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M1 At Lee Valley Against Canterbury This Thursday

Having already made an exploratory trip to the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last Tuesday evening (24 March) for squad practice, the Men’s 1st XI return there this Thursday (2 April, 8.00 for 8.30pm).
M1 will play a full-scale friendly fixture played to NOW: Pensions Men’s Championships tournament rules against Canterbury, ahead of the finals taking place at that venue two weekends after (11/12 April).
NPMHL Premier Division second-placed Surbiton play the second semi-final at 4.30pm on the Saturday (11 April) against third-placed Wimbledon. Ninth-placed Canterbury have their second League Play-off fixture against Conference East champions Holcombe at 10am that morning.
Both sides have already won their first play-off all-meet-all mini-league fixtures at Cannock HC last Sunday (29 March): Canterbury beating Conference West champions Team Bath Buccaneers 7-1 and Holcombe Conference North champions Bowdon 4-3.
On Finals Sunday at Lee Valley (12 April) Surbiton play either the winners or losers … read more

U16 Girls Retain Championships On Penalty Strokes

Surbiton’s Under-16 girls, who ended Wakefield’s domination of the EH Under-16 Girls Championship in West Yorkshire last season, came close to being dethroned themselves, before prevailing in a dramatic penalty stroke shootout against Beeston 7-6 at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

Surbiton’s Under-16 Girls proudly display the cup. Photo: Tim Reder.
Surbiton had to come from behind in normal time to draw 1-1 and force a penalty stroke barrage which was eventually settled in sudden death mode.
Beeston’s Alice Huddlestone scored in the second minute, Yasmin Chahal equalising for Surbiton nine minutes later.
After the first set of five strokes, the score was tied at 4-4. Fifi Robinson, Saffi Martineau, Ellie De Heer and Isabelle Petter converting.
Petter, De Heer and Robinson put Surbiton 7-6 ahead before Louisa Bray made the all important save from Beeston’s Rebekah King to retain the cup.

Surbiton’s Louisa Bray makes the winning save against Beeston to retain the cup. … read more

U16 Boys Lose 2-1 To Beeston In Championship Final

Surbiton’s Under-16 Boys lost 2-1 to Beeston in the U16 Championship Final at Lee Valley on Sunday afternoon.
Surbiton had beaten Wycombe 2-1 in their final pool game at Old Loughtonians on Sunday morning to top Pool A with three wins out of three, having beaten both Neston South Wirral and Cannock, 6-0, on Saturday. Wycombe took the lead, but goals from Morgan Males and Louis Compton earned Surbiton their place in the final.
Beeston had also gone into the final with maximum points after wins over Bournemouth (5-2) and Deeside Ramblers (3-0) on Saturday and Canterbury 4-2 on Sunday.
Surbiton trailed 1-0 at half time,  Beeston leading through James Sookias, but although Ronan Harvey-Kelly equalised early in the second half, Beeston scored the winning goal from a penalty corner, Ollie Rogerson claiming the cup for the East Midlands side.
Colin Pike

M2 Beat Purley Walcountians To Retain Surrey Cup

Surbiton Men’s 2nd XI, with national league club’s first X1s barred from the competition, made hard work of retaining the Surrey Cup with a 3-2 win over Purley Walcountians 1st XI in the final at Old Cranleighan HC this Sunday afternoon (29 March).
Fielding a squad of only 12 players to their opponents 14, Surbiton took the lead when Alexander Penney converted their first penalty corner in the 10th minute.
PWs equalised from open play seven minutes later, but Surbiton captain Adam Jolly restored his team’s lead, putting in a Rob Hurford cross from the right almost immediately after keeper Joss Mitchison made a fine diving save to keep out PWs’ first penalty corner of the game on 22 minutes.
Eddie Way then saw his attempt from Surbiton’s second penalty corner on 26 minutes dramatically stopped on the line by a defender’s stick, before PWs even more dramatically hit the right-hand post from their … read more

U18 Boys Pipped To Plate Title By Bury St. Edmunds

Surbiton’s Under-18 Boys just missed out on the England Hockey U18 Boys Plate, losing out 3-2 to Bury St. Edmunds in the final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, Surbiton had beaten Fareham 2-1 to reach the final, whilst Bury St. Edmunds beat Windermere in the other semi-final.
On their way to the semi-finals, Surbiton beat Trojans 6-0 in round one; before needing penalty strokes to see off Winchester in round two, winning 6-5 after a 3-3 draw in normal time. Their task was easier in the quarter-finals as they beat Folkestone Optimist 12-0.
Bury St. Edmunds beat Chelmsford 4-1; Bourne Deeping 4-0 and Olton & West Warwicks 7-4.
Colin Pike
 

