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England and Great Britain Head Coach, Danny Kerry has announced a 33-woman squad for the next Olympic cycle ending in 2020 in Tokyo.
The reigning Olympic champions have included four new Surbiton players in the squad.
Youngster Charlotte Calnan has been rewarded for the progress made through national junior teams including at Under-21 level.
Emily Defroand and Hannah Martin both joined Surbiton from the University of Birmingham in August 2016.
Martin’s brother Harry is in the men’s squad having played at both the London and Rio Olympics.
Jo Hunter won five caps for England at the Investec Challenge in South Africa in February 2013 alongside current Surbiton team-mates Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft and Hollie Webb.
Ansley, Haycroft and Webb remain in the new central squad alongside goakeeper, Sabbie Heesh, who joined Surbiton from Leicester in July, Surbiton now having eight players in the Central squad.
Along with several other players, Georgie Twigg has elected to take a break … read more
Great Britain Head Coach, Bobby Crutchley has announced his 27 man playing-squad for the next Olympic cycle and among nine new faces are three Surbiton players.
Liam Ansell, Brendan Creed and David Goodfield have all been added to the squad joining Alan Forsyth, Harry Gibson and Chris Grassick.
After announcing the squad, Crutchley said: “We’re very excited about this new group, there’s been significant change and we’re looking forward to really getting going and developing the players.”
He added “When we had the players in for assessment late last year, seeing how keen and eager the players were really reinvigorated the group and will keep all of us on our toes. As always at this time there has been significant change, difficult decisions and we will miss all of the players who have either retired or aren’t selected for this cycle.”
Crutchley concluded “We’ve got some key tournaments coming up this year, particularly the … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ indoor hockey team were stunned by Harleston Magpies in their final game in the Super Sixes Championships Division One tournament at the University of the West of England on Sunday evening.
Harleston won 5-2 to avoid relegation to Division Two and send East Anglian rivals, Ipswich down instead.
Surbiton finished fifth with Clifton Robinsons and Leicester promoted and Ipswich and Bristol Firebrands relegated.
Surbiton took a first minute lead, Stephanie Addison finishing off a passing move out of defence in front of an open goal after just 17 seconds.
Harleston then dug deep defensively with goalkeeper Charlotte Peet working hard with her defenders to restrict Surbiton’s forwards, although Beckie Middleton forced a fourth minute save.
Surbiton’s goalkeeper, Louisa Bray saved from Harleston’s Bryony Lund before Surbiton’s Darcy Bourne was unlucky to see a defence splitting pass to Olivia Chilton defended.
Harleston then fought back with two penalty corner conversions, Lauren Rowe converting in the … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ Indoor Team came from 1-0 down to beat Leicester 3-2 on Sunday afternoon to ensure their place in Division One next season.
Although relegation was unlikely, a defeat would have left them needing a point in their final game with Harleston Magpies to prevent the Norfolk club sending Surbiton down.
At half time, the negative scenario was still possible, Leicester’s Kim Leiper giving the East Midlands club the lead on the stroke of half time with a lob shot.
The goal ended a barren run of 107 minutes since Surbiton had conceded a goal, including two clean sheets.
Surbiton stormed back after the interval, Naomi Evans equalising from open play 81 seconds after Steph Tirrell replaced Caitlin Jeffries in the Leicester goal.
Four minutes later, a breakaway out of defence saw Alice Sharp complete a stunning finish to give Surbiton a 2-1 lead.
With eight minutes to play, Natalie Maclean, Surbiton’s captain, ended her … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ Robyn Collins took part in a four match series for Scotland against Spain this week.
Scotland lost the first game 2-1 and the second game 4-0.
Spain were on course for a four game grand slam after winning the third match 3-1, but a determined performance in the fourth and final game saw Scotland earn a goalless draw.
Scotland went close to snatching the win after Collins sent Fiona Burnet and former Surbiton player Becky Merchant on a two on one potential confrontation against the Spanish goalkeeper but the umpire blew the whistle.
