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Surbiton Men’s 1st XI play what will finally be their third pre-season practice game, all at Sugden Road, on Sunday (August 31) starting at noon. There should be a plethora of current internationals on show with Surbiton adding to their one Irishman: four of their now five Scottish and Welsh Commonwealth Games’ participants, two of them new signings; plus two of the three who were not there, including one new signing; plus their new non-CWG English international signing.
Opponents Holcombe for their part can now call on five of England’s Commonwealth Games’ silver medalists, having signed on three of them this close season to add to the two already in their squad, in a bid to finally escape the Conference East (in which they finished second for the last two seasons) and join their hosts in the country’s elite NOW: Pensions’ Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.
The M1’s original third practice game, … read more
Surbiton Ladies play their single pre-season friendly against a club side when they make the short trip to Indian Gymkhana HC on Sunday to play Buckingham (push back 11.30).
The match is part of South Day which is being run by the Southern Counties Hockey Umpires Association. Surbiton and Buckingham met on four occasions in the South Clubs’ Women’s League on their way to the top flight of English hockey. Buckingham won three of the four meetings, including winning 5-2 at Sugden Road on 15 March 2008 to complete a grand slam of eighteen league victories to win promotion to Division One, and ultimately to the Investec Women’s Hockey League.
Jo Hunter, who was one of Buckingham’s scorers back in 2008, is due to make her first appearance in a Surbiton shirt at Indian Gymkhana against one of her former clubs. Hunter also played for Beeston and Leicester, and faced Surbiton whilst … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st X1 match versus Southgate, scheduled to be played on Thursday night at 8 pm, has been cancelled.
Surbiton will next be in action against Holcombe on Sunday at 12 noon.
Surbiton’s remaining scheduled friendlies will then be as follows:
Thursday September 4 (8pm) v Teddington (5th, Conference East)
Tuesday September 9 (8pm) v Hampstead & Westminster (7th, Premier Division)
The first league fixture of the season is:
Saturday September 13 (4.30pm) v Reading (3rd, Premier Division)
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI made up for Bromley & Beckenham’s (sixth in the one-tier lower NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference East last season) late withdrawal from Bank Holiday Saturday’s (August 23) scheduled friendly fixture at 11.30am with a four-hour briefing and training session from 10am that morning.
With many players still having holiday arrangements, it was nevertheless attended by 12 of last season’s squad and four newly-registered players. Also involved were four aspiring colts, three of whom had taken part in both and one in one of the first two friendlies.
Now preparations for the upcoming NPMHL Premier Division campaign really ramp up with four friendly fixtures in thirteen days, all at home.
This Thursday’s opponents (August 28, 8pm) are north London rivals Southgate, who have been promoted back to the Premier Division after just one year’s absence, after winning promotion from the Conference East.
Then this Sunday (August 31, 11.30am) there is the … read more
Surbiton’s men have been drawn at home to Marlow in the second round of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup. Marlow, who shocked NPMHL Premier Division club, Canterbury 3-2 in last season’s competition, before bowing out 6-2 at another top-flight club, Hampstead & Westminster, finished ninth, just above the relegation places in the South League Premier Division 2 in 2013-14.
The tie will take place at Sugden Road on 28 September, the day after the first team double-header with Beeston.
Meanwhile, Surbiton Ladies will have to wait until 26 October to begin their defence of the Investec Women’s Cup as they have been given a first round bye. Only Reading and Canterbury of the IWHL Premier Division clubs have not entered the 2014-15 season competition.
Surbiton’s men had to battle against a determined Wimbledon side before running out 3-2 winners at Sugden Road on Saturday lunchtime, Surbiton’s new signing, Rupert Shipperley, who joined the club from Cardiff & Met, scoring twice on his debut.
Wimbledon, who finished sixth in last season’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, and will be aiming to reach the 2014-15 league play-offs, included former Surbiton players Ben Hawes and Ben Marsden in their squad, but both teams were without any of their Commonwealth Games players in their respective fourteen player squads.
