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Surbiton’s Scottish international Chris Grassick won his second GB cap today (Thursday, March 6, noon local time) in the second of two internationals being held on consecutive days at the CREPS (Centre of Resources, Expertise and Sporting Performance) de Wattignies in Lille. Like the first game, it ended in a draw, but rather than the previous afternoon’s 0-0 stalemate, this was an exciting 3-3 draw with the hosts coming back from being 3-1 down after 21 minutes.
For the match report and coach Bobby Crutchley’s comments on both games see:
With the leading three clubs (East Grinstead, Beeston and Reading) already assured of a place in the top-four NOW: Pensions’ end-of-season championship play-offs as a result of last weekend’s fixtures, this leaves fourth-placed Surbiton (28 pts), fifth-placed Wimbledon (23 pts) and sixth-placed Canterbury (20 pts) scrapping for the remaining qualifying spot with just three fixtures remaining. However, if Surbiton avoid defeat by Canterbury at Sugden Road this Sunday afternoon (March 9, 2pm) that will dispose of the Kent club. But it is by far a done deal since Canterbury have already beaten Surbiton 5-1 in the reverse fixture on October 26 and are unbeaten in their four league games since Christmas, including the 2-2 home draw last Sunday that helped depose visiting Beeston from the top of the 10-team table. Wimbledon – who host now tenth-placed (7 pts) Loughborough Students over at KCS at the same time this afternoon – … read more
Congratulations to Surbiton’s Scottish international Chris Grassick who was one of 12 centralised “Road to Rio” squad members to win their first GB caps today (Wednesday, March 5, 14.00 UK time) in the first of two internationals being held on consecutive days at the CREPS (Centre of Resources, Expertise and Sporting Performance) de Wattignies in Lille, which ended in a 0-0 stalemate. The second game takes place at 11.00 (UK time) tomorrow morning (Thursday, March 5). Chris, who joined Surbiton from Inverleith HC in Scotland at the start of last season is one of only two Scots in the current 30-strong GB squad and already has 50 full Scottish caps to his name.
For the match report and coach Bobby Crutchley’s comments see:
Surbiton Men 1st XI’s 8-2 hammering of Loughborough Students at a blustery and damp Sugden Road this Sunday afternoon (2 pm) not only kept them in the fourth and final post-season Premier Championship Play-Offs’ qualifying position but also extended their lead over fifth-placed challengers Wimbledon to five points, since Wimbledon went down 7-0 away at East Grinstead, who overtook Beeston at the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division table as a result. Beeston were held to a 2-2 draw by Canterbury. East Grinstead had climbed to second in the table with a 9-3 game-in-hand home win over Hampstead & Westminster (not Loughborough Students as stated in yesterday’s weekend preview on this website!),on Saturday afternoon (1 March).
Surbiton’s win, however, did drop the relegation-threatened ninth-place Students to bottom of the ten-team Premier Division. The hosts raced into a two-goal lead with an open-play brace from Alan Forsyth on four … read more
Surbiton Ladies had to come from behind before winning 3-1 at the University of Birmingham on Saturday afternoon. Surbiton stay third in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after Reading won 5-3 at Sutton Coldfield and Clifton won 5-2 at home to Bowdon Hightown. Canterbury’s 1-0 home win over Leicester on Saturday evening leaves Surbiton effectively needing one point to qualify for the IWHL Championships as fifth placed Leicester can only attain a maximum of 33 points, whilst Surbiton have accumulated 32 points and a superior goal difference of nineteen goals over the East Midlands club.
Surbiton welcomed back GB internationals, Giselle Ansley, Rebecca Herbert and Hollie Webb, but were without Sarah Page due to illness. The visitors struggled at the start, frequently turning the ball over, and fell behind in the sixth minute, Hannah Martin finding the backboard from the students’ second penalty corner after Surbiton goalkeeper, Vicky Hewett’s … read more
If Surbiton Men’s 1st XI, on 25 points with just four fixtures remaining, are to stay in the fourth and final post-season Premier Championship Play-Offs’ qualifying position they really must make the most of their game this Sunday (March 2, 2pm) at home to relegation-threatened ninth-place Loughborough Students on seven points with fifth-placed Wimbledon (on 23 pts) travelling to play, starting at the same time, currently third-placed East Grinstead (on 29 pts), who by then could have swapped second place with Reading (30pts) after the Sussex club play their fixture in hand hosting the Students the previous afternoon (Saturday, March 1, 2pm) .