The match report for the third match can be found on the Scottish Hockey website here
The match report for the fourth game can be found on the Scottish Hockey website here
Surbiton Ladies’ indoor team won their second game in a row and also kept their second clean sheet in a row in a convincing 3-0 victory over Ipswich in Bristol on Saturday afternoon.
Ipswich were in danger of dropping to the bottom of the Super Sixes Championships Division One table with two games left after Surbiton dominated throughout and were frequently denied by the Ipswich defence and goalkeeper, Mariette Rix.
Bristol Firebrands’ 2-1 defeat to Chelmsford kept the Bristol club on the bottom of the table with East Anglian rivals Harleston Magpies and Ipswich a point ahead in seventh and eighth place respectively.
Defences were largely on top for the first thirteen minutes, although Surbiton forced their first penalty corner within a minute and forced two others in the first half to little effect.
The game sprung to life in the 14th minute, Naomi Evans finishing from a rebound after Rix saved, to put … read more
Surbiton finally ended a run of 12 Super Sixes Championships matches without a win, beating Brooklands Poynton in their Division One match on Saturday.
With regular first team players available for the second weekend, Beckie Middleton, Alice Sharp. Stephanie Addison, Naomi Evans and Emily Atkinson came into the squad with youngster, Louisa Bray replacing Ellie Shahbo in goal.
At the University of the West of England, Surbiton began brightly with Addison and Evans forcing saves from Brooklands Poynton goalkeeper, Maud Lelkins before Evans scored from close range to open the scoring in the second minute
Evans became Surbiton’s thirteenth player to score on her indoor debut since Surbiton started playing indoor hockey in 2009.
Bray saved from Helen Turner in the fourth minute, with Surbiton captain, Natalie Maclean forcing a save at the other end a minute later.
Sharp was an attacking threat with her frequent runs and was unlucky not to score in the … read more
Surbiton Ladies go into the second weekend of the Super Sixes Championships Division One tournament aiming to pull away from the bottom of the table and towards safety in mid-table.
With a stronger squad set to be fielded at the University of the West of England in Bristol, Surbiton should keep their place in Division One.
The first weekend saw Surbiton gain a single point, which didn’t reflect the effort and commitment the squad put in.
Clifton Robinsons, likely to be promoted with Leicester, were too strong for Surbiton’s reserve squad when they opened with a 7-2 win, but with a bit more luck, Surbiton would have had more to show after the first four games.
Narrow defeats to St. Albans (3-4) and Chelmsford (1-2) were followed by a 2-2 draw with Bristol Firebrands, Surbiton leading 2-1 at half time.
The first weekend was nevertheless rewarding with youngster, Zoe Allchurch scoring twice, Darcy Bourne showing … read more
The Hockey Paper returned today after the Christmas break and this week’s edition has features of interest to Surbiton members.
Surbiton Men’s indoor captain, Lewis Prosser is pictured on the cover and is interviewed in the Super Sixes Premier Division report on Pages 8-9.
Ben Edwards‘ worthy campaigning for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is recognised in a feature on Page 5.
Surbiton Ladies’ Beckie Middleton’s article on Page 7 discusses how Role Swaps Can Make You Better.
On Page 14, Rod Gilmour reports on Surbiton Ladies’ preparation for Europe and It’s men against girls as Surbiton bid to get tough.
There’s also a 2017 Fixtures Calendar among other articles on the World of hockey.
The Hockey Paper is available from newsagents from £1.50. More information can be found here.
Subscriptions are also available here.
Surbiton’s Robyn Collins was on top form for Scotland in Valencia on Monday but couldn’t prevent Spain from winning 2-1 in the first of four test matches on Monday in preparation for February’s World League Round 2 tournament.
Collins’ aerial balls put the Spanish defence under pressure and after Scotland had taken the lead through Millie Brown in the eighth minute, Jen Eadie nearly doubled the lead after an attack as a result of another Collins aerial early in the third quarter.
