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Next weekend (28 November) sees the final weekend of both national leagues, with Surbiton Hockey Club staging a Super Saturday at Sugden Road.
First up are Surbiton Ladies, who welcome Holcombe for a 2 pm pushback for their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division clash.
Holcombe are fifth, just a point off the play-off places and come to Sugden Road having drawn 1-1 with their Kent neighbours, Canterbury on Saturday.
Surbiton are second, two points behind leaders, University of Birmingham and will want to end 2015 with a win before they start their indoor season.
Surbiton won 3-1 at Buckingham on Saturday and won 5-0 at Holcombe when the teams first met on 7 October. Jo Hunter scored twice with Giselle Ansley, Charlotte Calnan and Abi Robinson also scoring.
Then at 6 pm, it’s the turn of Surbiton’s men to be in the spotlight as they host Beeston in a Men’s Hockey League Premier Division clash.
Beeston moved … read more
Both the Men’s and Women’s Hockey World League Finals are going to be broadcast by BT Sport.
Every single game of the Men’s tournament in Raipur, India from 27 November to 6 December and the Women’s competition in Rosario, Argentina from 5 to 13 December will be shown thanks to a deal agreed with the FIH.
More information can be found at: http://sport.bt.com/sport-football/football/bt-sport-to-show-hockey-world-league-finals-S11364015500850
Surbiton’s men remain level on points with leaders Holcombe after a 4-1 win over Hampstead & Westminster at Paddington Recreation Ground on Sunday afternoon.
However, Surbiton had to recover from conceding a second minute goal, Muhammad Irfan converting a penalty corner.
Former Hampstead player, Andy Hayward scored a first half hat-trick, converting penalty corners in the 9th, 17th and 26th minutes to give Surbiton a 3-1 half time lead.
Michael Watt extended Surbiton’s lead in the 40th minute from open play to keep the visitors in contention with Holcombe.
Holcombe won 3-0 at bottom club, Canterbury, Iain Lewers scoring in the 19th minute from the penalty spot and in the 44th minute from open play. Robert Field scored Holcombe’s third goal with six minutes left.
Both Reading and Wimbledon lost ground on the top two after home defeats. Reading lost 4-2 to East Grinstead, whilst Wimbledon lost 4-0 to Brooklands Manchester University.
Surbiton host Beeston in … read more
Surbiton Ladies had to battle before running out 3-1 winners at Buckingham in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday lunchtime.
Before the match, Surbiton’s Abi Robinson received a bouquet of flowers to mark her 100th national league appearance in all competitions including the 2011-12 Promotion Tournament and three Championships.
Fred Moore presents Surbiton’s Abi Robinson with a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her 100th national league appearance for the club.
The game at Stowe School was also Surbiton’s 100th national league regular season game and in sunny conditions with a bitter wind, Buckingham played defensively in an attempt to stifle the visitors’ forwards.
The tactic meant that Surbiton were most likely to score via a set-piece and in the 17th minute, Emily Atkinson broke the deadlock with a penalty corner conversion with an angled shot from the left of the circle.
Surbiton had to settle for a one goal lead at half … read more
Surbiton Ladies go into the second half of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division regular season with a visit to bottom club, Buckingham on Saturday lunchtime.
The visit to Stowe School at 12 noon will see Surbiton play in their one hundredth regular season national league match, in their sixth season since their promotion from the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League in 2009-10.
Buckingham have drawn two of their first nine league matches, 1-1 at home to Reading on the opening day, and 3-3 at home to Leicester a fortnight ago.
Although they have lost their other three home games, two of the defeats were by a single goal, against Bowdon Hightown and the University of Birmingham.
East Grinstead won 3-1 at Stowe School, but they are currently finding life tough in the top flight, having lost their last four league games.
Two of Buckingham’s away defeats were also by one goal margins, 2-1 … read more
Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have both been included in Danny Kerry’s eighteen player squad which will represent Great Britain in the Hockey World League final tournament in Rosario from 5-13 December.
