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Surbiton Men’s 1st XI play their third and final mid-season friendly – against fellow NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division bottom-of-the-table Canterbury on Sunday afternoon (1 February) at Sugden Road (2pm) – before the season resumes the following weekend.
The hosts, lying second in the elite 10-team NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division at the winter break with 27 points after 11 of the 18 fixtures, have already played and won both of this season’s league fixtures against the Kent club, who have only accumulated three league points to date, by 5-4 at home on October and 6-2 away on 22 November,
But Canterbury did have a big boost last weekend when they reached the final of the Hockey 5s at Wembley Arena on Sunday (January 25) which they lost 6-5 to East Grinstead, after beating Sevenoaks 6-5 in the first semi-final.
Surbiton will still be without Michael Watt for this Sunday’s friendly, … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division has been reduced to goal difference over Clifton after the Bristol based club won 3-0 at home to Reading on Saturday in a game brought forward due to Reading’s participation in European indoor hockey over the weekend of 21/22 February.
Dawn Mitchell-Williams and Claire Thomas gave Clifton a two goal half time lead, with Joanna Leigh converting a penalty corner in the first minute of the second half.
Surbiton and Clifton both have 29 points, with Surbiton having a plus 28 goal difference compared with Clifton’s plus 17. Surbiton now also have a game in hand going into next weekend’s home clash with Leicester (7 February, push back 2 pm).
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI lost 4-2 to Premier Division rivals Reading in a mid-season friendly at Sugden Road on a cold but frost-free Tuesday evening (27 January, 8pm).
Having already won the two league fixtures between the clubs, Surbiton lost out this time despite fielding two more rolling subs than their opposition.
The visitors took the lead from a seventh-minute penalty corner, but their hosts turned the tables with a 16th-minute open-play equaliser from Nick Cooper and a penalty corner conversion by Matt Daly two minutes later. However, Reading went into half time on level terms after converting a penalty corner in added on time at the end of the first half.
In the second half, Reading went back ahead on 57 minutes and then closed out the game a minute from the final whistle, both goals coming from open play.
That leaves Surbiton with just one more friendly – against fellow NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey … read more
SURBITON Men’s 1st XI, lying second in the elite 10-team NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division at the winter break with 27 points after 11 of the 18 fixtures, host Reading in a second mid-season friendly (their first at home) at Sugden Road this evening (Tuesday 27 January, 8pm).
They have already played and won both of this season’s league fixtures against the Berkshire club, who are currently lying fifth with 16 points, defeating them 3-1 at home in the first game of the season on 13 September and 2-0 away on 30 November.
Over last weekend, while Surbiton had an early evening training session on Saturday (24 January, 5.00 – 7.30pm) followed by a belated team festive supper, Reading were competing on Sunday (25 January) in the first semi-final of the Hockey 5s at Wembley Arena which they lost 7-5 to East Grinstead, who then went on to a seventh successive championship with … read more
Surbiton Ladies will play in the Hockey 5s Championships Premier Division for the first time in their history next season after winning all four games over the second weekend of the Division One tournament, to complete the grand slam and become champions.
On Saturday, Surbiton beat Brooklands Poynton 4-1 and Olton & West Warwicks 9-1; then on Sunday beat Horsham 4-2 and Wakefield 9-1 to lift the Division One title in style.
Surbiton struggled to find their rhythm at the start of the Brooklands Poynton clash, trailing 1-0 at half time, Jess Berry scoring in the fifth minute. With ten minutes to play, Surbiton’s one hundred per cent record was under threat, but Harriet Tibble struck twice in the 31st and 32nd minutes from a penalty corner and open play respectively to turn the match around. Further goals from Sarah Page in the 36th minute and Rebecca Herbert in the penultimate minute … read more
SURBITON Men’s 1st XI, lying second in the elite 10-team NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division at the winter break with 27 points after 11 of the 18 fixtures, laid down a marker for its resumption on Saturday 7 February (at home to leaders East Grinstead, 2pm) with a stunning 8-1 win in their first friendly, away to North London rivals Hampstead & Westminster (7th with 11 pts) on Sunday.