Spain rallied with two goals in the third quarter, Julia Pons scoring in the 38th minute and Bélen Iglesias four minutes later, but couldn’t get past Collins early in the fourth quarter when seeking to make the game safe.
Scotland Head Coach, Gordon Shepherd made changes for the second game on Tuesday to allow players to state their case for selection for the World League.
Spain won the second game 4-0.
The third and … read more
Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth, William Marshall and Nick Parkes have all been named in Scotland’s squad to play Russia in three test matches in Spain on Sunday (15th), Monday (16th) and Wednesday (18th) January,
Scotland play in their World League Round 2 tournament in Belfast from 11-19 March.
Scotland Head Coach, Derek Forsyth said: “This is the start of our build up towards World League 2 and the games against Russia will be a good test. The squad is looking forward to the challenges head throughout 2017. Our main aim is to ensure our participation in the CWG Gold Coast in 2018.”
The full squad can be found at the Scottish Hockey website here.
Surbiton Men will play Sevenoaks in the semi-finals of the Super Sixes Championships at Wembley on 29 January. In the first meeting, Surbiton won a thriller 5-4 at Bromsgrove School. Sevenoaks included former Surbiton player, Rob Schilling in their squad.
On a dramatic final day in Nottingham, East Grinstead, unbeaten in their first six games, including a 4-4 thriller with Surbiton on Saturday night, lost both Premier Division games on Sunday.
A 1-0 defeat to Sevenoaks was followed by a 10-8 defeat by Reading, the victory taking the Berkshire club up to third and dropping Sevenoaks to fourth. East Grinstead will face Reading in the second semi-final.
Wimbledon missed out on a finals day appearance losing 9-3 to Surbiton after going down 5-3 to Team Bath Buccaneers.
Surbiton led 5-1 at half time over Wimbledon. Surbiton captain, Lewis Prosser completed a first half hat-trick, scoring in the seventh, 17th and 20th minutes from open … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ indoor team earned their first point in the Super Sixes Championships Division One on Sunday when they drew 2-2 with Bristol Firebrands.
Surbiton began well, Issy Carey just shooting wide in the eighth minute.
Emily Dunne gave Firebrands a 12th minute lead after finding herself in space on the right of the circle.
However, Surbiton came back to lead 2-1 at half time, captain, Natalie Maclean finding the backboard in the 14th and 20th minutes, having just shot wide of the goal twice in the 13th minute.
In the second half, Surbiton goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo saved well from Firebrands’ captain, Frankie Mayes.
Unfortunately Maclean found herself in the sin-bin for the fourth time on the first weekend on the half hour.
Firebrands forced six penalty corners in the second half, and equalised from the fifth with seven minutes to play, Mayes earning a valuable point.
In spite of a supreme effort, Surbiton couldn’t find the … read more
Surbiton Ladies completed their Torneo De Reyes with a 1-1 draw with the Italian National Team in Barcelona on Sunday morning.
Eleonora Di Mauro gave Italy the lead twelve minutes into the second quarter with a penalty stroke.
Georgie Twigg levelled five minutes into the fourth quarter with a penalty corner conversion.
More information can be found at the tournament website here
Surbiton Ladies’ Indoor team were unlucky to go down 2-1 to Chelmsford in game three of the first weekend of the Super Sixes Championships Division One tournament in Bristol on Sunday morning.
Surbiton were the better team at the start with captain Natalie Maclean having chances to score in the fourth and seventh minutes but just missing the target on both occasions.
Chelmsford took the lead in the thirteenth minute, Kate Taylor scoring from the right of the circle. Almost immediately, Surbiton used their timeout of the half to regroup and in the 17th minute found themselves back on level terms.
Zoe Allchurch scored a skillful goal, in perfect position to slip the ball inside Chelmsford goalkeeper, Chelsey Claridge’s right post.
Darcy Bourne had previously had a goal disallowed from a shot outside the circle and Molly Hanson-Akins hit the side of the goal from the right of the circle.
