, but the first indication that the run could come to an end came in the South regional competition, as Spencer had beaten Surbiton in the final, both teams qualifying for the national finals.
Surbiton beat Thirsk 4-0, Maddie Long, Tilly Gough, Lucy Clemmow and Elsie Williams on target.
Another goal from Long, and a brace from Clemmow was enough to earn a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
Long was on target against Worcester, but Isabella Nott levelled to earn a 1-1 draw and end Surbiton’s 100 per cent record in the finals.
Long and Williams gave Surbiton a 2-0 win over Blue Hornets in their last pool game to clinch their place in the final.
Spencer’s captain, Chloe Gravestock gave her side a fourth … read more

U14 Boys Finish Fourth In National Championships

Surbiton’s Under-14 Boys just missed out on bronze medals at the U14 National Finals at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, losing on penalty strokes to Guildford after a 1-1 draw in the fourth place play-off.

Daniel Foulger gave Surbiton the lead in the final shortly after half time (pictured below), only for Guildford to equalise within six minutes.

The penalty stroke barrage started well for Surbiton as their goalkeeper, Lyle Reynolds saved Guildford’s opening stroke.
After three penalties each, that was the only miss, with Surbiton leading 3-2.
However, Guildford’s goalkeeper, Alexander Smith turned the match around with two saves.
Reynolds was unable to stop Guildford’s remaining strokes, so Surbiton just missed out on bronze, going down 4-3 on penalties.
In the pool stages, Surbiton had beaten Havant 1-0 thanks to a goal from Xavier Teyletche-Bailey a minute from the end.
Teyletche-Bailey then opened the scoring against Phoenix Blue Hornets with a ninth minute penalty corner conversion … read more

M1 Stunned By Reading Comeback In Cup Final

Surbiton’s men’s first team’s hopes of emulating the club’s women’s team and lifting the national cup were dashed by a stunning comeback which gave Reading a 5-1 win, Surbiton having led 1-0 after just five minutes.
Surbiton had also had to cope with the loss of Chris Grassick during the warm-up.
At Lee Valley on Saturday afternoon, Will Calnan opened the scoring in the NOW:Pensions Men’s Cup final, but Reading fought back to lead 2-1 at half time, Tom Carson and Richard Mantell converting penalty corners in the 20th and 28th minutes respectively.
John Jackson extended Reading’s lead from another penalty corner, three minutes into the second half, Surbiton suffering a setback when former player, Tommy Alexander saved Alan Forsyth’s penalty stroke in the 49th minute.
Further goals from Carson (penalty corner in the 54th minute) and Peter Scott (open play in the 62nd minute) ensured that Reading would win the cup for the first time … read more

M2 Go Down To Cannock In Cup Final

Surbiton men’s second team just missed out on a second EH Men’s Second XI Cup win, losing 3-1 to Cannock at Lee Valley on Saturday evening.
Surbiton previously won the cup back in 2006 with a 2-1 victory over Hampstead & Westminster at Chelmsford.
In 2015, Cannock opened the scoring through Louie Morris in the fifth minute before Adam Jolly levelled from a penalty corner for Surbiton two minutes later.
Aaron Wilkes restored Cannock’s lead from the penalty spot in the 29th minute to leave Surbiton trailing 2-1 at half time.
Callum Swinnerton-Ions scored the only goal of the second half in the 44th minute to ensure that the cup will go to Staffordshire for the first time in Cannock’s history.
Colin Pike

M1 & M2 Both At Lee Valley Cup Finals This Saturday

Surbiton Men’s 1st and 2nd XIs have emulated their female counterparts by reaching the 1st and 2nd XI National Cup Finals this season.
They hope to go one better on Saturday (2 May) by winning both trophies at the Lee Valley Olympic Park Hockey and Tennis Heritage Centre.
The firsts, who finished runners-up on goal difference in this season’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division with 44 points from 18 games, take on Reading, who finished sixth with 25 less points, at 3.30pm.
The firsts already have a league double over their traditional Thames Valley rivals under their belts: by 3-1 at Sugden Road on the opening day of the season (13 September) and then 2-0 at Sonning Lane on 30 November.
The seconds, who finished fifth in the Higgins Group London League Premier Division with 35 points from their 22 fixtures, follow-on immediately against Cannock 2s, who finished second in the Midland Regional Hockey Association … read more

