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Super Sixes Tickets for Wembley Finals Now On Sale

Tickets have gone on sale today for the finals of the revamped indoor Super 6s Championships at the SSE Arena, Wembley, which take place on 31 January 2016.
And with Surbiton Ladies having won promotion last season from Division One when the game had five players per side, they will be hoping to finish in the top four of the Premier Division tournament at the Phoenix Academy in Telford over the weekends of 12/13 December 2015 and 9/10 January 2016.
This year, not only has the indoor form of the game reverted to six-a-side, but both Women’s semi-finals will be held at Wembley on finals day, meaning that there will be six games of hockey to enjoy.
Surbiton’s Premier Division fixtures at Telford are:
12 Dec 2015 v Reading (1230); v East Grinstead (1730)
13 Dec 2015 v Slough (1200);  v Bowdon Hightown (1600)
9 Jan 2016 v Sutton Coldfield (1330); v Leicester (1730)
10 Jan 2016 … read more

L1 Win Seven Goal Thriller Against Canterbury

Surbiton Ladies moved up to second in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 4-3 win over Canterbury at Sugden Road on Saturday afternoon.
Canterbury, who had kept three clean sheets in their first three league matches, conceded their first goal of the season in the fifth minute when Jenna Woolven deflected Hollie Webb’s penalty corner shot on the goal-line.
However, in the tenth minute, Canterbury were back on level terms, veteran Mel Clewlow also scoring from a penalty corner.
Canterbury put pressure on the Surbiton defence, but couldn’t break through from open play, whreas Surbiton took the initiative with two open play goals in five minutes.
First, Charlotte Calnan restored Surbiton’s lead in the 23rd minute after good attacking play from Jo Hunter.
Then in the 28th minute, last season’s divisional leading goalscorer, Rebecca Herbert found herself in space in the circle before defiantly sending the ball past visiting goalkeeper, Helen Fagg.
Nevertheless, … read more

L1/ M1 Doubleheader at Sugden Road on Saturday

Both Surbiton first teams will be in action against Canterbury at Sugden Road on Saturday.
Surbiton Ladies, currently fourth in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, take on Canterbury, who are not only second but have yet to concede a goal after three league matches this season at 3.30 pm.
Surbiton started the season with 1-1 draws at home to East Grinstead and away to Bowdon Hightown before beating Buckingham 5-0 last Saturday.
Canterbury also started with a goalless draw at Holcombe, but have found their goalscoring form over the last two games with a 4-0 at Clifton and a 5-0 home win over Reading.
Jen Wilson is their leading goalscorer with three goals, closely followed by Anna Kolàrovà, who joined the club from the Czech Hockey Federation, on two goals.
Susannah Townsend has also scored two goals, with Dirkie Chamberlain and Kirsten Greaves, Canterbury’s other goalscorers.
Surbiton have beaten Canterbury in the Premier Division … read more

M1 Tied At Top Of Table With Holcombe

Only alphabetical order can now separate Holcombe and Surbiton at the summit of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division table after Saturday’s third set of fixtures.
Both teams now have identical records after Holcombe beat Cannock 4-1 at home and Surbiton won 3-2 at Beeston on Saturday evening.
In Nottingham, Alan Forsyth gave Surbiton the lead on 21 minutes after Rupert Shipperley made an incisive close control penetration into the left of the circle.
But Beeston equalized through their new GB signing Mark Gleghorne from open-play two minutes after the interval.
Centre back Andy Hayward got his first open-play goal for Surbiton a minute later to restore his team’s lead by sending a cross-shot into the left backboard.
On 44 minutes Forsyth seized on good approach play by Michael Watt to open up a 3-1 lead.
Beeston pulled a second goal back, also from open play, finished by Chris Proctor on 53 minutes, but that was the end of the scoring.
Earlier, the … read more

L1 Back On Fire With 5-0 Win Over Buckingham

Surbiton Ladies, the defending Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division champions, won their first league match of the season with a comprehensive victory over Buckingham at Sugden Road on Saturday afternoon.
Surbiton welcomed back four players making their first league appearances of the season.
Rebecca Herbert and Hannah Coulson returned after playing league hockey in New Zealand and Australia respectively.
Hollie Webb wore a Surbiton shirt for the first time since winning gold at the Unibet EuroHockey Championships at Lee Valley last month and Abi Walker made her first appearance of the season in the Surbiton goal.
Surbiton had started the season with two 1-1 draws, but took a fifth minute lead when Jenna Woolven volleyed home after the Buckingham defence was split open by a hard hit pass.
Eight minutes later, Jo Hunter doubled the lead, tapping in from close range after receiving the ball from the right.
Seven minutes before half time, Hunter scored … read more

