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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
Chris Grassick’s Rio 2016 dream still alive after Scotland vote No to independence
By Sean Cotter
CHRIS GRASSICK is a very relieved player that his Surbiton club eventually won 3-1 at Southgate in the NOW: Pensions League on Sunday with two goals in the last nine minutes.
But the Scottish international captain is even happier that his country voted “No” last Thursday and his dream of playing at Rio 2014 is still alive.
The 24-year-old midfielder from Edinburgh, whose parents were both also Scottish hockey internationals and who is one of only two Scots in the currently 28-strong centralised Team GB squad, tweeted from the national sports centre in Berkshire the next day: “Thankfully today wasn’t my last day training at Bisham”.
Chris Grassick on the ball for Surbiton (Photo: Tim Reder Photography)
Meantime at his multi-British Surrey club, which has three other current Scottish internationals in their team – as well four Welsh, one Irish … read more
Surbiton Ladies will begin the defence of the Investec Women’s Cup against the team they defeated in last season’s final, Hampstead & Westminster. This time, rather than taking place in the East Midlands, Surbiton will travel to Paddington Recreation Ground on 26 October.
Having lost 7-1 to Surbiton in last season’s final, Hampstead won 2-1 at fellow South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division One club, Staines in round one on Sunday. Hampstead, who just missed out on promotion to the Investec Women’s Hockey League last season, after losing at home to Maidenhead on the last day of the season, started this season’s league campaign with a goalless draw at Barnes.
Surbiton will travel across the capital, the day after visiting Holcombe, whilst Hampstead will be at home to Havant.
The other ties:
Bedford v Buckingham;
Boots v Ben Rhydding;
Brooklands Poynton v Doncaster;
Chelmsford v Sevenoaks;
Clifton v Slough;
Gloucester City v Taunton Vale;
Holcombe v East Grinstead;
Leamington v Liverpool Sefton;
Lincoln … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI – with eight Englishmen (although one plays for the US), three Scots, three Welsh and two Northern Irishmen in their squad - stayed united to finally achieve a positive result from their visit to Snakes Lane on Sunday with a second successive 3-1 victory.
Team GB Olympian Matt Daly got the visitors off to the best possible start against a Southgate team that had also won their first NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division fixture of the season by slamming home the game’s opening penalty corner on 20 minutes.
But the South London club then made the cardinal error of not reacting quickly enough when their next penalty corner six minutes later was mistrapped, allowing Southgate to break instantly down the left and equalize through Italian Guilio Ferrini.
But Daly saved their blushes by converting his team’s fourth and final penalty corner 25 minutes into the second half. And in … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ Julia King had a debut to remember, scoring from open play in the 24th minute to help Surbiton to a 4-0 win at the University of Birmingham on Saturday. King also struck the post in the second half of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division encounter, to make an immediate impact on the English top flight, having only played for Auckland in the Ford National League final game the previous Sunday.
And with Jo Hunter, Surbiton’s summer signing from Leicester also scoring her first goal in White, Green and Magenta, also from open play with fourteen minutes remaining, the Sugden Road club’s two latest acquisitions from other clubs have already proved their potential.
Georgie Twigg gave Surbiton a sixth minute lead from a penalty corner, scoring after Chloe Palmer’s initial effort was saved by Birmingham goalkeeper, Jenny Mashford. King, who made her debut from the subs bench in the sixth … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI have selected the same squad that defeated Reading 3-1 at Sugden Road last Saturday and so sit second in the fledgling table to play their second NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League fixture of the season, this time away to Southgate on Sunday (September 21) at 2.30pm.
The two clubs did not meet in a league game last season since Southgate were busy winning their place back in the Premier Division at the first attempt via the Play-Offs after topping the Conference East with 47 points from 18 games, just one ahead of Holcombe, while Surbiton were finishing fourth in the Premier table on 34 points.
