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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
Surbiton Ladies’ second team will be heading to the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on 25 April to face either Beeston or Bowdon in the England Hockey Board Second XI Cup Final after beating the University of Birmingham in the semi-final at Sugden Road on Sunday.
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 Midland Region Hockey Women’s Association Premier.
Emmie Le Marchand put Surbiton ahead in the fourth minute from open play in an open match in which both teams attacked and created several chances to score.
Birmingham will rue not taking the opportunity … read more
Surbiton Ladies did just enough to win 3-2 over Beeston at Highfields Hockey Centre in Nottingham, and keep their three point advantage over Clifton at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.
However, Beeston had chances to earn their second point of the season, as Surbiton failed to take advantage of their possession, the visitors occasionally caught out in defence.
Beeston were without former Surbiton player, Lilie Lamacraft, sidelined through injury, but attacked early, Georgie Twigg needing to defend in the circle in the first minute. Three minutes later, only an Emily Atkinson interception in the circle prevented Beeston from taking a surprise lead.
As against the University of Birmingham, Surbiton lacked cohesion and struggled to find their rhythm; and also failed to score from four first half penalty corners. Nevertheless, Surbiton took the lead in the 17th minute, captain, Sarah Haycroft starting with her back to goal and … read more
Surbiton’s men beat Southgate 6-1 on Saturday afternoon to stay ahead of nearest rivals East Grinstead, on goal difference at the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.
Surbiton got off to the perfect start as Lewis Prosser opened the scoring in the first minute, only for former Surbiton player, Mike Houlihan to level for the visitors in the third minute, both goals coming from open play.
Southgate were then rocked by a three goal in five minutes spell, as the leading Premier Division goalscorer, Matt Daly restored Surbiton’s lead in the 17th minute, Alan Forsyth adding an open play goal a minute later, and Rupert Shipperley adding a fourth goal in the 22nd minute.
The second half was slightly quieter as Forsyth and Daly scored their second goals of the match in the 41st and 55th minutes respectively, both goals coming from penalty corner routines.
East Grinstead kept up the … read more
The Men’s 1st XI have already qualified for the top-four Championship/European play-off qualifiers at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre in the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the weekend of 11/12 April with four fixtures still to play.
So now the question is: Can they hold on to top position and qualify for Europe whatever position they finish in the Championships, even if England only have one place next season?
And this weekend will be crucial to that ambition with half the remaining fixtures being played. Tomorrow (Saturday 28 March, 2pm) they host ninth-placed Southgate, who they beat 3-1 in the reverse fixture at Trent Park on 21 September and who now, trailing them by 20 points, are in a nervous battle to climb out of the relegation play-offs, or, in the worst case scenario to avoid dropping into the automatic relegation spot.
That evening the M1 travel overnight to Derby ahead of taking … read more
Surbiton Ladies travel to Nottingham on Saturday to face basement team Beeston at HIghfields Hockey Centre (push back 12 noon).
Surbiton go into the match with a three point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, after last week’s 2-1 home win over the University of Birmingham, but the reigning league champions will be hoping for a better performance.
Beeston have struggled this season, their only point coming in a 2-2 draw at Buckingham. Last weekend, they lost 1-0 at home to Buckingham, a win which left Bowdon Hightown facing the possible prospect of defending their top flight status via the Promotion Tournament.
Beeston are therefore favourites for automatic relegation, but they will fight until it is mathematically impossible to avoid the drop, so Surbiton will underestimate them at their peril.
Beeston’s main problem has been their inability to score, having failed to score in five of their last six … read more
Even without a game it was a good Sunday (22 February) for the Men’s 1st XI when the weekend’s four remaining NOW: Pensions MHL National Premier Division weekend fixtures where played.
Most importantly for future planning, both for players and supporters, with four more league games still remaining, the team are now guaranteed a place in the top-four championship/European play-off qualifying competition at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre in the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the weekend of 11/12 April.
Fifth-placed Reading could only draw 2-2 at ninth-place Southgate to be 14 points behind (18 to 32) and so no longer able to overtake Surbiton in the remaining four fixtures.
