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Collins’ Scotland Draw Two Test Series with Japan

Surbiton’s Robyn Collins helped Scotland’s women draw their two test series against Japan at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
Collins was in Scotland’s starting line-up for both matches. On Monday night, Wimbledon’s Nikki Lloyd scored in the eleventh minute to give Scotland a 1-0 win.
But on Tuesday night, Japan levelled the series gaining revenge with a 3-1 victory.
After a goalless first quarter there was early drama in the second quarter as in the 16th minute, Hazuki Nagai converted from the penalty spot to give Japan the lead.
However a minute later, Scotland were on level terms in exactly the same fashion, thanks to captain, Kareena Marshall’s penalty stroke.
A minute before half time, Maho Segawa restored Japan’s lead from open play with Mie Nakashima sealing the victory in the 49th minute, also from open play.
With five minutes remaining, Scotland had the chance to pull a goal back but Collins’ reverse stick shot ended … read more

U18 Boys Are National Champions

Surbiton’s Under-18 Boys needed penalty strokes to beat a determined Ben Rhydding team, in the Cup final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Monday.
Surbiton were cruising at half time, leading 4-1, but Ben Rhydding fought back in the second half to draw 4-4 before Surbiton won 2-1 on shuffles.
Surbiton took the lead in the second minute, Dan Boden converting a penalty corner, before Owen Williamson doubled the lead three minutes later, also with a penalty corner conversion.
Matt Ramshaw pulled a goal back for Ben Rhydding nine minutes before half time, again from a penalty corner, but two goals in three minutes put Surbiton in the ascendancy.
Tom Dodwell scored on the half hour, with Noah Darlington scoring two minutes before the interval, both goals coming from open play.
Trailing 4-1 at the start of the second half, Ben Rhydding started their comeback in the 46th minute, Ramshaw converting a second penalty … read more

Surbiton U18 Boys in National Cup Final on Monday

On Monday 2nd May, Surbiton’s U18 Boys squad are playing in the final of England Hockey’s National Cup competition at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
Making the final for the first time the competition’s history, Surbiton’s boys face Ben Rhydding from Yorkshire.  Having defeated pre-competition favourites Beeston in the Quarter-Final, Ben Rhydding will offer stiff competition to the Surbiton squad as they aim to join the SHC U16 Boys and Girls as national champions.
Surbiton’s journey to the final has encompassed victories against Trojans (5-3), Oxford Wildcats (2-1), Canterbury (on penalties after a 2-2- draw), Team Bath Buccaneers (4-0) and Wycombe (2-1).  With the majority of the squad having come through the Surbiton Colts section from U12’s and younger, the final provides a fitting finale for many of the boys as they move out of the colts section.
The final starts at 2pm with updates available via The England Hockey Twitter feed.

M1 Welsh Quintet Complete Second Win Over France

Surbiton Men’s Gareth Furlong, Stephen Kelly, David Kettle, Lewis Prosser and Rupert Shipperley were all in the Welsh squad which for the second day running conjured up a 1-0 win over France in Cardiff.
And also for the second day running, Wales left it late, Cardiff & Met’s Owain Dolan-Gray scoring the winner from open play with just three minutes remaining in the match played over two halves of 35 minutes.
Goalkeeper Kettle made several important saves to keep Wales in the match.
Of Surbiton’s contingent, 0nly Kelly wasn’t in the starting line-up at the National Hockey Centre.
The match report on the Hockey Wales website can be found at: http://hockeywales.org.uk/news/wales-clinch-double-win-against-france
Wales next play Poland but not until 1-3 July, also at the National Hockey Centre in Cardiff.
Colin Pike

Alan Forsyth featured on BBC Sport Website

Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth, who won the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division Player of the Season award, having also finished as top scorer with 21 goals, is featured on the BBC Sport website at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/hockey/36086892

M1’s Welsh Quintet Earn Narrow Win Over France

Surbiton Men’s Gareth Furlong, Stephen Kelly, David Kettle, Lewis Prosser and Rupert Shipperley were all in the Welsh starting lineup in Cardiff on Thursday afternoon when Wales beat France 1-0 in the first of two tests.
The game was played over two halves of 35 minutes at the National Hockey Centre, the winning goal coming in the 65th minute, Cardiff & Met’s Luke Hawker scoring from open play.
The second game is on Friday evening at 6 pm.
An interview with Kettle, who is sharing the Welsh captaincy with Hawker and Prosser during the series can be found at: http://hockeywales.org.uk/news/wales-relish-home-international-kickstart-exciting-summer-hockey
A match report including a quote from Prosser can be found at: http://hockeywales.org.uk/news/wales-seal-first-win-international-test-against-france
Colin Pike

