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Surbiton’s New Electronic Scoreboard

Surbiton Hockey Club is now the proud owner of a new state-of-the-art digital scoreboard, courtesy of the Club’s official solicitors, Russell-Cooke LLP.
The brand new scoreboard replaces the previous 20-year-old scoreboard, which as visitors to the club will be aware, hasn’t always been in working order in recent years!
Russell-Cooke LLP, based in Kingston, was appointed as the Club’s official solicitors at the Club’s AGM in April.
The scoreboard was opened on Saturday, 24 September by Russell-Cooke employee and Surbiton Hockey Club member, Lucy Lawson together with Surbiton Ladies first team player and Olympic gold medallist, Hollie Webb.
As can be seen below, Club President, Suresh Desai and current Surbiton Men’s first team player and Sponsorship Manager, David Beckett were also in attendance.

Surbiton Hockey Club is extremely grateful to Russell-Cooke as without their generosity it would not have been possible to install the new scoreboard, which we hope will keep track of scorelines for many years to come.

M1 Come From 2-0 Down To Draw With Hampstead

Surbiton’s men came from 2-0 down with twenty minutes remaining to draw 2-2 in a thrilling Men’s Hockey League Premier Division local derby with Hampstead & Westminster on Saturday evening.
Surbiton gave debuts to Rob Farrington and Robert Mugridge and almost made the perfect start at Sugden Road in front of a massive crowd of around 700 people.
Hampstead’s opening pushback was quickly intercepted and only former Surbiton goalkeeper, David Kettle prevented Arjan Drayton Chana from giving the hosts the lead after just eleven seconds.

Surbiton’s Arjan Drayton Chana (centre) almost gave his team a quickfire lead from the opening pushback. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
Matt Daly was unlucky not to find the target from Surbiton’s first two penalty corners, whilst Brendan Creed’s shot struck the left post from Surbiton’s third penalty corner.
And Alan Forsyth also went close in the 20th minute as Surbiton’s luck deserted them in their attempt to finish after all their … read more

L1 To Do Tough Mudder To Raise Money For Mind Charity

Some members of the Surbiton Ladies first team squad will be taking part in the Tough Mudder event at Faygate, West Sussex today (Sunday 25 September).
The players have set themselves the target of raising £2,000 for Mind, the mental health charity.
More information about the charity can be found at its website here
More information about what the girls are preparing to put themselves through in order to raise funds can be found at the Tough Mudder website here
If you would like to donate and help them reach their £2,000 target, please click on this link at the Virgin Money Giving page, where you can also find out which brave squad members are taking part.

L1 Up To Fourth After 3-2 Win Over Birmingham

Surbiton Ladies had to battle against a determined University of Birmingham side before ending up with a 3-2 victory and all three points at Sugden Road on Saturday afternoon.
A massive crowd of nearly 500 spectators saw not one but two Olympic gold medallists as Georgie Twigg played her first league game for Surbiton since returning from Rio, whilst Hollie Webb was in attendance to coach a Colts session and answer questions in a pitchside Q and A session.

Surbiton’s Hollie Webb proudly displays her Olympic gold medal in front of the club’s new electronic scoreboard thanks to Russell-Cooke Solicitors. Photo: Tim Reder Photography.
For the second week running Surbiton had to come from behind, the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division’s leading goalscorer, Erica Sanders finding the backboard from Birmingham’s first penalty corner of the match in the tenth minute.
After the goal Surbiton fought back, only for visiting goalkeeper, Kath Somerville to … read more

It’s Super Saturday This Weekend!

It’s Super Saturday this weekend at Sugden Road as both of Surbiton’s first teams are in action on home ground for the first time this season.

Surbiton Ladies, who were held to a 2-2 draw at Holcombe in their opening match, host the University of Birmingham at 3.30 with Surbiton Men following at 6 pm when London rivals, Hampstead & Westminster are the visitors.
Surbiton Ladies expect to include New Zealand international Julia King in their squad after she re-signed for the club last Monday from Auckland.
King was a member of Surbiton’s 2015 Championship team and returns after a season away aiming for Olympic selection for the Black Sticks in Rio.
Although she was unlucky to miss out due to New Zealand’s strength in depth, King will surely pose a threat to opposing defences in the Investec Women’s Hockey League having scored three goals in 12 appearances in 2015, scoring on her debut at the … read more

Help Ben Edwards Raise Money For The Royal Marsden

Ben Edwards, one of Surbiton Hockey Club’s stalwarts is currently raising money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Ben, a respected Surbiton Ladies Assistant Coach, former Men’s 1s player and currently Director of Sport at Reed’s School in Cobham, chose to raise funds for the Royal Marsden after tragically losing a close friend to cancer.

