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Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s four Scots just got the better of their two Welsh club mates when the countries met at 11am this morning (Monday July 28) in the Glasgow Green National Hockey Centre at the Commonwealth Games 2014 tournament. But it was the one of the sextet who will not be playing with the other five next season, Nicholas Parkes, who deflected in what turned out to be the winning goal nine minutes from time after a nail-biting wait for a Welsh video referral to be refused.
World 31st-ranked Wales (who have Surbiton goalkeeper David Kettle and new signing Lewis Prosser in their squad) shocked 25th-ranked Scotland (featuring club mates Chris Grassick, who captains his country, Alan Forsyth and new signing William Marshall as well as Parkes) and the home supporters by racing into a 2-0 lead with penalty corner goals from Rick Gay on 48 seconds and then 2 … read more
Australia beat England 3-0 on Monday to finish top of Pool B with an outstanding record of maximum points, 25 goals scored and none conceded.
The good news for England was that after missing Sunday’s match against Malaysia, and having been injured in the first minute of England’s match against Wales on Thursday, Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg returned to action, playing a total of 42 minutes against the Hockeyroos, entering the field of play in the fifth minute. England therefore were able to revert to using a full squad of sixteen players, but although they had a fair amount of possession, they weren’t able to pierce the Australian defence.
After England’s encouraging start, Australia dealt them a quick double blow. First, in the 12th minute, Jodie Kenny once more proved deadly from a penalty corner routine; then a minute later, an errant English pass in the circle allowed Emily Smith to score Australia’s second goal from … read more
Surbtion’s Giselle Ansley and Hollie Webb both scored from penalty corners as England’s women eased to a 5-0 win in their second Pool B game versus Malaysia at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Sunday.
Their club colleague, Georgie Twigg, was unavailable to play, following her injury against Wales on Thursday, and watched the match from the bench whilst continuing her recovery.
Ansley and Webb also found defending fairly easy as Malaysia rarely posed a threat to the England defence, failing to mount a shot on goal. England have faced just one shot in their first two pool matches, but will find the going tougher on Monday, when they take on Australia, who beat Scotland 9-0 in the first match of the day. Australia beat Malaysia 4-0, and Wales 9-0 in their first two matches, and will pose a real threat as they are really on form.
England took the lead in the 17th minute, … read more
Surbiton men’s Celtic players face a key match on Monday morning after Scotland and Wales both lost their second Commonwealth Games Pool A matches in Glasgow on Saturday.
Wales lost 7-1 to Australia, and the margin of defeat could well have been larger, if not for Surbiton goalkeeper, David Kettle, who not only made vital saves, but saved Mark Knowles’ second half penalty stroke thanks to some deft work with his stick. Lewis Prosser, who is due to join Surbiton shortly, was also in the Welsh starting line-up, but received a yellow card.
Scotland went down 6-2 to India, who were ruthless with their penalty corner routines on four occasions. India led 6-0 before Scotland rallied with two late goals, the second deflected by Nick Parkes, who played for Surbiton last season and began the match on the substitutes bench. Scotland captain, Chris Grassick, Alan Forsyth and William Marshall were all in the … read more
England’s Under-21 Men won the bronze medals at the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships in Waterloo, Belgium, prevailing 4-3 on penalties against the hosts, after snatching a last minute equaliser in normal time.
With one minute remaining, Belgium were on course to gain revenge for their opening day defeat, Tom De Groote having given them the lead in the 21st minute. However, with time running out, England were awarded a penalty corner, which East Grinstead’s Luke Taylor converted to set up a decisive shoot-out.
Robbert Rubens and DeGroote scored the first two for Belgium, with Taylor and David Goodfield replying for England. Victor Wegnez’s failure to score allowed Sam French to give England a 3-2 lead, but after Jerome Saeys levelled for Belgium, Robert Farrington failed to keep England’s advantage with one attempt left for each team. Fortunately for England, Nicolas De Kerpel failed to score for Belgium, ensuring that Edward Horler’s successful … read more
England’s Under-21 Men, including the Gall brothers, will battle for bronze medals against the hosts, Belgium at the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championships in Waterloo on Saturday, after going down narrowly 2-1 to the Netherlands in the first semi-final.
The Netherlands made a perfect start, going ahead in only the second minute, but England kept their composure and battled hard in defence to deal with the Dutch attack and ensure that they only trailed by a single goal at half time.
Within a minute of the restart, there was hope for England as Cannock’s Arjan Drayton Chana equalised from open play. England grew in confidence, and were frustrated when appeals for a penalty stroke were turned down. To add to their frustration, the Netherlands were awarded a penalty stroke with seven minutes to play, and the resulting goal proved to be the decider in a hard fought struggle. England took off their goalkeeper in … read more
There was disappointment for Surbiton M1′s Celtic players as both Wales and Scotland lost their opening matches at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday.