Heroines Walker and Webb Help L1 To Historic Hat-Trick

Surbiton Ladies completed a hat-trick of Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships on Sunday, but needed a shootout before ensuring the trophy returned to Sugden Road once again.
Surbiton goalkeeper, Abi Walker saved three out of four Canterbury attempts to help Surbiton to win the shootout 3-1 after a goalless draw in normal time at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
Walker’s heroics deservedly earned her the Player of the Final award after the game.

Yes, we’ve won it again – the Surbiton Ladies squad and management with the IWHL Championship Trophy. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
Canterbury goalkeeper, Helen Fagg saved from Surbiton’s Naomi Evans before Sarah Haycroft’s attempt ended up wide of the right post.
However, Walker not only swept Line Malan’s shuffle over the sideline but forced Sarah Kerly’s effort out of the circle to ensure the shootout also remained goalless after each team’s first two attempts.

Surbiton’s Abi Walker in action on Sunday. Photo: … read more

L1 Battle Past Holcombe Into Championship Final

Surbiton Ladies had to battle against a full-strength Holcombe squad before winning 2-0 and earning their place in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championship final on Saturday.
The reigning champions had beaten Holcombe 5-0 in Kent and 4-0 at Sugden Road, but with goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch back in the Holcombe goal, the semi-final was always going to prove to be a tougher encounter.
And so it proved with Holcombe ending up with more possession, but unable to take their chances in their attempt to end Surbiton’s unbeaten run.
Holcombe’s intentions were made clear as soon as the first minute as Surbiton’s defenders found themselves conceding a penalty corner after just 24 seconds.
Fortunately that set piece and the second successive award were both dealt with effectively.
Giselle Ansley broke the deadlock in the eleventh minute finding the backboard from Surbiton’s first penalty corner of the match.

Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley breaks the deadlock against Holcombe in Saturday’s … read more

M1 Championship Hopes Ended By Reading

Surbiton Men’s hopes of lifting the Men’s Hockey League Championship trophy were ended in the semi-finals by Reading on Saturday at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
Although Reading had lost the two regular season meetings 5-4 at Sugden Road and 2-1 at Sonning Lane, they won the third match of the season 4-2.
Surbiton fell behind in the fourteenth minute, Richard Mantell scoring from open play, and after a scoreless second quarter, found themselves back on level terms in the 39th minute thanks to Gareth Furlong’s penalty corner conversion.
Four minutes later, Reading’s lead was restored thanks to Andy Watts’ penalty corner conversion.
Two goals in five minutes virtually sealed the deal for Reading, Jonty Clarke converting from the penalty spot with ten minutes left, and Tom Carson scoring from open play in the 55th minute.
Dave Beckett scored what proved to be a consolation goal for Surbiton in the final seconds.
Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth, … read more

L1 Take On Holcombe In IWHL Championship Semi on Sat.

Surbiton Ladies’ quest for a hat-trick of Investec Women’s Hockey League Championship titles gathers pace at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday when they take on Holcombe in the first semi-final on Saturday (push back 3.30 pm).
Surbiton finished top of the IWHL Premier Division for the second successive season,
Although they won both games against Holcombe comfortably, 5-0 in Kent and 4-0 at Sugden Road, on both occasions Holcombe were without international goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch.
Holcombe eventually sealed fourth place with a five point cushion over nearest rivals, East Grinstead, but will be keen to impress on their Championships debut having just missed out on qualification last season.
Second placed Canterbury face third placed University of Birmingham at 5.45 pm in the second semi-final. Birmingham led the table for most of the season before a late dip in form saw them finish ten points behind Surbiton.
Canterbury stayed in contention throughout the … read more

M1 Face Reading In MHL Championship Semi on Sat.