Both U16 Boys And Girls In Pole Position After Day One

Surbiton Boys and Girls Under-16 teams are in pole position in their pools after winning both games on the first day of the U16 Club Championships at Old Loughtonians on Saturday.
Surbiton’s girls started the defence of their title with a 4-0 win over Epsom, Yasmin Chahal, Saffi Martineau, Sophie Tait and Fifi Robinson all scoring, Martineau from a penalty corner. Surbiton led 2-0 at half time.
This was followed up by an 8-1 win over Belper in Pool C. Isabelle Petter notched a hat-trick, Chahal contibuted a brace, with Tait, Amy Thompson and Robinson keeping Surbiton on top. Lucy Cooke scored Belper’s consolation goal, Surbiton leading 4-1 at the interval.
Surbiton only need to avoid defeat against last year’s runners-up, Wakefield at 12.55 pm to qualify for the final, which is scheduled to be played at Lee Valley Tennis and Hockey Centre at 5 pm on Sunday.
Wakefield dropped two points in a 1-1 … read more

New Rules To Apply To 11 A Side Hockey From 1 July

The FIH Rules which came into effect at international level from 1 January 2015, will apply to all levels of outdoor hockey below the Investec Women’s Hockey League and the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League from 1 July 2015 with a couple of exceptions.
Following a consultation with the hockey community about the implementation of the rules which include breaking at penalty corners; two minute suspensions for green cards; use of the stick above the shoulder; free hits awarded within five meters of the circle; and the replacement of the long corner by a re-start from the 23 metre line, England Hockey has decided to introduce the rules from 1 July.
The exceptions are that the green card rule, and the stick above the shoulder rule will not be introduced in small sided junior hockey (i.e. In2hockey and Quicksticks).
Although a majority of surveyors were against the stick above the shoulder rule applying … read more

Twiggy And Crofty Look Back At An Invincible Season

Surbiton’s captain, Sarah Haycroft and Georgie Twigg look back at an “Invincible” season for Surbiton Ladies in an interview on the England Hockey website.
The interview can be read here

M1 Beat Cannock In Cup Semi-Final On Strokes

Surbiton’s men’s first team will join their second team at the NOW: Pensions KO finals day at Lee Valley on May 2, after beating Cannock 5-4 on penalty strokes in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup semi-final at Chase Park on Sunday, following a 3-3 draw after normal time.
Peter Jackson gave Cannock a 14th minute lead from a penalty corner, Eddie Way levelling in the same manner four minutes before half time.
However, Nick Bandurak restored Cannock’s lead immediately before the interval from open play to leave Surbiton trailing 2-1.
Chris Grassick equalised from a penalty corner in the 47th minute, only for Josh Gunnell to put Cannock ahead for the third time in the match in the 58th minute.
With Surbiton staring at a cup exit, Grassick again converted a penalty corner with four minutes left, as for the second round running, Surbiton came from behind to force a penalty stroke barrage.
Cannock went … read more

L1 Still Unbeaten After 0-0 Draw With Holcombe

Surbiton Ladies became the first team since Leicester in 2009-10 to go through the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division regular season unbeaten after a goal-less draw with Holcombe at Sugden Road on Saturday.
The draw also ended Holcombe’s play-off hopes as Reading snatched the fourth and final qualifying place with a 3-1 home win over Leicester.
Under floodlights due to the dull weather conditions, Holcombe put the Surbiton defence under pressure in the first minute with Hollie Webb, Sarah Page and Julia King all forced to defend as the visitors began their quest to clinch their place in the play-offs with a win.
Holcombe’s goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch was in fine form, saving from Page, Georgie Twigg and Jo Hunter in the first half. Harriet Tibble had a shot deflected wide left of the goal, and just before half time, Charlotte Calnan also shot past the right post.
Holcombe’s main threat came from the two … read more

