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Michael Watt’s Ireland Gamble And Lose In Antwerp

Surbiton’s Michael Watt suffered the heartbreak of his country, Ireland, losing in the last minute of its final pool B game at Antwerp this evening (28 June).
Drawing 1-1 and knowing his squad would be in the quarter-finals even if they lost, Irish coach Grant Fulton, brother of former Surbiton player Craig, took a canny tactical gamble.
With two minutes left he replaced his goalkeeper with an extra outfielder in a bid for the victory that would take the Irish up to third in the group.
A third placed finish would have ensured that they avoided meeting pool A winners Australia (World Ranking 1) – rather facing runners-up India (WR 9) – in the last eight.
Sadly for the “Green Machine” not only did the last-gasp gamble fail but hosts, Belgium (WR4), broke away to score into an empty net with 25 seconds left in front of a jubilant crowd of 5,000.
Not that all is … read more

M1’s Scots Win All Three Tests In Glasgow This Weekend

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s three full Scotland internationals helped trounce the Czech Republic in a three-Test series at Glasgow Green this long weekend.
While defender William Marshall helped keep the opposition goals down to just four, the two Sugden Road forwards notched six of the Scot’s total 24 scored.
Alan Forsyth started with a brace in the first 9-1 victory on Friday afternoon (26 June, 3pm), one from open play and the other after both forcing and putting away a penalty stroke.
He then notched another two from open play in a 9-2 victory the next afternoon (27 June, 3pm) with captain Chris Grassick adding one.
Grassick then scored another in the final morning’s (28 June, 9am) 6-1 victory.
The results auger well for world-ranked 27th Scotland’s upcoming EuroHockey Championship II to be held in Prague from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 July which is being hosted by their 23rd-ranked Czech opponents
Reports on all the … read more

Michael Watt’s Ireland Lose Then Win At World League Semis

Surbiton’s sole representative at the second Men’s Hockey World League semi-finals being held in Antwerp this week, “Mikie” Watt, has helped his country, Ireland, come back from a first setback on Thursday to a first win on Friday.
His world 14th-ranked country had overcome the odds to draw their first Pool B fixture on Monday (24 June)  against a 5th-ranked Great Britain side containing no less than three former fellow Irish internationals who had switched allegiance to England
But they failed to beat another higher-ranked country, 12th-ranked Malaysia, on Thursday eventually going down 4-2.
However, they showed no mercy to the group whipping boys, world 31st-ranked China, winning 6-0 this afternoon (26 June).
That leaves them with a final tough group game against world 4th-ranked hosts Belgium on Sunday (28 June, 18.00). The 9th/10th play-off game and quarter finals take place on Wednesday 1 July, with the 1st-8th place finals on Saturday 3 and Sunday 5.
All … read more

Michael Watt’s Ireland Draw With GB At World League Semis

Surbiton’s sole representative at the second Men’s Hockey World League semi-final tournament being held in Antwerp this week and next will be a happy man after his country’s first match.
His world 14th-ranked country, Ireland, came back to hold world 5th-ranked Great Britain to a 2-2 draw after trailing 2-0 inside the first eight minutes of their opening Pool B game on Tuesday morning.
The “Green Machine” next meet Malaysia (WR 12) tomorrow (Thursday, 25 June, 13.00). Then they will play China (WR 31) on Friday (26 June, 14.00); and finally world 4th-ranked Belgium on Sunday (28 June, 18.00).
All three of these games will be shown live on Sky Sports 1.
The 9th/10th play-off game and quarter finals take place on Wednesday 1 July, with the 1st-8th place finals on Saturday 3 and Sunday 5.
The five countries in Pool A are: Australia (WR 1), India (WR 9), France (WR 18), Pakistan (WR 10) and … read more

Michael Watt Only M1 Player At Antwerp World League Semi-Final

Ireland’s Michael Watt will be Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s sole representative during the second of the Men’s Hockey World League semi-finals being held in Antwerp starting on Saturday (20 June) until 5 July.
Ireland qualified from Round 2 of the competition held in San Diego from Saturday 28 February to Sunday 8 March, with Belfast-born Watt scoring three of their goals.
Watt also recently played at the actual tournament venue at Dragons Hockey Club when the world 14th-ranked Irish lost their two final practice games against the hosts, Belgium.
Belgium (WR 4) won 4-2 on 6 June, and then 3-2 the following day.
Belgium are the top seeds in Pool B, and play Ireland on Sunday week (28 June).
Before that they meet Great Britain, who inherit England’s fifth world-ranking, on Tuesday 23 June. This match will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 at 11 am.
Ireland also play Malaysia (WR 12) on Thursday 25 June and China (WR 31) on Friday 25.
The 9th/10th play-off … read more