GB Overwhelm Japan In Second International

Great Britain’s women completed their two capped match series with a 5-1 win over Japan at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Monday afternoon.
An audience of around 3,000 young people, attending the iconic venue within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of a special schools event, witnessed Great Britain build on a two goal half time lead to run out convincing winners.
Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb were in Great Britain’s starting line-up.
They were joined by a now fully-fit Giselle Ansley, who had been unable to play for Surbiton at the Rabobank EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven, or the Investec Women’s Hockey League finals at Lee Valley, due to a foot injury.
After a goalless first fifteen minute quarter, Great Britain burst into life with two goals in two minutes early in the second quarter.
First, Alex Danson slotted home a penalty stroke in the 18th minute, having … read more

GB Complete Comeback Win Against Japan

Great Britain’s women warmed up for the upcoming World League semi-final in Valencia by beating Japan 2-1 in the first of two capped matches at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Great Britain, who included Surbiton’s Hollie Webb in the starting line-up, and Georgie Twigg as a sixth minute substitute, had to come from behind in the Investec Private Banking International after Yukari Yamamoto gave Japan a 25th minute lead from a penalty stroke.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd, Great Britain’s comeback began in the 43rd minute, when Helen Richardson-Walsh, who returned to the squad after a long term injury, and was making her 250th combined (England and GB) appearance, passed to Alex Danson in the circle, Danson rounding Japanese goalkeeper, Sakiyo Asano to level the scores from open play.
And with the prospect of a shuttle shootout looming, it was Danson who won the match with a … read more

L1 Complete League And Cup Double

Surbiton Ladies completed the domestic league and cup double with a hard-fought 3-2 win over IWHL Premier Division rivals, Clifton in the Investec Women’s Cup final at Lee Valley on Saturday afternoon.
As in previous rounds, Surbiton selected their youngsters for the final, resting their senior internationals, the cup triumph once again illustrating the strength in depth in the Ladies’ section at Sugden Road.
As in last season’s final against Hampstead & Westminster, Surbiton struck early, taking the lead in the second minute through Jenna Woolven, who also opened the scoring last season, from open play.
However, the task was always going to be tougher against Clifton, and the point was reinforced in the 24th minute when the Bristol club’s captain, Aileen Davis equalised, finding the backboard  from her side’s second penalty corner.
Surbiton entered the second half on level terms, but a player down, with captain, Rebecca Herbert spending two minutes in the sin-bin either … read more

L2 Just Miss Out On Cup Glory On Strokes

Surbiton Ladies’ second team just missed out on lifting the EH Second XI Cup when Beeston won 3-0 on penalty strokes after a 2-2 draw in normal time at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday evening.
Surbiton took the lead in the 18th minute, Vanessa Roberts converting their first penalty corner of the match.
Beeston still trailed at half time, but nine minutes into the second half, their goalkeeper, Brooke Butler was shown a green card for kicking the ball outside the circle.
With national league rules not applying to the second eleven competition, Butler stayed on the pitch.
Three minutes later, Beeston, who dominated the second half, drew level when Hannah Farr finished off their third penalty corner of the match.
Two minutes later, with a Surbiton defender caught in possession, Beeston broke away again, Farr sending the Nottingham club’s supporters into ecstasy by giving Beeston the lead for the first time … read more

L1 Target Second League And Cup Double

A week after retaining the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championship at Lee Valley, Surbiton Ladies return to the Olympic Park as Investec Women’s Cup holders to meet Clifton in this season’s final (push back 3.30 pm – Saturday 25 April).
Surbiton have not included their current England/ GB internationals in their cup squads this season, and will not change that policy for the final.
Surbiton began their defence in round two against the team they defeated in last season’s final, Hampstead & Westminster, at Paddington Recreation Ground. Sarah Page, Emmie Le Marchand, Jo Hunter, Sian Craze and Emily Atkinson were all on target.
Round three saw Surbiton travel to Holcombe, Le Marchand, Charlotte Calnan and Sandra Frankland earning a 3-1 win and a place in the quarter-finals.
Frankland was also on target in the last-eight tie at home to Oxford Hawks, along with Abi Robinson, Hawks losing 2-0.
Loughborough Students stood between Surbiton and their place … read more

L2 Aim For National Cup Glory On Saturday

Surbiton Ladies’ second team will be aiming to win the England Hockey Women’s Second XI Cup for the first time in their history when they take on Beeston in the final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday (push back 5.30 pm).
Beeston finished third in the Midland Region Hockey Association Women’s League Premier this season, whilst Surbiton were promoted from the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division Two, losing just one match.
Surbiton have been drawn at home in every round, although they received a walkover against Wycombe in the first round.
In round two, Sian Craze scored twice, with Eleanor Jolly also scoring in a 3-1 home win over Hampstead & Westminster.
Round three saw Team Bath Buccaneers thrashed 7-0 thanks to Jess Green’s brace and single efforts from Craze, Lucy Clacher, Orla Cooke, Olivia Besse and Sophie Tait.
In the quarter-final, Craze again scored twice with Emma Russell, Cooke and Sasha … read more