Surbiton’s men take on Reading in the second Men’s Hockey League Championship semi-final on Saturday at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre (1.15 pm pushback)
Surbiton will be hoping to improve on last season’s third place finish, having beaten Beeston 2-1 last season. But this season a third place finish is not possible as for the two losing semi-finalists it will be season over with no match on Sunday.
Having done the double over Reading this season in the league (5-4 at Sugden Road and 2-1 at Sonning Lane), Surbiton will be confident that they can reach the final, having missed out last season by losing 2-0 to Wimbledon at the semi-final stage.
Reigning champions Wimbledon have a tough task this year, taking on first place Holcombe, who went through the Premier Division season unbeaten, in the first semi-final (11 am)
Surbiton finished seven points behind Holcombe in second with Reading, five points further … read more

M1 Quintet Selected For Welsh Series Against France

Welsh head coach, Zak Jones has selected five Surbiton players to the squad due to face France in a two test series in Cardiff next week.
Goalkeeper, David Kettle along with Steve Kelly, Gareth Furlong, Lewis Prosser and Rupert Shipperley  are among the nineteen player squad preparing for next September’s Hockey World League Round One Tournament in Glasgow.
Only Cardiff & Met with eight, have more players selected than Surbiton.
Wales face France on Thursday 21 April at 2 pm, followed by a 6 pm push back the following day.
More information can be found at: http://hockeywales.org.uk/news/wales-mens-coach-zak-jones-looks-ahead-french-test
Wales are also scheduled to play Poland from 30 June to 3 July, both series being held at the National Hockey Centre in Cardiff.
Colin Pike

L1 Quartet Help GB Women To Share Series With Germany

Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb were all selected to Great Britain’s squad which played two matches in Cologne on 12 and 13 April.
The series was drawn 1-1 with Germany winning the first game 3-1 on Tuesday before Great Britain levelled the series with a 2-0 win on Wednesday morning.
Ansley didn’t play in the first game but was in the starting line-up for the second. Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb started both games whilst Haycroft started the first then came on as a seventh minute substitute in game two.
Two goals from Marie Mävers, either side of Luisa Steindor’s effort gave Germany a 3-0 lead in the first game, East Grinstead’s Sophie Bray scoring for Great Britain in the 38th minute.
Bray was also on target in game two, scoring in the 34th minute, two minutes after Reading’s Helen Richardson-Walsh had broken the deadlock, both goals stunning the … read more

U16 Girls Clinch National Title Hat-Trick and Surbiton Double

Surbiton’s Under-16 Girls beat Southgate 7-1 to clinch a hat-trick of national titles in the last three years and complete a Surbiton double triumph, joining the Under-16 Boys as national champions at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon.
The girls conceded a rare goal in the final, but in scoring seven goals, with Izzy Petter hitting Southgate for six,they  joined the boys in having won every game in the competition.

Surbiton’s Izzy Petter scores her fourth of six goals in the final in the 7-1 win over Southgate. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
Beeston beat Reading 6-4 in a high scoring third place playoff to finish with bronze.
Surbiton had beaten Cannock 5-0 and Leicester 8-0 on Saturday, and secured top spot  in Pool C with a 4-1 win over Reading on Sunday.
Southgate had reached the final by topping Pool D, with wins over Isca (2-1) and Beeston (3-2) on Saturday and a 2-2 … read more

U16 Boys Are National Champions

Surbiton’s Under-16 Boys have won the national finals at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, beating Marlow 4-0 in the final on Sunday afternoon.
Surbiton had lost in the 2015 final 2-1 to Beeston, but with the reigning champions not making this year’s Elite Eight, Surbiton kept up their one hundred per cent record throughout the competition to become national champions for the first time.

Surbiton’s Morgan Males opens the scoring against Marlow from the penalty spot in the final. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
Leicester beat Guildford in the third place play-off.
Surbiton had beaten Leicester 3-1 on Saturday morning and then beat Havant 7-2 in the afternoon. A 5-2 win over Neston South Wirral ensured that Surbiton would top Pool A and qualify for the final.
Marlow had drawn 1-1 with Guildford in their first pool game, before wins against Leek (1-0) and Canterbury (4-0) earned their place on top of Pool B and a … read more

Both U16 Teams Unbeaten After First Two National Games

Both Surbiton’s Under-16 teams kept up their one hundred per cent records after day one of their national finals at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday.
Surbiton’s girls’ defence remained as tight as ever, with a 5-0 win over Cannock and an 8-0 win at Leicester setting up a pool decider against Reading on Sunday.