Fitness following the Christmas and New Year festivities is clearly not a problem as the M1 scored five of their goals in the last ten minutes after going behind to an open-play goal in the ninth minute and leading only 2-1 at the interval. The league’s leading scorer Matt Daly hit a hat trick (27, 62 and 65 mins, the first from a penalty corner) and Alan Forsyth notched a brace (67 mins and then forcing and converting a penalty stroke a minute later). … read more
Surbiton Ladies travel to Nottingham Trent University this weekend with the objective of winning promotion to the Hockey 5s Championships Premier Division after an impressive first weekend in Division One.
Wins over Bristol Firebrands (11-2), Ipswich (7-1), Buckingham (5-3) and Leicester (3-2) have given Surbiton a three point lead over both Buckingham and Leicester, who lost their first matches in the tournament to the Sugden Road club.
And with Buckingham due to meet Leicester on Saturday at 1.30 pm, Surbiton will know exactly what they need to do to clinch their place in the top flight.
Before then, Surbiton meet Brooklands Poynton (11.30 am), who lie fourth on seven points. Surbiton have met Brooklands on two previous occasions, drawing 2-2 in 2013 and winning 6-3 last season. Surbiton then face Olton & West Warwicks for the first time indoors at 3.30 pm, following Olton’s relegation from the Premier Division last season. Olton struggled on the … read more
Surbiton Ladies are on course for promotion to the Hockey 5s Championships Premier Division after winning all four games of the first weekend of the Division One tournament at Nottingham Trent University.
Surbiton lead nearest rivals, Leicester and Buckingham by three points at the halfway stage, having inflicted both teams’ only defeats of the weekend on Day Two.
On Saturday, Surbiton started with an 11-2 rout of Bristol Firebrands. Georgie Twigg scored four goals, including two goals in the first three minutes. Harriet Tibble scored twice, Rebecca Herbert scored from the penalty spot twice, once in each half; and captain, Sarah Haycroft; Natalie Maclean; and Sarah Page on her debut, each scored once. Firebrands’ Georgie Field scored both her side’s goals, Surbiton having led 5-1 at half time.
In the last match of the day, Surbiton were in sublime form again, this time with a 7-1 win against Ipswich, newly promoted from Division Two last season. Another … read more
Surbiton Ladies will aim to make it third time lucky by winning promotion from the Hockey 5s Championships Division One, starting this weekend at Nottingham Trent University.
Having finished third on both of their previous appearances in the East Midlands, Surbiton need to finish in the top two in order to play in the Premier Division in 2015-16, having only started playing indoor hockey in 2009.
Surbiton won the South Regional title in their third season, in 2011-12, and finished second in both the Maxinutrition Hockey Sixes Division Two South and Division Two National tournaments to win promotion to Division One.
Last season, indoor hockey teams were reduced from six to five players, Surbiton only able to watch as both the University of Birmingham and Clifton were promoted back to the top flight at the first attempt. Unfortunately, last weekend, Clifton were relegated back to the first division together with Harleston Magpies, who … read more
Surbiton’ s men were relegated back to the Hockey 5s Championships Division One, after losing all four games on the second weekend of the Premier Division tournament at St. George’s Park, Burton on Trent.
Surbiton began on Saturday with a 7-1 defeat to East Grinstead, Will Calnan scoring Surbiton’s only goal of the game just before half time. A 6-4 defeat to Sevenoaks later the same day, left the Sugden Road club on the cusp of relegation, after the Kent club were held to a 2-2 draw at half time. Chris Grassick scored twice, including a first minute goal, with Lewis Prosser and Rob Schilling also on target.
On Sunday morning, the writing was on the wall as Reading ran out 4-2 winners, James Nyman and Grassick beating former Surbiton goalkeeper, Tommy Alexander. Beeston, who were also battling against relegation, and included former Surbiton player, James Gall in their squad, sealed Surbiton’s fate … read more
So close is this season’s indoor Premier Division that the weekend (Saturday 3/Sunday 4 January) could still see Surbiton at best qualifying for the National 5-a-side Wembley Finals on 25 January or, at worst, relegated straight back to Division 1.