However, the two did meet in a midweek post-season friendly ahead of their respective Championship and Play-Off fixtures at Sugden Road on March 27 which Surbiton won 5-4. They were due to meet again in pre-season friendly at Sugden Road on August 29, … read more
Surbiton Ladies make their only league trip to the West Midlands on Saturday when they visit the University of Birmingham (push back 12.30 pm). With both Sutton Coldfield and Olton & West Warwicks playing Conference hockey this season, Surbiton’s other visits to the Midlands will be in the East when they visit both Leicester and Beeston.
Once again there will be an opportunity for “Players Reunited” as Sophie Fisher-Norton will be reunited with her former Surbiton team-mates just two games into the new league season. Birmingham have also recruited Lucie Daman and Olivia Paige, both from Reading. Jenna Woolven, who scored for Birmingham against Surbiton in the 2012 Investec Women’s Cup Final, is still in Australia, where she will be playing in the Melville Toyota Women’s League final against CT Pirates on Saturday. Ironically, the other two players who scored in the 2012 final triumph, moved on during the summer. Tina … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ first venture into Europe will be at Bilthoven in the Netherlands, when they take part in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup from 3-6 April.
The eight teams which will take part are HC’s Hertogenbosch, SCHC (both Netherlands); Canterbury, Surbiton (England); Rot-Weiss Koln (Germany); Club De Campo (Spain); University College Dublin (Ireland); and CSP Izmailovo (Russia).
The tournament will be a knockout tournament with each team playing three matches over the weekend.
Surbiton Hockey Club is pleased to announce that New Zealand international, Julia King has joined Surbiton Ladies from Auckland.
King, 21 years old, joins reigning Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division champions, Surbiton, a day after helping Auckland to win the Ford National League title, following their 1-0 win over Northland in the final.
Since making her debut for the Black Sticks in 2011, King has won 63 caps for New Zealand, and scored eight goals, equally at home whether playing as a striker, or in a midfield role.
Surbiton Head Coach, Brett Garrard said: “We are delighted to have secured Julia’s services and as an experienced international she will add further depth and quality to our squad as we look to challenge on three fronts this season.”
Commenting on her new challenge, King said “I am very excited to play for Surbiton, and look forward to helping them defend both their league and … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI took their time but finally ran out 3-1 winners over perennial rivals Reading in a tense opening fixture to their 2014/15 NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign this Saturday (September 13) at Sugden Road in the club’s first double-header “Super Saturday” of the season, starting at 4.30pm, immediately after the L1 had drawn their opening game 0-0 against the same club.
After a third goalless half of the afternoon the Berkshire visitors finally got the scoreboard moving six minutes after the interval with a penalty corner volleyed in by Ben Boon from keeper Kettle’s initial parry.
That galvanised Surbiton and Geoff McCabe deflected home the equalizer five minutes later from Jonathan Gall’s defence-splitting long through ball.
But it took until the final eight minutes for Surbiton to finally settle the game with first Alan Forsyth getting the last touch to a dazzling inter-passing movement into the and … read more
Surbiton Ladies began their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division defence with a disappointing goal-less draw at home to Reading on Saturday afternoon. Surbiton missed the strike force of Jenna Woolven and Rebecca Herbert, both about to conclude their winter season commitments in Australia and New Zealand respectively; whilst Reading were without Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh; and Alex Danson.
Jo Hunter made her league debut for Surbiton, together with youngster, Holly Munro. Both players combined well on the left wing in the second half, with Munro showing additional promise, and Hunter getting used to playing with her new team-mates in a competitive environment.
Reading suffered an early blow, when Wiz Hunt suffered an injury during the warm-up, and after taking up her position in the starting line-up, was immediately substituted by Poppy Martin. Surbiton dominated possession, but failed to break down the dogged Reading defence, visiting goalkeeper, Sarah Ellis, also adding to the … read more
It only seems like yesterday that our Ladies 1st XI closed the 2013-14 season by picking up the Investec Women’s Cup to complete an historic domestic double, but the new season is just around the corner and we have two massive weekends coming up at Sugden Road and would love to see you there!
Today, Surbiton play hosts to rivals Reading in our first Super Saturday double-header of the season. The Ladies kick off the defence of their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title off at 2 pm, closely followed by the Men’s 1st XI, who then begin their NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign at 4.30 pm.