Comments Scottish international Chris Grassick, who scored one goal and forced a penalty stroke in last Sunday’s disappointing 5-3 defeat at Reading, after training on Tuesday evening (February 25): “It was disappointing to lose the way we did at the weekend. We all now know what we have … read more
After a week’s break, Surbiton Ladies travel to the Second City on Saturday, hoping to graduate from the University of Birmingham with three Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division points, aiming to stay in touch with the top two teams, Canterbury and Reading.
Surbiton trail Canterbury by six points with four games remaining, and if Canterbury lose at home to Leicester on Saturday, Surbiton could catch the Kent side up with a win in Birmingham and on “The Big Weekend” when Canterbury are the visitors to Sugden Road on 8 March.
Surbiton will welcome back their GB internationals Giselle Ansley, Rebecca Herbert and Hollie Webb, whilst Georgie Twigg and Sarah Haycroft will miss the match through injury.
The University of Birmingham are battling with West Midlands rivals, Sutton Coldfield to avoid having to defend their top flight status at the Investec Promotion Tournament. Birmingham have a three point advantage and a superior goal … read more
Surbiton’s Men lost 5-3 at Reading on Sunday afternoon, but with Wimbledon also losing 5-3 at home to Canterbury, Surbiton are hanging on to fourth spot in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, and thus the last play-off place. Surbiton have 25 points, and Wimbledon 23, with four games remaining.
Beeston beat Sheffield Hallam 3-1 to keep a four point lead over second place Reading. Third placed East Grinstead could narrow the gap to two points and move up into second place next weekend as they have a game in hand due to their indoor participation. East Grinstead host Hampstead & Westminster next Saturday (1 March), and welcome Wimbledon on 2 March. East Grinstead kept up the pressure with a 2-1 victory at Loughborough Students this weekend. Cannock beat Hampstead & Westminster 8-3 to open up a three point gap over both Loughborough and Sheffield Hallam, who are ninth … read more
With four matches left to play in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, Surbiton Ladies have a five point play-off cushion after Clifton won 1-0 at Leicester. Clifton moved a point ahead of Leicester, and into fourth, the last play-off place, whilst the East Midlands club dropped to fifth on 24 points, five behind third placed Surbiton.
Surbiton’s hopes of finishing top, and securing an automatic European place suffered a blow as Canterbury won 1-0 at home to Beeston, to extend their lead over second placed Reading to four points, and six points ahead of Surbiton. Canterbury host Leicester next Saturday, before travelling to Sugden Road for a key match as part of Surbiton’s “Big Weekend” on 8 March.
The University of Birmingham won 3-2 at Bowdon Hightown to keep up their hopes of avoiding having to compete in the Promotion Tournament to keep their top flight status. Sutton Coldfield beat … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI – still in the fourth and final post-season Premier Championship Play-Offs qualifying position on 25 points with only five of 18 fixtures left to play – have a vital fixture away to second-placed Reading (27 points) this Sunday at Sonning Lane starting at 2.30pm (directions below). Leaders Beeston (31 points) head the Berkshire club by four points. Third-placed East Grinstead (26 points) are one point behind Reading and one ahead of Surbiton, but have a game in hand of both of them as well as on Wimbledon (23 points) in fifth place. Fixtures this Sunday for the remaining top-five rivals are: Beeston host bottom-placed Sheffield Hallam; East Grinstead are away to second-bottom Loughborough Students; and Wimbledon host sixth-placed Canterbury.
For full details and a preview (including comments from Surbiton team manager James Lloyd) of all Sunday’s league fixtures see:
Address: Reading Cricket & Hockey Club, Sonning Lane, Reading RG4 6ST
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Surbiton Men’s 1st XI still remain in the fourth and final post-season Premier Championship qualifying position with now only five of 18 fixtures left to play as a result of today’s (Sunday, February 16) block of fixtures. But crucially they caught up three points on all three clubs above them. First it was a matter of self-help as they beat runaway leaders Beeston (31 points) at Sugden Road (2pm). Then it was with a little help from their Surrey friends as Wimbledon won 2-1 away at second-placed Reading (27 points): which result was eagerly awaited from a game starting half-an-hour later than theirs already in the knowledge that they were already also three points closer to third-placed East Grinstead (26 points) who were without a league game since their home fixture against Hampstead & Westminster had been postponed because the Sussex club were hosting and competing in the EuroHockey Indoor … read more
After winning 4-2 at Highfields Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon, Surbiton Ladies were drawn away to IWHL Conference West side, Buckingham in the Investec Women’s Cup semi-final draw on Sunday evening. Surbiton will travel to Stowe School on 23 March, in an attempt to reach their third cup final in four seasons. Buckingham shocked IWHL Premier Division side, Sutton Coldfield 6-0 at home, so will be well prepared. The other semi-final will see the University of Birmingham, 4-1 winners over Gloucester City of the Conference West, travel to South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division One side Hampstead & Westminster, who beat Conference East side, Sevenoaks, 4-2 in London.