Six M1 Celts Star In Glasgow Over Weekend

Six of Surbiton Men’s 1st XI all played prominent parts as Scotland (World Ranking 27) hosted Wales (WR 36) in three Test Matches at the city’s National Hockey Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (19-21 June).
Their three Scots in fact scored seven of their country’s 11 goals as they came up with a 2-0 series victory with one match drawn.
Captain Chris Grassick scored once and Alan Forsyth twice, all from open play, in Friday evening’s (6pm) 4-4 opening draw.
Forsyth followed that up with a hat-trick, one goal from a penalty corner, in Saturday afternoon’s (2pm) 4-3 victory.
Finally William Marshall got on the scoresheet with a penalty corner to help towards Sunday morning’s (9am) 3-2 series clincher.
Not to be outdone, Rupert Shipperley scored twice for Wales, from open-play on Saturday and a penalty corner on Sunday, while for Steven Kelly the series marked his international debut for the full Welsh squad.
Surbiton’s third … read more

M1 Host East Grinstead on MHL Premier Division Opening Day

Surbiton’s men will welcome East Grinstead to Sugden Road on the opening day of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division season.
The fixture is scheduled to take place on Sunday 13 September, and with Surbiton Ladies also hosting East Grinstead’s women on the same weekend, there is likely to be a doubleheader fixture.
Surbiton’s men then travel to Brooklands Manchester University and Beeston, before hosting Canterbury in another potential doubleheader fixture on 4 October.
Surbiton Men’s Fixtures 2015-16
13 Sep v East Grinstead (h)
20 Sep v Brooklands Manchester University (a)
26 Sep v Beeston (a)
4 Oct v Canterbury (h)
11 Oct v Cannock (a)
18 Oct v Reading (h)
25 Oct v Hampstead & Westminster (h)
8 Nov v Holcombe (a)
14 Nov v Wimbledon (h)
22 Nov v Hampstead & Westminster (a)
29 Nov v Beeston (h)
7 Feb v Brooklands Manchester University (h)
14 Feb v Canterbury (a)
21 Feb v Wimbledon (a)
28 Feb v Holcombe (h)
5 Mar v East Grinstead (a)
6 Mar … read more

L1 Host East Grinstead on IWHL Premier Division Opening Day

Surbiton Ladies will start the defence of their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title by hosting newly-promoted East Grinstead at Sugden Road on 12 September.
The fixture should also see the return of former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray to her old club.
Bray, who is currently the leading goalscorer at the Hockey World League semi-final tournament in Valencia, has helped East Grinstead’s indoor and outdoor teams to promotion to their respective Premier Divisions in recent seasons.
East Grinstead were Conference East champions last season and won promotion via the Promotion Tournament at Lee Valley, whilst Buckingham preserved their top flight status at the same time.
On 19 September, Surbiton travel to Bowdon Hightown, before successive home matches against Buckingham and Canterbury, the latter fixture a repeat of the last two Premier Division Championship finals.
And then on 10 October, Surbiton travel to Clifton for a repeat of last season’s Investec Women’s Cup final.
Surbiton Ladies … read more

GB Women Strike Gold In Valencia

Great Britain’s women beat China 2-0 to win the Hockey World League semi-final tournament in Valencia on Sunday evening.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb, who was in Great Britain’s starting line-up, opened the scoring in the 25th minute, smashing the ball against the backboard from her country’s first penalty corner of the match.
The second goal also came from a penalty corner, Alex Danson diving to deflect Kate Richardson-Walsh’s shot and give Chinese goalkeeper, Dongxiao Li, no chance in the 35th minute.
With ten minutes remaining, China thought that they had pulled a goal back from a penalty corner after Mengyu Wang’s shot rippled the netting, but Great Britain successfully referred the goal to the video umpire, who agreed that the shot had been dangerous when it struck defender Lily Owsley.
Maddie Hinch once more made some important saves to ensure that Great Britain kept their sixth clean sheet in seven matches.
Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg and Giselle … read more

