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Surbiton’s Julia King, who joined the club from Auckland after the conclusion of the 2014 Ford National League, is currently playing for the Black Sticks in a six test series against the United States, in Stratford, New Zealand.
On Saturday, New Zealand drew 1-1 with the USA, and on Sunday, New Zealand won the second match 2-1.
King was in the New Zealand starting line-up on both occasions.
The series moved to Palmerston North for games three and four, the United States winning both games to take a 2-1 lead in the series. The USA won the third game 2-1 on Tuesday, King beginning the game on the substitutes bench, and entering the action in the fifth minute. Two days later, the USA won 2-0, King again starting the game on the bench, this time waiting until the third quarter to take part, entering the field of play in the 38th minute.
The final two games were … read more
Surbiton Ladies are getting used to playing in top of the table clashes in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division this season. Following 2-1 wins at Clifton,and at home to Canterbury, Surbiton visit Holcombe on Saturday (push back 4 pm).
Holcombe replaced Canterbury in second place after a resounding 6-0 win at Buckingham last Saturday. Lucy Wood scored a hat-trick, and is Holcombe’s joint leading league goalscorer with Nicola White, both players having scored three goals this season. Nicci Daly, Leisa Randall and Sam Quek have all scored twice, with Laura Unsworth, Tamsyn Naylor and Leigh Maasdorp all having scored once.
Holcombe, who were promoted via the Promotion Tournament in emphatic style last season after winning the Conference East, began the season with a 3-0 home win over Bowdon Hightown. Their second match was a home Kent derby against Canterbury, in which White seemed to have given Holcombe all three points, … read more
Surbiton’s men aim to keep up the pressure on leaders, East Grinstead in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division when they visit Brooklands Manchester University at 12 noon on Saturday; then 24 hours later, they will be in Essex to take on Chelmsford in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Cup.
Brooklands Manchester University are finding life tough in the top flight after winning promotion from the Conference North last season. At the bottom of the table with one point, which was won in a 3-3 draw at Cannock, Brooklands have relied heavily on Peter Flanagan, who has scored five of his club’s twelve league goals this season. Both Aiden Khares and Richard Slater have scored twice, with Stefan Ray-Hills, Andrew Graham and Phil Dutoy also having found the net for the students.
Brooklands lost 2-1 at home to Southgate on the opening day of the season, and after salvaging their … read more
Surbiton’s men had to battle against a determined Canterbury side before coming out on top 5-4 at Sugden Road in a thrilling NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division match on Sunday afternoon.
Canterbury, who started the day in ninth place, having only previously won at Brooklands Manchester University, and lost the other four league games, stunned Surbiton in the fourth minute when Isaac O’Connor slid the ball over the line from close range.
Two minutes later, Matt Daly levelled from a penalty corner, his drag-flick hitting the net just above the backboard. However, by the twentieth minute, Canterbury led 3-1, Kwan Browne restoring the visitors’ lead from a penalty corner in the 17th minute, and Ben Hare scoring with a shot which made the goal netting above the left sideboard bulge outwards.
Daly reduced Canterbury’s lead in the 24th minute, again from a penalty corner, but this time, the goal was awarded after … read more
Great Britain Under-21 Men’s hopes of lifting the Sultan of Johor title in Malaysia were cruelly ended by the reigning champions, India, who snatched a 2-1 win with a goal in the penultimate minute.
Great Britain, captained by Surbiton’s Jonny Gall, had beaten India 2-0 when the teams met in the group stage on Monday, but fell behind ten minutes after half time. Although they fought back to level with fifteen minutes remaining, India retained their title with a late goal.
GB Head Coach, Jon Bleby was proud of his squad: “I’m extremely proud of the performances and the way the lads have played throughout the tournament, but bitterly disappointed that we couldn’t bring home the gold medal. The lads should reflect that this is the start of something big for them and working hard for the future.”
More information can be found at the official tournament website: http://www.sultanjohorcup.com.my/
Surbiton Ladies, inspired by their captain, Sarah Haycroft, beat Canterbury 2-1 to open up a four point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division. Haycroft struck twice in the first half to give Surbiton a 2-0 half time lead. Although Canterbury pulled a goal back in the second half, Surbiton won their fifth league match in succession.
On a murky day, which needed the floodlights switched on, Surbiton dominated in the first half, Haycroft opening the scoring from the right of the circle in the eighth minute, turning to unleash a shot which rebounded off the backboard.