L1 Host Buckingham on Saturday

Surbiton Ladies welcome Buckingham to Sugden Road as they search for their first Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division win of the season on Saturday (push back 2 pm).
Having drawn both of their first two league games 1-1 at home to newly-promoted East Grinstead and Bowdon Hightown, missing various players, Surbiton welcome back Hannah Coulson and Rebecca Herbert from the Southern Hemisphere.
Coulson has been playing in Western Australia for Old Aquinians who finished  sixth in the Melville Toyota League scoring one goal; and Herbert scored four goals for Central Mysticks in New Zealand’s Ford National League, where they also finished sixth.
Georgie Twigg and Robyn Collins are both set to miss the match through injury, but Hollie Webb should make her first league appearance of the season after winning gold at the Unibet EuroHockey Championships with England at Lee Valley last month.
Buckingham finished ninth last season, but won the Investec Promotion … read more

M1’s Day Trip to Nottingham on Saturday

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI travel to play Beeston this Saturday (26 September, pushback 6pm) aiming to maintain their hundred per cent start to the season.
Last season Surbiton finished second in the league, ten points and two places above the Nottinghamshire club and completed the double over them 6-2 at home in September and 4-2 away in March.
They then completed a triple by beating them 2-1 in the Championship third/fourth place final at Lee Valley on 12 April.
Surbiton currently lie top of this season’s fledgling MHL premier division on goal difference after two fixtures, beating East Grinstead 7-0 at home on the opening Sunday of the season and Brooklands Manchester University 6-4 away last Sunday.
Beeston for their part lie fifth with three points after losing 2-1 at Cannock on the opening Saturday and then winning 3-0 at East Grinstead last Sunday.
For full details of all this weekend’s national league hockey programme, … read more

L1 Drawn Away To Barnes in Investec Women’s Cup

Surbiton Ladies will start their defence of the Investec Women’s Cup with a trip to Barnes for their second round tie on 25 October.
Barnes play in the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division One and drew 1-1 at home to Horsham in their opening league game of the season.
Both teams received byes for the first round ties which were held on Sunday.
The full draw can be found at: http://englandhockey.co.uk/fl/comps/cv.asp?d=48685
Colin Pike

M1 Stay Top of the Table

After the Ladies yesterday it was the Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s turn to have a day trip to Manchester today.
However, their opposition on the second Men’s Hockey League Premier Division weekend were the city’s other suburban club, Brooklands Manchester University, who they beat 6-4.
Alan Forsyth with a second successive hat-trick (7, 11 and 36 minutes), Rupert Shipperley with a brace (45 and 63) and captain Chris Grassick with the second (7), all from open play, were the visiting scorers.
BMU scored a 25th-minute penalty corner, plus two in the 67th minute and one in the 70th minute from open play.
The other results were: Canterbury 2 Reading 4; East Grinstead 0 Beeston 3; Hampstead & Westminster 2 Cannock 2; Wimbledon 3 Holcombe 5.
Surbiton continue to lead the fledgling table on maximum points still with a two-better goal difference than Holcombe in second and four-better than Reading in third.
For full details of all scorers and … read more

L1 Held At Bowdon Hightown

Surbiton Ladies were held to their second successive 1-1 draw in this season’s Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after Sally Walton earned a point for Bowdon Hightown with a penalty corner conversion five minutes from time on Saturday (19 September).
Surbiton had seemed to be heading for their first league win after Jenna Woolven gave them the lead with a deflection into the roof of the net from a pass by Charlotte Calnan in the 24th minute.
But Walton, who returned to Altrincham from Wakefield during the summer, equalised to earn Bowdon their first point of the season,
Not for the first time, Surbiton failed to capitalise on their possession, and were unfortunate not to take a sixth minute lead when Calnan’s cross from the right eluded Sandra Roche at the left post.
Surbiton lost captain, Sarah Haycroft and Sarah Page for two minute suspensions before the quarter-hour mark after Bowdon’s Lisa Garbutt … read more