Ben Edwards (centre) surrounded by members of the Surbiton Ladies squad past and present, plus Niall Mutch (left) and Brett Garrard (right)
He has never been afraid to set himself challenges, and set two targets for 2016.
The first target was to run two miles on 366 consecutive days, the second target to raise £18,000 as a result.
So far, Ben has raised over £15,000, but with just over 100 days remaining before his challenge ends, he is keen to raise as much money as he can for this worthy cause.
Ben’s Just Giving page, including more information about his challenge and the background to … read more

L1 Drawn At Home To East Grinstead In Women’s Cup

Surbiton Ladies will start their Investec Women’s Cup campaign on 23 October with a home tie against fellow Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division side, East Grinstead.
Having reached the 2011 and 2012 cup finals as a Conference East club, Surbiton were on the end of a giant-killing act themselves last season.
South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division One club Barnes beat them 1-0 to end their attempt for a hat-trick of cup triumphs after wins in 2014 and 2015.
East Grinstead were knocked out in Round 3 by eventual cup winners, Clifton, who won 3-1 in West Sussex. East Grinstead had previously won 1-0 at Gloucester City.
The full draw:
Boots v Leamington
Bowdon Hightown v Timperley
Cannock v Loughborough Students
Chelmsford v Hampstead & Westminster
Clifton Robinsons v Gloucester City
Liverpool Sefton v Sheffield Hallam
Maidenhead v West Herts
Newcastle v Ben Rhydding
Reading v Barnes
Sevenoaks v Buckingham
SURBITON v East Grinstead
Sutton Coldfield v Beeston
Team Bath Buccaneers v Cheltenham
Trojans v Oxford Hawks
Tulse Hill … read more

M1 Lose 3-2 At Holcombe

Surbiton Men lost narrowly 3-2 on Saturday evening to Holcombe in spite of a very encouraging performance.
Brendan Creed, David Goodfield, Arjan Drayton-Chana, Liam Ansell, Richie Hildreth and goalkeeper Harry Gibson all made their competitive debuts in Surbiton colours at Holcombe Park.
Surbiton began brightly putting the Holcombe defence under pressure, Drayton Chana and Alan Forsyth causing problems before a penalty corner was forced in the first minute.
Holcombe held out until the sixth minute when some juggling skills by Forsyth led to Nicky Parkes scoring from open play to give Surbiton the lead.
Surbiton threatened seven minutes before the interval, Jonny Gall finding Drayton Chana at the left post, his shot ending up over the bar.
In the 31st minute, Sam Ward equalised for Holcombe from open play leaving all to play in the second half.
Gareth Andrews gave Holcombe the lead for the first time in the 48th minute, with Ward beating Gibson with a stunning … read more

L1 Held At Holcombe On Opening Day

Surbiton Ladies were held to a 2-2 draw on the opening day of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division season on Saturday, Holcombe snatching a last minute equaliser.
Hannah Martin, Emily Defroand and Alice Sharp all made their competitive debuts for the reigning champions at Holcombe Park, but the visitors struggled to find their rhythm in the first half.
Initially there were encouraging signs with captain, Sarah Haycroft threatening in the first minute, with Sarah Page and Jo Hunter combining two minutes later.
However, Holcombe, down to a fifteen player squad with two nominated goalkeepers, battled hard defensively as Surbiton dominated possession.
Holcombe’s overseas player, Quanita Bobbs shot over the bar in the sixth minute to cause alarm bells to ring in the Surbiton defence.
Whilst Holcombe played long passes in order to try and penetrate the Surbiton defence, Surbiton’s passing needed fine tuning as on several occasions, passes eluded the receiving player and … read more

M1 Visit Holcombe On Saturday Evening

A new look Surbiton Men’s team, aiming to improve on last season’s second place finish in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division and qualify for Europe, visit Holcombe, the team which denied them top spot last season on Saturday (push back 6 pm).
Former coach, Todd Williams helped Surbiton to their first ever appearance in the EuroHockey League and brought the Men’s Cup to Elmbridge back in 2012-13, whilst narrowly missing out on league honours.
Surbiton’s new coach, Mark Pearn, who guided Richmond to the MHL Conference East title but couldn’t quite get them into the top flight has shaped the Surbiton Men’s squad for the new season.
And new Surbiton manager, Matt Jones, who has plenty of experience with Pearn at East Grinstead said: “Playing Holcombe first match is a fantastic opportunity to benchmark where we are.”
He continued: “We’ve got the looks of a promising outfit, we just need to deliver now. Winning in pre-season … read more