Twenty minutes later, Haycroft was on target again, this time finishing after a run at the Canterbury defence. Otherwise, Surbiton created plenty of chances, but couldn’t finish, leaving the way open for a possible Canterbury comeback.
In the first five minutes of the first half, Canterbury put the Surbiton defence under … read more
Great Britain’s Under-21 Men, captained by Surbiton’s Jonny Gall, will play India in Sunday’s Sultan of Johor Final in Malaysia.
Great Britain beat New Zealand 3-0 to win all five group games, and finish three points clear of second placed India. When Great Britain played India on Monday, GB won 2-0 in their second group game.
More information can be found at the official tournament website: http://www.sultanjohorcup.com.my/
If you are planning to watch Surbiton men’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division match on Sunday, or attend the Old Members Lunch, and intend to travel by train, please note that due to engineering works in the Wimbledon area, there will be no trains through Surbiton station.
Further information about the engineering works, and their effect on local services can be found at the South West Trains website: http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/
Surbiton’s men will be aiming to keep up the pressure on leaders East Grinstead when they host Canterbury at Sugden Road on Sunday (push back 2 pm).
Surbiton trail the West Sussex team on goal difference in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, but East Grinstead have a game in hand as a result of last weekend’s participation in the EuroHockey League in Barcelona.
Canterbury have struggled this season, only winning one of their first five matches, however the fixture list has seen them play four of those matches away, including their 4-3 win at Brooklands Manchester University. Last weekend, in their first home game of the season, Kwan Browne scored a last minute goal in vain for Canterbury as Cannock returned to Staffordshire with a 2-1 victory and all three points.
Like the women, Canterbury’s men started the season at Beeston, but in contrast, lost 6-2. A trip to Hampstead … read more
Surbiton Ladies face their second top of the table clash in as many weeks on Saturday afternoon when second placed Canterbury visit Sugden Road (push back 2 pm).
Having extended their lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division from goal difference to two points, after last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Clifton, Surbiton’s leadership is being challenged by Canterbury, who replaced Clifton in second place when they beat Buckingham 2-0 at home last Saturday evening.
Canterbury started the season in rampant form, winning 5-1 at Beeston on the opening day. A week later, a last minute penalty corner conversion earned them a point at newly-promoted Kent rivals, Holcombe. Reading were overcome 2-0 before honours were even in a six goal thriller in Bristol where the lead changed hands before the game ended in a 3-3 draw.
Sarah Kerly, who returned to Canterbury from Syracuse University in the USA during … read more
After Dave Beckett scored in Great Britain’s 9-1 win over France on Thursday, it was Surbiton’s Chris Grassick’s turn to score in the second and final match of the series at Bisham Abbey on Friday morning.
And Great Britain improved on their first performance, winning even more convincingly,10-0 in a match again played over four quarters of fifteen minutes, under the new international rules.
Great Britain led 2-0 after the first quarter, adding three goals in each of the second and third quarters to lead 5-0 at half time, and 8-0 by three-quarter time. Grassick scored Great Britain’s first goal of the third quarter, and sixth of the match in the 38th minute, from open play. Two further goals in the final quarter allowed Great Britain to reach double figures.
Great Britain’s Under-21 Men squad, captained by Surbiton’s Jonny Gall, are guaranteed to play either Australia or India in Sunday’s final at the Sultan of Johor tournament in Malaysia, after thrashing Australia 5-1 in their penultimate group game.
Great Britain led 3-1 at half time, but Australia, who had come from 3-0 down to beat New Zealand 4-3 the previous day, were denied a second successive comeback as GB added two goals in the second half to prove themselves worthy winners.
After Friday’s rest day, Great Britain will face New Zealand in their final group game on Saturday, before the final on Sunday. Australia will play India for the right to play GB, Australia needing a win to reach the final, as they trail India by two points with one game remaining.
More info can be found at the official tournament website: http://www.sultanjohorcup.com.my
Surbiton’s David Beckett helped Great Britain come from behind to win the first of two official internationals, 9-1 at Bisham Abbey on Thursday.
In a game played under the new rules of four quarters of fifteen minutes, France took the lead in the eighth minute, only to be pegged back three minutes later to enable both teams to end the first quarter on level terms.