The match was played over four periods of seventeen and a half minutes. Surbiton led at the end of the first period, Rob Schilling scoring the only goal in the first quarter, scoring from a rebound shot after Matt Daly’ s initial penalty corner drag-flick was saved by Wimbledon goalkeeper, Tom Millington in the tenth minute. Daly sat out the final three periods … read more
About 40 supporters, including the ever-loyal “Barmy Army”, turned out yesterday noon (9 August) on a fitfully sunny Saturday at Sugden Road to watch Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s first of seven pre-season friendlies against Brighton and Hove, though they wouldn’t have recognized half the 15-strong home squad.
It was an eclectic mix of eight of last season’s NOW:Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division registered players (Ore Ogunlana, Ali Hitch, Ben Tibble, Jonathan Gall, Fergus Dunn, Matt Daly, Rob Schilling and Scott Evans) plus four colts (two from Kingston Grammar School – Ben Park and Owen Williamson – one from Whitgift School, Croydon – Morgan Males – and one – Oscar Kolk – from Reed’s School Cobham), plus one new signing (Dave Beckett from Cannock), one potential new signing (Chris Bassano-Harper from Old Williamsonians) and an England/ Great Britain women’s senior international (Sarah Haycroft – who became the first lady ever to play in a M1 fixture).
But despite … read more
As followers of Facebook and Twitter from this website will know it was a fantastic experience in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games 2014 for the Surbiton’s Men’s 1st XI sextet who participated.
Next up, after a suitable rest period, it will be back to Sugden Road to join preparations for the 2014/15 NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign for last season’s three M1 squad members among them – Alan Forsyth, Chris Grassick and David Kettle – plus the two newly-signed players – William Marshall from Sheffield Hallam and Lewis Prosser from La Gantoise in Belgium. But sadly Nicholas Parkes will not be joining them having already been deregistered since his job takes him to Sheffield this autumn.
Six friendly fixtures have been organized, all at Sugden Road, starting:
this Saturday (August 9) at noon against Brighton & Hove, who finished 9th out of 10 in the Conference East last season and … read more
England’s women won silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after Australia levelled with just eleven seconds of normal time remaining to force a 1-1 draw, before going on to win the resultant shootout 3-1.
England had battled hard against the Hockeyroos, who had won all their previous games convincingly, including a 7-1 thrashing of South Africa in the semi- final. Although Australia had more shots than England, the first half ended goalless, and in the 48th minute, with only their second shot of the match, England took the lead. Reading’s Susie Gilbert attacked down the right, and via her club and team-mate, Alex Danson, the ball found the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley, whose shot beat Australian goalkeeper, Rachel Lynch, and nestled in the top left corner.
England had seemed to get their tactics right, having learnt from the 3-0 pool defeat, but Australia cruelly equalised with just seconds remaining from a … read more
There were contrasting results for Surbiton’s six players representing their two home countries in the first two play-off finals of the Commonwealth Games 2014 at the Glasgow Green National Hockey Centre yesterday (Friday August 1).
World 31st-ranked Wales, with Surbiton goalkeeper David Kettle and new signing Lewis Prosser in their squad, avoided the wooden spoon and improved on their tournament ranking of tenth by one position after winning the 9th/10th play-off final starting at 2pm. Having finished fifth and bottom of pool A with four defeats in their four group fixtures, the Welsh provided an upset by beating the bottom team from pool B, world 29th-ranked Trinidad & Tobago, who had won one of their group fixtures and lost the other three.
After the game being goalless at the interval, Prosser opened the scoring for the Welsh in the 53rd minute with a run from left to right into and across the … read more
England’s women will play Australia for Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow on Saturday evening (8.15 pm) after beating New Zealand 3-1 on a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw in normal time in the second semi-final on Friday afternoon.
