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Amy Gibson, the current first choice Scotland goalkeeper, has joined Surbiton Ladies from Slough.
Gibson, who has 76 Scottish caps, is also in the Great Britain Centralised squad, and has two GB caps, both won against Spain in Valencia in February 2015.
Gibson joins Surbiton a few days after helping Scotland achieve their target of avoiding relegation to the second tier of the EuroHockey Championships at Lee Valley, where a 2-0 win over Poland earned Scotland sixth place.
Gibson was reserve goalkeeper at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and played at the Commonwealth Games on home soil in Glasgow in 2014.
Gibson played at Clydesdale Western before joining Old Loughtonians in January 2014. The following season, she joined Slough, who won last season’s Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference West title, but failed to win promotion to the Premier Division.
Surbiton start their defence of the IWHL Premier Division title on 12 September when they welcome newly-promoted … read more
England’s women are the Unibet EuroHockey Champions after beating the Netherlands 3-1 on a shootout after a 2-2 draw in normal time on Sunday afternoon at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
The Netherlands seemed to be heading home with the trophy after Caia Van Maasakker converted penalty corners in the 40th and 43rd minutes to give the Dutch a two goal lead at the end of the third quarter.
England wouldn’t give up and responded with two penalty corner conversions of their own in the fourth quarter.
Former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray, now with East Grinstead, pulled one back in the 52nd minute, before the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley equalised two minutes later.
Having pulled level, the momentum swung towards England when they led 3-0 in the shootout through Reading’s Helen Richardson-Walsh and Alex Danson and Bray.
Holcombe’s Maddie Hinch had denied Willemijn Bos and Lidewij Welten before Ellen Hoog reduced the deficit … read more
England women’s attempt at winning the Unibet EuroHockey Championships at Lee Valley on Sunday afternoon can be seen live on BBC 2 starting at 3.50 pm.
The final against the top ranked Netherlands starts at 4 pm, and Surbiton’s Hollie Webb, Georgie Twigg and Giselle Ansley will be hoping to go for gold after having to settle for silver medals at both the 2013 Trifinance Euro Championships and 2014 Commonwealth Games finals.
Back in 2013 in Boom, Belgium, England beat the Netherlands on a shootout in the semi-finals, 3-2 after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
England’s goal in that game came courtesy of an own goal, which can no longer happen due to the experimental rule having since been revoked.
England faced another shootout in the final, but Germany came out on top 2-0 after a thrilling 4-4 draw, in which Twigg opened the scoring in the third minute.
Twigg looks forward to the 2015 final in an … read more
Former Surbiton player, Becky Merchant, now with Edinburgh University, helped Scotland keep their top flight status as Poland were beaten 2-0 in the final Pool C classification match on Sunday.
Poland dropped back to the second tier, along with Italy, who had lost 4-3 to Belgium earlier on Sunday morning.
Scotland had beaten Italy 3-1 and lost to Belgium 1-0 before securing the win which earned the Scots sixth place overall.
After the match, Merchant, who had scored the second goal against Italy on her 100th Scottish appearance, revealed that Scotland were happy with their finishing position.
“Before the tournament, our target was sixth place and avoiding relegation. We’re happy to have reached our target, and that we’ve been competitive against higher ranked teams, England and Germany.”
Merchant added: “We were disappointed to lose 1-0 to Belgium, but put that performance aside to prepare for the Polish match.”
Belgium finished fifth overall having won all three … read more
Michael Watt will have a European bronze medal on his c.v. when he returns to league hockey with Surbiton in September.
His world 14th-ranked country Ireland overturned the odds in the Unibet European Championships bronze medal match to beat the 5th-ranked host nation at Lee Valley on Saturday afternoon.
Twice they came back from a goal down, a Harry Martin giving England the lead from an open-play goal on eleven minutes and Adam Dixon restoring the lead with a penalty corner conversion in the 23rd minute.
Both Irish equalisers came from penalty corners, converted by Shane O’Donoghue on 13 minutes and Alan Sothern on 29 minutes.
The “Green Machine” finally took the lead from their third penalty corner of the game in the 39th minute, converted by Eugene Magee.
Leading 3-2. they then defended gallantly, surviving two penalty corners until England elected to take off keeper George Pinner with three minutes remaining.
England forced another penalty corner with 90 seconds remaining on the … read more
England’s women will play the Netherlands in Sunday’s Unibet EuroHockey Championship final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre after beating Spain 2-1 in the second semi-final on Friday evening.
The Netherlands beat the holders, Germany 1-0 in the first semi-final on Friday afternoon and will stand between England and European glory at 4 pm on Sunday.