M1 Aim To Reach NOW: Pensions Cup Final At Lee Valley

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI do not want to find themselves the club’s odd men out on the post-season Cup Final Saturdays at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Both Ls and L2 are already there for the Investec Women’s Finals Day on Saturday 25 April. Now the M1s must beat cup holders, Cannock at Chase Park this Sunday (22 March, 2pm) in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Cup semi-finals if they are to join M2 who have already made it to the Men’s Second XI Cup Final on Saturday May 2, where, coincidentally, they meet Cannock.
The M1 won the national Cup for the first time ever two seasons ago (2012/13) when they beat Hampstead & Westminster 3-1 at Wakefield HC on 4 May 2013.
Ironically, it was Cannock who knocked them out the next season (2013/14) in Round 2 (last 32), winning 4-0 on neutral ground at Sutton Coldfield on 27 October 2013 and then … read more

L1 Aim To Finish IWHL Regular Season Unbeaten On Sat.

Surbiton Ladies, who are assured of a first place finish in this season’s Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, will aim to go through the eighteen game season unbeaten, when they conclude their programme at home to Holcombe (push back 2 pm).
Holcombe will have other ideas, as following last Saturday’s defeat in the Kent derby at Canterbury, the newly promoted club will probably need to win at Sugden Road if they are going to clinch the fourth and final qualifying place for the IWHL Premier Division Championship play-offs.
With Reading just one point behind in fifth place, and a home game left against Leicester; and the University of Birmingham two points behind with the students hosting Buckingham in their final match of the season, Holcombe will likely need all three points from their visit to Elmbridge.
Holcombe have been inconsistent in the league this season, dropping valuable points against Buckingham and Bowdon Hightown. … read more

Give Your Views On Sport England Funding For SHC Clubhouse

Surbiton members are invited to fill in an online survey relating to Sport England’s funding for the refurbishment of the Surbiton clubhouse.
We been invited by Sport England to be part of their evaluation of the Inspired Facilities programmes which we were successful in securing funding from. Part of the feedback is collecting survey feedback from users/members of the clubs and facilities that were successful so we would be really grateful if you could spend 5-10 minutes completing the survey by following the link below.  This survey is about your use of the facility funded (in our case the clubhouse refurbishment) and will help Sport England to make sure they continue to support the right sports facilities in the right places.  Please put Surbiton Hockey Club as your answer for the first question.
SURVEY LINK: http://www.sircsurveys.com/f/712290/2fdc/
Please be assured that the evaluation team closely follows the guidelines of the Data Protection Act and the Code … read more

Support L1 And M1 At Lee Valley And Earn Cash For SHC

With Surbiton Ladies now assured of a place at the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals Weekend on 18/19 April; and Surbiton’s Men having also booked their place at the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Finals Weekend on 11/12 April, now is the time to reserve your place at the finals.
Blocks of seats have been reserved to enable Surbiton supporters to sit together, however after 7th April, any seats not sold in the reserved areas will go on general sale.
And if you use the promotional club code “Surbiton” (not case sensitive) when you buy your tickets, you’ll be helping your club as every ticket sold will earn cash, the more tickets that are sold, the more money Surbiton Hockey Club will receive.
A maximum of nine tickets can be bought in a single transaction.

Surbiton’s men will face local rivals Wimbledon on 11 April at Lee Valley in the Championships semi-final, with East Grinstead … read more

Colts: Summer Term Hockey Sessions

 
An exciting programme of summer term hockey coaching sessions is being offered to SHC Colts and  the programme is also open to non members too.
Full details are on the Colts Training pages, including the timetable.  Members are now able to book and pay for these sessions via their online login to the database.  Details of the times and costs are being sent to the respective age groups.    Non members can apply to take part via the membership page of this website, selecting the appropriate summer hockey age group from the drop-down menu for New Members Registration. Term begins w/c 19th April and runs through until 12th July.