England led 1-0 after the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley forced the ball over the line from short range in the 28th minute. The move involved Surbiton’s Hollie Webb and Holcombe’s Sam Quek who attacked along the right sideline, the cross finding Alex Danson in the circle, the ball eventually reaching Owsley.
New Zealand were down to ten players at that point as shortly before, Stacey Michelsen had been sent to the sin-bin after being shown a yellow card.
Two minutes from the end, Katie Glynn levelled, and from the restart, New Zealand could have snatched the win, Michelsen striking the post with a shot. There was still time for both teams to threaten … read more
Surbiton’s Emma Batten scored twice in the second half to help the Welsh women’s squad to beat Trinidad & Tobago 4-0 and finish ninth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday evening.
Wales completely dominated the 9th/10th place play-off, as T&T were unable to muster a single shot on goal, but Wales suffered the same frustration in the first half that they had experienced in the goalless draw with Malaysia, as they were unable to capitalise on their possession.
Everything changed in the 43rd minute, as former Surbiton player, Elen Barnes, now with Reading, who had attacked the T&T defence, broke the deadlock from open play, with a diagonal shot on goal. Three minutes later, it was Batten’s turn as a shot from Reading’s Leah Wilkinson was brilliantly deflected past T&T’s goalkeeper, Petal Derry, the 50th goal that T&T had conceded during the tournament.
Surbiton’s Emma Batten scored twice against Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday night. Photo: … read more
Scotland saved their best performance for their fourth and final pool A fixture at the Commonwealth Games 2014 this afternoon (Thursday July 31, 2pm) but still lost 5-0 to the world top-ranked nation and thus group winners Australia.
The world 25th-ranked Scots – with Surbiton Men’s 1st XI last-season club mates Chris Grassick, who captains his country, Alan Forsyth and Nicholas Parkes, who is leaving this summer, plus new signing William Marshall, in their squad – held the world champions goalless for almost 20 minutes and had a number of promising attacks as well as then conceding three in six minutes and then another two in five minutes early in the second half.
The result confirmed them as finishing fourth in the group and so meeting world 13th-ranked Malaysia, who finished fourth in pool B, in the 7th/8th play-off final in the Glasgow Green Hockey Centre at 8.15 pm tomorrow (Friday August … read more
Don’t miss Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s four players in the Scottish side play their fourth and final pool A game at 2pm tomorrow afternoon (Thursday July 31) at the Commonwealth Games 2014 tournament on the BBC coverage starting at 1.50pm.
Unhappily there is already no chance for any of Surbiton’s six senior internationals currently competing at the Glagow Green Hockey Centre to emulate the Gall brothers at the EuroHockey Junior Championship last week by coming back with any medals.
As early as Tuesday evening it had become impossible for either of their two home countries – both competing in pool A of the two five-nation preliminary round-robin groups – to reach this weekend’s semi-finals.
Both lost their first two games: Wales, with goalkeeper David Kettle and new signing Lewis Prosser in their squad and tenth and lowest-ranked in the tournament, by 3-1 to 4th-ranked India last Friday and 7-1 to top-ranked Australia on … read more
England’s women had to battle before they could clinch their place in the Commonwealth Games semi-finals after a hard fought 2-1 victory over hosts, Scotland in Glasgow on Wednesday.
In a tense, controversial, yet excellent match, England led 2-1 at half time, and had to weather an onslaught of Scottish attacks in the second half, especially from penalty corner routines.
England only needed a draw to progress, but Scotland had to win, due to their far inferior goal difference, after both teams had won two of their first three matches, both losing to Australia, the pool winners.
England broke the deadlock in the 16th minute, once more requiring some Alex Danson magic, as the Reading player scored from open play. With seven minutes remaining, there was controversy, as the Scottish players were unhappy following the award of a penalty corner. The resultant video referral was rejected, the Scottish players continuing to argue their … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s two Welsh players lost their fourth and final pool A game at 4pm this afternoon (Tuesday July 29) in the Glasgow Green National Hockey Centre at the Commonwealth Games 2014 tournament, as Wales went down 5-1 to South Africa.