If you were unable to see the Ladies 1st team win the IWHL Premier Division title at Reading HC or the Investec Women’s Cup at Highfields last season, you will get the opportunity to get a close-up view of our coveted silverware as the squad will be … read more
Surbiton Ladies begin the defence of their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title on Saturday, when Reading are the visitors to Sugden Road (push back 2 pm).
The teams last met at Sonning Lane, when Surbiton won 4-1 in the IWHL Championships semi-final last April, Jenna Woolven scoring twice, with Rebecca Herbert scoring a fantastic individual goal, and Georgie Twigg putting the icing on the cake from the penalty spot. Dirkie Chamberlain scored Reading’s consolation goal.
Ironically, only Twigg will be present at tomorrow’s opening fixture, with Woolven and Herbert playing summer hockey in the Australasian winter. Woolven is with the University of WA, preparing for a Melville Toyota League Preliminary Final match-up with Melville on Sunday, whilst Herbert is playing for Central Mysticks in the Ford NHL. Chamberlain will make her league debut for her new club, Canterbury, at Beeston, together with Susannah Townsend, who returned to Kent after a season … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI face traditional Berkshire rivals Reading in their opening fixture of the 2014/15 NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League National Premier Division campaign this Saturday (September 13) at Sugden Road in the club’s first double-header “Super Saturday” of the season, starting at 4.30pm, immediately after the L1 have played their opening game against the same club.
Last season Surbiton M1 drew the corresponding home fixture 1-1 on November 2 but lost 5-3 at Sonning Lane on 23 February, finishing up fourth in the league table on 34 points with Reading one place ahead on 39. But Surbiton reversed these positions by beating them in the National Championship 3rd/4th place final, staged at Sonning Lane on April 6, by 3-2 on a penalty shoot-out after drawing 1-1 in normal time, to clinch the third EuroHockey League qualifying spot, which subsequently became non-existent.
However, it is two very different squads who will … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI emphatically won their sixth and final pre-season friendly, all staged at home, by 6-0 on Tuesday evening (September 9), starting at 8.10 pm on the Sugden Road hybrid pitch for a third successive game with one of the main water-based pitch floodlights still being out of action.
Opponents were north London rivals Hampstead & Westminster, who finished seventh to their host’s fourth in last season’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, but who had made seven major new signings – including former Surbiton Olympian Richard Alexander from Wimbledon and New Zealand penalty corner specialist Andy Hayward who scored six goals at this June’s World Cup – all of whom were playing.
Surbiton by contrast had three of their current internationals and two new signings not playing, but with a dazzling display of rapid inter-passing went three goals up at the interval through close-season GB/England signing Dave Beckett from … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI play their sixth and final pre-season friendly, all staged at home, this Tuesday (September 9) at Sugden Road, starting at 8pm.
Opponents are north London rivals Hampstead & Westminster, who finished 7th to their host’s 4th in last season’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.
The 2014/15 campaign begins for the M1, also at Sugden Road, this weekend with a “Super Saturday” (September 13) double-header at 4.30pm, against Reading, who finished 3rd last season, immediately after the L1 have played their opening fixture against the same club.
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI won a second evening friendly in three days against one-tier lower Conference East club opposition on the hybrid pitch when they defeated Teddington (who finished fifth of ten last season) yesterday evening (Thursday, September 4, 8pm) by 12-1; co-incidentally the same score as they chalked up against sixth-placed Bromley & Beckenham two days earlier (Tuesday, September 2, 8pm).
This time Surbiton’s scorers were: Alan Forsyth (3 and 22 minutes), Eddie Way (6 and 26), Nick Cooper (15), William Mitchell (20), Robert Schilling (34), Dave Beckett (38), Adam Jolly (39), Matt Daly (46pc), Scott Evans (52) and Michael Watt (63).