Surbiton have met Buckingham once before in the cup, in November 2009 when two goals from Maddie Tait, and one from Helen Grant, enabled the future South Division One champions to perform a giant-killing act over the Conference West club at Sugden Road.
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A disappointing performance in far from ideal weather conditions resulted in a 2-0 defeat for Surbiton Ladies at home to fourth placed Leicester on Saturday afternoon. Canterbury won 2-0 at Sutton Coldfield to return to the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Divison table, three points ahead of Surbiton, with a game in hand; and Reading are second after their 2-1 win at the University of Birmingham, two points ahead of Surbiton having played the same number of games.
In a blustery wind, with frequent showers, both teams struggled to cope with the conditions at Sugden Road. Leicester forced a couple of good saves from Surbiton goalkeeper, Vicky Hewett, as well as shooting wide of the goal. Surbiton were forced to play with ten players for two periods of two minutes, after both Sarah Page and Hannah Coulson were shown green cards. Surbiton were also handicapped either side of … read more
All five Surbiton internationals were in action for Great Britain during the three capped matches following a training session in San Diego.
Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft and Rebecca Herbert all played in the 2-2 draw against the hosts, the United States. Ansley and Herbert were in the starting line-up whilst Haycroft was nominated as a sub.
Coach, Jason Lee rotated his squad for the second match against New Zealand, giving Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb their turn to be in the spotlight, both players named in the starting line-up. And it was Webb who scored her first ever goal for Great Britain to compete a comeback as Great Britain won 2-1 after trailing 1-0 at half time.
New Zealand won the third and final match 1-0, Herbert starting the game on the subs bench.
Unfortunately during the series, both Haycroft and Twigg received injuries which will rule them out of Surbiton’s last four Investec … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI – currently two points (22 to 20) ahead of Surrey rivals Wimbledon in the crucial fourth and final NOW: Pensions post-season Premier Championship qualifying position with just six of 18 fixtures left to play – host runaway leaders Beeston (31 points) this Sunday at Sugden Road (2pm), having already lost 2-3 to them in Nottingham in the reverse fixture on October 6. Wimbledon also have a tough game, away to second-placed Reading (27 points), who Surbiton visit on Sunday week (February 23, 2pm). But third-placed East Grinstead (26 points) are without a league game since their home fixture against Hampstead & Westminster has been postponed because the Sussex club are hosting and competing in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Cup over the weekend.
For full details of this event and all Sunday’s league fixtures see:
From @SURBITONHC twitter feed: “James Gall @jamesgall22 – 14 Feb 2014: Back from the coldest tour ever in Belfast. At least it’s 3 more caps… counting the penalty shoutout (sic) against Germany as a cap right?”
To elucidate: James had been away in the 18-strong England U21 squad playing in the 4-Nations Hockey Tournament at Newtownabbey, County Antrim, this week. They were due to play Germany U21 at 7pm on Tuesday (February 11), but due to bad weather and snow, the game had to be rescheduled for Friday 14 February at 8am (!). On Wednesday at 7pm they drew 1-1 with Ireland U21 and at 5pm on Thursday beat Scotland U21 8-0.
Finally on Friday in yet more trying weather conditions the rescheduled game with Germany U21 was met with ice on the pitch and a decision to cancel the game, resulting in a penalty shootout (flicks) to decide the final outcome of … read more
Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division league leaders, Surbiton Ladies face a league and cup doubleheader this weekend.
On Saturday, fourth place Leicester are the visitors to Sugden Road (push back 2 pm) as Surbiton aim to stay on top of the table. Then on Sunday, Surbiton travel to fellow Premier Division side, Beeston (push back 2 pm at Highfields Hockey Centre), for their Investec Women’s Cup quarter-final.
Surbiton have yet to beat Leicester, either in the Women’s Cup or the national league, but will be confident of breaking their duck after a morale boosting win at Reading last Sunday. Back in October, Katie Long gave Leicester an early lead at Leicester Grammar School, before Emily Atkinson snatched a point for Surbiton in a 1-1 draw. Last season, Leicester did the league double over Surbiton, so having already won their first league point, hopes are high that Surbiton can go on to … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ Investec Women’s Cup quarter-final at Beeston on Sunday is now a 2 pm push back. The match was originally scheduled for a 12 noon start, but Beeston have now confirmed that the pitch has been booked from 1.30 pm, allowing for a 2 pm push back.