Ansley, Twigg and Webb In GB Squad To Face Japan

Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have been named in the initial twenty player GB squad for this Sunday’s (265 April) Investec Private Banking International against Japan at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre (push back 3 pm).
Head Coach, Danny Kerry, will name his final eighteen player squad on Sunday morning, with former Surbiton player Sophie Bray, now able to look forward to playing in the Premier Division next season with East Grinstead, also included in the initial squad.
Ansley was unable to play in either the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven or last weekend’s Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships finals due to a foot injury, but will hope to be fit to play against the number ten ranked team in the world.
Great Britain are ranked number eight, and the meeting on Sunday will be the ninth match between the countries. Great Britain have won six of the previous eight encounters … read more

Invincible L1 Retain Their IWHL Premier Division Title

Surbiton Ladies beat Canterbury 2-1 in a hard fought Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon, to retain the Premier Division title.
In doing so, Surbiton became the first team since Leicester in 2006-07 to retain the Premier Division title.
Surbiton also became the first team to win the Championship final in the same season as finishing top of the regular Premier Division season since the Championships were introduced in 2009-10.

Surbiton celebrate the retention of the IWHL Premier Division title. Photo: Ravi Ghowry.
In contrast to Saturday’s hot weather, the final was played under overcast skies with the floodlights switched on.
Both sides attacked in the first quarter, but defences were on top, with neither side able to take advantage of their only penalty corner award of the first half.
The deadlock was broken in the 23rd minute when a penalty stroke was awarded following Surbiton’s … read more

L1 To Face Canterbury After Shootout Heroics

On Sunday, Surbiton Ladies will face Canterbury for the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title for the second season running after battling past Reading in a dramatic Championship semi-final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday.
Surbiton seemed to be cruising into the final when they led 2-0 after just twelve minutes of the first quarter.
Julia King had given Surbiton the lead from the penalty spot in the seventh minute, before Sandra Frankland doubled the lead from open play at the left post, five minutes later.
However Reading, who had pipped Holcombe to the final qualifying place on the last day of the regular season, fought back, Helen Richardson-Walsh pulling a goal back in the 41st minute from a penalty corner. Kate Richardson-Walsh then levelled from open play with nine minutes to play.
Surbiton should have sealed the game in the first half, their most agonising miss coming from youngster … read more

L1 Defend IWHL Premier Division Title This Weekend

Surbiton Ladies travel to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre this weekend to defend their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title.
Having finished first at the end of the 18 game regular season, Surbiton take on fourth placed Reading (push back 2.15 pm) on Saturday in a rematch of last season’s last four tie, which took place on the Berkshire club’s home pitch.
Surbiton won 4-1 last season, having finished third, compared to Reading’s second, but Surbiton will aim to become the first team since the Championships were inaugurated to finish top of the Premier Division and win the Championship playoff.
Surbiton struggled to break through the Reading defence on the opening day of the season, being held to a goalless draw at Sugden Road by a somewhat depleted visiting squad.
When the teams met at Sonning Lane at the end of November, Surbiton came out on top 2-0 in a match scheduled … read more

Chris Grassick Capped For GB Against Germany

Just two days after playing for Surbiton in the NOW: Pensions League Championship at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Stratford, Scotland’s Chris Grassick was back there yesterday evening (Tuesday 14 April, 7pm), this time in a Great Britain shirt.
Opponents Germany, the current world third-ranked nation and reigning Olympic champions after winning at London 2012, ran out 2-1 winners.
Grassick was one of the 18 out of the 30-strong “Road to Rio” Team GB centralised squad selected to play in the one-off Nations Cup before a sold-out capacity crowd of 3000 at the new home of hockey in the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
He was Surbiton’s sole representative among the 15 of the 18 selected players who had competed at the same venue in last weekend’s Men’s Finals, another 11 of them also having played in the Premier Division Championship – four from Beeston, four from Wimbledon and three … read more