Great Britain led 3-1 at half time, before they scored four goals in the third quarter, including Beckett’s open play effort in the 35th minute which left France trailing 5-1.
Going into the final quarter with a 7-1 lead, Great Britain added two further goals, including one in the last minute to run out convincing 9-1 winners.
Game two is on Friday at 11 am.
Jamie Dwyer, a legendary member of the Kookaburras squad since 2001, will be visiting Surbiton Hockey Club for one day only on 27 October to coach an International Masterclass Camp with Living Hockey.
Dwyer, from Queensland, has literally done it all, achieving his ambition of winning Olympic Gold in 2004, went on to win Commonwealth Gold, World Cup Gold, and has been voted the World’s Best Hockey Player on five occasions.
And always keen to learn, Dwyer has experienced how hockey is played in India, the Netherlands, and Spain, so he is now in a position to pass on that acquired knowledge to campers aged 13 to 18 years-old.
To book your place, visit http://www.livinghockey.org/
Great Britain’s U21 Men, captained by Surbiton’s Jonny Gall, made it three wins in three matches at the Sultan of Johor Cup, on Wednesday, beating the hosts, Malaysia, 3-2 after leading 2-0 at half time.
Following on from a 5-0 win over Pakistan on Sunday, and a 2-0 win over India on Monday, Great Britain now top the table with nine points, two points ahead of Australia, their next opponents on Thursday. Australia had to battle to beat New Zealand 4-3 on Wednesday after being 3-0 down six minutes into the second half. Four goals in a ten minute spell saw Australia overcome their local rivals and keep up the pressure on Great Britain.
The official tournament website can be found at: www.sultanjohorcup.com.my
After beating Pakistan U21 5-0 in their first game at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia yesterday (Sunday, 12 October) at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru, Great Britain U21, captained by Jonathan Gall and with his brother James, who joined Beeston from Surbiton this season, beat India U21 today (Monday 13). The other three teams in the competition and when GB play them are: hosts Malaysia (Wednesday 15), Australia (Thursday 16) and New Zealand (Saturday 18), with the play-off finals on Sunday (19 October).
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Second-placed Surbiton Men’s 1st XI needed to beat third-placed Hampstead & Westminster by seven clear goals at Sugden Road on Saturday evening (11 October, 5pm) if they were to climb to the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League above East Grinstead who were away in Barcelona competing in the First Round of this season’s Euro Hockey League.
However, despite a 6-0 home win over the north London club in Surbiton’s sixth and final pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening, September 9, on the Sugden Road hybrid pitch, that margin was never likely to eventuate on the water-based.
And in the end the hosts were more than happy to settle for a 2-0 victory courtesy of a Matt Daly 18th-minute penalty corner strike and an open-play strike by Dave Beckett six minutes before the final whistle from an unintended pass by an H&W defender.
That left Surbiton level on points with East Grinstead, but … read more
Surbiton Ladies opened up a two point gap at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, after they came from behind to win 2-1 at Clifton on Saturday afternoon. Former Surbiton player, Kate Holmes was in Clifton’s starting line-up.
Clifton struck early, opening the scoring in the third minute, thanks to Jo Leigh’s penalty corner conversion. The Surbiton defenders felt that the shot was too high, but after a brief consultation, the umpires confirmed that the original decision stood, and Leigh was able to maintain her position as Clifton’s top scorer with five goals this season.
Surbiton levelled in the 20th minute, and again the goal came from a penalty corner. This time, a well worked move found Abi Robinson on the right of the circle, from where her shot found the backboard to put the league leaders back in contention.
As at Leicester the previous week, Surbiton found themselves … read more
Surbiton Ladies travel to Bristol on Saturday (11 October) to take on Clifton in a top of the table clash in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division (push back 1 pm).
Surbiton replaced Clifton as leaders on goal difference, following their 3-1 win at Leicester last Saturday, after Clifton lost their one hundred percent record in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Canterbury.
Clifton won their first two games with a single goal, at home to Buckingham on the opening day of the season, and at Reading the following weekend. Clifton also won 3-1 at Leicester, but needed a second half comeback after trailing 1-0 at half time.
Of Clifton’s eight league goals this season, four have been scored by Joanna Leigh; whilst Claire Thomas, Els Mansell, Aileen Davis and Zoe Leach have also been on target for the Bristol club this season.