So hurry up and book your tickets to see England’s top men’s clubs compete for glory in the showpiece finale to the domestic leagues. Also on display will be the promotion tournaments where 9th place in the Premier Division battles it out … read more
After their 3-3 draw in the return South-West London derby against Wimbledon yesterday evening (Kings College School, 21 February, 6pm) Surbiton Men’s 1st XI await two of today’s (February 22) remaining four NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division weekend fixtures to see if they: (a) remain top of the table; or (b) become already qualified, with four more league games still remaining, for the top-four championship/European play-off qualifying competition at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre in the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the weekend of 11/12 April.
For the former to occur second-placed East Grinstead will have to fail to beat third-placed Beeston at home (2pm) by five goals or more; and for the latter fifth-placed Reading to fail to beat ninth-place Southgate at home (2.30pm).
Having lost 4-1 to Wimbledon in the reverse fixture at Sugden Road on 22 November, Surbiton did well to avoid a double derby defeat by pulling … read more
Emily Atkinson converted a penalty corner with two minutes to play to give Surbiton Ladies a 2-1 come from behind win over the University of Birmingham at Sugden Road on Saturday.
The victory opened up a three point lead for Surbiton at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division over Clifton, who were without a match this weekend, due to Reading’s participation in European Indoor Hockey. Clifton’s fixture with Reading was rearranged before the restart of the league season.
On a bitterly cold day in Elmbridge, Surbiton struggled to find their form or cohesion in the first half, as Birmingham, including former Surbiton player, Sophie Fisher-Norton in their lineup, successfully frustrated the reigning champions.
Birmingham had two chances to take the lead in the tenth minute, both shots going wide of the right post. Surbiton were also grateful to Giselle Ansley and Natalie Maclean in the first half as they tackled Birmingham’s forwards … read more
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.
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.
More information about the Cash Back scheme can be found here
Ticket information for both league finals can be found here
Surbiton Ladies welcome the University of Birmingham on Saturday (push back 2 pm) knowing that a win would open up a three point lead over nearest rivals Clifton in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.
Clifton have the week off as they have already played Reading in Saturday’s originally scheduled fixture, owing to Reading’s participation in European Indoor Hockey in Lithuania this weekend.
Surbiton’s clash with Birmingham is therefore their game in hand, which with Clifton due to visit Sugden Road in a fortnight, could make the difference between qualifying for Europe by finishing top of the Premier Division, or having to become England’s top seeds by lifting the league title for a second successive season.
Birmingham are currently sixth, but only a point behind both Holcombe and Reading, who are fourth and fifth respectively. Holcombe visit Leicester this weekend, where victory combined with a Birmingham defeat, would put the newly promoted club … read more
Both Surbiton Men’s 1st and 2nd XIs have important league fixtures away from home this Saturday (21 February), meaning that the club’s performance squad will again be stretched to its limit.
First off are the M2 who climbed back a place to fifth position with 28 points from 17 games after beating ninth-placed Teddington 2s by 6-0 last Saturday (14 February) at Sugden Road in the Higgins Group London Hockey League Premier Division. They meet East Grinstead 2s, eighth on 21 points from 18 games, at Saint Hill, starting 3pm., in a game they need to win if they are to challenge for a place in the end-of-season league cup semi-finals.
For full details of the Higgins Group London Hockey League, see:
Three hours later (6pm) the M1 play their second South-West London derby of the season against Wimbledon. Surbiton made it to the top of the NOW: Pensions MHL National Premier Division … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st and 2nd XIs won all their three games at Sugden Road this weekend, scoring 23 goals and conceding none in the process.
The M1 made it a perfect après-Valentine’s Day (Sunday 15 February) when they joined their female counterparts in leading the country by topping their NOW: Pensions MHL National Premier Division after completing the league double with a 5-0 win over seventh-placed Cannock.
The victory not only put them two points ahead of erstwhile leaders East Grinstead with only five fixtures remaining but perhaps crucially also with a five-better goals difference.
Goals came from Nick Cooper on 9 minutes, Matt Daly on 23, Jonny Gall from a 30th-minute penalty corner, Matt Daly, this time from free play on 33 minutes and finally Cooper bookended the win on 50 minutes, also from open play.
For full details of all this weekend’s national league hockey, see:
At the unconscionably early hour of 10am on … read more
Surbiton Ladies have been drawn away to Loughborough Students in the semi-finals of the Investec Women’s Cup on 15 March, after battling past a determined Oxford Hawks side at Sugden Road in the quarter-finals on Sunday. Clifton will host Bowdon Hightown in the other semi-final.