L1 To Play Clifton In Investec Women’s Cup Final

Surbiton Ladies will take on Clifton in the Investec Women’s Cup final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on 25 April (push back 3.30 pm).
Surbiton won 2-0 at Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North side, Loughborough Students, whilst Clifton beat Bowdon Hightown 2-1 in Bristol.
Under dull skies and the Loughborough floodlights, Surbiton could have taken the lead within seconds of the start, Sandra Frankland cursing her bad luck in the circle.  Jo Hunter then went close, but Loughborough, who included former Surbiton player, and the current Conference North leading goalscorer, Ellie Tait, withstood the early pressure.
Surbiton had two injury scares in the first ten minutes. First Emily Atkinson limped off the pitch in the second minute after falling and jarring her knee; then in the tenth minute, Ellie De Heer walked off the pitch. Fortunately, both players were able to resume after resting.
Surbiton took the lead in the 19th … read more

Winning Weekend for M1 and M2

Surbiton’s high-performance squad enjoyed a successful weekend with the Men’s 1st and 2nd XI teams winning all three games played.
On Sunday (15 March) at Sugden Road the M1 won their last NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division fixture of the season, completing the double over visitors Brooklands Manchester University by 6-3.
Alan Forsyth scored a hat-trick (from a penalty corner in the 18th minute and open play on 50 and 70 minutes), plus one goal apiece from Dave Beckett (2), Michael Watt (29) and Rupert Shipperley (58 minutes) from open play, with opposition goals coming on 25 (a penalty corner), 40 and 68 minutes.
The previous day  the Men’s 2nd XI had won their penultimate fixture in the Higgins Group London Hockey League Premier Division, 3-0 at Bromley & Beckenham 2s .
However the outcome of neither game proved sufficient for ambitions after other results in the two leagues. In the NPMHL Premier Division, leaders East Grinstead also … read more

L1 Clinch Top Spot In IWHL Premier Division

Surbiton Ladies beat Bowdon Hightown 4-2 on Saturday to clinch first place in this season’s Invested Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.
Surbiton led 3-0 at half time through Giselle Ansley’s sixth minute penalty corner conversion; and Emily Atkinson’s penalty corner conversions in the 10th and 21st minutes.
Bowdon’s Holly Hunt scored with a spectacular strike in the 55th minute, only for Jenna Woolven to restore Surbiton’s three goal lead two minutes later from close range, the ball struck into the roof of the net.
Hunt ran at the Surbiton defence with three minutes to play and made the final score 4-2.
Surbiton face Holcombe next Saturday at Sugden Road (push back 2 pm). Holcombe are still battling with Reading and the University of Birmingham for the fourth qualifying place, and a match up with Surbiton at the Investec Premier Division Championships at Lee Valley on 18 April.
Holcombe missed the chance to clinch their place, … read more

Another Big Weekend for M1 and M2

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI probably will not just need victory in their final league fixture this Sunday (15 March) at Sugden Road (2pm) but almost certainly an avalanche of goals as well if they are to overtake leaders East Grinstead to win the league.
Although the clubs are level on 41 points from 17 fixtures, the Sussex side’s extraordinary 9-4 away win last Sunday (8 March) over Canterbury, whose cause was not helped as they were forced to use first a kicking back and then an outfielder in goal for the whole of the second half due to their goalkeeper being ill.
The high scoring win meant that by the time an hour and a quarter later Surbiton had snatched a 2-1 win at Hampstead & Westminster their rivals had not only stayed top but increased their goals difference from level to plus four and goals scored from two more to nine more.
Not that … read more

L1 Face Away League & Cup Doubleheader This Weekend

Surbiton Ladies have some travelling to do this weekend in their quest to retain both their league and cup titles. On Saturday they travel to Cheshire to take on Bowdon Hightown, needing a point to secure top spot in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division; and then on Sunday travel to Loughborough to face Loughborough Students in the Investec Women’s Cup semi-final.
Bowdon Hightown have struggled outdoors in the league this season, although like Surbiton they also have cup ambitions because on Sunday they travel to Clifton for the other Investec Women’s Cup semi-final, in a repeat of the 2013 final, which Bowdon won 2-1.
Before then, they will need points to stave off Buckingham’s challenge at the bottom of the IWHL Premier Division with one of the teams destined to have to fight for their top flight status via the Promotion Tournament.
Bowdon took a giant step last week, Lisa-Emma Crewe … read more