Standing seventh in the nine-team league after losing three and winning the last of its first weekend batch of four fixtures on 13/14 December, they are only three points behind the team lying in the fourth semi-final spot, while level on points with the two sides in the relegation positions immediately below them.
But it’s not going to be easy when they return to the FA National Training Centre at Burton-upon-Trent where early this Saturday morning (10.30am) they have to play current leaders and champions for the past six seasons, East Grinstead; then in the afternoon (2.30pm) third-placed surprise package Sevenoaks, the only non-national league club in the elite division.
So more likely … read more
SCOTSMAN Chris Grassick has high hopes this Hogmanay for both his club and international career.
And these extend right up to the 2016 Olympics when England and Team GB head coach Bobby Crutchley recently said: “We have more flexibility with switching to Great Britain in 2015 when it will be good to have players like Chris Grassick available.”
Comments Chris: “It is a real boost still to be in the running for Rio”.
The 25-year-old Edinburgh-born midfielder, who now plies his trade south of the border with Surbiton, has hockey very much in his genes with father Gordon and mother Jenny both former Scottish internationals.
And already he has emulated them with 73 outdoor caps since his debut in 2008 and in 2013 was selected as one of now only three Scots in the 30-strong Team GB “Road to Rio” training squad and won his first GB cap this year, of which proud mum … read more
Surbiton Men are seventh of nine teams in the Hockey 5s Championships Premier Division after the first weekend at St. George’s Park, Burton on Trent.
Having lost their first two matches on Saturday, 6-5 to Bowdon and 8-6 to Holcombe; Surbiton lost their first match on Sunday, 5-1 against Canterbury, after a goalless first half. Lewis Prosser equalised for Surbiton eight minutes after half time following Canterbury’s opener, but four goals in six minutes ensured that Surbiton remained pointless with one match remaining in 2014.
Surbiton showed their battling qualities in their final match against Team Bath Buccaneers, recovering from a 3-1 half time deficit to run out 8-5 winners, Chris Grassick scoring four goals; coach Rob Schilling netting a hat-trick and Will Calnan also getting on the scoresheet. With six minutes left, Bath led 5-4, but Surbiton scored four goals in five minutes to lift themselves above both Reading and Holcombe, who … read more
SURBITON Men’s hopes of a Wembley appearance were dimmed by two losses in their first two fixtures at the FA’s St George’s Park sports hall, Burton-upon-Trent, in this season’s Hockey 5s Championships Premier Division on Saturday (13 December).
Bowdon caused them problems in the first fixture (2.30pm) by coming back from 4-2 down at half time to win 6-5. Leon Bernstein, one of two German imports from UHC Hamburg in their squad, scored twice.
After a 12-2 hammering by hundred-per-cent end-of-the-day joint leaders Canterbury (Surbiton’s opponents at 10am, on Sunday 14) in the morning, Holcombe ran out 8-6 winners over Surbiton in the final fixture (6.30pm) to lie sixth on goal difference.
Although Surbiton are eighth in the nine-team table, above Reading only by a three-better negative goal difference, at least Chris Grassick is joint second in the scoring chart with five open-play goals.
Surbiton’s second opponents tomorrow (3pm) are Team Bath Buccaneers, who … read more
Surbiton Men commence their indoor season this weekend at the FA’s state-of-the-art St George’s Park national training centre in Burton-upon-Trent.
They return to its sports hall for the first of two weekends of four fixtures apiece having regained Premier Division status as hundred per cent winners of Indoor Division One at Bristol last season.
This Saturday (13 December) they play Bowdon at 2.30pm and Holcombe at 6.30pm and the next day (Sunday 14 December) Canterbury at 10am and fellow promoted side Team Bath Buccaneers at 3pm. At the winter break Canterbury lie tenth and last in the outdoor premier division in which Surbiton are second; while Bowdon, Holcombe and Team Bath are coincidentally all leaders of their respective one-tier lower Conferences North, East and West.