The world’s 31st-ranked country held their 12th-ranked opponents to a solitary 9th-minute open-play goal before conceding a penalty corner goal on the stroke of half time. But then a harsh 10-minute yellow for Surbiton’s new signing from La Gantoise in Belgium, Lewis Prosser, possibly as the result of a previous first half (28th-minute) green, directly resulted in a 44th-minute penalty corner which was converted and then, despite the best efforts of Surbiton keeper David (Dragon) Kettle, South Africa scored another, from open play in the 46th-minute, with their opponents still reduced to ten men.
In the 16 minutes after Wales returned to full-strength South Africa in turn found themselves … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s four Scots just got the better of their two Welsh club mates when the countries met at 11am this morning (Monday July 28) in the Glasgow Green National Hockey Centre at the Commonwealth Games 2014 tournament. But it was the one of the sextet who will not be playing with the other five next season, Nicholas Parkes, who deflected in what turned out to be the winning goal nine minutes from time after a nail-biting wait for a Welsh video referral to be refused.
World 31st-ranked Wales (who have Surbiton goalkeeper David Kettle and new signing Lewis Prosser in their squad) shocked 25th-ranked Scotland (featuring club mates Chris Grassick, who captains his country, Alan Forsyth and new signing William Marshall as well as Parkes) and the home supporters by racing into a 2-0 lead with penalty corner goals from Rick Gay on 48 seconds and then 2 … read more
Australia beat England 3-0 on Monday to finish top of Pool B with an outstanding record of maximum points, 25 goals scored and none conceded.
The good news for England was that after missing Sunday’s match against Malaysia, and having been injured in the first minute of England’s match against Wales on Thursday, Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg returned to action, playing a total of 42 minutes against the Hockeyroos, entering the field of play in the fifth minute. England therefore were able to revert to using a full squad of sixteen players, but although they had a fair amount of possession, they weren’t able to pierce the Australian defence.
After England’s encouraging start, Australia dealt them a quick double blow. First, in the 12th minute, Jodie Kenny once more proved deadly from a penalty corner routine; then a minute later, an errant English pass in the circle allowed Emily Smith to score Australia’s second goal from … read more
Surbtion’s Giselle Ansley and Hollie Webb both scored from penalty corners as England’s women eased to a 5-0 win in their second Pool B game versus Malaysia at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Sunday.
Their club colleague, Georgie Twigg, was unavailable to play, following her injury against Wales on Thursday, and watched the match from the bench whilst continuing her recovery.
Ansley and Webb also found defending fairly easy as Malaysia rarely posed a threat to the England defence, failing to mount a shot on goal. England have faced just one shot in their first two pool matches, but will find the going tougher on Monday, when they take on Australia, who beat Scotland 9-0 in the first match of the day. Australia beat Malaysia 4-0, and Wales 9-0 in their first two matches, and will pose a real threat as they are really on form.
England took the lead in the 17th minute, … read more
Surbiton men’s Celtic players face a key match on Monday morning after Scotland and Wales both lost their second Commonwealth Games Pool A matches in Glasgow on Saturday.
Wales lost 7-1 to Australia, and the margin of defeat could well have been larger, if not for Surbiton goalkeeper, David Kettle, who not only made vital saves, but saved Mark Knowles’ second half penalty stroke thanks to some deft work with his stick. Lewis Prosser, who is due to join Surbiton shortly, was also in the Welsh starting line-up, but received a yellow card.
Scotland went down 6-2 to India, who were ruthless with their penalty corner routines on four occasions. India led 6-0 before Scotland rallied with two late goals, the second deflected by Nick Parkes, who played for Surbiton last season and began the match on the substitutes bench. Scotland captain, Chris Grassick, Alan Forsyth and William Marshall were all in the … read more
England’s Under-21 Men won the bronze medals at the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships in Waterloo, Belgium, prevailing 4-3 on penalties against the hosts, after snatching a last minute equaliser in normal time.