GB Women Qualify For Rio 2016

Great Britain’s women beat Germany 1-0 on Saturday evening to reach the final of the Hockey World League semi-final tournament in Valencia, and secure their place at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Great Britain will play China in Sunday’s final after Argentina suffered a shock 2-1 defeat in the first semi-final.
Great Britain and China will be joined in Rio by the winners of the third place play-off between Argentina and Germany.
The goal which secured Great Britain’s qualification was scored by Lily Owsley in the seventh minute, and completed a fantastic move out of defence.
The flowing move concluded with Sophie Bray passing to her left in the circle to Owsley, who guided the ball home past Kristina Reynolds in the German goal.
The victory should have been clinched long before the end, with Susannah Townsend having a one on one opportunity with Reynolds after a long run, but Reynolds saved.
Bray was in a similar … read more

GB Women Reach World League Semi-Final In Valencia

Great Britain’s women not only reached the last four of the Hockey World League semi-final tournament in Valencia, but also qualified for the Hockey World League final after beating South Africa 2-0 in their quarter-final on Thursday afternoon.
Great Britain will take on Germany in the semi-final on Saturday after hosts, Spain, lost 3-2 on a shootout, having drawn 1-1 with Germany after 60 minutes in the fourth quarter-final.
The only disappointment for Great Britain will be that they failed to build on a two goal lead at the end of the first quarter.
Alex Danson opened the scoring in the twelfth minute, spinning round in the circle to evade Lisa-Marie Deetlefs and smash the ball past goalkeeper Vuyisanani Mengisa, and against the backboard.
Two minutes later, Kate Richardson-Walsh doubled the lead from a penalty corner thanks to a deflection off defender Bernadette Coston, which rebounded down from the crossbar and over the goal-line.
South Africa … read more

Big Weekend For M1 Celtic Internationals

Six Surbiton Men’s 1st XI players face a busy three days in Glasgow starting on Friday evening in their bid for selection in their respective country’s European squads next month.
Scotland host Wales in three Test Matches at the city’s National Hockey Centre on Friday (6pm), Saturday (2pm) and Sunday (9am).
Three Surbitonians – Alan Forsyth (83 caps), back-from-injury Chris Grassick (80), and William Marshall (129) – selected in their 24-strong squad.
Forsyth and Marshall played in world 27th-ranked Scotland’s three previous Tests this mid-season against 11th-ranked Spain in Barcelona in May.
After losing 6-0 on 13 May, they improved to go down only 4-2 on 15 May, with Forsyth briefly putting them 2-1 ahead from a 40th-minute reverse-stick strike, before drawing 2-2 on 16 May.
Four of their club mates, Steven Kelly, goalkeeper David Kettle, Lewis Prosser and Rupert Shipperley – have also already had useful run-outs for world 36th-ranked Wales at the Bisham Abbey National … read more

GB Women Top Pool A With 2-0 Win Over China

Great Britain’s women will play South Africa in Thursday’s quarter-final at the Hockey World League semi-final tournament in Valencia, after beating China 2-0 in their final pool game on Tuesday.
The victory kept up Great Britain’s one hundred per cent record, and ensured that they would finish top Pool A and play the fourth team in Pool B in the last eight.
South Africa clinched fourth place in Pool B after holding Germany to a goalless draw, leaving Uruguay to play Canada for ninth place.
Against China, Great Britain made the perfect start, taking the lead through Sophie Bray in the fifth minute.
Alex Danson ran along the right bye-line before crossing for Bray to tap the ball home.
Great Britain once again failed to take advantage of scoring opportunities, and although they still led after three quarters, China put the Great Britain defence under pressure at the start of the fourth quarter.
China forced two … read more

Chris Grassick Back In Action

Good news for Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s Scottish captain Chris Grassick who has made his return to fitness just six weeks after turning his ankle in the pre-match warm-up for the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup Final against Reading at Lee Valley.
After playing his first return to match practice with the GB squad last Thursday (11 June) he was selected for the second of two capped Tests against world champions Australia played at Bisham Abbey on Monday lunchtime.
He came on after eight minutes and his ankle held up well in four tough quarters against the current top world-ranked nation.
Not quite the same could be said about the GB defence, Australia gaining revenge for their much-hyped 3-1 defeat in the first capped match at Lee Valley on Saturday, by running out convincing 6-1 winners.
Great Britain made five changes from the 18-strong squad which had earned them their first victory over Australia since the … read more