In front of a passionate crowd, England once again took an early lead, Reading’s Alex Danson converting a penalty corner in the fourth minute.
The game proved to be physical as Danson was carried off the pitch three minutes before half time after being hit by the ball from close range.
In addition, in the second half, England lost their video referral after challenging the umpire’s decision not to penalise a foul on the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley, who was brought down in the attacking 23 metre area in the 39th minute.
Spain had received two green cards … read more
Surbiton’s Michael Watt was in the Irish side that almost pulled off a major surprise in today’s first semi-final at the Unibet European Championships at Lee Valley this afternoon.
His world 14th-ranked country narrowly lost 1-0 to 2nd-ranked nation and tournament favourites the Netherlands.
Jeroen Hertzberger scored the only goal of the game in the 12th minute from open-play.
It was a tight contest throughout with both sides failing to convert their only penalty corner of the game.
But Ireland then had an agonising wait with 01:44 showing on the clock in the final quarter before their appeal for another penalty corner was turned down by video umpire Bruce Bale.
Ireland will play England in the bronze medal match on Saturday (push back 2 pm)
England lost 3-2 after a penalty shootout, having drawn 2-2 with Germany in normal time.
The Netherlands will play Germany in the final at 4.30 pm on Saturday.
More information can be found at the … read more
England’s women cruised into the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships at Lee Valley, beating Germany 4-1 to finish top of Pool B and earn a last four matchup with Spain on Wednesday evening.
England had already qualified following their 2-0 win over Italy on Monday night, but 48 hours later were in impressive form to stun the reigning European champions.
Germany were stunned as England struck twice in the first three minutes.
Former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray, now with East Grinstead, broke the deadlock from open play after just 83 seconds.
Before the Germans could recover, Reading’s Alex Danson set the crowd alight to double England’s lead, again from open play.
There was no further scoring in the first half, but Kristina Hillman gave Germany hope when she pulled a goal back from open play nine minutes into the third quarter.
Five minutes later, England had restored their two goal lead, Danson scoring her second goal … read more
Surbiton’s Michael Watt is now all geared up to play for Ireland in the first semi-final of the Unibet Eurohockey Championships at Lee Valley on Thursday afternoon.
“I had been ill in the week before the competition started,” he recalls, “and so only came on to play a few second-half minutes of our first Pool B fixture 4-3 win over France on Saturday morning.
“I still wasn’t a hundred per cent for our 2-0 defeat by Germany on Sunday evening. But by the end of Tuesday afternoon’s 2-2 draw with Belgium I was at full tilt again.”
His team’s reward for that last result is an historic first-ever European Championship semi-final appearance after competing in 13 of the 14 tournaments which started 45 years ago.
Needing to avoid defeat against an opponent ten places higher than them in the world rankings to achieve this objective, Ireland made it nerve-wracking watching for their supporters.
Ireland led twice. … read more
England Women qualified for the Unibet Eurohockey Championships semi-finals, but only after a hard-fought 2-0 win over Italy on Monday evening.
Italy had lost 3-2 in the quarter-finals of the World League semi-final tournament at Chiswick in 2013, and thanks to goalkeeper, Martina Chirico, held out for almost three quarters before falling behind at Lee Valley in 2015.
Chirico saved two drag-flicks from Giselle Ansley in the first half, and with one minute remaining in the third quarter, dived to her right to deny Reading’s Alex Danson from the penalty spot.
A minute later, England finally unlocked the Italian defence, Reading’s Helen Richardson-Walsh scoring at an unguarded right post.
In the final minute, Holcombe’s Nicola White sealed the victory and England’s place in the last four, again from open play.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb was in England’s starting line-up, with Georgie Twigg coming on from the subs bench in the sixth minute, to be joined by Ansley … read more
On Tuesday afternoon Surbiton’s sole male representative at the Unibet Eurohockey championships, Michael Watt, will be hoping to help Ireland reach the semi-finals at Lee Valley.
Ireland, ranked 14th in the world, started their Pool B fixtures with a 4-3 win over France (WR 17) very early on Saturday morning (22 August).
Then very late on Sunday evening, they played remarkably well to only lose 2-0 to world third-ranked Germany.
Only a marginal penalty corner award, upheld after an Irish video referral six minutes from the end and then converted by Lukas Windfeder, broke the deadlock.
Then, as Ireland pressed forward in search of an equaliser, a German breakaway goal by Florian Fuchs with four minutes remaining settled the result.