L1 Begin League Defence at Holcombe on Saturday

Surbiton Ladies aim for their fourth Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title on Saturday when they visit Holcombe for Part 1 of a Women’s/ Men’s double header (push back 4 pm).
Holcombe enter a new era after one of Great Britain’s Olympic heroines, goalkeeper Maddie Hinch moved to the Netherlands to play for SCHC, where Surbiton have competed twice in Europe.
Emily Maguire is in New Zealand playing for Canterbury in the Ford National League but among several changes at the Kent club, Ellie Watton has joined from St. Albans to face the challenge of playing top flight hockey once more.
Holcombe have also recruited goalkeeper, Grace Lawes from Reading; South African player Quanita Bobbs is their overseas player  with Italian player, Aldana Lovagnini joining after playing for Old Aquinians in Western Australia.
Another familiar face to leave Holcombe Park is Sarah Robertson who is now with Edinburgh University, whilst Kim Leiper is … read more

Wales Beat Scotland To Finish Top At World League In Glasgow

Wales beat Scotland 3-2 in the final game of the Hockey World League Round 1 tournament in Glasgow on Sunday afternoon.
Surbiton’s Gareth Furlong struck twice from penalty corners in the second and fifth minutes to give Wales an early two goal lead.
Although Scotland pulled a goal back in the 14th minute from open play, ten minutes later, the Welsh restored their two goal advantage and led 3-1 at half time.
Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth reduced the arrears in the 53rd minute, shortly after Lewis Prosser and Robert Mugridge both saw yellow for Wales, but that was the end of the scoring.
Forsyth finished as top scorer with eight goals (seven open play and one penalty stroke), Furlong in third place with five goals, all penalty corners.
Forsyth and Nicky Parkes were in Scotland’s starting line-up with Willie Marshall coming on as a sixth minute substitute.
Furlong, Mugridge and Prosser were all in the Welsh starting line-up.
Wales … read more

Scotland and Wales To Battle For World League Round 1 Title

Scotland and Wales will meet in an anticipated Battle of Britain on Sunday to decide who finishes top at the Hockey World League Round 1 qualifier in Glasgow.
Both teams will go into the meeting (2.15 pm) on maximum points and in excellent form after huge wins on Saturday.
Wales (World Ranking 36) briefly went top of the table with a 10-1 win over Slovakia (WR 50).
Surbiton’s Lewis Prosser took over the captain’s armband and joined club-mate, Gareth Furlong in the Welsh starting line-up, whilst Surbiton’s new signing, Robert Mugridge came on as a seventh minute substitute.
Furlong scored the eighth Welsh goal on the hour, with his third goal of the tournament, all coming from penalty corner conversions.
Scotland (WR 28) then reclaimed top spot on goal difference with a 9-0 thrashing of Portugal (WR 41).
Another Surbiton player, Nicky Parkes captained Scotland, with Alan Forsyth scoring twice to take his tournament tally to … read more

Treble Dutch For L1 At EHCCC In June 2017

Surbiton Ladies will be making their third visit to the Netherlands in June 2017 to take part in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup.
After experiencing a double dutch visit to SCHC in Bilthoven in 2015 and 2016, Surbiton are headed for Den Bosch as s’-Hertogenbosch will be hosting the event.
The tournament from 2-5 June will also see AHBC Amsterdam compete as the second Dutch club.
England are currently holding on to second place in the EHF Coefficient rankings by half a point, and both Surbiton and Canterbury will be hoping to earn enough ranking points to ensure that England can enter two teams in the higher level competition in 2018.
The only other change to the 2016 lineup sees Hermes-Monkstown replace Pegasus as Ireland’s representatives.
SPV Complutense return as Spanish champions; UHC Hamburg represent Germany and CSP Krylatskoye are back for Russia.
Colin Pike

Wales Men Come From Behind To Beat Switzerland

Wales, including Surbiton’s Gareth Furlong, Robert Mugridge and Lewis Prosser came from behind to beat Switzerland and join Scotland on six points at the Hockey World League Round 1 tournament in Glasgow on Thursday.
Furlong equalised from a penalty corner conversion just before half time, with the Welsh winner coming in the 47th minute in a match played over two halves of 35 minutes.
All three Surbiton players were in the Welsh starting line-up, although Mugridge became involved in a late flurry of cards, seeing yellow two minutes from the end, although Switzerland also had a player in the sin-bin a minute later, the game ending ten-a-side.
Wales celebrated a win over a country six places higher ranked in the world: Wales (36) Switzerland (30).
Portugal (WR 41) beat Slovakia (WR 50) 5-3 in a game which saw Slovakia lead 1-0 and 3-2 at half time before Portugal came back in the second half to win.
Scotland … read more