Although Teddington trailed 7-0 at the interval and 11-0 seventeen minutes into the second half, they were level pegging in the final eighteen minutes, with 15-year-old John Miller bringing the score back to 11-1 on 58 minutes. As well as another newly-registered U16 colt, Teddington were fielding six new … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI resume the world’s oldest rivalry, alas no longer a regular league fixture, in the present-day version of field hockey (based on football and played with a stick and cricket ball), when they host cross-Thames rivals Teddington (started in 1871) at Sugden Road tomorrow evening (Thursday, September 4, 8pm).
The original meeting incidentally took place 139 years ago, on February 3rd 1875 at their original ground in Bushy Park, with upstarts Surbiton winning by two goals to one and going on to remain unbeaten until January 26th 1878.
Teddington currently play in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference East, where they finished 5th of 10 last season. This season their new coach is Mike Williamson, taking over from Calum Giles, both briefly former Surbiton players and now teaching/coaching at Kingston Grammar School.
Having been pulled back within less than 60 seconds after taking a 19th-minute lead, Surbiton Men’s 1st … read more
Surbiton Hockey Club holds its annual Playday this Saturday (6 September)
Registration for the Ladies is at 12.30 pm, and play starts at 1 pm, ending at 3 pm, on Pitch 2 (the new hybrid water/ sand pitch).
All existing members, and any prospective new members will be very welcome. For more information, contact Jo Firth at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Ellie Vickery at email@example.com
Registration for the Men is at 12.30 pm, and play starts at 1pm, also ending at 3pm on Pitch 1 (the water based pitch).
Once again, all existing members and any prospective new members will be more than welcome. For more information, contact David Curry at firstname.lastname@example.org
All players should bring both white and dark shirts with them on the day.
Following this, we would like to encourage all players to stay at the club as there will be an open training session for the Men’s 1st XI at 3pm. This will give you a chance to … read more
Surbiton Ladies won their only pre-season match against a club side, beating fellow Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division team, Buckingham, 2-1 at Indian Gymkhana HC.
With some regular first team players missing, Surbiton gave opportunities to youngsters, Lottie Ross and Elle De Heer; whilst new signing Jo Hunter made her first appearance in a Surbiton shirt.
Surbiton took the lead in the 13th minute, Chloe Palmer (neé Strong) scoring with a clincial penalty corner conversion. Buckingham equalised a minute before half time in the same manner, Zoe Shipperley giving Surbiton goalkeeper, Vicky Hewett no chance.
A minute later, and just before the half time break, Palmer restored Surbiton’s lead with another well taken penalty corner conversion.
In the second half, Surbiton had the better of the play, but were unable to make the most of their possession, although Sarah Page was unlucky to have a goal disallowed in the 56th minute.
Surbiton will now prepare … read more
There was something of a Commonwealth Games’ Village reunion at Sugden Road on Sunday (August 31) at noon when Surbiton, fielding all three remaining of their four Glasgow 2014 Scottish competitors, two of them new signings, plus one, also a new signing, of their two Welsh, lost 3-2 to visitors Holcombe, who brought all their five English bronze medallists, although one of three new signings among them was on the bench but unable able to play injured, plus one Scottish squad member – ten of twelve participants in all.
The Medway club who had finished second in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference East for a second time running last season demonstrated that they will once again be serious candidates for promotion to finally join their hosts in the country’s elite NPMHL Premier Division for 2015/16.
They had already beaten another premier side, Wimbledon, 3-1 away in their first close-season practice game the … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s cancelled practice game at home to Bromley & Beckenham the Saturday before last (August 23) has been rescheduled to this Tuesday (September 2, 8pm), also at Sugden Road. The Kent club, who merged eight seasons ago at the latter’s ground, currently play in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference East in which they finished 6th of 10 last season.
That will leave the M1 with just two further practice games, both at Sugden Road:
this Thursday, September 4 (8pm) v Teddington (5th, Conference East)
Tuesday week, September 9 (8pm) v Hampstead & Westminster (7th to Surbiton’s 4th, Premier Division)
before the 2014/15 season begins, also at Sugden Road, on:
Saturday September 13 (4.30pm) v Reading (3rd, Premier Division)
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)