Chelmsford found Surbiton golkeeper, Ellie … read more
Surbiton Men have qualified for the Super Sixes Finals day at Wembley on 29 January along with East Grinstead after both teams fought out a thrilling 4-4 draw in the Premier Division tournament at Nottingham University on Saturday evening.
Fifth placed Sevenoaks on nine points cannot catch the top two and with the Kent club also due to meet fourth placed Reading on Sunday, both Surbiton and EG were already on the road to Wembley.
Surbiton came back from 3-0 down after just eleven minutes to lead 4-3 with eight minutes to play before East Grinstead levelled to leave honours even.
Ben Allberry gave East Grinstead a fourth minute lead from open play, Simon Faulkner with the only penalty corner conversion of the game a minute later to quickly double the West Sussex club’s lead.
Surbiton were down to five players as Dave Beckett found himself in the sin-bin in the fifth minute.
When Nick Catlin … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ indoor team suffered an agonising 4-3 defeat against St. Albans on Saturday afternoon after battling back from a 4-1 half time deficit.
In the second minute, St. Albans suffered a setback when their captain, Chloe Hobson had to leave the pitch after being accidentally pole axed by Natalie Maclean’s rebound shot following a Sarah Lavers save.
A minute later, Megan Crowson converted a penalty corner to give St. Albans the lead.
Lottie Ross linked up well with Zoe Allchurch and Freya Gladstone, only for the St. Albans defence to thwart the Surbiton forwards.
Both sides attacked in an open game with Surbiton earning a spectacular and well deserved equaliser in the 15th minute, Gladstone crossing from the right for Zoe Allchurch to turn the ball past Lavers.
Crowson quickly restored St. Albans’ lead with a shot which crept inside Surbiton goalkeeper, Ellie Shahbo’s right post.
The key moment came when Maclean saw green for … read more
Surbiton Ladies beat IWHL Premier Division rivals Leicester 4-0 in their second game at the Torneo De Reyes in Barcelona on Saturday morning.
Abi Robinson gave Surbiton an eleventh minute lead with Emily Defroand doubling the lead a minute later, both goals coming from open play.
Surbiton then had to wait until the third quarter to add to their lead, Jenna Woolven also scoring from open play in the 37th minute.
Sarah Page converted a penalty corner in the final quarter to complete a convincing victory.
Surbiton complete their fixtures against the Italian National Team at 0945 local time on Sunday.
On Saturday, Italy beat hosts, HC Polo 5-0.
The Torneo de Reyes website can be found here
Surbiton Men are a step closer to Wembley after beating Canterbury 11-3 in their first match of the second weekend at Nottingham University on Saturday lunchtime.
Surbiton fell behind in the third minute, Craig Boyne giving Canterbury the lead, but Alan Forsyth, restored to the indoor squad, and David Goodfield turned the match around with goals in the seventh and eleventh minutes.
Canterbury equalised at 2-2 in the eleventh minute, Will Heywood levelling from open play, only for Dave Beckett to restore Surbiton’s lead on the quarter hour.
Canterbury came back again two minutes before half time with Boyne scoring his second open play goal of the match, but William Marshall ensured that Surbiton would turn round with a 4-3 lead with a nineteenth minute goal.
In the second half, it was all Surbiton as they scored seven goals without reply.
Brendan Creed scored twice in the 25th and 33rd minutes; Goodfield scored his second … read more
Surbiton Ladies started their Super 6s Division One campaign at the University of the West of England in Bristol with a 7-2 defeat to Clifton Robinsons on Saturday morning but battled hard throughout.
Surbiton took the lead in the fifth minute, Sian Craze finishing from the right of the circle.
Four minutes later Claire Thomas levelled from Clifton’s first penalty corner and then rifled a shot into the inside right netting to give the Bristol club the lead for the first time in the twelfth minute.
Abi Porter extended Clifton’s lead from open play in the 14th minute with a shot from the left of the circle as Surbiton’s defence was outwitted by slick passing movements.
3-1 was the half time score, with Thomas completing her hat-trick three minutes into the second half the ball creeping across the line in an otherwise open goal.