Sarah Page’s 51st minute goal gave Surbiton Ladies a 1-0 win at Reading, and top spot in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division. Surbiton lead Canterbury on goal difference, although the Kent club have a game in hand. Reading dropped to third after their third league defeat of the season.
The players had to deal with changing weather conditions at Sonning Lane as sunny intervals were combined with heavy showers. Both sides were without their GB internationals, but Reading had South African international, Dirkie Chamberlain in their squad, as well as former Surbiton players, Jess Brooker and Elen Barnes.
Reading had beaten Beeston 2-0 on Saturday, both goals coming from penalty corners. On Sunday, Reading paid the price for not being able to take their open play chances, whilst the only penalty corner opportunity they had was dealt with by Surbiton’s goalkeeper, Vicky Hewett, who not only made a magnificent glove … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI scored twice in the last five minutes to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat at Wimbledon on Sunday (February 9, 2pm).
The visitors took the lead in the sixteenth minute when Matt Daly converted their second penalty corner of the game. But Wimbledon were back on terms and then ahead with open-play goals from Phil Ball on 20 and former Surbiton player Richard Alexander on 23 minutes respectively. However, Daly pulled Surbiton back level at the interval by converting his team’s third penalty corner on 25 minutes.
Wimbledon then seemed to have closed out the game with Phil Roper converting their only penalty corner on 42 minutes and Johnny Kinder scoring from open play on 51.
But then came a rash of three temporary suspensions that left them down to ten men for six minutes and only nine for three minutes. And even though Surbiton failed to … read more
Two goals each from Jenna Woolven and Sarah Page gave Surbiton Ladies a 4-0 win at bottom club, Olton & West Warwicks, and kept them in third place in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.
Surbiton were without their GB internationals at a blustery and occasionally wet West Warwicks Sports Club, but went ahead in the third minute, Woolven slotting a penalty stroke to Olton keeper, Mandy Ferebee’s right, just above the backboard. Eight minutes later, Page doubled Surbiton’s lead from open play, following excellent attacking play by Vanessa Roberts.
When Woolven added a third goal in the 22nd minute, also from open play, it seemed that Surbiton were on their way to another heavy victory over the West Midlands club, but a second goal from Page, ten minutes into the second half, completed the scoring, as Surbiton were left to rue their failure to finish, given their dominance in possession.
Surbiton’s … read more
This Sunday (February 9/pushoff 2pm) Surbiton Men’s 1st XI restart their league season away to promoted Surrey rivals Wimbledon. After their eleven pre-Christmas break fixtures the visitors lie fourth in the ten-team NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division and their hosts fifth just two points in arrears on the back of five straight wins. The reverse fixture, played at Sugden Road on 28 September resulted in a 2-2 draw.
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Surbiton Ladies resume their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division season after the mid-season break, with trips to Olton & West Warwicks, and Reading this weekend.
On Saturday, Surbiton travel to Solihull in the West Midlands to play bottom side Olton (push back 12 noon). Olton have struggled this season, losing all eleven league matches, scoring just seven goals, and conceding 81. Nevertheless, Surbiton cannot afford to take Olton lightly, especially as they will be without their five GB internationals, currently training in San Diego.
Back in September, Surbiton won 12-1, Sandra Frankland starting the scoring after just 34 seconds. Frankland scored twice, Jenna Woolven becoming the second Surbiton to score a hat-trick in the national league; Sarah Page, Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg, Chloe Strong and Emily Atkinson also finding the backboard, whilst Olton’s misery was compounded by two own goals. Katie Brough was Olton’s scorer that day, and is top scorer … read more
On Sunday, Surbiton, currently fourth in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League, beat third-placed Conference East hosts Teddington 7-2 in their second and final mid-season friendly. Playing on the Middlesex club’s sand-based pitch at Broom Road, the visitors swiftly found themselves two goals down to a penalty corner converted by Johannes Kloess in the 11th minute and an open-play goal from Dave Seddon six minutes later. But once Surbiton had finally found their feet on the unfamiliar surface there was no stopping them. Three goals in four minutes (Nicholas Parkes, 21; Michael Watt, 22; and James Royce, 24) and a further one on 31 minutes (Chris Grassick), all from dazzlingly swift inter-passing attacks, put them well in control at the interval.