The second weekend is on 3/4 January 2015 when Surbiton meet current champions East Grinstead, Sevenoaks (who they beat 6-4 in a friendly at Trinity School Croydon last Thursday, … read more
England’s women finished fifth at the Champions Trophy in Mendoza, Argentina, after beating China 3-2 in a shootout following a 1-1 draw in normal time.
England took the lead in the 14th minute, Slough’s Shona McCallin finishing off Canterbury’s Susannah Townsend’s pass. Chinese captain, Quixia Cui levelled from open play in the 42nd minute. Neither side seemed able to raise their game enough to find the winner in normal time, so a shuttle shootout was needed.
England went first, Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg seeing her effort saved by goalkeeper, Dongxiao Li. Yang Peng was initially thwarted by Holcombe’s Maddie Hinch, who gave away a penalty stroke for bringing Peng down, only for Hinch to dive to her right to save the stroke.
Holcombe’s Laura Unsworth broke the deadlock with England’s second effort, Meiyu Liang unable to level after Hinch slapped the ball away.
Reading’s Susie Gilbert’s shot went wide right of Li’s pads, before captain Cui … read more
England will play China for fifth place in the Champions Trophy on Sunday after beating Japan 3-1 on Saturday. China drew 0-0 with Germany, but won 5-4 after a penalty shootout which went to sudden death. Germany will play Japan for seventh place.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb put England ahead in the eleventh minute, from a penalty corner. Two minutes before half time, Sarah Haycroft’s excellent long run culminated with a pass from the right, which former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray, now with East Grinstead, deflected past Japan goalkeeper, Sakiyo Asano to double England’s lead.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb celebrates England’s first goal versus Japan. Photo: World Sport Pics.
Japan fought back in the third quarter, pulling a goal back in the 42nd minute thanks to Akane Shibata. Giselle Ansley was sent to the sin-bin after being shown a green card, and nine seconds later, a long ball found Shibata in space on the left … read more
New Zealand beat England 3-1 in the third scheduled Champions Trophy quarter-final in Mendoza, Argentina on Thursday. England will now aim to finish fifth, starting with a match against Japan on Saturday (push back time to be confirmed).
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb won her 50th England cap against the Black Sticks, an honour shared with goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch.
On a hot day, New Zealand took the lead in the eleventh minute, Rose Keddell finishing the Black Sticks’ fourth penalty corner. England were level in the 13th minute, Holcombe’s Laura Unsworth smashing the ball against the backboard from the team’s only penalty corner of the match.
New Zealand regained the lead in the 23rd minute, Anita Punt’s shot deflected high into the roof of the net off England and Slough defender, Shona McCallin’s stick from the Kiwis’ sixth penalty corner.
England had goalkeeper Hinch to thank for making several saves, but even she was helpless to … read more
All five of Surbiton Ladies’ players at the Champions Trophy will meet in tonight’s quarter-final when England take on New Zealand at 9 pm GMT.
England’s Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb will be reunited with New Zealand’s Julia King in the first quarter-final, although the schedule has been altered to allow it to be the third match of the day.
The Netherlands play Germany at 4 pm; Australia face Japan at 6.30 pm; England versus New Zealand is at 9 pm; and hosts, Argentina come up against China in the final match of the day.
With the Netherlands surprisingly only coming second in Pool A, if the quarter-finals go to form, the Dutch will meet Argentina in Saturday’s semi-final, rather than Australia, who would have a Southern Hemisphere local derby against New Zealand. England will do all they can do to upset the rankings, being ranked sixth, compared with the … read more
Having recently had its achievements recognised by Elmbridge Council, at the Elmbridge Sports Awards, Surbiton Hockey Club took further plaudits at the Surrey Sports Awards held at Kempton Park on 2 December.