M1’s Day Trip to Manchester on Sunday

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI travel to Brooklands Manchester University this Sunday (20 September, pushback 2pm) hoping to maintain the momentum of their 7-0 victory over East Grinstead at Sugden Road last Sunday.
That same day, BMU surprised premiership play-off champions Wimbledon by holding them to a 2-2 draw at Brooklands Sports Club.
Wimbledon rested three of their four England players for that game while league champions EG were playing both theirs against Surbiton.
Last season Surbiton finished second in the league, 28 points and six places above  BMU and completing the double over them 7-1 away in October and 6-3 at home in March.
In last weekend’s other results Beeston lost 2-1 at Cannock on Saturday and Reading had a 1-0 home victory over Hampstead & Westminster on Sunday.
That left Surbiton top of the embryonic table, with promoted Holcombe, who won Saturday’s other fixture 7-2 at home to Canterbury, already justifying their reputation as … read more

L1 Head To Bowdon Hightown On Saturday

Surbiton Ladies make the long trip to Altrincham on Saturday (19 Sep) to take on Bowdon Hightown in their first away Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division match of the season (push back 1.45 pm).
Surbiton began the defence of their league title with a 1-1 draw at home to East Grinstead last Saturday, and head to the North West, having played their last away Premier Division game at Bowdon in March.
Then, Bowdon lost 4-2 with Emily Atkinson converting two penalty corners, Giselle Ansley opening the scoring also from a penalty corner  and Jenna Woolven scoring from open play for good measure.
Both Bowdon goals came from Holly Hunt, who is now with league leaders, the University of Birmingham.
Bowdon eventually avoided having to defend their top flight status via the playoffs, Buckingham succeeding at the Promotion Tournament.
Sally Walton has returned to Bowdon after being unsuccessful in her attempt to help Wakefield win … read more

A Magnificent Seven Goals For M1

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI got their new season off to a stunning start at Sugden Road on Sunday afternoon.
Having lost out on topping last season’s league table by an inferior goal difference of just four to the West Sussex visitors, Surbiton’s current squad made a formidable statement of intent by building up an already plus-seven advantage in this campaign’s opener.
Three of Surbiton’s seven goals came from their new top-of-the-circle “deadly duo”, Matt Daly and Andy Hayward.
Daly, last season’s league leading penalty corner converter (with 16), now castles alongside another banker, New Zealand dragflicking ace Andy Hayward.
Hayward has started work as a change analyst with Royal Bank of Scotland as well as transferring in to Sugden Road from Hampstead & Westminster.
The pair netted one penalty corner conversion apiece: Daly in the 35th and Hayward in the 60th minute.
Daly also hit the bottom of the left-hand post with Hayward striking the crossbar from attempts … read more

L1 Going Back To Bilthoven In May For EHCCC

Surbiton Ladies will go back to Bilthoven in the Netherlands for the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup which will be held from 13-16 May 2016
Surbiton will be joined by fellow English club, Canterbury as well as hosts SCHC and s’Hertogenbosch.
Spaniards, Club De Campo will be the fifth club to return to the competition.
Pegasus will represent Ireland (UCD were last season’s qualifiers); CSP Krylatskoye enter from Russia (in 2015 it was CSP Izmailovo) and UHC Hamburg will compete for Germany (last season it was Rot-Weiss Koln).
All the various European club competitions will be held over the same weekend.
More info can be found at the EHF website at : http://www.eurohockey.org/uncategorized/eurohockey-club-championships-2015-meet-hosts/
On Twitter the account is: @EHCCC2016
Colin Pike

L1 Held By East Grinstead On Opening Day

Surbiton Ladies began their second defence of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title in the same way as they started the first, drawing their first league game at home.
In 2014-15, it was a goalless draw with Reading; in 2015-16, newly-promoted East Grinstead held the league champions to a 1-1 draw at Sugden Road.
Surbiton gave debuts to goalkeeper, Amy Gibson; Olivia Chilton and Robyn Collins. Stephanie Addison returned to the squad three years after joining Clifton and Lottie Ross came in as a late replacement for the injured Charlotte Calnan.
Surbiton were without Rebecca Herbert, playing league hockey in New Zealand; Hannah Coulson, returning from Western Australia and Harriet Tibble, plus three England internationals, Hollie Webb, Georgie Twigg and Giselle Ansley, although Sarah Haycroft captained the team.
East Grinstead were missing Sophie Bray, but included Laura Unsworth in their squad.
Surbiton threatened early, with Sarah Page and Jo Hunter combining well and … read more