Twigg On Target As GB Women Beat Canada

Great Britain kept their one hundred per cent record at the Hockey World League semi-final in Valencia on Sunday, beating Canada 4-2.
Great Britain dominated the match, but failed to put away several open play scoring opportunities, three of their four goals coming from penalty corners.
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley and Hollie Webb were both in the starting line-up, but Georgie Twigg came on from the subs bench in the sixth minute.
Great Britain took the lead in the eighth minute, Alex Danson diving to deflect Kate Richardson-Walsh’s shot past Kaitlyn Williams in the Canadian goal from their first penalty corner of the match.
In spite of Great Britain’s dominance, Canada still posed a threat, and having forced a save from Maddie Hinch from a penalty corner early in the second quarter, the Canadians drew level in the 20th minute.
Abigail Raye, at one time a Surbiton Colt, crossed from the right, Stephanie Norlander connecting in the circle … read more

GB Women Stun Argentina In Valencia

Great Britain’s women went to the top of Pool A after beating Argentina 2-0 in their second match at the Hockey World League semi-final in Valencia on Saturday afternoon.
Surbiton’s trio, Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb were all in the starting line-up with Ansley winning her 50th combined cap against Las Leonas.
After a goalless first half, in which Alex Danson missed a penalty stroke, Great Britain took the lead in the 37th minute, Hannah Macleod scoring from open play, pouncing on a rebound after Susannah Townsend saw her shot saved .
The win was sealed two minutes from time, when Sophie Bray converted a  penalty corner in the 58th minute finishing off after Lily Owsley sent the ball goalwards.
Head Coach, Danny Kerry summed up the performance as follows: “It was a nervy start but we created good opportunities throughout the first half including the stroke. Some physical tackling from Argentina attempted … read more

Registration for 2015/16 Season Now Open

 
Registration for the 2015/16 Season is now available online.
Existing SHC members are able to register and pay at last season’s rates until 30th June, after which time the rates will rise in line with the new season prices.  The Senior Subscriptions have been held at the 2014/15 prices; Colts Subscriptions have increased slightly across the categories.
Potential new Colts members may apply for membership from 1st July 2015.
To register please go to the Membership pages of this website and use the links on the page to access the Paysubsonline database if you are a Colt  (click here) or the Fixtures Live database if you are a Senior member  (click here).  Member are requested to check their personal information is up to date.  Senior members will be sent an invoice for subs prior to the season starting.  Colts should pay online before 1st September.
Summer Term Hockey for Colts is taking place until July. … read more

GB Women Beat Spain 2-0 In Valencia

Great Britain made a winning start in the Hockey World League semi-final in Valencia, but had to wait until the fourth quarter to break the deadlock on the way to a 2-0 victory over hosts, Spain.
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb were all in the starting line-up.
Great Britain created chances in the first half, Jo Leigh having the best chance, shooting on target, but straight at the Spanish goalkeeper.
Luck seemed to be against Great Britain when Kate Richardson-Walsh struck the right post from a penalty corner, but the turning point came in the 49th minute.
Alex Danson appeared to be pushed in the back by Spanish captain Rocio Ybarra, the umpire consequently awarding a penalty stroke.
Spain asked for a video referral, but although there was perhaps a case for a penalty corner to be awarded instead, the original decision was upheld.
Danson took on the responsibility from the penalty spot, her … read more

GB Women On Sky Sports Tonight

Great Britain’s women start their Hockey World League semi-final campaign against Spain tonight (Wednesday) in Valencia at 6 pm BST, and the match will be shown live on Sky Sports 1.
Great Britain inherit England’s eighth World Ranking and start against their 15th ranked hosts in a five team pool.  At the weekend, Great Britain take on Argentina (WR 3) on Saturday and Canada (WR 20) on Sunday.
Seventh ranked China are the final opposition in Pool A next Tuesday, and only then will Great Britain know where they will finish in their pool.
As long as they avoid the wooden spoon, and have to play-off for ninth place, Great Britain will face a team from Pool B in the quarter-finals.
First plays fourth and second plays third, with the teams in Pool B comprising the United States (WR 5); Germany (WR 6); South Africa (WR 11); Ireland (WR 14) and Uruguay (WR 29).
Surbiton’s … read more

Sizzling Summer for Surbiton Men’s Internationals

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s eight current international players are having a busy summer of travelling round Europe with their four respective nations.
Two of the Surrey club’s three Scots – Alan Forsyth and William Marshall – have already played three Tests as part of their country’s preparations for the EuroHockey Championship II to be held in Prague from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 July.
The Scots, ranked 27th in the world, do not get much opportunity to play the top countries, but showed game-on-game improvement against 11th-ranked Spain in Barcelona the week before last.
After losing 6-0 on the Wednesday (13 May), they went down only 4-2 on Friday (15 May), with Forsyth briefly putting them 2-1 ahead from a 40th-minute reverse-stick strike, before drawing 2-2 on Saturday (16 May).
Michael Watt, Surbiton’s representative with 14th-ranked Ireland, was rested for their first two practice Tests: 3-2 and 6-2 losses to Olympic champions and world number … read more