Craze slipped the ball under Clifton goalkeeper, Sarah Ellis from the … read more
Surbiton Ladies drew 1-1 with RC Polo De Barcelona at the Torneo De Reyes in Barcelona on Friday afternoon.
Xantal Giné gave Barcelona the lead in the 16th minute, Hannah Martin levelling for Surbiton with nine minutes remaining.
Both goals came from penalty corners.
In the first game the Italian National Team beat Leicester 1-0, Elisabetta Pacella scoring the only goal.
The games are being played over four quarters of 15 minutes.
Surbiton play Leicester on Saturday (11 am local time).
Surbiton squad: Sabbie Heesh (GK); Naomi Evans, Julia King, Giselle Ansley, Stephanie Addison, Sarah Haycroft (Capt.), Georgie Twigg, Jo Hunter, Hannah Martin, Abi Robinson, Olivia Chilton, Emily Defroand, Beckie Middleton, Sarah Page, Jenna Woolven, Alice Sharp.
The tournament website can be found here
Surbiton Men travel to Nottingham University this weekend for part 2 of this season’s Super 6s Championships Premier Division tournament with the aim of finishing in the top four and qualifying for finals day at Wembley.
Surbiton are in pole position after the first weekend having won all four games along with East Grinstead, who trail Surbiton by just an inferior six goal difference.
Likely to need two wins to reach Wembley, Surbiton start against eighth place Canterbury at 12.30 pm on Saturday (7 January) before a key match against their West Sussex rivals at 5.30 pm.
On Sunday, Surbiton take on Wimbledon at 1 pm and Team Bath Buccaneers at 4 pm.
There will be reports on this website over the weekend and Surbiton’s progress can be followed in real time at the England Hockey Altius website here
Surbiton Ladies begin their Super 6s Division One campaign this weekend at the Centre of Sport at the University of the West of England in Bristol.
With several players in Barcelona, Surbiton are fielding a squad with youth and experience for the first weekend.
Having been relegated from the top flight in their first ever season in the Premier Division, Surbiton start their Division One campaign at 11.30 on Saturday (7 January) against Clifton Robinsons, who are set to include former Surbiton player, Hannah Coulson in their squad.
Clifton just missed out on promotion last season, finishing third, three points behind second placed Buckingham.
At 3.30 pm, Surbiton face St. Albans, who finished fifth in Division One last season and are due to field Hannah Macleod in their squad.
On Sunday, Chelmsford are Surbiton’s third opponents with an early start at 9 am. Chelmsford won Division Two at Bradford last season and were promoted with … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ preparation for the EuroHockey Club Cup in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in June starts on Friday when they take part in the Torneo de Reyes in Barcelona.
Surbiton take on hosts, RC Polo de Barcelona at 5 pm local time on Friday.
On Saturday, they face domestic rivals Leicester in an 11 am push back before finishing the tournament against the Italian National Team on Sunday at 9.45 am.
On 2 June, Surbiton will take on C.H. SPV Complutense of Spain in the quarter-finals with a potential semi-final match-up with hosts ‘s-Hertogenbosch the following day if they win and the hosts overcome Irish club Hermes-Monkstown in their quarter-final.
Canterbury face UHC Hamburg, 6-0 winners over Surbiton last season and AH&BC Amsterdam play CSP Krylatskoye in the other last eight ties.
The Torneo de Reyes website can be found here
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb, members of Great Britain’s gold winning Olympic squad have been made MBEs in the New Year’s Honours List.
Former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray, now in the Netherlands with Kampong has also been honoured as a member of the Olympic champion squad.
Many congratulations to all four players for their well deserved awards as a result of several years of hard work.
More information can be found here.
From Top To Bottom: Hollie Webb, Georgie Twigg and Giselle Ansley all pictured during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Photos: Webb and Ansley: Frank Uijlenbroek;
Twigg: Koen Suyk
Surbiton Men, the leaders of the Super Sixes Championships Premier Division after winning all four games at Bromsgrove School last weekend are strongly featured in the report in this week’s The Hockey Paper.