Ireland Win Hockey World League Round 2 In San Diego

Ireland was the outright winner of the second of three Hockey World League Round 2 tournaments, the one being held in San Diego all last week (from Saturday 28 February to Sunday 8 March).
Mikey Watt’s side (world-ranked 15th and tournament-ranked 2nd) beat the only higher-ranked country, Canada (wr14th/ tr1st) by 2-0 in Saturday’s (7 March) first semi-final.
In the other semi on the same day, between two lower-ranked countries, Austria (wr22nd/ tr4th) beat Russia (wr19th/ tr3rd) 4-2 in the shoot-out after a 1-1 draw at full time.
Then in Sunday’s final “The Green Machine”, coached by Craig Fulton, brother of former Surbiton player Grant, beat Austria 2-1, both sides having already qualified for whole competition Round Three semi-finals, after Canada had earlier beaten Russia 4-1 in the 3rd/4th final to clinch the remaining third qualification spot.
Three other countries (Malaysia, wr12th; Poland, wr17th; and Japan, wr16th) had already qualified from the Singapore R2 … read more

M2 Reach National Cup Final

Surbiton Men’s Second Team will face Cannock in the EH 2nd XI Cup Final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on 2 May after beating Loughborough Students 4-2 in a dramatic penalty stroke barrage, having scored late to force a 2-2 draw in normal time on Sunday afternoon (8 March).
Ben Park gave Surbiton a first half lead, only for Loughborough to equalise before half time.  With one minute to go, Surbiton were heading out of the cup, Loughborough having taken the lead for the first time midway through the second half. However, a reverse stick shot from Benji Walker sent the tie into penalty strokes.
Surbiton scored through Rob Schilling, Adam Jolly, Alexander Penney and Dan Boden; Loughborough denied by both the post and Surbiton goalkeeper, Joss Mitchison.
Cannock beat Team Bath Buccaneers A 4-0 in the other semi-final and will meet Surbiton at 5.30 pm at Lee Valley.
Surbiton Men’s First Team … read more

M1’s League Fate To Be Decided On Final Day

Surbiton’s Men will have to wait until the final day (15 March) before they find out whether they or East Grinstead will top the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division at the end of the regular season.
Although Surbiton managed to beat Hampstead & Westminster 2-1 at Paddington Rec on Sunday afternoon (2pm), since the Sussex club had started an hour and a quarter earlier at Canterbury, Surbiton supporters on the touchline knew before long that their team wasn’t destined to regain the Premier Division lead this week since the Sussex club had won 9-4.
Following Surbiton’s victory at Hampstead, East Grinstead remained top with a four-better goals difference and nine more goals scored with both clubs up to 41 points.
What Surbiton’s supporters didn’t know, however, was that Canterbury had to do without a regular keeper for much of the game with Chris Wyver struggling with illness from the start and unable to continue in the second half, forcing … read more

L1 One Point Away From Clinching IWHL Premier Top Spot

Surbiton Ladies need just one point from their last two league matches to be assured of finishing top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division this season.
A 2-0 home win over Clifton at Sugden Road on Saturday afternoon leaves Surbiton six points ahead of both Canterbury and Clifton after Canterbury moved up to second courtesy of a 5-1 hone win over Leicester.
Clifton dropped to third place on goal difference after they suffered their second outdoor defeat, and their second loss to Surbiton in the league this season.
Clifton included former Surbiton player, Kate Holmes in their starting lineup, but Surbiton took the lead in the eleventh minute when good attacking play from Rebecca Herbert found Sarah Page, who timed her run perfectly to send the ball past Caitlin Jeffries in the Clifton goal.
Four minutes before the interval, Surbiton suffered a setback when Abi Robinson limped off the pitch with a knee … read more

L1 Host Clifton In Top Of The Table Clash On Sat.

Surbiton Ladies host Clifton in what should prove to be the key matchup of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division regular season, at Sugden Road on Saturday (push back 2 pm).
Surbiton go into the clash having won their last eight league matches, whilst Clifton have won their last nine matches, both runs having started after 1-1 draws away from home. Surbiton drew 1-1 at Holcombe; whilst a week after losing their only outdoor match this season, 2-1 at home to Surbiton, Clifton were held at the University of Birmingham. Therefore, at least one of the winning runs will come to an end on Saturday.
If Surbiton win, then they will open up a six point lead over Clifton with just two matches to play, and a superior goal difference, virtually clinching first place and automatic qualification for Europe. However, if Clifton avenge their only defeat of the season, then both … read more