All Change for M1 On Sunday

There will be plenty of new faces on show at Sugden Road this Sunday (13 September, 2pm) when Surbiton host the team which pipped them to top spot in last season’s Men’s Hockey League Premier Division table, East Grinstead.
After both teams finished level on points, the West Sussex club snatched European qualification with a four better goal difference.
Transfer dealings in the hockey world are rapidly beginning to rival those in football, in quantity though not (for the most part!) in extravagance. And Sugden Road has been no exception in the former category.
By the registration deadline of Monday (7 September)) for this weekend’s opening fixtures, six been signed and six departed from last season’s performance squad.
Joining the ranks are: Andrew Hayward,  the New Zealand drag-flick specialist from Hampstead & Westminster and German Robert Marx from Berliner.
David Bartram and goalkeeper Paul Reeves, both return after a season at Old Georgians.
Welsh international Gareth Furlong joins … read more

L1 Start Title Defence Against East Grinstead On Sat.

Surbiton Ladies begin their quest for a hat-trick of Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division titles when they host newly-promoted East Grinstead at Sugden Road on Saturday, push back 2 pm.
East Grinstead completed their rise from Sussex Ladies League to the top flight by winning promotion behind Buckingham in last season’s Promotion Tournament at Lee Valley.
East Grinstead have won five titles in six seasons, only being pegged back for one season in 2013-14, when Holcombe won the IWHL Conference East title and promotion to the Premier Division.
Former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray has been the key member for East Grinstead, also helping them to promotion to the Hockey 5s Premier Division in indoor hockey.
Now that the West Sussex club are in the Premier Division, they have shown their intent to challenge for honours by signing Laura Unsworth from Holcombe. Sisters, Takara and Tacita Haines have also joined from Oxford Hawks and … read more

You Watt? Mikie Reflects on Winning Euro Bronze

New M1 signing Andy Hayward tweeted on Wednesday morning: “@ranga05 Sep 9. Game week. Good session last night @SurbitonHC inspired by the appearance of new current FIH European bronze medal champion @mikiewatt.”
Michael was returning to club training after competing at the Unibet EuroHockey Championships at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre from 22 to 30 August.
It was a remarkable competition in the hockey limelight for Ulsterman Mikie and his world 14th-ranked country, Ireland, with all their games also being shown live on the BBC red button.
It was climaxed in the final Saturday (29 August) afternoon’s third/fourth place final when the ‘Green Machine’ twice come from behind to beat fifth-ranked England 4-2  to achieve their country’s first-ever European medal at a twelfth attempt in the fourteen tournaments held since 1970.
It was playing in the previous 2013 competition held in Boom, Belgium, where Ireland finished sixth and Todd Williams was assisting coaching … read more

M1 Conclude Their Pre-Season Friendlies

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI played their final pre-season practice games over the past two weekends.
On Saturday, August 29, they took on Teddington, who finished ninth of ten in last season’s one-tier lower Men’s Hockey League Conference East, and beat them 3-1 at Sugden Road.
Then this afternoon, they played a triangular tournament with Indian Gymkhana and hosts Reading at Sonning Lane. Each game was over two 17½-minute periods with a five-minute break between them.
In the first game, Reading, who finished sixth in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division last season, beat Indian Gymkhana, who finished eighth in the Men’s Hockey League Conference West, 2-0.
Surbiton, runners-up in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division table last season, beat Indan Gymkhana 6-0 in the second game, before losing 3-2 to Reading in the deciding game.
Surbiton had only five practice games in total, the only other two played being against visiting German Bundesliga 1 club, Mannheimer.
The first game was drawn 2-2 … read more

Scotland Goalkeeper Amy Gibson Joins L1

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 Women Are Euro Champions

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 Final Live On BBC 2 at 3.50 pm On Sunday

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

Merchant Helps Scotland Preserve Top Flight Euro Status

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

Watt Wins Euro Medal

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 Women To Meet Dutch In Euro Final

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

Watt’s Ireland Just Fail To Reach Euro Final

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 Women Beat Germany 4-1 To Top Pool

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

Watt’s Ireland To Play Netherlands In Euro Semi

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 Reach Euro Semi-Finals

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

M1’s Michael Watt In Bid For Euro Semis

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

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