Giselle Ansley misses out on this occasion, as Crista Cullen has been included in the squad following her decision to return to international hockey after stepping away from hockey after the 2012 London Olympics.
Great Britain face hosts, Argentina, China and Australia in Pool B. New Zealand, the Netherlands, Korea and Germany are the four teams in Pool A.
Announcing the squad, Kerry said: “Our time in Argentina affords us two great opportunities in the three match test series in Tucumán, and the World League Finals in Rosario. Over the course of those events we will use 25 players for a number of different aims. It will provide us team and individual competition development exposure. As part of that we … read more
Surbiton’s men had a mixed weekend as they lost their second successive Men’s Hockey League Premier Division game, 3-2 at home to Wimbledon on Saturday night, then cruised into the Men’s Cup quarter-finals with an 11-0 win over Plymouth Marjon on Sunday lunchtime.
In front of a massive crowd of over 700 people, Surbiton trailed 1-0 to their South London rivals at half time, Caspar Phijffer scoring the only goal of the first half in the 32nd minute from open play.
Alan Forsyth equalised with his fifteenth league goal of the season, five minutes after half time, but two goals in three minutes from James Jewell (49 mins) and Phillip Ball (52) put Wimbledon in control.
Andrew Hayward pulled a goal back with two minutes to play, but Surbiton couldn’t find the equaliser.
Holcombe nearly lost their first match of the season at home to Hampstead & Westminster but levelled in the last minute to … read more
Surbiton Ladies stayed two points behind leaders, University of Birmingham after drawing 1-1 at Sugden Road on Sunday afternoon.
Third placed Canterbury closed the gap to one point behind Surbiton after a 7-1 home win over Bowdon Hightown.
Surbiton were without Hannah Coulson due to a broken thumb sustained at Holcombe and Hollie Webb due to a slight hamstring injury. Olivia Chilton returned to the Surbiton squad.
Surbiton could well have claimed all three points if they hadn’t had a penalty corner goal disallowed in the 46th minute. Giselle Ansley’s drag-flick was deflected home by Rebecca Herbert from their first penalty corner of the game.
While Surbiton’s players went to the centre line for the restart, the umpires consulted and judged that the injection had not been stopped outside the circle, disallowing the goal.
Eight minutes later, the umpires consulted again after Lily Owsley found the backboard from open play, the umpires allowing the goal … read more
Just as they are about to reach the halfway stage of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division regular season, Surbiton Ladies face leaders, the University of Birmingham at Sugden Road on Sunday (push back 2 pm).
Both teams go into the fixture in excellent form with Birmingham having dropped just two points this season, and Surbiton having dropped just four points.
Yet, Canterbury are still only three points behind second placed Surbiton, so are also still in contention to finish first at the end of the season and automatically qualify for Europe.
Canterbury held Birmingham to a 1-1 draw last month and with further key clashes to come before the season ends in March, nothing can be taken for granted at this stage.
Surbiton can go top of the table with a win, but will face an attack which has scored 24 goals this season, Erica Sanders scoring four of her seven goals last … read more
This Saturday, 14th November, Surbiton HC will attempt to attract the biggest crowd seen at a Men’s Hockey League Premier Division game as they host 2015 champions Wimbledon in a hotly contested local derby.
Both teams will feature a glittering array of International stars competing for the league title but with an eye on next summer’s Olympics.
Before the main event there will be master classes for the youngsters run by our European Gold Medalists, half time competitions, raffle prizes, hot food and drink.
Entry for U18’s is free and for Adults is £3 on the door.
On Sunday- come down and see some of our future stars as the men look to continue their run in the Men’s Cup competition as we host Plymouth Marjon at 12pm.
This will be followed by the eagerly anticipated Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division top of the table clash between Surbiton Ladies and the University of Birmingham at 2 pm. With both teams … read more
Surbiton Men saw their unbeaten run in this season’s Men’s Hockey League Premier Division come to an end as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Holcombe on Sunday afternoon.