Surbiton L1 Trio Selected For GB In Valencia

Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have all been named in Great Britain’s eighteen player squad for the World League semi-final in Valencia to be held from 10-21 June.
All three players featured in the two match capped series against Japan at the end of April at Lee Valley, with Ansley proving her fitness after recovering from a foot injury by playing in the second match.
Great Britain will be aiming to finish in the top three to secure Olympic qualification, with six of the twelve places allocated to the top three teams in each semi-final.
The remaining places will be taken taken by the champions of the Pan American Games, the African qualifying tournament, the Asian Games, the Oceania Cup, and the Unibet EuroHockey Championships, also scheduled to take place at Lee Valley.
The twelfth and final place can be earned by hosts, Brazil, but only if they meet the qualification criteria.
Great … read more

SHC Featured In Daily Telegraph’s 2014-15 Hockey Review

After another successful season, Surbiton Hockey Club features prominently in the Daily Telegraph’s hockey review of the 2014-15 season.
Surbiton Ladies completed the league and cup double, with Rebecca Herbert voted as the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division player of the season, and divisional top scorer; and the scorer of the winning goal against Clifton in the cup final.
Although they needed more practice at taking shuttles in Europe, there is much to look forward to next season.
And although Surbiton’s men just missed out on European qualification, and were runners-up in both the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division and the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup, there were a lot of positive aspects to be taken from the season, and optimism for next season.
To read the Daily Telegraph review click here

U14 Girls Are National Champions

Surbiton’s Under-14 Girls beat Cambridge City 3-0 to retain the National Championship at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon.

Darcy Bourne (above) converted a second minute penalty corner to open the scoring.
Surbiton’s penalty corner routine bore fruit again in the 20th minute, Sasha Reed (below) scoring from close range.

Four minutes later, Zoe Allchurch (seen below celebrating) put the result beyond doubt to give Surbiton a three goal advantage.

Surbiton had qualified for the final by topping Pool B without conceding a goal.
A 4-0 win against Norwich City, followed by 2-0 wins over both Ben Rhydding and Isca put Surbiton in contention once again for the national title.
Freya Gladstone, Allchurch, Bourne and Coca Hall got Surbiton off to the perfect start against the East Anglians.
Allchurch and Bourne sealed the win over Ben Rhydding; Reed and Hall maintaining Surbiton’s one hundred per cent record to see off Isca.
And a solid defence, combined with a … read more

U12 Boys National In2Hockey Champions

Surbiton’s Under-12 Boys won the National In2Hockey Championships at Highfields Hockey Centre in Nottingham on Saturday, beating Canterbury 3-0 in the final.
Surbiton started with a 3-2 win over Alderley Edge, Oliver Shelton opening the scoring for Surbiton in the third minute, James Parkin equalising two minutes later. Within a minute, Finn Cooper-James restored Surbiton’s lead, but although Archie Benton levelled for a second time on the quarter-hour, Tom Lawes converted a penalty corner in the 17th minute to secure the win.
Against Isca, Surbiton struck twice in the tenth minute, Cooper-James and Shelton on target, Shelton scoring Surbiton’s third goal three minutes later to complete a 3-0 win.
Leicester proved a harder nut to crack, although Cooper-James scored in the second minute. Jacob Paine levelled in the ninth minute and Surbiton had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
In their final pool game, Cambridge City were swept aside 5-1, Lawes converting a penalty corner … read more

U12 Girls’ Run Of In2Hockey Titles Ended By Spencer

Surbiton’s Under-12 Girls’ run of successive National In2Hockey Championships was ended after Spencer won the 2015 title at Highfields Hockey Centre in Nottingham on Saturday.
Surbiton had won the national title for the previous four seasons, but the first indication that the run could come to an end came in the South regional competition, as Spencer had beaten Surbiton in the final, both teams qualifying for the national finals.
Surbiton beat Thirsk 4-0, Maddie Long, Tilly Gough, Lucy Clemmow and Elsie Williams on target.
Another goal from Long, and a brace from Clemmow was enough to earn a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
Long was on target against Worcester, but Isabella Nott levelled to earn a 1-1 draw and end Surbiton’s 100 per cent record in the finals.
Long and Williams gave Surbiton a 2-0 win over Blue Hornets in their last pool game to clinch their place in the final.
Spencer’s captain, Chloe Gravestock gave her side a fourth … read more

U14 Boys Finish Fourth In National Championships

Surbiton’s Under-14 Boys just missed out on bronze medals at the U14 National Finals at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, losing on penalty strokes to Guildford after a 1-1 draw in the fourth place play-off.