With one minute remaining, Belgium were on course to gain revenge for their opening day defeat, Tom De Groote having given them the lead in the 21st minute. However, with time running out, England were awarded a penalty corner, which East Grinstead’s Luke Taylor converted to set up a decisive shoot-out.
Robbert Rubens and DeGroote scored the first two for Belgium, with Taylor and David Goodfield replying for England. Victor Wegnez’s failure to score allowed Sam French to give England a 3-2 lead, but after Jerome Saeys levelled for Belgium, Robert Farrington failed to keep England’s advantage with one attempt left for each team. Fortunately for England, Nicolas De Kerpel failed to score for Belgium, ensuring that Edward Horler’s successful … read more
England’s Under-21 Men, including the Gall brothers, will battle for bronze medals against the hosts, Belgium at the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championships in Waterloo on Saturday, after going down narrowly 2-1 to the Netherlands in the first semi-final.
The Netherlands made a perfect start, going ahead in only the second minute, but England kept their composure and battled hard in defence to deal with the Dutch attack and ensure that they only trailed by a single goal at half time.
Within a minute of the restart, there was hope for England as Cannock’s Arjan Drayton Chana equalised from open play. England grew in confidence, and were frustrated when appeals for a penalty stroke were turned down. To add to their frustration, the Netherlands were awarded a penalty stroke with seven minutes to play, and the resulting goal proved to be the decider in a hard fought struggle. England took off their goalkeeper in … read more
There was disappointment for Surbiton M1′s Celtic players as both Wales and Scotland lost their opening matches at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday.
Wales had an early start against India, but lost 3-1, former Surbiton player, Andy Cornick levelling from open play in the 23rd minute after India had taken the lead through a penalty corner three minutes earlier. Two second half goals were enough to give India the points. Surbiton’s David Kettle is the only goalkeeper in the Welsh squad, and Lewis Prosser, who is due to sign for Surbiton from La Gantoise, was in the Welsh starting line-up.
Then it was hosts, Scotland’s turn to play in front of their home crowd, in the hope that it would be third time lucky against South Africa, who had won twice at the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Sadly, it was not to be, … read more
Australia’s women proved too strong for Wales on Day 2 of the Hockey tournament at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday. Having beaten Malaysia 4-0 in their first match, the Hockeyroos beat Wales 9-0, former Surbiton player, Georgie Parker notching a hat-trick including a penalty corner conversion. However, the Welsh defence still deserves credit as Australia’s ninth goal came in the 53rd minute, meaning that the Hockeyroos forwards were kept at bay for the final seventeen minutes, including defence of penalty corners.
Surbiton’s Emma Batten was in the Welsh starting line-up.
Hosts, Scotland, began their Commonwealth Games campaign with a 2-0 win over Malaysia in the second Pool B match of the day.
In Pool A on Thursday, South Africa overwhelmed Trinidad & Tobago 16-0; whilst India beat Canada, who included Abigail Raye, who has also had connections with Surbiton Hockey Club, and is originally from Surrey, 4-2. On Friday, New Zealand played their first … read more
Seven of Surbiton’s ten players competing in the Commonwealth Games at the Glasgow Green National Hockey Centre will be action today (Friday July 25) during three of today’s eight fixtures, all three of which will be shown on BBC live coverage.
In pool A of the men’s tournament Wales (world ranking 31 of 71/tournament ranking 10 of 10) – who have Surbiton goalkeeper David Kettle and new signing Lewis Prosser in their squad – play India (9/4) at 9am (BBC 1) and Scotland (25/8) – with recovered from injury Chris Grassick, who captains the squad, and Alan Forsyth both fit to play alongside club mate Nicholas Parkes and William Marshall who has already signed on for Surbiton next season – up against South Africa (12/5) at 11am (BBC 3).