Matches between the clubs have traditionally been close, with the first three … read more
Surbiton’s Men host Hampstead & Westminster in a crunch London derby at Sugden Road on Saturday evening (push back 5 pm).
After winning their first three league games, Surbiton crashed 4-0 at East Grinstead last Sunday, as the West Sussex side replaced them on the summit of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division. Second placed Surbiton are two points clear of both Hampstead, and Beeston, who are third and fourth respectively.
Hampstead won their first two league games, at home to Wimbledon (2-1) and Canterbury (5-1), then surprisingly lost 3-2 at home to Cannock, before earning a point in a 1-1 draw at Beeston last weekend.
With the current joint top Premier Division goalscorer, Ashley Jackson having scored a hat-trick for East Grinstead last week, Surbiton now face the other joint top goalscorer, New Zealand international, Andrew Hayward, who has scored in all four of his club’s league games, a hat-trick against Canterbury … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI lost 4-0 to East Grinstead at Saint Hill this Sunday (5 October, 2pm) in the top-of-the-table clash between the only two clubs still boasting hundred per cent records after three games of this season’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League.
However, as East Grinstead head coach, former Surbiton player/manager Karl Stagno, said afterwards: “It was not a 4-0 game.” But it was his side who took two of their fewer open-play chances in the first half, Ashley Jackson and Simon Faulkner in the 20th and, crucially, 34th minutes.
And again it was his side who converted two of their three second-half penalty corners, courtesy of Jackson in the 44th and 68th minutes, after forcing none before the interval, while Surbiton failed from both their two in the first half and three in the second.
More happily for the visitors, in the fixture between the two sides three points below them, next … read more
Surbiton Ladies won 3-1 at Leicester on Saturday afternoon to go top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, after Clifton dropped to second on goal difference following their 3-3 home draw with Canterbury.
Jenna Woolven made her first appearance for Surbiton since returning from Australia having played for the University of Western Australia.
Following heavy rain in the morning, Leicester Grammar School was dry by game time. Surbiton laid siege to the Leicester goal from the start, but in spite of Rebecca Herbert, Emily Atkinson, Sarah Page, Georgie Twigg and Julia King all posing a threat, the home defence held out. With Leicester forced to attack on the break, the Surbiton defence coped well when put under occasional pressure.
Surbiton’s domination paid off in the 23rd minute when Twigg pulled the ball back for Sarah Page to break the deadlock. Four minutes later, the Surbiton defence were caught out when possession … read more
Please be advised that there is a £4 entrance charge (under 18s free) to see Surbiton Men’s 1st XI play East Grinstead at Saint Hill on Sunday (5 October, 2pm), though parking is free. It should be worth every penny since the contestants are the only two clubs still boasting hundred per cent records three games into this season’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League – with Surbiton, having the superior goal difference by one (12-4 to 14-7) and so topping the table.
This in fact will be the third successive weekend this season that Surbiton and their opponents have both been on maximum points, four technically if you count all teams being on zero for the opening fixture.
Last season saw two extremely close games with Surbiton drawing 2-2 in Sussex on 16 November and then losing 5-4 at Sugden Road on its final day (23 March), leaving EG top of the … read more
Surbiton Ladies travel to Leicester on Saturday, knowing that victory in the East Midlands could lift them to the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, with leaders Clifton hosting third placed Canterbury in Bristol.
At Leicester Grammar School (push back 2 pm), Surbiton will be aiming to get their first-ever win against Leicester, who have won three of the previous four league meetings, including both matches at Sugden Road, plus pipping Surbiton to the 2013 IWHL Championship final after a penalty shootout following a 2-2 semi-final draw after extra time. In the clubs’ first meeting in 2010, Premier Division Leicester were naturally too strong for South Clubs Women’s Hockey League Division One Surbiton, running out 6-2 winners, although Surbiton scored two goals, which was more than any IWHL Premier Division side managed that season.
Leicester have lost Hannah Macleod, who is coaching IWHL Conference East side St. Albans this … read more
After their 18-0 mashing of three-tier lower Marlow of South League Division 1 in Round 2 on Sunday (September 28), Surbiton Men’s 1st XI managed to avoid all the other seven of the eight of ten premier division clubs who entered and are still in the competition in Monday’s (September 29) draw for Round 3 (last 32) of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup taking place on Sunday 26 October. But they are, however, away this time, to Chelmsford of the two-tier lower East Premier Division A, who won 7-2 at the further-two-tiers-lower-than-them Bourne Deeping of the East Hockey League Division 1 in Round 2.