Wales had an early start against India, but lost 3-1, former Surbiton player, Andy Cornick levelling from open play in the 23rd minute after India had taken the lead through a penalty corner three minutes earlier. Two second half goals were enough to give India the points. Surbiton’s David Kettle is the only goalkeeper in the Welsh squad, and Lewis Prosser, who is due to sign for Surbiton from La Gantoise, was in the Welsh starting line-up.
Then it was hosts, Scotland’s turn to play in front of their home crowd, in the hope that it would be third time lucky against South Africa, who had won twice at the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Sadly, it was not to be, … read more
Australia’s women proved too strong for Wales on Day 2 of the Hockey tournament at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday. Having beaten Malaysia 4-0 in their first match, the Hockeyroos beat Wales 9-0, former Surbiton player, Georgie Parker notching a hat-trick including a penalty corner conversion. However, the Welsh defence still deserves credit as Australia’s ninth goal came in the 53rd minute, meaning that the Hockeyroos forwards were kept at bay for the final seventeen minutes, including defence of penalty corners.
Surbiton’s Emma Batten was in the Welsh starting line-up.
Hosts, Scotland, began their Commonwealth Games campaign with a 2-0 win over Malaysia in the second Pool B match of the day.
In Pool A on Thursday, South Africa overwhelmed Trinidad & Tobago 16-0; whilst India beat Canada, who included Abigail Raye, who has also had connections with Surbiton Hockey Club, and is originally from Surrey, 4-2. On Friday, New Zealand played their first … read more
Seven of Surbiton’s ten players competing in the Commonwealth Games at the Glasgow Green National Hockey Centre will be action today (Friday July 25) during three of today’s eight fixtures, all three of which will be shown on BBC live coverage.
In pool A of the men’s tournament Wales (world ranking 31 of 71/tournament ranking 10 of 10) – who have Surbiton goalkeeper David Kettle and new signing Lewis Prosser in their squad – play India (9/4) at 9am (BBC 1) and Scotland (25/8) – with recovered from injury Chris Grassick, who captains the squad, and Alan Forsyth both fit to play alongside club mate Nicholas Parkes and William Marshall who has already signed on for Surbiton next season – up against South Africa (12/5) at 11am (BBC 3).
In the parallel women’s tournament at the same venue England (6 of 65/3 of 10) who have three Surbiton players in their squad … read more
Tickets have gone on sale today for the 2015 EuroHockey Championships, which will be held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre from 21-30 August 2015. The Investec London Cup was recently successfully staged as the initial event at the new hockey stadium in East London, and England Hockey will be aiming to build on that success when they are proud hosts of the EuroHockey Championships in 2015.
The tournament website: www.eurohockey2015.co.uk is now live and as well as providing an outlet to buy tickets for next year’s event, contains information about the tournament and the competing teams.
Tickets will be available for sessions, as with the 2012 London Olympics, and in line with the family focus of the event, children’s tickets are available from £1.
Both men’s and women’s competitions will be held. The teams which have qualified for the men’s competition are:
Belgium, England, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Russia and … read more
England’s women began their 2014 Commonwealth Games campaign with a 2-0 win over Wales in Glasgow at Thursday lunchtime, but suffered an early setback as Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg was forced off the pitch after just 58 seconds after being struck by a hard hit ball by former Surbiton player, Elen Barnes, now with Reading, who was trying to clear the ball along the right sideline.
Twigg watched the rest of the match from the England bench, her team-mates, Giselle Ansley and Hollie Webb also having been in England’s starting line-up. Emma Batten was in the Welsh starting line-up, and forced a save from England’s goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch in the 14th minute, with the only Welsh shot in the match.
Twigg’s injury meant that England were forced to juggle their substitutions with only a fifteen player squad, as Commonwealth Games rules only permit a sixteen player squad, whilst most other international tournaments allow eighteen player … read more
Surbiton has no less than ten of its players currently showcasing the Surrey club at the Commonwealth Games with live television coverage from the brand new Glasgow Green National Hockey Centre.
Good news is that both Scotland’s captain Chris Grassick and Alan Forsyth recovered from injuries picked up in the week before last’s Investec London Cup to be declared fit to play alongside club mate Nicholas Parkes and William Marshall who has already signed on for Surbiton next season.
The hosts compete in pool A which includes Wales who have Surbiton goalkeeper David Kettle and new signing Lewis Prosser in their squad.