Surbiton’s Izzy Petter celebrates scoring against Leicester with Sophie Ragg. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
Reading beat Leicester 3-1 and Cannock 8-0 in their two matches.
Meanwhile, Surbiton’s boys have a great chance of topping their pool after a 3-1 win over Leicester and a 7-2 win over Havant.

Surbiton’s Morgan Males celebrates after scoring against Havant, with Michael Moran. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
Surbiton have six points and a superior goal difference, whilst both Neston South Wirral and Leicester have three points each after winning just one of their first two pool games.
Surbiton can clinch a place in the … read more

U16 Girls and Boys Aiming For National Glory This Weekend

Attention turns to junior national competition this weekend as both of Surbiton’s Under 16 Premier teams compete at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in their National Finals.
The boys have an early start at 9.30 am on Saturday when they take on Leicester in their opening Pool A match. At 2.15 pm they face Havant and then take on Neston South Wirral at 10.20 am on Sunday.
Surbiton’s boys have won all seven games so far, beating Amersham & Chalfont, Teddington, Tulse Hill & Dulwich and Wimbledon in Tier 1.
In Tier 2, Oxted, Phoenix (Essex) Blue Hornets and Saffron Walden were all beaten, the boys scoring a total of 47 goals and conceding 6 on their way to Lee Valley.
Pool B includes Canterbury, Guildford, Leek and Marlow.
Reigning champions, Beeston could only finish third in their Tier 2 group behind Neston South Wirral and Alderley Edge.
The girls, who have won the title … read more

M1 Shocked By Chichester In Cup Semi-Final

Surbiton Men’s hopes of a return to Lee Valley for the Men’s Cup final were ended at Sugden Road on Sunday afternoon, when Chichester Priory Park of the Men’s Hockey League Conference West performed a giant-killing act over last season’s runners-up.
Tom McCarthy’s 24th minute open play goal was enough to send the Sussex club through to play Premier Division side, Beeston in the final.
Beeston won 5-1 at City of Peterborough to earn their place in the final.
Chichester will also be battling to maintain their national league status when they meet Bromley & Beckenham and Wakefield in the three team relegation playoffs from which only the top team will stay up.
Surbiton can now focus on their attempt to win the MHL Championship title, starting with their semi-final tie against Reading on 16 April at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
The winners will play either first place finishers, Holcombe or reigning champions, Wimbledon … read more

L1 Unbeaten For Second Season With 2-0 Win Over Leicester

Surbiton Ladies will go into the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division Championships on the back of a second successive unbeaten regular season following their 2-0 home win over Leicester on Saturday.
Surbiton will face Holcombe at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on 16 April as they aim to defend their league title.
On an overcast day at Sugden Road, Surbiton dominated possession, but at half time still found themselves on level terms after failing to finish.
Beckie Middleton, Sandra Roche and Jo Hunter all had scoring chances but couldn’t find the target whilst Sabbie Heesh kicked the ball from the circle to safety on a couple of occasions.
Some of Surbiton’s passing moves were sublime, but their failure to break the deadlock was poor reward for their hard work.
Surbiton were just as dominant in the second half, but had to resort to their penalty corner routine to take the lead. Four minutes … read more

L1 End Regular Season At Home To Leicester

Surbiton Ladies, who clinched their second successive Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division first place finish last weekend at Reading, complete their regular season at home to Leicester on Saturday (19 March) push back 2 pm.
Surbiton will be aiming to complete a second successive eighteen game season unbeaten against Leicester, who were the last team to beat Surbiton in a league game on 15 February 2014, when Leicester won 2-0 at Sugden Road.
Leicester are the second best team form wise, having won five and lost one of their last six games, a run which has seen them move up from eighth to sixth place, but five points off a playoff place.
Last weekend, Leicester won 6-2 at Clifton to follow an away win at Holcombe and home wins over East Grinstead, Buckingham and Reading.
Their only defeat came at ninth placed Bowdon Hightown three weeks ago. Liz George is Leicester’s leading goalscorer … read more

