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England have won bronze at the Investec World League Final tournament in Tucuman, pipping hosts Argentina 4-2 on a penalty shootout after drawing 1-1 in normal time. For the hosts, it was shootout disappointment for the second night running, having seen their World League title hopes disappear on Saturday night, at the hands of the Netherlands.
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley and Hollie Webb were both in England’s starting line-up, whilst Georgie Twigg entered the pitch in the seventh minute.
Laura Unsworth gave England the perfect start in the fourth minute, scoring from open play, although Rocio Sanchez Moccia was forced to put the ball in her own net. The Argentinian equaliser came three minutes before half time, courtesy of an own goal, as the ball entered the goal off Sally Walton’s stick.
Neither side could find the winner in the second half, leaving the destination of the bronze medals to be decided after a … read more
England’s hopes of reaching the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup quarter finals in New Delhi, are hanging by a thread after they drew 2-2 with New Zealand, having led 2-0 at half time.
Surbiton’s James Gall gave England a fourteenth minute lead from open play, and a penalty corner conversion from Luke Taylor put England in control.
Kane Russell pulled a goal back for New Zealand four minutes after the interval, with Matt Rees-Gibbs salvaging a point with two minutes remaining. Jonny Gall was also in England’s starting line-up.
After the match, Head Coach, Jon Bleby said “ It was an excellent performance and everyone gave it their all. We’ve just got to hope that we beat Malaysia and that the other result goes our way now so that we can qualify for the quarter finals.”
In the other Pool D match, Malaysia beat South Africa 2-1 to book their quarter-final berth. England will need to … read more
Australia ended England’s hopes of winning the inaugural Investec World League tournament, winning 3-0 in the last four in San Miguel De Tucuman on Saturday.
The score was a repeat of their last World League meeting, at Chiswick when Australia won the Semi-Final tournament gold medals.
This time England lost at the semi-final stage of the Final tournament, a match in which they trailed 1-0 at half time due to a controversial goal. Jodie Schulz converted a penalty corner three minutes before the break, but her shot seemed to be deflected off team-mate, Teneal Attard’s thigh on its way to goal. England referred the decision to award the goal, but the video umpire upheld the original decision, England losing their video referral as a result.
England were in further trouble within two minutes of the restart, former Surbiton player, Georgie Parker scoring a scrambled goal from close range after the England defence failed … read more
England’s Under-21 Men lost 2-1 to South Africa in their first pool game at the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in Delhi on Friday.
Both James and Jonny Gall were in the starting line-up, England taking the lead in the 14th minute through David Goodfield. South Africa equalised a minute before half time through Andrew Manson, and won the game with a 59th minute penalty corner conversion by Dylan Swanpoel.
In the other Pool D match, Malaysia beat New Zealand 3-2.
In Pool A, Germany beat Belgium 3-1, and Pakistan beat Egypt 3-2. Pool B saw Argentina lose 5-2 to Australia, and France beat Spain 3-4. In Pool C, Korea won a goalfest 7-4 against Canada, and hosts, India concluded the opening day schedule, losing narrowly, 3-2 to the Netherlands.
The second round of Pool A and Pool C matches take place on Saturday; England meet New Zealand in Pool D on Sunday, when … read more
England reached the semi-finals of the Investec World League Final tournament in Tucuman, Argentina, thanks to Georgie Twigg’s 46th minute penalty stroke which clinched a 1-0 win over China on Thursday.
The stroke was awarded due to Susie Gilbert’s shot hitting a Chinese defender’s foot on the way to goal. Twigg stepped up to take the stroke, but there was initial disappointment when her shot was aimed straight at the Chinese keeper. However there was drama when the umpires ordered the stroke to be retaken, having noticed that Dongxiao Li was standing in front of the goal-line when the stroke was taken.
Given a second chance, Twigg made no mistake, the ball rebounding off the backboard to Li’s right, the Surbiton midfielder automatically celebrating her third goal of the tournament, and sixth for England. Twigg and Hollie Webb were both in England’s starting line-up, with Giselle Ansley entering the pitch in the … read more
Two goals from Alex Danson, and a deflection by former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray earned England a 3-1 victory over Germany, in the last game in Pool A at the Investec World League Final tournament in Tucuman, Argentina.