Both teams start their fixtures tomorrow (Friday July 25). Wales (world ranking 31 of 71/tournament ranking 10 of 10) play India (9/4) at 9am and Scotland (25/8) South Africa (12/5) at 11am. The fifth nation in their pool is Australia (1/1) who Wales play on Saturday (July 26) at 2pm, while … read more
Surbiton’s Gall brothers, will have their shot at winning medals with England U21 at the culmination of the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championships in Waterloo where they meet the Netherlands in the first semi-final tomorrow (Friday July 25, 4.30pm BST) with hosts Belgium playing Germany in the other (7pm) and the bronze and gold medal finals on Saturday July 26 (4pm and 5pm respectively).
England, captained by elder brother Jonathan, reached the semis after beating France 7-0 yesterday evening (Wednesday), having already beaten Belgium 1-0 on Sunday and Poland 6-2 on Tuesday to top their pool A with maximum points. The weekend will be the last time the two play competitive hockey together for a while since Jonathan becomes over-age after it and James is leaving Surbiton for Nottingham University and Beeston.
You can find full tournament results, team sheets and pool standings on the:
all match reports on the:
and tournament match … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI has this week started preparations for the club’s upcoming NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign.
Their performance squad of EHL-registered plus selected U18-Academy players will now be training at Sugden Road on Tuesday and Thursday evenings each week until league matches begin on Saturday afternoon, September 13 with a home fixture against Reading.
From next month (August 2) Saturday morning sessions will be added followed by a series of five practice games against national league opposition on the same day starting from Saturday August 9 against NPMHL Conference East side Brighton & Hove.
But five of the squad have already been busy all summer with international commitments which continue into the next two weeks with Jonathan Gall captaining the England U21 squad, which includes brother James who will be joining Beeston next season, at the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championship in Waterloo, in Belgium which concludes this Saturday (July … read more
Following a Monday rest day in the men’s competition the brothers Gall were both in the starting line-up as England U21 made it two pool wins out of two at the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championships in Waterloo yesterday evening (Tuesday July 22, 18.45 CET – BST = 1 hr earlier) when they beat Poland 6-2.
After beating hosts Belgium 1-0 in the opening day’s main match (Sunday July 20, 17.15), England now lead pool A – with Belgium (+2) and France (-2) second and third respectively on goal difference – in one of the two four-nation “round-robin” all-play-all groups.
So England still have to beat France this evening (Wednesday July 23, 18.45) in their final pool game to ensure progressing – after another men’s tournament rest day on Thursday – to the semi-finals and finals (top two in each pool) which take place on Friday and Saturday (July 25/26).
The relegation play-off pool … read more
Captained by Surbiton’s Jonathan Gall, England U21 got off to a winning start at the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championship in Waterloo yesterday evening (Sunday July 20) when they beat hosts Belgium 1-0 in the opening day’s main match (17.15).
Brother James, who has now signed for Beeston ahead of going up to Nottingham University this autumn, also was in the starting line-up while East Grinstead’s Luke Taylor got the only goal of the game from a 15th-minute penalty stroke.
After a tournament rest day today (Monday July 21), England U21 go on to meet Poland on Tuesday (July 22, 18.45) and France on Wednesday (July 23, 18.45) evenings. After another tournament rest day on Thursday, the relegation play-off pool (bottom two in each preliminary pool) and semi-finals and finals (top two in each) take place on Friday and Saturday (July 25/26).
The other competing nations in pool B are Austria, Germany, Netherlands and … read more
Whilst the focus is currently on the Commonwealth Games, which start later this week in Glasgow; Surbiton’s junior internationals were in action in Nottingham last week.
Both England’s U16 and U18 Girls took part in Five Nations tournaments at Beeston HC: Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain providing the opposition for both squads.
The U16 Girls, including Surbiton’s Charlotte Calnan and Holly Munro, plus former Surbiton player, Meg Dowthwaite, now with Wimbledon, began with a 1-0 victory over Belgium in their opening match, but struggled in their next two matches, losing 4-0 to both Germany and the Netherlands; before going down 2-0 to Spain in their last game. Nevertheless, Head Coach, Marc Bourhill found positive aspects to talk about after the Dutch defeat: “It was an excellent first half and the girls were competitive throughout. We had to play with ten players for a time which left us exposed as they pushed forward. I feel the … read more
Two of Surbiton’s junior internationals, brothers James and Jonathan Gall, were finally selected last Friday (July 11) in the 18-strong England U21 squad for the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championship in Waterloo, Belgium. They are already out there at a pre-tournament training camp as from today (Tuesday July 15).