Daniel Foulger gave Surbiton the lead in the final shortly after half time (pictured below), only for Guildford to equalise within six minutes.

The penalty stroke barrage started well for Surbiton as their goalkeeper, Lyle Reynolds saved Guildford’s opening stroke.
After three penalties each, that was the only miss, with Surbiton leading 3-2.
However, Guildford’s goalkeeper, Alexander Smith turned the match around with two saves.
Reynolds was unable to stop Guildford’s remaining strokes, so Surbiton just missed out on bronze, going down 4-3 on penalties.
In the pool stages, Surbiton had beaten Havant 1-0 thanks to a goal from Xavier Teyletche-Bailey a minute from the end.
Teyletche-Bailey then opened the scoring against Phoenix Blue Hornets with a ninth minute penalty corner conversion … read more

M1 Stunned By Reading Comeback In Cup Final

Surbiton’s men’s first team’s hopes of emulating the club’s women’s team and lifting the national cup were dashed by a stunning comeback which gave Reading a 5-1 win, Surbiton having led 1-0 after just five minutes.
Surbiton had also had to cope with the loss of Chris Grassick during the warm-up.
At Lee Valley on Saturday afternoon, Will Calnan opened the scoring in the NOW:Pensions Men’s Cup final, but Reading fought back to lead 2-1 at half time, Tom Carson and Richard Mantell converting penalty corners in the 20th and 28th minutes respectively.
John Jackson extended Reading’s lead from another penalty corner, three minutes into the second half, Surbiton suffering a setback when former player, Tommy Alexander saved Alan Forsyth’s penalty stroke in the 49th minute.
Further goals from Carson (penalty corner in the 54th minute) and Peter Scott (open play in the 62nd minute) ensured that Reading would win the cup for the first time … read more

M2 Go Down To Cannock In Cup Final

Surbiton men’s second team just missed out on a second EH Men’s Second XI Cup win, losing 3-1 to Cannock at Lee Valley on Saturday evening.
Surbiton previously won the cup back in 2006 with a 2-1 victory over Hampstead & Westminster at Chelmsford.
In 2015, Cannock opened the scoring through Louie Morris in the fifth minute before Adam Jolly levelled from a penalty corner for Surbiton two minutes later.
Aaron Wilkes restored Cannock’s lead from the penalty spot in the 29th minute to leave Surbiton trailing 2-1 at half time.
Callum Swinnerton-Ions scored the only goal of the second half in the 44th minute to ensure that the cup will go to Staffordshire for the first time in Cannock’s history.
Colin Pike

M1 & M2 Both At Lee Valley Cup Finals This Saturday

Surbiton Men’s 1st and 2nd XIs have emulated their female counterparts by reaching the 1st and 2nd XI National Cup Finals this season.
They hope to go one better on Saturday (2 May) by winning both trophies at the Lee Valley Olympic Park Hockey and Tennis Heritage Centre.
The firsts, who finished runners-up on goal difference in this season’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division with 44 points from 18 games, take on Reading, who finished sixth with 25 less points, at 3.30pm.
The firsts already have a league double over their traditional Thames Valley rivals under their belts: by 3-1 at Sugden Road on the opening day of the season (13 September) and then 2-0 at Sonning Lane on 30 November.
The seconds, who finished fifth in the Higgins Group London League Premier Division with 35 points from their 22 fixtures, follow-on immediately against Cannock 2s, who finished second in the Midland Regional Hockey Association … read more

GB Overwhelm Japan In Second International

Great Britain’s women completed their two capped match series with a 5-1 win over Japan at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Monday afternoon.
An audience of around 3,000 young people, attending the iconic venue within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of a special schools event, witnessed Great Britain build on a two goal half time lead to run out convincing winners.
Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb were in Great Britain’s starting line-up.
They were joined by a now fully-fit Giselle Ansley, who had been unable to play for Surbiton at the Rabobank EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven, or the Investec Women’s Hockey League finals at Lee Valley, due to a foot injury.
After a goalless first fifteen minute quarter, Great Britain burst into life with two goals in two minutes early in the second quarter.
First, Alex Danson slotted home a penalty stroke in the 18th minute, having … read more

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