England had to come from behind for the third successive match, Eileen Hoffman giving Germany a 17th minute lead. However, a defensive error allowed Alex Danson to score in the same minute, and restore parity.
Six minutes after half time, Nicola White’s probing pass was deflected past German goalkeeper, Barbara Vogel by Bray to put England ahead for the first time.
England had to defend as they had three players sent to the sin bin in a six minute period, after being shown yellow cards: Laura Unsworth and Helen Richardson-Walsh spending five minutes; and Sally Walton banished for ten after kicking out while lying on the pitch.
England survived, and once the rush of cards subsided, … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI go into winter outdoor hibernation still fourth in the ten-club NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division after an 8-1 home win over Sheffield Hallam this afternoon (Sunday December 1). But not before they had conceded the opening goal for a ninth time in 11 league fixtures: this time to a sixth-minute penalty corner.
However they kept their composure (no cards for the second successive game) and their concentration throughout the first half before equalising through Matt Daly three minutes before the interval and going ahead on the stroke of half-time through Alan Forsyth, both from open play.
The hosts then ramped up their play to knock in six unanswered second-half goals (four of them in a whirlwind eight minutes). Forsyth completed his hat-trick thanks to open-play goals in the 53rd and 56th minutes; James Tindall knocked in a brace in the 42nd and 58th; Daly completed his brace from … read more
England came close to beating the Netherlands in their second pool game at the Investec World League Final tournament in Argentina, but suffered heartbreak as the Dutch scored twice in the last three minutes to come from 2-1 down to win 3-2.
Maartje Paumen gave the Netherlands a sixth minute lead from a penalty corner, but Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg equalised, also from a penalty corner, two minutes before half time. Six minutes into the second half, England took the lead through an own goal, which was awarded after Sophie Bray passed to Laura Unsworth, whose strong ball went into the goal, through a defender and the goalkeeper.
The lead lasted until the 67th minute, Paumen levelling through another penalty corner, and then a minute later, the Dutch recovery was complete, Kitty Van Male scoring from open play to snatch the win.
After the match, Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley reflected: “We gave it everything out there … read more
Surbiton Ladies overcame the handicap of having a depleted squad to beat Sutton Coldfield 3-2 in their final Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division match of 2013.
Already without Sandra Frankland, Abi Robinson and Harriet Tibble, Surbiton were forced to make a late change as Vicky Bryant was ruled out due to illness, and replaced by Sophie Fisher-Norton.
Under floodlights at Sugden Road, Sarah Page and Sarah Haycroft both caused the Sutton defence early problems; whilst Surbiton were grateful to both Hannah Coulson and Vanessa Roberts in defence. Surbiton took the lead in the fifteenth minute through Jenna Woolven, but were pegged back a minute before half time as Charlene Mason took on the Surbiton defence and managed to beat Surbiton goalkeeper, Abi Walker.
At times, Surbiton had struggled, and became frustrated after committing turnovers and unforced errors, but came close to regaining the lead within two minutes of the restart, Charlotte Calnan … read more
England had to come from two goals down before romping to a comfortable win against Korea in their first pool match at the Investec World League Final tournament in Tucuman, Argentina.
Ki Ju Park and Seung A Park put Korea in to control after just 20 minutes, but Alex Danson pulled a goal back three minutes before half time.
Within ten minutes of the restart, England were ahead, Lily Owsley converting a penalty corner in the 39th minute before Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg calmly scored from the penalty spot in the 45th minute to turn the match around with her fourth goal for England. Owsley added an open play goal five minutes later, before Kate Richardson-Walsh converted two penalty corners in the 63rd and 70th minutes to complete a comeback earned by a lot of hard work.