Big Weekend Coming for M1 and M2

Both Surbiton’s Men’s 1st and 2nd XIs have vital fixtures this weekend (6/7 March), meaning that, together with injuries and unavailabilties, the club’s performance squad will yet again be stretched to its limit.
The weekend starts with the M2s whose three remaining league fixtures couldn’t have a tougher start than at home to runaway league leaders (by 13 points with a game in hand), Hampstead & Westminster, this Saturday (7 March, 12.30am).
Last Saturday afternoon (at KCS, 28 February, 3pm) our 2s, with a squad of only 12, dropped one place to sixth position (of 12) in the Higgins Group London Hockey League Premier Division after losing 6-2 to third-placed Wimbledon 2s, leaving them still with 28 points but now from 19 games. That means they have just three more fixtures to challenge for an away place in the end-of-season semi-finals of the League Cup on Saturday 11 April, the finals of … read more

Ireland Play Canada in HWL2 Semis At San Diego On Saturday

Unfortunately for Ireland, Russia beat Canada 2-1 in Pool A, in one of only two games out of 16 that hasn’t gone to ranking so far at the Hockey World League Round 2 tournament being held in San Diego all week.
This means that Michael Watt’s side (world-ranked 15th and tournament-ranked 2nd ) play the only higher-ranked side, Canada (wr14th/tr1st ) in tomorrow’s (7 March, 9pm GMT) first semi-final at the second of the three Round  2 tournaments being held.
The second semi-final (11.15 GMT) will be between two lower-ranked countries: Austria (wr22nd/tr4th) against Russia (wr19th/tr3rd).
“The Green Machine”, coached by Craig Fulton, brother of former Surbiton player Grant, needs to finish in the top three in San Diego  to progress to one of the World League Round 3 Semi-Finals: either in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between 3 and 14 June, or Brasschaat, near Antwerp in Belgium, from 20 June to 4 July.
You can follow the current … read more

Mikey and Ireland in HWL Semis

Congratulations to Michael Watt and his country, Ireland, on reaching the semi-finals of the Hockey World League Round 2 tournament in San Diego today (5 March).
“The Green Machine”, coached by Craig Fulton, brother of former Surbiton player Grant, world-ranked 15th (of 75 countries in all), beat Trinidad & Tobago (wr30th, who finished fourth in Pool B) in the opening quarter-final (08.30 local time, 16.30 GMT) by 12-2, after being pulled back from 2-0 up in 7 minutes to 2-2 on 16 minutes by two penalty corners from Canterbury’s Kwan Browne before running away with the game helped by open-play goals by Mikey in the 22nd and 43rd minutes.
Ireland is the second highest world-ranked team in this the Round’s second of three tournaments and needs to finish in the top three to progress to the World League Round 3 Semi-Finals in June/July.
Ireland (drawn from both north and south of the border … read more

M1 Drop To Second In Spite of 4-2 Win At Beeston

With two games to play, Surbiton’s men trail new leaders, East Grinstead on goals scored at the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 4-2 win at Beeston was eclipsed by the West Sussex club’s stunning 9-0 win at home to Brooklands Manchester University.
In the earlier push back, Surbiton led 2-0 after 24 minutes, Rupert Shipperley converting a penalty corner in the eleventh minute, followed by Alan Forsyth’s penalty stroke.
Former Surbiton player, James Gall scored from open play four minutes before half time, but a penalty corner conversion from Chris Grassick in the 48th minute, and a second penalty stroke from Forsyth in the 62nd minute, put Surbiton in command with a 4-1 lead.
Adam Dixon scored from open play with three minutes left, but Surbiton clinched a much needed victory.
However, Beeston had the consolation of qualifying as the fourth and final team at the NPMHL finals … read more

L2 Reach National Cup Final

Surbiton Ladies’ second team will be heading to the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on 25 April to face Beeston  in the England Hockey Board Second XI Cup Final after beating the University of Birmingham in the semi-final at Sugden Road on Sunday.
Beeston, who are third in the Midland Region Hockey Women’s Association Premier, beat Bowdon 4-1 in the other semi-final.
Both teams went into the tie with unbeaten records, standing top of their respective leagues, therefore, Surbiton inflicted Birmingham’s first defeat of the season.
Surbiton need two points to win the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division Two title, whilst Birmingham, who cannot win promotion to the Investec Women’s Hockey League, lead Belper’s first team, who need two points to win promotion, on goal difference in the MRHWA Premier.
Emmie Le Marchand put Surbiton ahead in the fourth minute from open play in an open match in which both teams attacked and … read more

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