Even so, with Belgium (WR 4) having lost 4-0 to Germany on Sunday before beating France only 4-3 earlier on Sunday, their respective goal differences meant that Ireland (GD minus 1) just have to draw with the Belgians (GD minus 3) … read more
Mannheimer HC followed up their 2-1 victory over Surbiton Ladies on Saturday by winning the second pre-season friendly 2-0 on Sunday.
In contrast to the extremely hot temperature that Saturday’s game was played in, Sunday’s encounter was played at times in heavy rain, and for most of the match under the Sugden Road floodlights.
Surbiton changed their squad with Charlotte Calnan, Emily Atkinson, Olivia Chilton, goalkeeper, Vicky Hewett and captain, Sarah Haycroft all missing on Sunday.
Molly Hanson-Akins, Sian Craze, Emmie Le Marchand and youngster, Sophie Tait came into the squad as Surbiton fielded 14 players.
Mannheimer dominated possession early on, with Surbiton trying to develop flowing moves once they had weathered the storm.
Goalkeeper, Ellie Shahbo made several excellent saves, but was beaten by a deflection from Katrin Schawohl’s shot in the 51st minute and a hard struck shot from Greta Lyer, nine minutes later.
Surbiton attacked with both Le Marchand and stand-in captain, Rebecca Herbert forcing … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI lost 5-0 to Mannheimer in the second of two pre-season friendlies at Sugden Road starting at 11.10 on Sunday morning (23 August).
After the previous day’s draw everything was different this time round.
The game took place in cooler rainy conditions and was played over two 35-minute halves.
Surbiton were without Gareth Furlong after his injury and brought in Paul Reeves, who has returned from a season at Old Georgians as second keeper.
The German 1.Bundesliga team had two players absent injured from the previous 2-2 draw, but still fielded eight rolling outfield subs to Surbiton’s four.
But the main difference was the scoreline with Mannheimer scoring five times without reply through Aki Kaeppeler (19 mins, pc), Jonathan Chlimy (34), Joe Barkls (46 and 72) and Dan Nguyen (72pc).
England’s women had another hard fought battle against Scotland before coming out on top 2-1 at the Unibet EuroHockey Championships at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday evening.
Scotland suffered a 2-1 defeat for the fourth time running, having lost by the same scoreline at the EuroHockey Championships in Boom two years ago; the Investec London Cup at Lee Valley last year and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
England fell behind to a third minute penalty corner, Kareena Marshall diving to send he ball past Maddie Hinch in the England goal after Scotland crossed the ball from the left of the circle.
Seven minutes later, Reading’s Kate Richardson-Walsh levelled from a penalty corner, Scotland goalkeeper Amy Gibson unable to stop the ball rebounding off the backboard.
In the 20th minute, what proved to be the winning goal came courtesy of a defence splitting run from the University of Birmingham’s Lily … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI drew 2-2 with Mannheimer in the first of two pre-season friendlies at Sugden Road eventually starting at 1pm on Saturday (22 August).
The German 1.Bundesliga club were 1-0 up from an open-play goal by Dan Nguyen after 12 minutes of the first 20-minute period.
The second 20-minute period was goalless. But Mannheimer doubled their lead from an Aki Kaeppeler penalty corner eight minutes into a third period of 25 minutes.
However Surbiton did remarkably well to come back in a searing heat of 30 degrees against opposition fielding a squad of nine rotating outfielders to Surbiton’s only five.
Surbiton were subsequently reduced to four outfielders due to injury towards the end of the first period.
Noah Darlington, one of three non-registered performance colts in the squad (Zak Wallace and goalkeeper Taylor Seager-Green being the others) set the recovery in motion with 15 minutes left.
Darlington showed great anticipation to go down on both … read more
Mannheimer HC beat Surbiton Ladies 2-1 in the first of two pre-season friendlies at Sugden Road on Saturday morning.
Surbiton made the perfect start, Jo Hunter giving them a fourth minute lead from open play.
However, Mannheimer levelled right at the end of the first half, Greta Lyer sneaking the ball agonisingly past Surbiton goalkeeper, Vicky Hewett.
The winner came from Mannheimer’s third penalty corner in the 50th minute, Bara Haklova’s shot ending up in the net just above the backboard.
Surbiton fielded both of their summer signings, Olivia Chilton from the University of Birmingham, and Scottish international, Robyn Collins who joined the club from Beeston.
The second match takes place at 12.30 pm on Sunday at Sugden Road.
Surbiton’s England trio of Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb open their Unibet EuroHockey Championships campaign against Scotland at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday evening.
England go into the 6.15 pm push back having lost Clifton’s Jo Leigh to illness, with Slough’s Ashleigh Ball coming into the squad.