The defeat saw their lead over the Kent club cut to just one point, and next Saturday evening’s local derby against Wimbledon will be even more hard fought after Wimbledon lost 2-1 at home to Reading, to drop to fourth place behind the Berkshire club.
At Holcombe Park, Nick Catlin gave the hosts a fifth minute lead, with Gareth Andrew doubling the lead in the 19th minute, also from open play.
Trailing 2-0 at the break, Rupert Shipperley gave the leaders hope in the 46th minute, scoring from open play, but Andrew struck again four minutes later to leave Holcombe as the only unbeaten team in the top flight.
Hampstead and Westminster moved up to fifth with a 2-1 home win over ninth placed … read more
Surbiton Ladies will go into next week’s top of the table clash with leaders, the University of Birmingham, in excellent form after winning 5-0 at Holcombe on Saturday afternoon.
Georgie Twigg made her first appearance of the season in a Surbiton shirt, whilst Amy Gibson kept her first clean sheet since moving to Elmbridge from Slough.
On a miserable day weather-wise in Kent, and under floodlights, Holcombe attacked early, but once Surbiton settled down, they had the lion’s share of possession.
Nevertheless, Surbiton had to wait until five minutes before half time to break the deadlock, the visitors’ first penalty corner award threatening to break down before being expertly finished off by Jo Hunter at the right post.
Four minutes later, Holcombe fell further behind to another set-piece, Giselle Ansley’s drag-flick beating home goalkeeper, Aurora Mears.
Trailing 2-0 at half time, Holcombe needed a goal to get back into the match, but it was Surbiton who … read more
Surbiton Hockey Club won three awards at the annual Elmbridge Sports Personality Of The Year Awards which this year were held at Danes Hill School in Oxshott on Friday 6 November.
Surbiton Hockey Club won the Mick Burgess Sports Club Of The Year Award, whilst Surbiton Ladies’ historic 2014-15 season was acknowledged with the receipt of two awards.
Surbiton Ladies received the Senior Sports Team award, with Head Coach, Brett Garrard, winning the Coach of the Year award having guided Surbiton to the league and cup double for the second season running, and fifth place in the EuroHockey Champions Club Cup in Bilthoven.
After a week off due to the Futures Cup, Surbiton will resume their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign at Holcombe on Saturday (push back 12 noon).
Both teams go into the fixture with good recent form, Surbiton on a five game winning streak with hosts, Holcombe having won their last three league games after attaining just two points from their first four games.
Holcombe started with a goalless draw at home to Kent rivals, Canterbury, then lost 1-0 at Leicester.
Two late goals earned Clifton a 2-2 draw in Rochester, before Holcombe lost narrowly 2-1 at leaders, University of Birmingham.
Since then, Holcombe have won at Reading and Bowdon Hightown, either side of a 2-1 home win over East Grinstead.
Goals have been hard to come by with Holcombe having scored eight goals and conceded seven in their first seven matches.
Lucy Wood and Emily Maguire have both scored twice, former Surbiton player, Jessica … read more
Surbiton’s Robyn Collins played for Scotland in a three match series against Celtic rivals Ireland in Glasgow from 2-4 November.
The series was drawn with each team winning one match and sharing the spoils in the other.
The first game on Tuesday was drawn 1-1, former Surbiton player, Rebecca Merchant equalising in the 32nd minute from open play after Ireland had taken a second minute lead through Dierdre Duke.
On Wednesday, Ireland once again took the lead, this time in the twelfth minute thanks to Megan Frazer, but Scotland completed a second half comeback and a 2-1 win, Fiona Bruce scoring in the 46th minute and Katie Robertson converting a penalty corner four minutes later.
On Thursday, Ireland gained revenge with a 2-0 win, Nicola Evans scoring in the 15th minute and Emily Beatty doubling the lead in the 60th minute.
Collins was in the starting line-up for all three matches.
Surbiton’s men have been drawn at home to Plymouth Marjon in the last 16 of the Men’s Cup, the tie scheduled to take place on 15 November.