Chelmsford, who were last in the Conference East for the 2009/10 season have also made a good start to their league programme, winning 5-4 away to Wapping and 5-1 at home to Felixstowe in their first two fixtures to lie 2nd on goal difference of four still … read more
Surbiton’s men proved too strong for Marlow in their second round NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup tie at Sugden Road on Sunday afternoon, winning 18-0 to progress to the last 32.
Nevertheless, Marlow deserve immense credit for trying to play hockey instead of taking the safest option and trying to defend by keeping players behind the ball. Marlow’s goalkeeper, Boyd Derckson earned a well deserved round of applause when he was replaced by Ross Bone in goal with just four minutes remaining, as although Surbiton led 16-0, Derckson had made several excellent saves.
Adam Jolly gave Surbiton a third minute lead from a penalty corner, with Alan Forsyth, scoring the first of seven goals on the ten minute mark. Steve Kelly, Surbiton’s recent signing from Oxford Hawks, scored on his first team debut on the quarter-hour from another penalty corner, Forsyth scoring his second goal of the game from open play two minutes … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI not only won a third successive victory in the NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division yesterday afternoon at Sugden Road (27 September, 2.30pm) but scored three times in the last four minutes to take over top spot on goal difference from East Grinstead who had also won their third successive fixture 5-2 at Brooklands Manchester University in a game which had started an hour earlier.
In the battle of two other sides on maximum points after two games, Championship holders Beeston took the lead when Richard Lawrence converted their first penalty corner on 19 minutes after Surbiton had already failed to do so from their first three. But two minutes later Matt Daly equalized and five minutes after that Robert Schilling gave his side the lead, both on the end of swift inter-passing attacks. However it took a sharp diving save by David Kettle from Beeston’s second penalty corner … read more
Rebecca Herbert became the third Surbiton player to score a hat-trick during their five seasons in the Investec Women’s Hockey League, finishing with four goals to hand Beeston their third league defeat of the season, as Surbiton ran out 6-0 winners at Sugden Road on Saturday lunchtime.
And Sarah Page, who was the first Surbiton player to score a national league hat-trick, at Slough in 2013, chipped in with two goals of her own, as leaving Beeston adrift at the bottom of the Premier Division.
Lilie Lamacraft, who joined Beeston from Surbiton last season, showed some excellent possession skills against her former club. Beeston’s defence had been under pressure from Herbert, who forced a save from visiting goalkeeper, Lucy Dawkins, and sent the ball over the bar in the first five minutes, so it was no real surprise when Herbert gave Surbiton a seventh minute lead. With the ball in the air, Herbert deftly lobbed … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI seek their third successive victory when they entertain championship holders Beeston on Sugden Road’s second “Super Saturday” of the new NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division season tomorrow (27 September) at 2.30pm, immediately after their female counterparts have hosted the same club’s L1s.
Last season Surbiton finished fourth in the league, ten points behind the second-placed Nottingham-based club who went on to take the Championship by beating East Grinstead in the final at Reading HC on 6 April. Earlier that day Surbiton had beaten hosts Reading to clinch third place.
In their league fixtures last season Surbiton lost 3-2 at Beeston on 6 October, but on 16 February inflicted one of that club’s only two defeats all season, by 3-2 at Sugden Road.
This season both clubs are one of four on two-out-of-two 100% records to date, with Beeston (beat Canterbury 6-2 at home and Wimbledon 3-1 away) first and … read more
Surbiton Ladies are at home to Beeston in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division at Saturday lunchtime (push back 12 noon at Sugden Road).
Beeston find themselves at the bottom of the table after losing their first two league matches: 5-1 at home to Canterbury on opening day, followed by a 3-1 defeat at Bowdon Hightown last Saturday. Nevertheless, Surbiton cannot afford to be complacent if they are keep the pressure on the leaders. After a disappointing goalless draw at home to Reading, Surbiton found their form last week at the University of Birmingham, coming away with a 4-0 win.
Julia King, who is set to make her Sugden Road debut on Saturday, scored on her first appearance in Surbiton colours, with Jo Hunter also scoring her first goal for Surbiton. With Georgie Twigg scoring from both a penalty corner, and the penalty spot, Surbiton earned their first win of the season, as … read more