M1 Finish Third In NPMHL Championships

Today was a much better one for Surbiton Men’s 1st XI in the end-of-season NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championships at the Olympic Park in Stratford.
To start with, at 1 pm, Surbiton, who had finished second at the end of the regular Premier Division season, put in a greatly improved performance to beat fourth-placed Beeston 2-1 to secure third place in the Championships
Then at 3.15pm the previous day’s 2-0 loss to league third-placed Wimbledon was put into a much better perspective when their local rivals crushed first-placed East Grinstead 8-5.
For a second successive day Surbiton owed a tremendous debt to an inspired performance from David Kettle to keep them in the game throughout with a masterful series of saves and interceptions, eventually winning despite playing with one less outfielder than their Nottingham-based opponents.
Alan Forsyth scored both goals, putting Surbiton ahead in the 18th minute before James Blackwell equalised for Beeston two minutes later. Forsyth then hit … read more

M1 Play Beeston Today After Losing Saturday’s Semi

SURBITON Men’s 1st XI, who finished second in the Premier Division, lost their NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championship Semi-Final 2-0 to local rivals Wimbledon, who finished third, at the Olympic Park in Stratford yesterday afternoon.
So they now play fourth-placed Beeston, who went down 5-1 to first-placed East Grinstead in the first semi, in today’s third/fourth place match at 1pm.
Wimbledon are fast becoming Surbiton’s bogey side having drawn with them 4-4 at home and 2-2 away in the club’s first season in the NPMHL Premier Division in 2013/14, then losing 4-1 at home and drawing 3-3 away this season.
Yesterday’s most important clash yet did not break the hoodoo and, but for an inspired display by keeper David Kettle, the margin of defeat could have been even larger.
It took until the fourth quarter, on 57 minutes, for Wimbledon to take the lead from their fourth and final penalty corner, converted low and left by their Australian … read more

Surbiton HC is England Hockey’s Club Of The Month

Surbiton Hockey Club have won England’s Hockey Club Of The Month award for April.
Surbiton’s Men’s first team are in NOW:Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championships action this weekend; will be in the NOW:Pensions Men’s Cup final on 2 May; and with the Men’s second team also in the EH Second XI Cup final on the same day, Surbiton’s men are battling for honours.
And the story is the same in the Ladies section. The Ladies’ first team finished fifth in Bilthoven at Easter after going down on penalty shuttles against Club Campo De Madrid in their EuroHockey Club Champions Cup quarter-final.
Like the men, the Ladies’ first team will be at the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships next weekend (18/19 April) and in the Investec Women’s Cup final on 25 April, both events to be stated at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
The Ladies’ second team will also be chasing cup glory on … read more

M1 In NPMHL Championships At Lee Valley This Weekend

Surbiton’s Men travel to Lee Valley this weekend, chasing not only the NOW:Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division title, but one of the likely two places in next season’s Euro Hockey League.
Therefore, league second-placed Surbiton will have to beat third-placed south-west London rivals Wimbledon in the second semi-final at 4.30pm on Saturday to have any chance of qualifying for next season’s tournament, instead of having the fall-back of winning the 3rd/4th final between the two semi-final losers which takes place at 1.30 pm on Sunday.
The winners will meet either East Grinstead, who have already qualified for Europe after finishing top of the The Premier Division table in the regular season; or fourth placed Beeston, who meet in the first semi-final at 2.15 pm on Saturday, in the Championship final at 3.15pm.
Surbiton warmed up for the tournament with a friendly match at Lee Valley on 2 April against Canterbury, who are battling … read more

L1 Win EHF Fair Play Award at EHCCC

Surbiton Ladies may have missed out on the medals at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven over Easter, but they didn’t come back empty handed when they returned to the U.K. on Tuesday.
During the end of tournament awards ceremony, Surbiton’s Assistant Coach, Ben Edwards received the EHF Fair Play Award on behalf of the team. The award proves that Surbiton made a positive impression on their debut in European competition.

Surbiton’s Ben Edwards proudly receives the EHF Fair Play Award in Bilthoven on Easter Monday. Photo: Ady Kerry.
Surbiton now prepare for the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre over the weekend of 18/19 April, before also defending their Investec Women’s Cup title at the same venue on 25 April.