Hawks had dropped to eighth in the Investec Women’s Conference West after a 6-2 defeat at Gloucester City on Saturday, but had the opportunity to take a shock lead against the holders in the third minute, Hayley Sawyer shooting past the right post.
Visiting goalkeeper, Ria Male, made several saves to prevent Surbiton making the all important breakthrough, Sarah Page, Sandra Frankland, Rebecca Herbert and Charlotte Calnan all being thwarted in the first half. With Page also hitting the post from a penalty corner, Surbiton went in at half time still on level terms.
Frankland broke the deadlock from open play three minutes after half time, but Hawks … read more
With a game in hand, Surbiton Ladies remain level on points with nearest rivals Clifton at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, but had to battle before securing all three points in a 3-1 win over Buckingham at Stowe School on Saturday.
With other results going their way, Both Surbiton and Clifton have secured their places in the end of season IWHL Championships play-offs.
Under floodlights and an annoying drizzle, Surbiton suffered an early scare when their defence was caught out by a long pass leaving Buckingham’s Leanne Grimsley with a one on one with Surbiton goalkeeper, Abi Walker. Walker managed to force Grimsley wide right of the goal and the danger was averted.
For the second week running, Surbiton struggled with their penalty corner routines with Buckingham goalkeeper, Anna Searle and her defence successfully clearing the visitors’ first three awards. However, in the 29th minute, after Searle saved … read more
Never mind being superstitious, Surbiton’s Men’s 1st XI must be on their guard against complacency when they host Cannock on the 13th weekend of the NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division at Sugden Road this Sunday afternoon (15 February, 2pm).
The Staffordshire club may lie seventh, five places and 14 points behind their hosts, to whom they have already lost 6-1 at Chase Park in the reverse fixture on 9 November, but they went on after that to win two of their remaining three fixtures before Christmas and started their first weekend after it with a 0-0 league draw against fifth-placed Reading (Saturday 7) and 3-1 cup quarter-final victory over second-placed Conference North club Sheffield Hallam (Sunday 8), both at home.
And there is a lot at stake for Surbiton because a win will take them to top of the table by two points over East Grinstead on the same number of games … read more
Surbiton Ladies travel to Buckingham on Saturday, still in pole position over Clifton in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, on goal difference with a game in hand. Then on Sunday, Surbiton continue their defence of the Investec Women’s Cup with a home tie against IWHL Conference West side, Oxford Hawks. Both matches start at 12 noon.
Buckingham will be determined to get a result after dropping to ninth, which would see them have to retain their top flight status via April’s Promotion Tournament. Bowdon Hightown’s 4-2 home win over Holcombe saw them rise up to eighth, and safety for the time being.
Like Surbiton, Buckingham have risen through the leagues in recent years, the clubs meeting in South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division 2 in seasons 2006-07 and 2007-08. Once Buckingham were promoted into the IWHL, they were frustrated in the Promotion Tournament after continually winning the Conference West, and … read more
Surbiton Men’s 2nd XI have the opportunity to get their league season back on track early on Saturday morning (14 February, Sugden Road, 10 am) when they host ninth-placed Teddington 2s (21 points from 18 games) in the Higgins Group London Hockey League Premier Division
A disastrous run culminated last Saturday (7 February) when, despite Southgate 2s magnanimously agreeing for the fixture to be replayed if possible because of their guests only being able to raise six players, they were nevertheless awarded a 5-0 victory and Surbiton deducted three points, dropping them to sixth in the league with 25 points from 16 games. That after being second in the table with eight wins and one draw in their first 11 fixtures.
At least they managed to reach the semi-finals of EH 2nd XI cup last weekend (Sunday 8 February) with a 3-2 win at Old Loughtonians 2s despite only fielding ten players. … read more
Great Britain’s women won 2-0 in their third and final international against Spain on Friday, to also win the series 2-0 having drawn the second game.
Lily Owsley of the University of Birmingham scored five minutes into the third quarter, and former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray, now with East Grinstead, clinched the victory with five minutes to play, both players scoring their first goals for Great Britain.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb was in the starting line-up for the third match running, with Georgie Twigg entering the match from the subs bench in the ninth minute.