Jason Lee reflected on the game: “ It wasn’t a great start of course going 2-0 down, but … read more
This Sunday (December 1st/Sugden Road, 2pm) fourth-placed Surbiton Men’s 1st XI play Sheffield Hallam, eighth in the 10-club elite NOW: Pensions MHL National Premier Division league, on the final day of fixtures before domestic hockey goes indoors over the winter break, having already beaten them 3-1 in Yorkshire on September 22.
But the hosts will have to make do without their current England U21 duo – the brothers Gall, Jonathan and James – who departed on Tuesday (November 26th) for the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup which starts in New Delhi on Friday next week December 6th), concluding two Sundays later (December 15th).
England get the Investec World League Final tournament underway in Tucuman, Argentina on Saturday, when they face Korea (12 noon GMT).
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg, and Hollie Webb are all in the squad, which will hope to make 2013 an even more successful year. With bronze medals won in Cape Town in the Investec Challenge; and silver medals at both the Investec World League semi-final at Chiswick, and the EuroHockey Nations Championships in Antwerp, the target is another medal to make the year complete.
England meet the Netherlands (12 noon GMT) on Sunday in a rematch of the memorable Euro semi-final which England won on penalty shuffles. Their final pool game is against old rivals Germany on Tuesday (2.30 pm GMT).
Their finishing position in the pool will determine who they meet in the quarter-finals on Thursday.
Matches will be streamed via the FIH Channel on You Tube.
Surbiton Ladies play their last Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division match of 2013 on Saturday, when Sutton Coldfield are the visitors to Sugden Road (push back 2 pm).
With Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb on England international duty in Argentina, Surbiton will be slightly depleted, but determined to still hold the third place they currently occupy when the league season resumes in February.
Sutton Coldfield are currently ninth, and on course to have to defend their top flight status via the end of season Promotion tournament, against the three Conference champions.
Sutton got off to the worst possible start, losing 7-0 at newly promoted Beeston on opening day, but although they have struggled away from home, losing 4-0 at Canterbury, 6-0 at Reading, and 2-1 at Clifton, a 6-1 win at home to bottom side, Olton, and last week’s 3-0 win against Beeston has given them hope that by the … read more
Surbiton’s James and Jonny Gall have both been selected to play for England in the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in India, starting on 6 December, and finishing on 15 December.
England Head Coach, Jon Bleby included both brothers in the squad, James joining elder brother Jonny in the U21 squad, having impressed at U18 level.
Reviewing the squad’s preparation for the World Cup, Bleby said “Preparation for the World Cup has gone well. Back in August we came out on top in a three match series against Malaysia up at Wakefield in the NOW: Pensions Nations Plate. Following that, we had several training games against Germany and France as well as the Sultan of Johor Cup in September, which took place in Malaysia and was great preparation for the athletes to play in the type of climate we will experience in India”
England begin their Pool D campaign against South Africa on 6 December, then after … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI stay fourth in the ten-club NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division after winning 2-0 away to Hampstead & Westminster yesterday afternoon (Sunday November 24) thanks to open-play goals by James Gall in the 35th minute and Geoff McCabe in the 42nd. Gall got the final touch to a flowing move emanating from Tom Merchant winning the ball in midfield and setting Chris Grassick free down the right who swopped passes with Matt Daly before crossing along the face of goal just seconds before the half-time whistle. McCabe hammered home a ball rebounding to him after Alan Forsyth’s shot had hit the left hand post seven minutes into the second half.
The win leaves Surbiton still trailing both East Grinstead – who won 5-3 at Sheffield Hallam – and Reading - who won 5-4 at Canterbury - by five points; but now down to nine points in arrears of … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s travel to Paddington Rec for their first reverse league fixture of the 2013/14 season tomorrow afternoon (November 24, 2pm), having beaten Hampstead & Westminster 5-1 at Sugden Road in the opening game of the season on September 14. This return fixture against coach Todd Williams’ former club is likely to prove a key game in both team’s bid for the fourth and last post-season Premiership play-off spot. This is a tight race at the 10-team elite league’s half-way stage after nine NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division fixtures, with only three points separating fourth-placed Surbiton from their seventh-placed hosts who secured their first points in four fixtures when they won 2-1 at home against Canterbury last Sunday. In between the two are Wimbledon, two points behind Surbiton after a run of three successive victories, plus Canterbury, a further point back level with H&W but above them by … read more
Two goals in the last seven minutes allowed Surbiton Ladies to consolidate their third place in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division with a 2-0 win at Clifton on Saturday afternoon.