Nor was there any respite for Teddington in the second half as Grassick completed a hat-trick from open-play on 44 minutes and a 54th-minute penalty corner before Royce completed the … read more
When the Investec Women’s Hockey League resumes next weekend, Surbiton Hockey Club’s youth policy will be very much in evidence, as eleven of Surbiton Ladies’ thirty registered players are eighteen years of age or under.
The average age of the squad will be 22.27 by the time Surbiton Ladies travel to Olton & West Warwicks for their first league match of 2014 on 8 February. Annie Tutty and Thea Cosham were the latest youngsters to be added to the squad before the 3 February registration deadline.
So far in 2013-14, Charlotte Calnan, Sophie Fisher-Norton, Sophie Newton and Eloise Stenner have all featured in the IWHL Premier and the Investec Women’s Cup as the squad aim for European qualification and their third appearance in the cup final in four seasons. Goalkeeper, Catherine O’Connor was outstanding in the Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Division One indoor tournament.
With Surbiton having to cope without their international players for … read more
This Sunday (February 2/pushoff 12.30pm) mid-season fourth-placed Premier Division Surbiton play third-placed Conference East league Teddington on the Middlesex club’s sand-based pitch at Broom Road in a final friendly ahead of restarting the league away to fifth-placed Premier Division rivals Wimbledon – who play on a similar surface – the following Sunday (February 9/pushoff 2pm). After that it’s back to familiar water-based pitches.
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A goal from man-in-the-mask (see Twitter feed) Alan Forsyth seven minutes into the game was enough to win Surbiton’s Men’s 1st XI their late afternoon (3.30pm pushoff)) friendly against mid-season Conference East leaders Holcombe played under lowering skies at Sugden Road.
That it was the only goal of the game was quite amazing as the two sides failed to convert ten penalty corners between them (six to Surbiton) or score from constant attacking by both teams. This was due in no small measure to some fine goalkeeping by both custodians, coincidentally both back from plenty of weekend practice with their countries, Surbiton’s David Kettle for Wales and former Surbiton player Allan Dick of Holcombe for Scotland, at their respective EuroHockey Indoor Divisions III in Croatia and II and Switzerland.
Forsyth in fact was having to wear his mask after breaking his nose playing at the Wankdorfhalle in Bern. Though the goal drought … read more
England’s women have been relegated to EuroHockey Indoor Championships II after a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Belarus in their final Pool C game in Prague. Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley scored twice, and Sarah Haycroft once, but a winning goal for Belarus with three minutes remaining ended all hopes that England would stay up and qualify for the 2015 World Cup.
England just needed a draw to stay up, and with five minutes remaining, were on track after Haycroft converted a PC to level the scores at 3-3.
Belarus had opened the scoring in the fifth minute, but a penalty corner brace from Ansley gave England a 2-1 lead by the twelfth minute. Belarus were back in front by half time, and open play goal and a penalty stroke putting them 3-2 ahead. In spite of increasing the pace of the game, England had to wait until five minutes remaining to get back into … read more
Both of Surbiton’s first teams are at home on Sunday (26 Jan) with the resumption of the national leagues just two weeks away.
First up are Surbiton Ladies who welcome Slough on the water based pitch at 12.45 pm. Slough are aiming for an immediate return to the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after relegation last season, and therefore both teams will find the match invaluable practice for the second half of the season. Slough are challenging Buckingham, who have won the IWHL Conference West for the last three seasons, for the title.
Then at 3.30 pm, Surbiton’s Men welcome Holcombe, who are also harbouring ambitions of playing in the top flight, and battling with Southgate for the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference East championship and a place in the promotion play-offs. As the Men want practice on sand based surfaces, the match against Holcombe will be played on the … read more
England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Indoor World Cup, and avoiding relegation to EuroHockey Indoor Championships II are still alive after their first victory of the tournament in Pool C, 3-0 over France on Saturday afternoon. East Grinstead’s Sophie Bray completed a hat-trick as England’s learning curve continued to get results.
With the Czech Republic drawing 4-4 with Belarus in the other Pool C match, England possibly need to just avoid defeat against Belarus at 9 am GMT on Sunday morning to finish in the top six and qualify for the World Cup. With one match left, the Czech Republic have four points, England have three, Belarus have two, and France are bottom of the pool with one point. Belarus drew 6-6 in Pool B, and both teams carry forward that result.
Earlier on Saturday, England had battled but gone down 5-3 to Germany in their third and final pool game, … read more