Brett Garrard deservedly won the Active Surrey Coach of the Year Award for taking the Ladies 1stXI out of the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League, into the Investec Women’s Hockey League, winning promotion from the Conference East at the second attempt, and lifting the Premier Division title, also at the second attempt. Garrard has also taken the team to three Investec Women’s Cup finals, tasting success at the third attempt to complete the league and cup double last season The team are currently sitting pretty atop the IWHL Premier Division as the season enters its Christmas break, and are still defending their cup title. Next Easter they will play for the first time in the EuroHockey Clubs Champions Cup.
These … read more
Argentina came from behind to beat England 4-1 and consign them to fourth and last place in Pool B, on the day that Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg won her 100th combined (England and Great Britain) cap.
Twigg received flowers from England Hockey’s Chief Executive, Sally Munday, just before the match to celebrate her 71st England cap, to go with the 29 she has won for Great Britain.
Former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray, now with East Grinstead, had finished Sunday’s match versus Germany on crutches after being caught on the ankle with a stick; but it was Bray who put England ahead in the seventh minute after an excellent through ball from Canerbury’s Susannah Townsend.
Clifton’s Joie Leigh could have opened the scoring earlier, but her miss proved to be the first of several chances that England failed to take, which they lived to regret later in the match.
Carla Rebecchi levelled for Las Leonas in … read more
England earned their first point at the Champions Trophy in Mendoza, Argentina, coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Germany in their second Pool B game.
Germany took the lead in the 22nd minute when Kristina Hillman moved from the left side of the goal to touch an air bound ball over the goal-line from close range.
The equaliser came in the 40th minute when St. Albans’ Ellie Watton scored with a shot which deflected off German defender Hannah Gablac’s stick, whilst Gablac was challenged by the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley.
With three minutes to play, England referred a decision expecting a penalty corner to be awarded, only for a penalty stroke to be awarded after a goal was judged to have been blocked by a German’s defender knee. Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg stepped up, but German goalkeeper, Kristina Reynolds kick saved Twigg’s stroke, the shot aimed slightly right of centre of the … read more
Surbiton Men emulated Surbiton Ladies by coming away from Sonning Lane with all three points after a 2-0 win against Reading on Sunday afternoon.
With East Grinstead having been held to a 2-2 draw by Hampstead & Westminster on Saturday, Surbiton closed to within one point of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division leaders.
Just as in the ladies’ game, the scoreline was goalless at half time, but in the 39th minute, Matt Daly’s drag-flick gave Surbiton the lead.
With seven minutes left, Alan Forsyth scored from open play to ensure that Surbiton Men completed the league double, having won 3-1 at Sugden Road on the opening day of the season.
Surbiton resume in 2015 with a home doubleheader, against East Grinstead in the NPMHL Premier Division on 7 February, and a NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup tie against Beeston on the following day.
Before then, Surbiton will return to the Indoor Hockey 5s Premier … read more
Surbiton Ladies will go into 2015 with their three point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division intact after a 2-0 win over Reading at Sonning Lane on Sunday afternoon.
Surbiton took a fifteen player squad to Berkshire, recalling youngster, Eloise Stenner and Vanessa Roberts after Lottie Ross was ruled out due to injury. Reading had several experienced players in their squad with Kate Richardson-Walsh, Emma Thomas, Emily Maguire and Abi Harper all selected.
Georgie Blackwood, who scored a hat-trick on her Reading debut at Beeston last week, blazed the ball over the bar in the sixth minute as the home team aimed to rise from their seventh place in the league. Surbiton forced two penalty corners, with Natalie Maclean, who scored the winning goal at Canterbury last week, adjudged to have shot too high on both occasions.
Rebecca Herbert caused problems for the Reading defence, but home … read more
England lost 2-1 to Australia on Saturday in their opening Champions Trophy match in Mendoza, Argentina, having lost their captain, Reading’s Alex Danson to injury early in the match.