Surbiton Ladies pictured after the UCD game, together with Tournament Team Liaison Officers, Miranda Noordenbos and Klaas Hans Noordenbos
Colin Pike

L1 Finish Fifth after 4-1 Win Over UCD

Surbiton Ladies finished fifth at the European Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven after a 4-1 win over University College Dublin on Monday.
Canterbury beat CSP Ismailovo 5-1 to finish seventh, drizzly rain stopping before Surbiton’s match.
Under dull skies, the floodlights were still needed as Surbiton attacked the Irish defence through Jo Hunter, Sarah Haycroft and Hannah Coulson.
Hunter and Julia King combined early, with Rebecca Herbert continually testing Dublin’s defenders.
Herbert passed to King who forced a save from Tiffaney Ellis in the Irish goal; and later in the first quarter, Haycroft set up a chance for Hunter who shot agonisingly wide.
After a goalless first quarter, Herbert broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute from open play, lobbing the ball over Ellis.
Emmie Le Marchand and Jenna Woolven were a threat towards the end of the half; and Surbiton goalkeeper, Abi Walker made a diving save before half time.
Six minutes after half time, Surbiton … read more

L1 To Face UCD For Fifth After Russian To Victory Over Izmailovo

Surbiton Ladies will take on Irish club UCD for fifth place at the European Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven on Monday morning (push back 11.15 local time) after beating Russian club CSP Izmailovo 3-2 on Sunday.
Hollie Webb converted a penalty corner in the third minute, only for Ksenia Shamina to level from open play five minutes later.

Surbiton’s Hollie Webb opened the scoring against CSP Izmailovo on Sunday. Photo: Ady Kerry
Rebecca Herbert restored Surbiton’s lead in the 23rd minute with a deflection at a penalty corner.
Surbiton led 2-1 at half time, however Izmailovo equalised for a second time in the 42nd minute, captain Galina Timshina converting the Russians’ first penalty corner of the match.
Herbert deflected Webb’s initial penalty corner shot past goalkeeper Oxano Boyko with fifteen minutes remaining to secure Surbiton’s first ever European victory.
Surbiton were unlucky not to score more goals with Sarah Page playing a 1-2 pass with Hannah … read more

Shuttle Heartbreak for L1 in Europe

Surbiton Ladies suffered a frustrating exit from the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup, going down 2-0 on penalty shuttles after drawing 1-1 with Club Campo de Madrid in their quarter final in Bilthoven.
Surbiton dominated the first quarter, Sarah Page and Jenna Woolven going close. Madrid fought back in the second quarter, but the first half stayed goalless.
In the 41st minute, Emily Atkinson started an attack from the halfway line, finding Rebecca Herbert, whose cross from the right was brilliantly finished by Hannah Coulson.

Hannah Coulson and captain, Sarah Haycroft, celebrate Surbiton’s first-ever goal in Europe.  Photo: Ady Kerry
Surbiton still led going into the fourth quarter, but their hopes of a debut victory in Europe were dashed in the 54th minute when captain, Rocio Gutierrez Sierra, levelled for Madrid from a penalty corner at the left post.

Hannah Coulson, Surbiton’s first goalscorer in Europe, playing against Club Campo de Madrid.  Photo: Ady Kerry.
With shuttles … read more

L1 Make European Debut At Easter

Ten years after winning the Surrey Ladies League Premier Division, Surbiton Ladies will show how much progress that they have made in that period when they compete in the European Clubs Champions Cup in Bilthoven, in the Netherlands, this Easter.
Surbiton face Spanish side, Club De Campo in Friday’s quarter-final (push back 10.30 am local time) as England’s top ranked team, after winning last season’s Investec Women’s Premier Division title with a 3-0 win over Canterbury at Sonning Lane, Reading.
Canterbury will also be in Bilthoven as England’s second ranked team, but with the tough task of overcoming hosts, SCHC in the fourth and last quarter-final on Friday.
Both English clubs can thank Leicester for being able to compete in the same competition, the East Midlands club having won the lower ranked Trophy at Loughborough last June. The tournament victory boosted England’s European ranking to second, behind the Netherlands, allowing them to enter … read more

M1 At Lee Valley Against Canterbury This Thursday

Having already made an exploratory trip to the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last Tuesday evening (24 March) for squad practice, the Men’s 1st XI return there this Thursday (2 April, 8.00 for 8.30pm).
M1 will play a full-scale friendly fixture played to NOW: Pensions Men’s Championships tournament rules against Canterbury, ahead of the finals taking place at that venue two weekends after (11/12 April).
NPMHL Premier Division second-placed Surbiton play the second semi-final at 4.30pm on the Saturday (11 April) against third-placed Wimbledon. Ninth-placed Canterbury have their second League Play-off fixture against Conference East champions Holcombe at 10am that morning.
Both sides have already won their first play-off all-meet-all mini-league fixtures at Cannock HC last Sunday (29 March): Canterbury beating Conference West champions Team Bath Buccaneers 7-1 and Holcombe Conference North champions Bowdon 4-3.
On Finals Sunday at Lee Valley (12 April) Surbiton play either the winners or losers … read more

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