Head Coach Danny Kerry, speaking after the game, described the encounter as follows: “It wasn’t a pretty game, it was very feisty and physical and I was impressed with our resolve. Lily [Owsley] scored a well taken individual goal and Sophie [Bray] finished off a good team move at the back post.”
Speaking about the three match series, Kerry added: … read more
Great Britain’s women were held to a 1-1 draw in the second game of a three match series against Spain in Valencia on Wednesday. As in game one, it was Reading’s Alex Danson who scored for GB, this time in the fourth minute, but Lola Riera Zuzuarregui equalised in the 30th minute at the end of the second quarter from a penalty stroke.
In spite of increased pressure on the Spanish defence, Great Britain couldn’t find a winner, and will aim to close out the series when the teams meet for the third and last time on Friday morning at 1030 GMT.
Having missed the first match, Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg was back in the starting line-up along with her club team-mate, Hollie Webb.
GB Head Coach, Danny Kerry said after the game: “I was much happier with the performance today. We created a lot more opportunities compared to yesterday and Spain had no … read more
Great Britain’s women beat Spain 1-0 in the first of three matches in Valencia on Tuesday.
Reading’s Alex Danson not only wore the captain’s armband, but scored the only goal of the match seven minutes after half time with a shot from the top of the circle.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb was in the starting line-up, but Georgie Twigg, along with former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray was among the four players rested as Head Coach Danny Kerry selected an eighteen player squad from the initial 22 player selection.
Kerry admitted after the game that Spain could have won the game: “It wasn’t a great performance from us, Spain could have easily won today and we rode our luck at times. Credit to Spain, they are a much improved side from the last time I saw them play and they deserved to get something out of the game. We were very much reliant on the experience … read more
Surbition”s Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have both been selected to represent Great Britain in a three match series against Spain in Valencia, where Great Britain will compete in the FIH Hockey World League semi-final in June.
Head Coach Danny Kerry has taken the opportunity to include four Scottish players in a squad which inherits England’s World Ranking of Sixth, England being the highest ranked country of the home nations.
Spain, ranked 15 in the world, face Great Britain on 10, 11 and 13 February, with the first two matches being held at 1530, and the final game at 1030 (all times GMT).
It will be the first time that Great Britain have taken on Spain since July 2008, when they won 2-1, and Great Britain go into the clash with a record of only having lost on seven occasions in 36 meetings.
Commenting on the squad, Kerry said: ““It’s great to be taking … read more
Surbiton Ladies’ second team have been drawn at home to the University of Birmingham in the semi-finals of the England Hockey Second XI Cup on 1 March.
The game will see a rematch of the 2011 final at Cannock, when Birmingham lifted the cup following their 3-2 victory.
Surbiton reached the semi-finals with a comprehensive 5-0 home win on Sunday over Clifton, who were cup winners in 2012 and 2013, Clifton ironically having beaten Surbiton 5-0 in Round Two on the road to their 2013 triumph.
After Clifton put the Surbiton defence under early pressure, Orla Cooke gave Surbiton a 19th minute lead thanks to good approach work from Eleanor Jolly. Five minutes later, Sasha Reed doubled Surbiton’s lead, again from open play, and when captain, Sian Craze converted a penalty corner one minute before half time, Surbiton had one foot in the last four.
Four minutes after the interval, Emma Russell scored Surbiton’s fourth goal from … read more
Both the Men’s 1st and 2nd XIs are now just one game away from competing in the first ever Knockout Finals Weekend at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre in the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on May 2.
The M1s- who were pulled back to a 3-3 draw 20 seconds from the final whistle in the cold of yesterday afternoon (February 7, 4pm) at Sugden Road by leaders East Grinstead to stay second to them in the country’s elite 10-team NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division – this sunny afternoon (February 8, 2pm) reversed the drama when they equalized with a minute and 27 seconds left against Beeston (who had stayed third in the league after beating Southgate 2-1 the previous afternoon) in the quarter-finals of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup.
They also once again had to come back from 2-0 down. It just had to happen, of course, that younger … read more
Surbiton’s Men’s 1st X1 brought a bustling day at Sugden Road to a thrilling, if somewhat disappointing to the home crowd, end with a 3-3 last-minute draw in their NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division top-of the-table clash with East Grinstead.
On a cold dull day, but with the rain mercifully holding off, the still table-topping visitors took the lead from their first penalty corner of the game on 14 minutes converted by Simon Faulkner. Things looked even bleaker for the home supporters among a crowd of some 250 when Mark Pearn doubled EG’s lead two minutes before the interval.