And with former Surbiton player, Becky Merchant, now with Edinburgh University, having been selected to the Scottish squad, there will be a fourth player on the iconic blue pitch with Sugden Road connections.
Scotland also include former Canterbury player, Nikki Kidd in their squad, Kidd’s current club, Mannheimer facing Surbiton Ladies in the first of two pre-season friendlies in Elmbridge at 11 am on Saturday.
England won two hard fought battles against the “Auld Enemy” by a 2-1 scoreline, the first at the Euros in Boom, Belgium, two years ago and the second last summer when the Scots were on home soil, … read more
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley is looking forward to the EuroHockey Championships which start on Friday at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
Read more at http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=33678&itemTitle=Ansley+aims+high+in+London§ion=22
This weekend both Surbiton first teams will be taking on their counterparts from German 1. Bundesliga club, Mannheimer HC.
The action starts on Saturday (22 August) when Surbiton Ladies, the current Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division and Investec Women’s Cup champions, play a Mannheimer squad which finished fifth in their national league last season at 11 am.
Then at 12.30 pm, it is the turn of Surbiton Men to face a squad which finished seventh in the German top flight last season.
Surbiton hope to include new signing, Robert Marx, who played in midfield for Berliner HC last season, and will be reunited with former team-mate, Dave Beckett at Sugden Road this season.
The second fixtures on Sunday are at 11 am (Men) and 12.30 pm (Ladies).
Rob Moore has been with Surbiton since joining them from Teddington for the 2004-05 season, apart from a season spent at Wimbledon in 2010-11.
During this time, the now 34-year-old midfielder’s outstanding highlight internationally was playing for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics and for Surbiton to finish runners-up in the 2014-15 Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.
However, now it is time for Rob to face a new challenge, joining Fareham, who finished fourth in last season’s MHL Conference West.
Says Surbiton’s head coach Todd Williams: “We are obviously very sad to see Rob go but we entirely understand his decision. He has given the club great service over the years; even in the past couple of seasons when his family has grown and he has started a new career at Winchester School. Every player here has benefitted from playing and training with Rob and the high standards he sets himself in games and on the training … read more
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have all been named by Head Coach, Danny Kerry in England’s 18 player squad for the Unibet Eurohockey Championships at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre from 21-30 August.
All three players were in the Great Britain squad which won gold at the World League semi-final tournament in Valencia and secured Olympic qualification.
At Lee Valley, Ansley will be on course to win her 50th England cap during the tournament, having 46 caps in her current collection.
Twigg will continue to play an important part in the squad, whilst England’s Head Coach, Danny Kerry commented that “Hollie Webb continues to demonstrate what an accomplished player she is in defence.”
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb, Georgie Twigg and Giselle Ansley, seen here with Commonwealth Games silver medals in Glasgow in 2014, will be hoping to go one better at Lee Valley in 2015. Photo: Ady Kerry/ England Hockey
England start … read more
Living Hockey is holding three events from 26 to 28 August at Surbiton HC.
On 26 and 27 August, a two day Premiership Camp (formerly Skills Camp) will be held.
Then on 28 August, both the International and Goalkeeper Camps will be held.
More information can be found at the new Living Hockey website: http://www.livinghockeycamps.com/ where registrations can be made for all Living Hockey’s Summer Camps.
Surbiton’s two players in the Scottish squad – Alan Forsyth and Chris Grassick – have won bronze medals for themselves at the 8-Nation EuroHockey Championship II in Prague today (26 July).
Their equal-27th world-ranked country defeated hosts, the Czech Republic (WR 23), by 5-1. Forsyth notched one of the goals to make his tournament total seven, all from open play, to end up its joint top-ranked scorer.
Captain Grassick scored from his team’s only successful shoot-out of the four attempts against eventual runners-up Austria in the 1-1 (3-1 s-o) semi-final defeat on Friday (24th).
Both men played in all five fixtures, of which the Scots won three and lost two, scoring 19 goals and conceding seven.
In their four-nation Pool A they lost to eventual gold medallists Poland (WR 18) last Sunday (19 July); before beating first Croatia (WR 46) 6-0 on Monday (20th), then Ukraine (WR 24) 6-3 on Wednesday (22nd) to finish … read more
Surbiton’s four players in the Welsh squad – Stephen Kelly and Rupert Shipperley, plus joint (of three) captains (“team leaders”) Lewis Prosser and goalkeeper David Kettle – have won gold medals for themselves at the EuroHockey Championship III final in Lisbon this evening (25 July).
Their world 36th-ranked country, beat hosts Portugal (WR 47) 4-0, scoring an open-play and penalty corner goal in each half.