Surbiton won 10-1 at Chelmsford on Sunday in round 2, Geoff Mccabe, Dave Beckett and Matt Daly all scoring twice with Rupert Shipperley, Andy Hayward, Michael Watt and Robert Marx also on target.
Plymouth Marjon beat Robinson 4-3 on penalty stokes after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth and Chris Grassick have both been selected to play for Great Britain at the World League final at Raipur, India from 27 November to 6 December.
Head Coach, Bobby Crutchley has made eight changes to the squad which clinched Olympic qualification at the semi-final tournament last June.
Both Barry Middleton and Ashley Jackson are among the players being rested, Holcombe’s Dan Fox will inherit the captaincy from Middleton.
Forsyth and Grassick are both nearing milestones, with Forsyth on 96 combined international caps and 49 international goals; whilst Grassick has won 94 combined caps.
Crutchley justified Forsyth’s selection: “We have watched Alan Forsyth’s performances continually improve for Surbiton and Scotland over the past couple of years. Since coming into the squad in September, his ability to learn and develop quickly is clearly evident and he fully deserves this opportunity.”
Alan Forsyth (right) and Chris Grassick in Great Britain colours. Photo: Sean Cotter
Great Britain’s pool … read more
The Investec Women’s Hockey League and Men’s Hockey League Championship Finals will now be held over the same weekend, 16 & 17 April 2016.
Both pitches at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre will be used, also including the final two rounds of the Promotion Tournament.
The ninth placed team in the Premier Division and the three Conference champions in each league will battle to finish in the top two to earn a place in the top flight for the 2016-17 season.
The top four teams in the Premier Division will also battle for each league title, but there will be no third place playoff for the losing semi-finalists.
As before, the first round of the Promotion Tournament will be played in advance, on 3 April at Beeston.
The cup final dates have also been changed. Although Surbiton Ladies cannot now play in the Investec Cup final on 30 April after losing to Barnes last weekend, Surbiton’s … read more
Barnes, third in the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division One, shocked the reigning cup holders by knocking Surbiton out of the Investec Women’s Cup at the second round stage with a 1-0 win at Dukes Meadows on Sunday afternoon.
Surbiton, who were missing their international players and some other key members of the squad, were held goalless in the first half by a Barnes team which packed the circle and made scoring chances difficult.
Goalkeeper, Mia McCreesh, who along with Hannah Denison and Daniele Johnston, were making their first team debuts, was called upon to make a third minute penalty corner save as Barnes sensed an early scoring opportunity.
Four minutes into the second half, Abbie Smith converted Barnes’ second penalty corner of the match to send the home supporters wild and on course for an unexpected cup shock.
Surbiton failed to break through the Barnes defence, and in spite of forcing eleven … read more
Surbiton’s Men will go into next week’s league break with a four point lead over Holcombe at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 4-2 home win over Hampstead & Westminster.
Dave Beckett gave Surbiton a third minute lead from open play, but Hampstead’s leading goalcorer, Neil Hamilton levelled from a penalty corner in four minutes later.
Former Hampstead player, Andrew Hayward, restored Surbiton’s lead from a penalty corner on the quarter hour, only for Hampstead’s Stuart Loughrey to make the score 2-2, six minutes before half time, from open play.
Nevertheless, Surbiton went in at half time with a 3-2 lead, Hayward striking again from a penalty corner in the 32nd minute.
After all the excitement of the first half, there was only one goal in the second half, and that came from Matt Daly,from open play with just two minutes to play.
Holcombe won 5-2 at Brooklands Manchester University; … read more
Surbiton’s Men host London rivals, Hampstead & Westminster in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday (25 October) push back 2 pm, at Sugden Road.
As it’s also Old Members Day, there should be many familiar faces to support a team which goes into the match with a four point lead over Holcombe.
Hampstead were fifth, two points behind Reading, but have a game in hand which will be played next weekend, when they visit East Grinstead.