But crucially Alan Forsyth pulled one back, also from open play, within a minute and then Matt Daly equalized from a penalty corner three minutes after the interval.
There, despite near misses at either end, the score stayed until Surbiton took a seeming winning lead with three minutes on the clock with … read more
Surbiton Ladies stayed ahead of Clifton at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on goal difference after former Leicester player, Jo Hunter converted a penalty corner with seven minutes remaining to give Surbiton a 2-1 win over Leicester at Sugden Road on Saturday.
Clifton won 3-0 at Beeston to stay level on points with the reigning league champions, but Surbiton still have a game in hand.
Goalkeeper, Catherine O’Connor, made her Surbiton first team outdoor debut, having been a member of the indoor squad which just missed out on promotion from Hockey 5s Championships Division One in 2013-14. O’Connor made an couple of excellent saves from penalty corners and looked confident in goal.
Surbiton made the perfect start under afternoon floodlights, taking the lead in the third minute through Sarah Page’s open play goal, a minute after Emily Atkinson had gone close. At the other end, Atkinson worked hard … read more
Surbiton’s Men’s Performance Squad will have its resources and organization fully stretched this weekend when both its 1st and 2nd XIs face a league/cup double over the two days (Saturday/Sunday, February 7/8).
The 1st XI could overtake leaders East Grinstead at the top of the country’s elite 10-team NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division when they resume their outdoor season this Saturday (February 7, 4pm) as the climax of “SHC Club Day”.
They can do so thanks to the Sussex club still only leading them by one point after surprisingly going down 3-2 last Sunday (February 1) away to a then bottom-but-one Southgate team, including Fergus Dunn transferred from Surbiton during the close season, in a fixture brought forward from Sunday week (February 15) because of the Sussex club’s 2015 Indoor EuroHockey Club Cup commitments.
Surbiton hopes will also be boosted by the return of their Irish international Michael Watt from training camp in … read more
Surbiton Ladies resume their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign on Saturday (7 February) when they host Leicester at Sugden Road (push back 2pm).
Leicester have proved to be a bogey team in the past, but Surbiton broke the spell with a 3-1 win at Leicester Grammar School in October thanks to goals from Giselle Ansley, Sarah Page and Chloe Palmer.
Leicester, who missed out on European hockey this season after failing to reach the Premier Division play-offs last season, although they lifted the Eurohockey Clubs Champions Trophy at Loughborough, are on the fringe of the play-off race, lying in fifth place, one point behind fourth placed University of Birmingham, and one point ahead of sixth placed Holcombe.
Having only won one of their first six matches (including two draws), Leicester have recovered with four wins in their last five league matches of 2014, their only reverse in that period coming at Canterbury. … read more
First the good news! East Grinstead, leading Surbiton by just one point in the elite 10-team NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division at the winter break, lost their first fixture after it – brought forward from Sunday 15 February because they will be competing in the 2015 Indoor Men’s EuroHockey Club Cup at Mulheim an der Rhur in Germany from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 – by 3-2 at Southgate this afternoon (1 February).
Despite being without star player Ashley Jackson, away competing for Ranchi Rays in this season’s multi-dollar Hockey India League from 22 January to 22 February, EG raced into a 2-0 lead inside 17 minutes. But open-play goals on 24 and 44 minutes (the second by last-season Surbiton player Mike Houlihan) brought the Trent Park side level before they won the game with a penalty corner converted a minute before the final whistle.
This result means that Surbiton can now … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI play their third and final mid-season friendly – against fellow NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division bottom-of-the-table Canterbury on Sunday afternoon (1 February) at Sugden Road (2pm) – before the season resumes the following weekend.
The hosts, lying second in the elite 10-team NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division at the winter break with 27 points after 11 of the 18 fixtures, have already played and won both of this season’s league fixtures against the Kent club, who have only accumulated three league points to date, by 5-4 at home on October and 6-2 away on 22 November,
But Canterbury did have a big boost last weekend when they reached the final of the Hockey 5s at Wembley Arena on Sunday (January 25) which they lost 6-5 to East Grinstead, after beating Sevenoaks 6-5 in the first semi-final.
Surbiton will still be without Michael Watt for this Sunday’s friendly, … read more