Alan Forsyth Treble Helps Scotland To 11-0 Win Over Slovakia

Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth’s hat-trick helped Scotland’s men overwhelm Slovakia 11-0 on Day Two of the Hockey World League Round 1 Tournament in Glasgow on Wednesday evening.
Scotland, ranked 28th in the world, led their 50th ranked opponents 3-0 at half time before storming to a double-figure victory with eight goals in the second half.
Forsyth scored Scotland’s fifth goal in the 44th minute and their eighth goal in the 58th minute. Forsyth’s hat-trick was completed in the final minute, all goals coming from open play.
Forsyth’s Surbiton club-mate, Willie Marshall also got on the scoresheet with a 63rd minute penalty corner.
Forsyth and Marshall joined Nicky Parkes in the Scottish starting line-up.
Earlier Switzerland (WR 30) beat Portugal (WR 41) 4-1.
On Thursday (8 Sep) Switzerland take on Wales (WR 36) (push back 5 pm) and Portugal face Slovakia at 7.15 pm.
Scotland are next in action on Saturday (10 September) at 2.15 pm against Portugal.
The matches are … read more

Scotland and Wales Both Win On Day 1 Of Hockey World League

Surbiton’s six Celtic internationals were all on the winning side on Day 1 of the Men’s Hockey World League Round 1 tournament in Glasgow on Tuesday (6 Sep).
Robert Mugridge, whose transfer from Bromley and Beckenham on Tuesday, was on target to help Wales beat Portugal 4-1, scoring the second goal from open play in the 19th minute.
Two minutes earlier, Gareth Furlong had opened the scoring with a penalty corner conversion.
Along with Mugridge and Furlong, Surbiton’s third Welsh international, Lewis Prosser was in the starting line-up.
Then hosts, Scotland beat Switzerland 5-0, Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth contributing a brace, with an open play goal in the 40th minute and a penalty stroke in the 60th minute on his 100th appearance for his country.
Club-mate, Nicky Parkes donned the Captain’s armband with Willie Marshall coming on as a fifth minute substitute.
Matches in the tournament are being played over two halves of 35 minutes.
Slovakia are the … read more

Health and Fitness at Surbiton HC

Physio, Feet and Fitness!  The new season is about to commence so keep on top of your health and fitness with some expert services on offer from Surbiton HC.
We have a brand new resident Club physio,  JY Physiotherapy;  as well as the Club’s podiatrist, Able Feet plus special reduced membership rates available from our sponsors,  Colets Health and Fitness  in Thames Ditton.

JY Physiotherapy will be running a weekly clinic on a Wednesday evening from 5pm to 8pm at Surbiton Hockey Club from September.
Jehan is an elite sports physiotherapist with many years’ experience and a Masters in Sports Medicine.  She led the Sports Medicine team for the GB Kayak squad to the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Jehan worked with some of our junior squad last year and will now be running a weekly session at SHC, available to all members, for sports physiotherapy, rehabilitation and sports massage.
Contact Details:   info@jyphysiotherapy.co.uk Tel: 0208 0909330
Website: http://jyphysiotherapy.co.uk/ Twitter:  jehan@jyphysio
Ablefeet, one … read more

England Women Now Second In World After GB Olympic Triumph

England’s women have risen from seventh to second in the world following Great Britain’s Olympic triumph in Rio last week.
Having dropped from fifth to seventh after a disappointing fifth place at the Champions Trophy at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, the thrilling shootout victory over the Netherlands in Brazil has seen England leap five places up the table.
The Netherlands stay top, with Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and United States third to sixth, each country having dropped a place.
Germany’s bronze medal success has seen them rise two places to seventh, with China, Korea and Japan rounding off the top ten.
Spain moved up three places to eleventh with India rising two places to twelfth.
Great Britain’s men’s failure to reach the Olympic quarter-finals has seen England drop from fourth to seventh in their rankings, with Argentina mirroring England women’s achievement, their gold medals also moving them from seventh to second in the world behind … read more

Olympic Gold! Congratulations Ladies….