The match was rearranged due to East Grinstead’s participation in the EuroHockey League.
However, on Saturday night, Cannock moved up to fifth after a 4-3 home win over East Grinstead, level on points with Reading, but having played two more matches than Hampstead.
Hampstead lost 1-0 at Reading on the opening day of the season, but since then have been unbeaten in their last four matches, winning two and drawing two.
Two 2-2 home draws with Cannock and Wimbledon … read more
Surbiton Ladies had to battle against Leicester’s goalkeeper and heavy rain before coming away with a 2-0 win at Leicester Grammar School on Saturday afternoon.
The result kept them in second place in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, two points behind leaders, the University of Birmingham.
Surbiton made early turnovers, but having defended, settled down to find their attacking rhythm as the drizzle turned into heavier rain under the switched-on floodlights.
Unfortunately, they also found Leicester goalkeeper, Steph Tirrell in fine form making stick saves and generally repelling the Surbiton forwards both from open play and penalty corners.
Surbiton’s frustration continued in the 28th minute when Jo Hunter’s effort was ruled out due to a foul.
Four minutes later, the breakthrough came, Jenna Woolven scoring from the left of the circle which rebounded off the inside of the right post and into the goal.
In the second half, in drier conditions, with Rebecca Herbert running … read more
Surbiton Ladies have a busy weekend as they travel to Leicester for an Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division clash on Saturday and then make a shorter trip to Barnes to start their defence of their Investec Women’s Cup title on Sunday.
Leicester Grammar School (push back 2 pm) is the venue for Surbiton’s seventh league game of the season and they go there with a four game winning streak, culminating in last Saturday’s 7-0 home win over Reading.
Leicester dropped to eighth last week after Bowdon Hightown won 2-0 in the East Midlands.
That was their first home defeat of the season following wins over Holcombe (1-0) and Clifton (4-3).
Leicester have lost all three games played away from home, 0-3 at the University of Birmingham, 0-4 at East Grinstead and 1-2 at Canterbury.
Rachel Mack is their top goalscorers with two goals, with the other four goals shared between Elizabeth Honarmand, Liz George, … read more
Surbiton’s Chris Grassick scored twice as Great Britain beat Argentina 5-3 in the third and final test match at Bisham Abbey to take the series 2-1 on Friday morning.
Club mate Alan Forsyth didn’t play, but had started the second match on Wednesday, with Grassick on the subs bench as Great Britain levelled the series with a 2-1 win.
Grassick was once again a substitute on Friday, but had not entered the pitch when Great Britain took the lead through Holcombe’s Barry Middleton in the second minute, his 100th international goal.
That was the only goal of the first half, but in the sixth minute of the third quarter, Grassick struck to double Great Britain’s lead.
Grassick held off an Argentinian defender before his backhand shot was fired through the goalkeeeper’s legs.
Four minutes later, Holcombe’s Ashley Jackson scored Great Britain’s third goal, however in the 43rd minute, Juan Gilardi pulled a goal back for Argentina … read more
Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth, who has set the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division alight this season, scoring 14 goals in six matches for the current league leaders, scored on his Great Britain debut against Argentina at Bisham Abbey on Monday afternoon.
Nevertheless, Argentina came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 in the first of a three match series.
Coming on as a fifth minute substitute, Forsyth scored with two minutes remaining of the second quarter, the goal set up by Surbiton club-mate, Chris Grassick who went on a determined run evading three tackles before finding Forsyth in the circle.
Forsyth duly slotted home to level, Matias Peredes having given Argentina the lead in the 24th minute.
Great Britain went in at the break with a 2-1 lead, Holcombe’s Sam Ward giving them the lead on the stroke of half time.
However, eight minutes into the third quarter, Las Leones equalised courtesy of Gonzalo Peillat’s penalty corner … read more
Surbiton Ladies moved up to second in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after thrashing Reading 7-0 and East Grinstead lost 2-1 at Holcombe.
Surbiton welcomed back Scottish international Robyn Collins into the squad on her return from injury.