M1 Win 6-3 At Cannock To Clinch Second Place In MHL Premier

Surbiton’s Men won 6-3 at Cannock on Sunday to finish second in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division and earn a Championship semi-final with Reading.
Cannock’s defeat also meant that they were relegated to Conference level after an historic run in the top flight.
Canterbury will take part in the Promotion Tournament after they lost 1-0 at Wimbledon.
They will compete with Conference East champions, Richmond; Conference North champions, Loughborough Students and Conference West champions for two places in the 2016-17 Premier Division.
Evan Kimber notched a hat-trick in Surbiton’s win in Staffordshire, opening the scoring in the 18th minute.
Hardeep Singh Jawanda equalised six minutes later, but Andrew Hayward’s 27th minute penalty corner conversion gave the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Alan Forsyth extended Surbiton’s lead to 3-1 within seconds of the second half restart, Kimber and Forsyth adding further goals in the 53rd and 55th minutes.
Kimber completed his hat-trick with eleven minutes remaining, but late … read more

M1 Go To Cannock On Sunday

On the final day of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division season, Surbiton Men go to Cannock on Sunday, knowing that they have qualified for the end of season Championships at Lee Valley on 16/17 April.
However, their opponents, Cannock have their top flight status at stake thanks to Canterbury’s revival in 2016 which has seen them win five out of six league matches.
Cannock trail Canterbury by three points and will need a win to have any chance of avoiding automatic relegation. East Grinstead could find themselves in the Promotion Tournament  if they lose at Beeston and Canterbury win at Wimbledon.
Holcombe, who have clinched first place, will play either Reading or Wimbledon in the Championship semi-final depending on which team finishes fourth. Surbiton will play either the second or third team, depending on whether Surbiton finishes second or third.
Holcombe visit Hampstead & Westminster in the other MHL Premier Division fixture.
Surbiton beat Cannock … read more

L1 Clinch Top Spot In IWHL Premier Division

Surbiton Ladies secured their second successive first place finish in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after they won 1-0 at Reading and Canterbury lost 3-2 at home to East Grinstead on Saturday.
Canterbury will play the University of Birmingham in the IWHL Championship semi-finals at Lee Valley, and they will meet next weekend on the final day of the season to decide which team finishes second and third.
Surbiton will have to wait until next week to find out who they play in the other Championship semi-final, but Holcombe hold a two point lead over East Grinstead going into the final match. Holcombe beat the University of Birmingham 3-1.
At the bottom of the table, Buckingham won 2-1 at Bowdon Hightown to keep alive their hopes of avoiding automatic relegation. The result also ensured that Reading will stay in the Premier Division next season.
However, Reading didn’t know that on a sunny … read more

L1 Visit Reading On Saturday

Surbiton Ladies visit Reading on Saturday for their penultimate Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division match of the season (push back 1.30 pm).
After winning both home games last weekend, 3-1 versus Clifton and 4-1 versus Bowdon Hightown, Surbiton find themselves with a three point lead over second placed Canterbury.
The University of Birmingham, who have led the table for most of the season, dropped to third after drawing 2-2 at home to East Grinstead.
Reading, who welcomed back their GB internationals last week, but lost 1-0 at Leicester, could still have to defend their top flight status via the Promotion Tournament.
Bowdon Hightown, could confirm Buckingham’s automatic relegation with a home win on Saturday, then travel to Berkshire for a key clash on the final day of the season.
Surbiton can  all but clinch top spot in the IWHL Premier Division with a win at Sonning Lane, as they have a twelve better goal … read more

Follow M1 and L1 At Lee Valley In April

Although both national league regular seasons are due to finish over the next two weekends, both Surbiton first teams have already qualified for their respective league championships.
This year, both the Men’s Hockey League and Women’s Hockey League Championships are going to be held over the same weekend at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
On 16/17 April, you can see not only both league’s champions crowned, but the second and third rounds of the respective Promotion Tournaments.
The Championships fixtures are naturally to be confirmed as first will play fourth and second will play third.
The Promotion Tournament will see the three Conference champions come face to face with each other plus the ninth team in the Premier Division, with the top two teams playing in the top flight in 2016-17.

Tickets are available now from: http://englandhockey.seetickets.com/tour/men-s-investec-women-s-hockey-league-finals/
So come to Lee Valley to support both Surbiton first teams as they aim for league championship glory!