Danson collided with Australia’s Alex Flanagan, and having apparently banged her head, walked off the pitch to be assessed on the bench for concussion. The start of the second quarter was delayed whilst Danson was placed on a stretcher, with a neck brace fitted as a precaution. Fortunately, Danson was given the all clear and was released from hospital to rejoin her teammates.
Australia had taken a sixth minute lead, Jodie Kenny opening the scoring from a penalty corner. After Danson’s injury, Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg took over the captaincy on an evening when both teams wore black armbands as a mark of respect to Australian cricketer, Phil Hughes, who sadly died after being struck by a ball during a Sheffield Shield match at … read more
Both Surbiton Ladies and Surbiton Men play their last outdoor fixtures of 2014 at Sonning Lane, Reading on Sunday as part of a national league doubleheader. Surbiton Ladies play their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division match at 12.30 pm, with Surbiton men playing their NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division match at 2.30 pm.
Surbiton Ladies will go into Sunday’s match level on points with Clifton, who completed a league double over Holcombe, winning 4-1 in Kent. Holcombe dropped to sixth, the University of Birmingham winning 4-1 at Bowdon Hightown to move up to fourth; and Leicester moving up to fifth thanks to their 1-0 win at Buckingham. Bowdon Hightown stay two points behind eighth placed Buckingham as a result. Canterbury temporarily moved up to second after their 4-0 home win over Beeston, before Clifton overtook them again.
On Sunday, Surbiton will be without their five international players (Giselle Ansley, … read more
The Women’s Champions Trophy starts on Saturday in Mendoza, Argentina, and all the games will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Surbiton will have five players taking part, with Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb all in the England squad, and Julia King playing for New Zealand.
Argentina are the reigning champions and qualified also as the 2014 hosts. The top five teams in the 2012 tournament all qualified for this year’s competition, England qualifying as a result of Great Britain’s runners-up spot in 2012. The Netherlands, Germany and Japan were third, fourth and fifth respectively, with Australia qualifying after winning the Champions Challenge I. New Zealand and China, having been unable to qualify by the above routes, were both invited to take part.
England (World Ranking 6) start against Australia (WR 2) on Saturday (push back 7.30 pm GMT) in the first of three Pool B matches. Twenty-four hours later on … read more
Sky Sports caught up with Surbiton’s Sarah Haycroft and Georgie Twigg while they were preparing to leave for Argentina, to play for England in the Champions Trophy. The interview was shown in the Sportswomen programme on Sky Sports News HQ on Tuesday morning
If you missed it, the video is available at: http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/9579039/hockey-duo-set-for-argentina
Surbiton’s men came from 2-0 down after just seven minutes to win 6-2 in an eventful match at Polo Farm on Saturday evening, in which the final scoreline also referred to the number of yellow cards shown to each team.
Surbiton had won the first NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division match at Sugden Road, 5-4 after having to battle. After seven minutes, Canterbury once again were in control, leading 2-0 after Kwan Browne and Ben Hare scored in the fifth and seventh minutes, both goals coming from open play.
The card fest started in the 19th minute, when Michael Watt spent five minutes in the sin-bin. Yet three minutes later, Surbiton were back in the match, Alan Forsyth converting a penalty corner. Six minutes before half time, Matt Daly brought Surbiton level, again from a penalty corner, leaving all to play for in the second half, but not before Daly … read more
Surbiton Ladies are still three points clear at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after Natalie Maclean struck from a penalty corner in the 41st minute to give Surbiton a 1-0 win over Canterbury on Saturday afternoon at Polo Farm.
Surbiton, were without their England internationals, Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb, who were due to fly out to Argentina on Saturday night for the upcoming Champions Trophy, plus Julia King, who will play for New Zealand at the Champions Trophy, Abi Robinson, who was unavailable, and Harriet Tibble, through injury. In Haycroft’s absence, Rebecca Herbert took over the captain’s armband, as she had previously in the cup matches at Hampstead & Westminster and Holcombe.
In spite of missing several key players, Surbiton fought hard to secure all three points, at one point in the first half having to cope without a goalkeeper for two … read more