Reading, who started the day bottom of the table on goal difference behind Buckingham, went 1-0 down within two minutes, Rebecca Herbert deflecting a penalty corner high into the goal.
Although Surbiton dominated possession, they had to wait until the 24th minute to double their lead, Herbert once again scoring with a deflected penalty corner shot, again rising high into the net.
Two minutes later, the Reading defence was caught out as Hannah Coulson scored Surbiton’s third goal, from open play after finding herself in space in the centre of the circle.
Six minutes into the second half, it was Charlotte Calnan’s turn to get on the scoresheet, Abi Robinson centering for Calnan to smash … read more
This Saturday, it’s Super Saturday once again as both first teams take on Reading at Sugden Road.
Surbiton Ladies play at 3.30 pm and welcome a Reading team which has unexpectedly struggled this season in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, with just one point so far.
Then at 6 pm, Surbiton Men host a Reading team, currently fourth in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division. Surbiton have a four point lead at the top of the table and will be aiming to consolidate their position.
Surbiton Ladies go into the match in third place after a run of three successive wins, with Jenna Woolven, the team’s leading goalscorer on four goals.
Reading started with a 1-1 draw at Buckingham but after heavy 5-0 defeats at home to the University of Birmingham and away to Canterbury, have lost their last two games narrowly, 3-2 at East Grinstead and 1-0 at home to Holcombe.
Elen Barnes, … read more
Surbiton Ladies stayed third in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after returning from Bristol with all three points on Saturday afternoon following their 4-1 win over Clifton at Coombe Dingle.
Jenna Woolven opened the scoring for the third match running in the fifth minute,this time from open play following a run by Rebecca Herbert.
Twelve minutes later, Clifton levelled through Els Mansell from close range
In the 23rd minute, Jo Hunter restored Surbiton’s lead from a penalty corner after Giselle Ansley’s drag-flick came off a Clifton defender’s foot and the right post, the ball rebounding conveniently for Hunter to finish.
Two minutes later, former Clifton player, Sandra Roche gave Surbiton daylight, touching a mid-air cross in from close range past home goalkeeper, Caitlin Jeffries.
Surbiton dominated possession, but only added one further goal, another former Clifton player, Abi Robinson scoring with a spectacular shot which rebounded off the crossbar five minutes after half time.
Clifton … read more
Surbiton Ladies travel to Clifton for their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division match on Saturday (10 October) push back 1 pm at Coombe Dingle Sports Centre.
After starting the season with two draws, Surbiton have started to find their form, moving up to third after last Saturday’s 4-3 home win over Canterbury.
In contrast, Clifton, who made a good start last season before only faltering towards the end of the regular season, have struggled after beating Bowdon Hightown 2-1 at home on the opening day of this season.
Canterbury won 4-0 in Bristol in week 2, then in week 3, Clifton were heading for defeat at Holcombe before Emily Kirkham scored twice in the final three minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw and a point.
Last week, Clifton went down 4-3 at Leicester, a result which saw the East Midlands club rise above them into fifth, with Clifton in sixth, just above Bowdon Hightown on … read more
Tickets have gone on sale today for the finals of the revamped indoor Super 6s Championships at the SSE Arena, Wembley, which take place on 31 January 2016.
And with Surbiton Ladies having won promotion last season from Division One when the game had five players per side, they will be hoping to finish in the top four of the Premier Division tournament at the Phoenix Academy in Telford over the weekends of 12/13 December 2015 and 9/10 January 2016.
This year, not only has the indoor form of the game reverted to six-a-side, but both Women’s semi-finals will be held at Wembley on finals day, meaning that there will be six games of hockey to enjoy.
Surbiton’s Premier Division fixtures at Telford are:
12 Dec 2015 v Reading (1230); v East Grinstead (1730)
13 Dec 2015 v Slough (1200); v Bowdon Hightown (1600)
9 Jan 2016 v Sutton Coldfield (1330); v Leicester (1730)
10 Jan 2016 … read more