Girls touch down on home soil
Team GB touched down yesterday morning in London after the most successful Olympic Games to date, winning 67 medals in total. The Club would like to congratulate Georgie Twigg, Giselle Ansley and Hollie Webb on the fantastic achievement of beating the Netherlands to the gold medal with Hollie scoring the winning penalty shuffle. Surbiton Hockey Club is very proud of the three girls that play in the ladies 1st XI and it is a wonderful achievement.
Sophie Bray, a former Colt, played an important role in the team’s  journey to the gold medal. Again the Club is immensely proud that one of our Colts has been able reach the pinnacle of our sport bringing home a gold medal.

New Members welcome on Play Day 3rd September

Feeling Inspired by GB women’s hockey success at the Olympics?
New members are welcome at this year’s Play Day takes place at Surbiton Hockey Club on 3rd September.
Not only will there be a great opportunity to come down and enjoy some hockey with other club members before the start of the season, but the bar will be open and food will be available from the BBQ.
Registration starts at 10.30 am for the women’s Play Day with hockey being played between 11 am and 1 pm.
Registration for the Men’s Play Day starts at 12.30 pm with hockey being played from 1 pm to 3 pm.
An extra 15 minutes should be allowed to enable players to be allocated to teams. Play day is on Pitch 2 (to the right as you look from the Clubhouse).
Meanwhile, on Pitch 1:
11:30 L1 v University of Birmingham L1
13:30 L2 v University of Birmingham L2
15:00 M1 v Loughborough Students M1
Not … read more

Listen To Hollie Webb on Sportsweek on Radio Five Live

Surbiton’s Hollie Webb and Great Britain goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch were both interviewed by David Davies as part of this morning’s Sportsweek programme on BBC Radio Five Live.
If you missed it, the programme is available to listen here at the BBC Radio Five Live website.
The interview starts at around the 18 minute mark, with Davies, standing in for regular host, Garry Richardson, heroines Hollie and Maddie asked to look back at the historic shootout and the implications for hockey in England after Great Britain’s women won Olympic gold for the first time ever.
The programme is available to listen to for six days.

Webb Helps GB Women Strike Gold In Rio

Great Britain’s women made history in Rio on Friday night, becoming Olympic champions for the first time in their history following a dramatic shootout victory over reigning champions, the Netherlands.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb scored the decisive shootout attempt, to give Great Britain a 2-0 shootout victory after an enthralling 3-3 draw in normal time.

Surbiton’s Hollie Webb jumps for joy after scoring the winning goal in the shootout. Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek
Great Britain secured their 24th gold medal of the 2016 games on their way to their best ever performance at an overseas games.
The drama started as early as the sixth minute of normal time after Holcombe’s Sam Quek brought down the Netherlands’ Laurien Leurink to concede a penalty stroke.
Great Britain’s heroic goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch, who will play for SCHC in the Netherlands next season, saved Maartje Paumen’s stroke with her left glove.
Three minutes later, the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley put Great … read more

Watch Giselle, Hollie and Twiggy Go For Gold At SHC

With Great Britain’s women’s team set to make history this evening by appearing in their first ever Olympic hockey final, Surbiton Hockey Club will stay open to encourage members to watch the match at the club.
The bar will be open from 5.30 pm, and the match against the Netherlands starts at 9 pm.
If you can’t come down to the club to watch, the match will be shown live on BBC 1 with the news being moved to accommodate coverage. More information can be found here
Tonight, the Netherlands will be playing in grey with Great Britain in red
Can Great Britain emulate the men’s 1988 gold medal winning team?

Great Britain celebrate their semi-final win over New Zealand, will there be more celebrations tonight?  Photo: Koen Suyk.
If for any reason you can’t watch the match live on television or online, there will be radio commentary available tonight.
Commentary will start on Five Live Sport Xtra … read more

GB Women To Go For Gold In Rio On Friday

Great Britain’s women reached the Olympic final and ensured that they would return from Rio with a medal after a convincing 3-0 win over New Zealand on Wednesday evening.
On a night when the blue pitch at the Deodoro Olympic Park resembled a casualty ward at times, Great Britain overcame a rugged Black Sticks side in the semi-final.
Great Britain broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute from their third penalty corner.
Crista Cullen, currently not registered with a club, forced a save from New Zealand’s goalkeeper, Sally Rutherford, only for Reading’s Alex Danson to chip the ball over Rutherford from the rebound.
Great Britain’s injury woes began five minutes into the second half when Cullen was injured and needed to leave the pitch for stitches.
Three minutes later, it was Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg’s turn to be in the wars, being struck on the cheek from close range before leaving the pitch for treatment.
With twelve … read more