L1 Open Up Three Point Lead in IWHL Premier

Surbiton Ladies won their rearranged game versus Bowdon Hightown, 4-1 on Sunday afternoon to open up a three point gap over Canterbury with two games to play.
The game had been postponed from 20 February when Bowdon were in Dundee playing in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy.
The result didn’t help the visitors who stayed four points ahead of bottom club, Buckingham and four points behind eighth placed Reading, and seem destined to play in the Promotion Tournament.
Under the Sugden Road floodlights, Surbiton took the lead in the seventh minute, Georgie Twigg converting a penalty corner from the left of the circle to score her first goal of the season.
Bowdon battled and were rewarded in the 28th minute, Jane Donnelly finishing off the visitors’ second penalty corner of the match.
A minute later, Surbiton’s lead was restored, Olivia Chilton scoring her third goal in as many matches, her shot from the centre of … read more

M1 Go Back To Second After 2-1 Win At Reading

Surbiton Men overtook Reading into second place in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 2-1 win at Sonning Lane.
Both goals were scored by Rupert Shipperley in the seventh and 53rd minutes, Jack Smart equalising for Reading in the 44th minute.
The four qualifiers for the MHL Championships have been confirmed with Wimbledon joining Holcombe, Surbiton and Reading at Lee Valley on 16/17 April.
Holcombe clinched top spot with a 4-1 home win over Beeston.
Wimbledon ended Brooklands Manchester University’s hopes of a play-off place with a 2-1 win at East Grinstead while Brooklands lost 3-2 at Canterbury, who sent Cannock down to tenth place and possible automatic relegation.
Cannock lost 2-1 at home to Hampstead & Westminster, who are now virtually safe from having to play in the Promotion Tournament.
Cannock will need to beat Surbiton next Sunday (13 March) to have any chance of avoiding automatic relegation.
Canterbury visit Wimbledon and East Grinstead visit … read more

M1 Qualify For MHL Championships

Surbiton Men are assured of a place in the end of season Men’s Hockey League Championships after an emphatic 5-1 win at East Grinstead on Saturday night.
Dave Beckett opened the scoring for the visitors in the fourth minute, only for Sam Driver to level for East Grinstead seven minutes later.
Alan Forsyth restored Surbiton’s lead in the 21st minute for a 2-1 half time lead.
Forsyth and Beckett struck again in the 56th and 58th minutes to give Surbiton a commanding 4-1 lead before Andrew Hayward scored the only penalty corner goal of the game with six minutes left to complete the scoring.
Surbiton therefore completed the double over their West Sussex rivals after a 7-0 win on opening day.
Holcombe need one point from their last two matches to finish top of the MHL Premier Division table after their 3-1 home win over Brooklands Manchester University.
Reading and Surbiton are likely to finish second … read more

L1 Go Top After 3-1 Win Over Clifton

Surbiton Ladies returned to the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division following a 3-1 home win over Clifton and the University of Birmingham’s 2-2 home draw with East Grinstead.
Birmingham dropped to third with Canterbury moving up to second on goal difference behind Surbiton, having won 3-2 at bottom club, Buckingham.
Clifton’s defeat all but ends their hopes of qualifying for the IWHL Championships.
GB internationals, Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft and Georgie Twigg all returned to the Surbiton squad, together with Scottish international, Robyn Collins.
Clifton were managed by current Scotland international and former Surbiton player, Kate Holmes.
Surbiton just needed 73 seconds to take the lead against Clifton, their first attack of the game finished off from close range by Olivia Chilton who scored in her second successive match.
Clifton fell further behind in the 16th minute, Sarah Page sending the ball into the net above the backboard to put Surbiton into … read more

L1 Aim To Go Top After Home Doubleheader

Surbiton Ladies will be aiming to go to the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division this weekend as they have two home games towards the end of the regular season.
On Saturday, Clifton, who still have hopes of qualifying as the fourth team in the end of season championships, are the visitors to Sugden Road (push back 2 pm)
When Surbiton visited Bristol earlier in the season, they came away with a convincing 4-1 win.
Clifton’s Claire Thomas is the joint top goalscorer in the IWHL Premier Division with nine goals, whilst Surbiton’s Jo Hunter has scored eight goals, so is also in contention to be the leading goalscorer this season.
Surbiton’s GB internationals are available for selection, as is Scottish international, Robyn Collins, who scored the only goal for her country in the third test in South Africa last weekend.
Then on Sunday, Bowdon Hightown, who are four points above bottom … read more

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