Reporter Andrew Lawton interviews Surbiton player/ coach Mark Pearn and there are action photos of William Marshall and Dave Beckett with Pearn pictured during a team talk.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb, Georgie Twigg and Giselle Ansley all appear in the photo accompanying the Sports Personality of the Year report.
This week’s edition is the last of 2016 and the paper will return on 11 January 2017.
The paper costs £1.50 from selected newsagents and supermarkets – more information can be found here or subscriptions are available here
Surbiton Men will go into the second weekend of the Super Sixes Championships Premier Division with a one hundred per cent record although Sevenoaks came close to snatching a point on Sunday afternoon.
Fortunately, Dave Beckett scored a last minute winner to pull a 5-4 win out of the fire for Surbiton.
After eleven minutes, Surbiton seemed to be on course for a comfortable win, William Marshall’s fourth minute penalty corner and Jonny Gall’s seventh minute open play goal earning a 2-0 lead.
Within a minute, however, Michael Barber converted a penalty corner for Sevenoaks to reduce Surbiton’s lead to 2-1.
Dave Beckett restored Surbiton’s two goal advantage from open play in the 15th minute.
Sevenoaks struck two late blows at the end of the first half, Barber scoring from open play in the 19th minute and Jack Valentine scoring in the same manner just before half time to leave the match poised at 3-3.
Four … read more
Surbiton’s Men beat Loughborough Students 7-3 at the Super Sixes Championships Premier Division tournament at Bromsgrove School on Sunday morning to keep up their one hundred per cent record.
Jonny Gall gave Surbiton a seventh minute lead with Brendan Creed adding a second goal a minute later, both goals coming from open play.
William Marshall converted a penalty corner in the thirteenth minute as Surbiton seemed to be cruising towards a third successive win.
However, Loughborough reduced the lead to 3-2, Frederick Eger’s 14th minute penalty corner conversion an Adam Pescod’s open play goal three minutes later giving the students hope that they could record their first win.
Gall struck again for Surbiton from open play on the stroke of half time to give Surbiton a 4-2 lead.
Marshall extended Surbiton’s lead to 5-2 three minutes into the second half, only for Loughborough to respond through Tom Crowson’s open play goal in the 27th minute.
Within … read more
Surbiton won their second match at the Super Sixes Championships Premier Division tournament at Bromsgrove School, beating Reading 11-1 thanks to a superb team performance.
Everybody except for captain Lewis Prosser and goalkeeper Harry Gibson scored as Surbiton took another giant step towards qualifying for the Wembley finals on 29 January.
Dave Beckett who scored a hat-trick in the first match against Bowdon, found the target again in the third minute from open play to give Surbiton an early lead.
In the eighth minute, Australian, Luke Noblett converted a penalty corner to score his first indoor goal for Surbiton and was joined two minutes later by David Goodfield who also scored his maiden indoor goal in Surbiton colours from open play.
In the eleventh minute, Brendan Creed not only scored his fourth goal of the tournament but Surbiton’s fourth goal of the match before Reading managed to keep the Surbiton players at bay for … read more
Surbiton Men beat Bowdon 6-4 in their first match at the Super Sixes Championships Premier Division tournament at Bromsgrove School on Saturday morning.
Surbiton got off to a fast start, Brendan Creed and Dave Beckett both scoring from open play in the fourth minute to put the newly-promoted club up 2-0.
Beckett scored again in the thirteenth minute to seemingly put Surbiton in control with a three goal lead, but Bowdon came back with a goal either side of half time.
Patryk Bulka converted a penalty corner four minutes before the interval with David Egerton’s open play goal six minutes into the second half giving Surbiton an unexpected cause for concern.
Fortunately, Creed scored twice from open play in the 28th and 32nd minutes to restore Surbiton’s three goal advantage with a 5-2 lead and complete his hat-trick on his indoor debut for the club.
With six minutes to play, Beckett also completed his hat-trick … read more