With both sides having difficulty taking their chances due to both goalkeepers being on top form, the match seemed destined to end in a goalless draw until a wonderful 1-2 passing move between Rebecca Herbert and Vicky Bryant allowed Jenna Woolven to break the deadlock by scoring from close range in the 63rd minute. With Surbiton putting the Clifton defence under heavy pressure due to incessant waves of attacks, Sarah Page clinched the victory with four minutes to play, home goalkeeper, Caitlin Jeffries only able to help the ball over the goal-line and against her left side-board.
The goal belied Jeffries’ performance, as she had continually denied the Surbiton forwards from taking the lead. Surbiton goalkeeper, Abi Walker, was also … read more
Surbiton Ladies go into the second half of the 2013-14 Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division season in third place, and will be aiming to build on their achievements so far, when they travel to Bristol on Saturday to play Clifton (push back 1 pm).
With just five points separating third to seventh place in the top flight, points will be precious in the second half of the season as teams try and finish in the top four places to qualify for the end of season Championships. Reading and Canterbury are both five points clear of Surbiton, but there is scope for ground to be gained as the top two meet on Sunday in Kent.
Matches between Surbiton and Clifton have always been close, with all three previous league matches ending drawn; and Surbiton scraping into the 2012 Investec Women’s Cup final with a 1-0 victory in the semi-final at Sugden Road.
On the … read more
Congratulations to former Surbiton Men’s 1st XI goalkeeper Matt Miles who successfully passed his level 3 assessment this weekend and is now a full member of the NPUA (National Programme Umpiring Association). Hopefully it won’t be too long before he is at Sugden Road umpiring a NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division fixture. (SCC)
“Following the sad news earlier this week, the funeral for Bruce MacDonald will be held at Hanworth Crematorium, Hounslow, TW13 5JH on Monday December 2 at 12 noon. This will be followed by the wake at Sunbury Cricket Club, TW16 5PS. Family flowers only.”
(National Programme Umpiring Association Website, November 14)
Today it is Surbiton Ladies’ Georgie Twigg’s turn to be featured in a national paper’s sports pages. Graham Wilson’s weekly Tuesday hockey column in the “Daily Express” World of Sport section (Tuesday November 19, page 58) is headlined “Georgie all set to bounce back” and has a head picture of her too, plus a mention of the L1 6-2 win at Beeston to climb to third in the Investec Premier Division. The same story with two bigger pictures also features (twice!) on the paper’s website:
Surbiton Ladies’ and Men’s 1st XIs were both headline stories in today’s “The Daily Telegraph” Sport’s hockey column (Monday November 18, page S13). The women were the lead report in the Investec Women’s hockey section under the headline “Surbiton serve warning of title credentials” with a picture and caption of Giselle Ansley and quote from captain Sarah Haycroft. Beneath it in the NOW: Pensions Men’s hockey section the men’s draw at East Grinstead led under the headline “Forsyth’s late flourish ensures share of spoils” and featuring a quote from coach Todd Williams.
Surbiton Ladies moved up to third place in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, after a well deserved 6-2 victory over Beeston at Highfields in Nottingham.
Surbiton’s Eloise Stenner followed up her first team cup debut last week, by making her first appearance in the national league in the East Midands.
Beeston never really recovered after trailing 3-0 after just eight stunning minutes, and although the hosts rallied with two goals in the second half, Surbiton’s experience ultimately proved decisive.
Surbiton took the lead after just seventy seconds after a penetrating pass from Sarah Page found Rebecca Herbert, whose shot was touched over the goal-line by Sandra Frankland.