It capped a highly successful campaign with wins in all four games, including two against Portugal, scoring 29 goals in all (with Kelly and Shipperley contributing an open-play goal apiece) and conceded only two.
They were only third-ranked in the six-nation competition but had to beat just one of those superiorly-placed to win the trophy.
In their Pool A matches they defeated Poland 4-1 on Sunday (19) and Sweden (WR 45) 16-0 on Tuesday (21) to top the group. Then yesterday evening (Friday 24) they defeated Belarus (WR 35) … read more
Surbiton’s Charlotte Calnan, Holly Munro and Eloise Stenner will being home bronze medals after England’s Under-18 Girls won the third place playoff at the EuroHockey Junior Championships in Santander, Spain.
Calnan scored the second goal as England beat Belgium 2-0 on Saturday, with a spectacular drag flick at a penalty corner.
In the squad’s final match together, England dominated possession.
Head Coach, Sarah Kelleher said after the match: “I’m very happy that we’ve managed to win the bronze medal, but they deserve it after a great performance.”
England’s hopes of European glory had been ended on Friday, when the Netherlands coasted to a 6-0 win in the semi-final, but England bounced back to win bronze medals as a well deserved consolation.
England’s Under-23 men, including Surbiton’s Will Calnan, finished third in the Six Nations Tournament in Breda, the Netherlands.
A 3-0 win over India on Saturday, following a 1-1 draw against the same opposition on Friday, saw England start and finish with a victory, having beaten Belgium 4-0 in their first match of the tournament.
Head Coach, Jon Bleby reflected: “The tournament has been a great learning experience and we go home looking forward to working hard to improving further.”
England’s Under-18 Boys, including Surbiton’s Eddie Way, avoided relegation to the EuroHockey Junior Championships II in Santander, Spain.
Going into Pool C by carrying forward their 8-1 win over Russia, England lost 2-1 to Ireland on Friday.
However, a thrilling 4-4 draw with Scotland on Saturday was enough to condemn Scotland to relegation and keep England in the top flight on goal difference from their near rivals.
Wales, world-ranked 36th, eventually comfortably beat Belarus (WR 35) 5-1 in the second semi-final this evening (Friday 24 July, 18.45 CET) at the EuroHockey Championships III in Lisbon.
As a result the Welsh are not only assured of gold or silver medals but also promotion to join Scotland in the Championships II 2017.
They play hosts Portugal (WR 47) who surprisingly beat Italy (WR 32) in the first semi-final by 2-0 in a penalty shoot-out after drawing 1-1 at full time.
Surbiton have four players in the Welsh squad – Stephen Kelly and Rupert Shipperley, plus joint (of three) captains (“team leaders”) Lewis Prosser and goalkeeper David Kettle.
None was among the scorers, however, as Belarus pulled the score back to 2-1 in the 57th minute before Wales ran away with three in the last ten.
The tournament can be followed including Welsh progress with matches reported on the website:
The men’s match reports and tournament … read more
Scotland, world-ranked 27th and with Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth and Chris Grassick in their squad, narrowly lost to Austria (WR 22), in the first semi-final this afternoon at the EuroHockey Championship II in Prague.
After a goalless first half, the Austrians took the lead from a penalty corner two minutes into the second half. But Scotland equalised similarly 17 minutes from the end to set up a penalty shoot-out.
Sadly for the Scots, who went first, only captain Grassick managed to convert their third (of four) run-ins while the Austrians failed from only one (the third) of their four to win 3-1.
The result means that Scotland miss out on promotion to the main European Championship in 2017, but still have a chance of coming home with a medal.
In Sunday’s 3rd/4th final (July 26, 11.45 BST) they play hosts, the Czech Republic (WR 23), who lost 2-1 to tournament favourites Poland (WR 18) in … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s competing Celtic internationals’ two respective countries must both win their European semi-final on Friday (24 July) to ensure that all six come home with a medal of some colour.
Scotland, who finished second in Pool A with six points, play Pool B winners (with seven points), Austria (WR 22), in the first semi-final at 14.30 BST (15.30 CET) at the EuroHockey Championship II in Prague.
And you should be able to watch Scotland’s attempt either live or post-match via a link on the page:
However, the link for the Austria match had yet to be posted on Thursday evening.
Alternatively visit the streaming website: http://www.playo.tv/events.aspx
Surbiton’s two players are Chris Grassick, who captains their 18-strong squad, while Alan Forsyth is their top and the tournament joint leading scorer with six goals.
The second semi-final is between Pool B runners-up (with six points) and the hosts, the Czech Republic (WR 23) and the Pool A winners … read more