The tournament itself starts this Sunday (July 20) when England play hosts Belgium in the day’s main match (17.15). After a tournament rest day on Monday, they go on to meet Poland on Tuesday (July 22, 18.45) and France on Wednesday (July 23, 18.45) evenings. After another tournament rest day on Thursday the relegation play-off pool (bottom two in each preliminary pool) and semi-finals and finals (top two in each) take place on Friday and Saturday (July 25/26).
The other competing countries in pool B are Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.
In the run-up to the tournament England’s U21 Men (including both Galls in all … read more
Surbiton’s England internationals, Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg, and Hollie Webb added Investec London Cup Gold medals to their collections after a hard fought 2-1 victory for England against South Africa in the women’s final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday evening.
Ansley, Twigg and Webb were all in the starting line-up as England won by a 2-1 scoreline for the third game running following the round-robin wins over South Africa on Thursday, and Scotland on Saturday. Haycroft was on the substitutes bench.
Nicola White gave England a third minute lead from a penalty corner, only for Jade Mayne to level for South Africa from open play in the 16th minute with a shot which rocketed into the top left corner of the goal.
After both teams had their chances in the second half, but nevertheless with the prospect of a penalty shuffle shootout looming, Sam Quek converted … read more
The Investec London Men’s Cup concluded at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford today (Sunday July 13) with the same play-off results, though not the same scorelines, to what were coincidentally the previous day’s (Saturday July 12) identical third and final pool fixtures for the five Gaelic internationals in the Ireland and Scotland squads who either played for Surbiton Men’s 1st XI last season or will be doing so next.
World 25th-ranked Scotland ended up more clearly confirming their competition ranking of fourth than when losing 3-0 in a 9.45am start against world 12th-ranked South Africa compared to their previous morning’s (Saturday July 12, 9.45am) 3-2 defeat.
But once again they were without Surbiton’s two present Scottish players, still omitted for precautionary reasons after injuries sustained in Thursday evening’s (July 10, 5.15pm) 1-1 draw with Ireland – namely Alan Forsyth left thumb and … read more
England’s women overcame a determined Scotland 2-1 in the last game on Saturday to earn a place in the Investec London Cup final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
On Sunday, England will defend their one hundred per cent tournament record against South Africa, who overwhelmed Wales 8-2, Surbiton’s Emma Batten scoring the Welsh squad’s first goal of the match and the tournament.
Tarryn Bright scored twice; Shelley Russell, Celia Evans, Jade Mayne, Illse Davids, Kathleen Taylor and Dirkie Chamberlain also on target for South Africa. Batten, who was in the starting line-up, converted the Welsh side’s second penalty corner in the 45th minute, with team-mate, Eloise Laity scoring a second consolation goal, also from a penalty corner, in added on time at the end of the match.
After the match, Batten said in spite of three heavy defeats, morale was still good in the Welsh camp, and that the tournament was … read more
The five Gaelic internationals who either played for Surbiton Men’s 1st XI last season or will be doing so next all lost with their two respective countries on the third day of the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford today (Saturday July 12).
And to make matters worse Surbiton’s two present Scottish players had to be omitted for precautionary reasons after injuries sustained in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Ireland – Alan Forsyth (left thumb) and Chris Grassick (right knee) – which left just one past – Nicholas Parkes – and one future – William Marshall – in their world 25th-ranked country’s opening (09.45am) final pool game, a 3-2 loss to world 12th-ranked South Africa despite a strong fight-back after being 3-0 down eight minutes into the second half.
Then in the second final pool game at 11.30am Michael Watt’s … read more
Surbiton Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Jo Hunter has joined Surbiton Ladies from Leicester HC.
Hunter, 23 years old and able to play in either a midfield or forward role, comes to Sugden Road a month after helping Leicester to lift the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy at Loughborough University, where they beat Russian club, CSP Izmaylovo 2-1 in the final.
At Leicester, Hunter was a member of the squad which finished top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division in 2012-13, but were runners-up to league champions, Reading after losing 3-1 in the Championship final. She also played in the EuroHockey Champions Clubs Cup, Leicester having won the league championship in 2011-12.
Before joining Leicester, Hunter spent three seasons at Beeston, while studying chemistry at Nottingham University. In her final season the Conference North champions narrowly missed out on promotion, losing 5-2 to Surbiton in their final match at the … read more
The five full internationals who either played for Surbiton Men’s 1st XI last season or will be doing so next shared the points for their respective countries on the second day of the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford today (Thursday July 10).
In their 17.15 meeting Michael Watt’s world 15th-ranked country Ireland snatched a 1-1 draw against 25th-ranked Scotland with an equaliser 33 seconds from time.