In the fifth minute, Giselle Ansley doubled Surbiton’s lead from a penalty corner, and when Page added a third goal from open play in the eighth minute, the visitors were well in control. Beeston then settled down, and mounted some attacks of their own, Harriet … read more
Alan Forsyth’s goal two minutes from time, earned Surbiton’s men a point in a dramatic 2-2 draw at East Grinstead on Saturday evening. Surbiton stay fourth in the NOW: Pensions Men’s HockeyLeague Premier Division, two points ahead of Wimbledon, and five points behind both East Grinstead, and Reading.
Forsyth had also scored Surbiton’s first goal in the 21st minute, Glenn Kirkham having given the hosts the lead in the 15th minute. East Grinstead’s lead was restored in the 27th minute, former Surbiton captain, Tim Deakin, scoring against his former club. The score remained unchanged for most of the second half until Forsyth’s second equaliser in a match in which all four goals came from open play.
Beeston kept up their one hundred per cent record, but needed Sam Ward’s second half penalty corner to win 1-0 at Cannock. Reading won 2-1 at Loughborough Students, who remain bottom, but still only a point … read more
Surbiton Ladies reach the halfway point of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division season when they travel to Nottingham to play Beeston on Sunday (push back 12 noon). The match will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the Investec Women’s Cup quarter-final on 16 February, after the teams were paired together in Monday’s draw.
Beeston, in their first season in the top flight, have acquitted themselves well, and with Olton virtually doomed to relegation already, the new girls should be safe from relegation, although there is a chance that they could be drawn into a fight for the place in the promotion tournament at the end of the season.
Those fears were eased last week when Beeston came away from the University of Birmingham with a 3-2 victory. Beeston’s top scorer, Sophie Robinson opened the scoring from the penalty spot, Hannah Wraith and Phoebe Richards giving the visitors a three goal … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s away fixture at East Grinstead this Saturday evening at 5.30pm is likely to prove a key game in both clubs’ bid for a post-season Premiership play-off spot. After eight NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division fixtures the Sussex team lie second in the league, five points behind one hundred per cent leaders Beeston and two ahead of Reading, who we trail by three. With Canterbury only two points behind us and Wimbledon four, the chase for the top four play-off spots is very tight. East Grinstead are renowned for their vociferous crowd, so we need lots of supporters to outshout them. Saint Hill is only 31 miles from our clubhouse, so, if your fixtures and evening arrangements permit, help us turn out in force to cheer the boys on against an EG side with a familiar face both in their squad and among their coaching staff, as … read more
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“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Bruce MacDonald, who passed away yesterday (November 11). Bruce was a long standing member of the Southern Counties Hockey Umpires’ Association as both an umpire and coach, before more recently supporting the game as a match official at EHL fixtures. We will of course share the details of funeral arrangements when they are known. Our thoughts are with Bruce’s family at this sad time.”
(National Programme Umpiring Association Website, November 12)
Bruce has been a frequent visitor at the club over many years and will be much missed.
Germany’s women beat Great Britain 3-1 in the third match in Mannheim on Wednesday to win the three match series 2-1.
Great Britain had won the first match on Monday, Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg scoring the third goal in the last minute; before Germany won the second match on Tuesday. All three games were won by a margin of 3-1.
Giselle Ansley missed the series as a precaution following a training injury. Sarah Haycroft, who played her first matches in Great Britain colours, started the first two matches, but didn’t play on Wednesday; Georgie Twigg started in the first and third matches, coming on as a sub in the second; whilst Hollie Webb, who also won her first Great Britain caps, was in the starting line-up for all three matches.
Head Coach Jason Lee summed up the series as follows: “We started strongly with a win in the first game and then it was … read more
Great Britain and Germany’s women will play a deciding match on Wednesday, after the first two games were shared, both teams winning 3-1.
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley had to withdraw following her accident in training, and was replaced by Sally Walton, who has temporarily left Bowdon Hightown to join Wakefield as part of her rehabilitation following her own injury.
On Monday, Sarah Haycroft won her first Great Britain cap in a game that Team GB won 3-1, Georgie Twigg scoring Great Britain’s third goal in the final minute from open play, and also scoring her third goal in Great Britain colours.
Germany gained revenge by the same scoreline on Tuesday, setting up the decider on Wednesday lunchtime.