In the parallel women’s tournament at the same venue England (6 of 65/3 of 10) who have three Surbiton players in their squad … read more
Tickets have gone on sale today for the 2015 EuroHockey Championships, which will be held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre from 21-30 August 2015. The Investec London Cup was recently successfully staged as the initial event at the new hockey stadium in East London, and England Hockey will be aiming to build on that success when they are proud hosts of the EuroHockey Championships in 2015.
The tournament website: www.eurohockey2015.co.uk is now live and as well as providing an outlet to buy tickets for next year’s event, contains information about the tournament and the competing teams.
Tickets will be available for sessions, as with the 2012 London Olympics, and in line with the family focus of the event, children’s tickets are available from £1.
Both men’s and women’s competitions will be held. The teams which have qualified for the men’s competition are:
Belgium, England, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Russia and … read more
England’s women began their 2014 Commonwealth Games campaign with a 2-0 win over Wales in Glasgow at Thursday lunchtime, but suffered an early setback as Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg was forced off the pitch after just 58 seconds after being struck by a hard hit ball by former Surbiton player, Elen Barnes, now with Reading, who was trying to clear the ball along the right sideline.
Twigg watched the rest of the match from the England bench, her team-mates, Giselle Ansley and Hollie Webb also having been in England’s starting line-up. Emma Batten was in the Welsh starting line-up, and forced a save from England’s goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch in the 14th minute, with the only Welsh shot in the match.
Twigg’s injury meant that England were forced to juggle their substitutions with only a fifteen player squad, as Commonwealth Games rules only permit a sixteen player squad, whilst most other international tournaments allow eighteen player … read more
Surbiton has no less than ten of its players currently showcasing the Surrey club at the Commonwealth Games with live television coverage from the brand new Glasgow Green National Hockey Centre.
Good news is that both Scotland’s captain Chris Grassick and Alan Forsyth recovered from injuries picked up in the week before last’s Investec London Cup to be declared fit to play alongside club mate Nicholas Parkes and William Marshall who has already signed on for Surbiton next season.
The hosts compete in pool A which includes Wales who have Surbiton goalkeeper David Kettle and new signing Lewis Prosser in their squad.
Both teams start their fixtures tomorrow (Friday July 25). Wales (world ranking 31 of 71/tournament ranking 10 of 10) play India (9/4) at 9am and Scotland (25/8) South Africa (12/5) at 11am. The fifth nation in their pool is Australia (1/1) who Wales play on Saturday (July 26) at 2pm, while … read more
Surbiton’s Gall brothers, will have their shot at winning medals with England U21 at the culmination of the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championships in Waterloo where they meet the Netherlands in the first semi-final tomorrow (Friday July 25, 4.30pm BST) with hosts Belgium playing Germany in the other (7pm) and the bronze and gold medal finals on Saturday July 26 (4pm and 5pm respectively).
England, captained by elder brother Jonathan, reached the semis after beating France 7-0 yesterday evening (Wednesday), having already beaten Belgium 1-0 on Sunday and Poland 6-2 on Tuesday to top their pool A with maximum points. The weekend will be the last time the two play competitive hockey together for a while since Jonathan becomes over-age after it and James is leaving Surbiton for Nottingham University and Beeston.
You can find full tournament results, team sheets and pool standings on the:
all match reports on the:
and tournament match … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI has this week started preparations for the club’s upcoming NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign.
Their performance squad of EHL-registered plus selected U18-Academy players will now be training at Sugden Road on Tuesday and Thursday evenings each week until league matches begin on Saturday afternoon, September 13 with a home fixture against Reading.
From next month (August 2) Saturday morning sessions will be added followed by a series of five practice games against national league opposition on the same day starting from Saturday August 9 against NPMHL Conference East side Brighton & Hove.
But five of the squad have already been busy all summer with international commitments which continue into the next two weeks with Jonathan Gall captaining the England U21 squad, which includes brother James who will be joining Beeston next season, at the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championship in Waterloo, in Belgium which concludes this Saturday (July … read more