Ulsterman Mickie, who has opted to play for Ireland and joined Surbiton from Dutch premier league club SCHC at the start of last season, failed to add to his three goals in two capped Tests against England in Dublin last week, one in their 3-2 loss last Friday (July 4) and then both in a 2-1 victory on Saturday (July 5), including the winner from a penalty corner three minutes from time.
Scotland, … read more
Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg scored from the penalty spot with just nine minutes remaining to give England’s women a 2-1 win over South Africa in their second match at the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and gain revenge for their 4-1 defeat at the Rabobank World Cup in The Hague.
On a wet day in East London, Alex Danson gave the crowd something to cheer underneath their umbrellas, the ball rocketing into the top left corner beyond South African goalkeeper, Anelle van Deventer’s reach a minute before half time.
England had struggled to create scoring chances in the first half, but ironically, having been more successful in the second half, were pegged back by Illse Davids’ open play effort twelve minutes after the break.
With both sides set to share the points, England were given the lifeline of a penalty stroke, Twigg … read more
On Day One of the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, there were mixed fortunes for Surbiton’s M1 Celtic players.
Ireland, including Michael Watt in their starting line-up beat South Africa 4-2 in the opening game of the Men’s tournament after leading 2-1 at the interval.
Although Watt didn’t score, he was instrumental in forcing a first half penalty corner.
In the second game of the evening session, England proved too strong for Scotland, running out 6-0 winners, having led 4-0 at half time. England took an early lead, Ashley Jackson converting a penalty corner in the second minute, with Henry Weir, Mark Gleghorne, and Simon Mantell all adding further first half goals.
Scotland held out until ten minutes from time, but an open play goal from Phil Roper, and a second penalty corner drag-flick from Jackson gave England a convincing win.
Scotland’s captain, Chris Grassick, Alan Forsyth, who had … read more
Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley helped England’s women bounce back from the disappointment of finishing eleventh at the Rabobank World Cup in The Hague, as the hosts beat Wales 8-0 in their opening match at the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
Ansley, who returned to the squad after missing out on a World Cup place, converted a penalty corner with three minutes remaining as England (World Ranking 6), as expected, dominated Wales (WR 32) on the blue pitch at the Olympic legacy venue.
England had only needed 51 seconds to pierce the Welsh defence, Alex Danson, scoring the first of two goals. Former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray, doubled England’s lead in the tenth minute, and goals in the 25th and 29th minutes from Susannah Townsend and Laura Unsworth left Wales trailing 4-0 at half time.
Wales held out until the 53rd … read more
Surbiton’s Charlotte Calnan scored the only goal in two of three games for England’s U16 Girls against Belgium in Antwerp, as England completed a clean sweep against their Belgian counterparts.
On Friday, an open goal with five minutes to play was enough to snatch a win in the opening game, Calnan’s excellent reverse-stick strike stunning the Belgium defence.
In the second game, Calnan once again won the match, this time with a sixth minute open play goal, after which England couldn’t add to their tally.
In the third game on Monday (7 July), former Surbiton player, Meg Dowthwaite, now with Wimbledon, opened the scoring from a penalty corner, England going on to win 2-1 after Belgium equalised before half time.
Surbiton’s Sarah Haycroft will join club colleagues Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb at next week’s Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Haycroft, together with East Grinstead’s Kirsty Mackay has been added to the list of 16 athletes named for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, to increase England Women’s squad for the Investec London Cup to eighteen players.
England face Wales (World Ranking 32) on Wednesday 9 July; South Africa (WR 11) on Thursday; and after Friday’s rest day, Scotland ((WR 16) on Saturday; with the third/fourth matches and final being held on Sunday 13 July, when there will be live coverage on Sky Sports 1 from 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm.
Tickets are still available for the Investec London Cup at www.englandhockey.co.uk.
Surbiton’s Charlotte Calnan, Holly Munro and Lottie Ross were all in the England Under-16 Squad which travelled to Edinburgh to take on their Scottish counterparts in a two match series last weekend (28/29 June)
Munro was influential in defence on her debut in England colours on Saturday, England winning 3-2, holding on after a Scottish second half comeback, having fallen three goals behind after just fifteen minutes. On Sunday, defences were tighter, but Calnan snatched the victory for England, tipping the ball in for the only goal of the game, from team-mate, Lucy Millington’s shot in the penultimate minute of the match, to compensate for England’s first half disallowed goal.
England U16 Girls’ Head Coach, Marc Bourhill was pleased with the team’s performances over the weekend, but will work with the players to convert pressure in the circle into scoring opportunities.