GB Women Reach Semi-Finals After 3-1 Win Over Spain

Great Britain’s women kept up their one hundred per cent record at the Rio Olympics, beating Spain 3-1 on Monday evening to earn a semi-final berth against New Zealand on Wednesday (push back 9 pm BST)
Great Britain made their intentions known early, forcing a penalty corner after just 38 seconds. Although Crista Cullen, not currently registered with a club, saw her shot  saved, Spain knew they would be under pressure.
In the seventh minute, Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, and East Grinstead’s Laura Unsworth and Sophie Bray combined from their second penalty corner, before the deadlock was broken a minute later.
This time it was third time lucky, Ansley finding club-mate, Georgie Twigg in the circle, Twigg moving from injector to goalscorer, deflecting the ball high into the goal from close range.

Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg celebrates after opening the scoring for Great Britain against Spain on Monday evening. Photo: Koen Suyk.
The thirteenth minute proved unlucky … read more

GB Women Beat USA To Top Pool In Rio

Great Britain’s women came from behind on Saturday to beat the United States of America 2-1 at the Deodoro Olympic Park and top Pool B.
Great Britain will play Spain at 10 pm BST on Monday in the quarter-finals.
Crista Cullen made her 100th appearance in Great Britain colours, whilst St. Albans’ Hannah Macleod won her 150th international cap.
In a physical encounter, The USA’s Katie Bam threatened early as Great Britain’s defence found itself under pressure, with Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley frequently involved in the first few minutes.
The momentum swung towards Great Britain, but although they forced two penalty corners in the first quarter, the USA’s goalkeeper, Jackie Briggs was in outstanding form.
Several cards were shown during the game, Holcombe’s Sam Quek and Nicola White, together with the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley all seeing green in the first half. Bam also saw green, and at the half time interval, the game was … read more

GB Women Beat Japan To Set Up USA Pool Decider

Great Britain’s women will take on the United States on Saturday to decide who will win Pool B after beating Japan 2-0 on Thursday evening at the Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio.
The USA beat India 3-0 to ensure that Great Britain and the USA will go into Saturday’s clash (push back 10 pm BST) with maximum points.
The USA have a three better goal difference than Great Britain, so will top the pool unless they lose to Great Britain.
Following excellent performances which gave Great Britain wins over Australia, India and Argentina; their performance against Japan was disappointing, but Team GB ground out the win.
After just five minutes, Great Britain broke the deadlock, the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley running along the right by-line before seeing her shot deflected into the goal off Japan captain, Miyuki Nakagawa’s stick.
Although Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley and Georgie Twigg both threatened from penalty corners in the first half, Japan … read more

GB Women Make It Three Out Of Three Against Argentina

Great Britain’s women won their third game at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday, but only after Argentina briefly fought back with two goals in a minute.
The 3-2 win maintained Great Britain’s one hundred per cent record on their way to the quarter-finals.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb won her 100th combined cap against Las Leonas, making her 43rd Great Britain appearance having played for England on 57 occasions.

Surbiton’s Hollie Webb celebrates her 100th combined cap versus Argentina. Photo: GB Hockey.
Great Britain were put under early pressure by Argentina, who had lost 2-1 to the United States and beaten Japan 4-0.  Delfina Merino gave Great Britain a scare in the sixth minute, her shot rebounding off the right post.
Argentina were handicapped in the twelfth minute when they lost their video referral asking for a second penalty corner.
After a goalless first quarter, Great Britain were temporarily reduced to nine players when St. Albans’ Hannah Macleod and … read more

Ansley On Target As GB Women Beat India

Great Britain’s women won their second match at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Monday, beating India 3-0 to keep up their one hundred per cent record.
India successfully frustrated Great Britain in a tactical goalless first quarter, but the deadlock was broken five minutes before half time from Great Britain’s first penalty corner of the match.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb and Giselle Ansley combined to put Great Britain ahead, Webb trapping the injection before Ansley found the backboard to delight the many British supporters in Brazil.

Great Britain’s players celebrate their opening goal with scorer, Giselle Ansley against India. Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek.
Two minutes later, the Indian defence was penetrated once more, Holcombe’s Nicola White finishing from open play after Reading’s Alex Danson and East Grinstead’s Sophie Bray set up the opportunity for White to score from close range.
The third goal came three minutes after the interval, the University of Birmingham’s Llly Owsley crossing from the left … read more

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