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L1 Are Going Dutch At Easter

Surbiton Ladies’ first venture into Europe will be at Bilthoven in the Netherlands, when they take part in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup from 3-6 April.
The eight teams which will take part are HC’s Hertogenbosch, SCHC (both Netherlands); Canterbury, Surbiton (England); Rot-Weiss Koln (Germany); Club De Campo (Spain); University College Dublin (Ireland); and CSP Izmailovo (Russia).
The tournament will be a knockout tournament with each team playing three matches over the weekend.
Colin Pike

New Zealand International Julia King Signs For Surbiton Ladies

Surbiton Hockey Club is pleased to announce that New Zealand international, Julia King has joined Surbiton Ladies from Auckland.
King, 21 years old, joins reigning Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division champions, Surbiton, a day after helping Auckland to win the Ford National League title, following their 1-0 win over Northland in the final.
Since making her debut for the Black Sticks in 2011, King has won 63 caps for New Zealand, and scored eight goals, equally at home whether playing as a striker, or in a midfield role.
Surbiton Head Coach, Brett Garrard said: “We are delighted to have secured Julia’s services and as an experienced international she will add further depth and quality to our squad as we look to challenge on three fronts this season.”
Commenting on her new challenge, King said “I am very excited to play for Surbiton, and look forward to helping them defend both their league and … read more

M1 Win Their First League Fixture

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI took their time but finally ran out 3-1 winners over perennial rivals Reading in a tense opening fixture to their 2014/15 NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign this Saturday (September 13) at Sugden Road in the club’s first double-header “Super Saturday” of the season, starting at 4.30pm, immediately after the L1 had drawn their opening game 0-0 against the same club.
After a third goalless half of the afternoon the Berkshire visitors finally got the scoreboard moving six minutes after the interval with a penalty corner volleyed in by Ben Boon from keeper Kettle’s initial parry.
That galvanised Surbiton and Geoff McCabe deflected home the equalizer five minutes later from Jonathan Gall’s defence-splitting long through ball.
But it took until the final eight minutes for Surbiton to finally settle the game with first Alan Forsyth getting the last touch to a dazzling inter-passing movement into the and … read more

L1 Draw Blank In Title Defence Opener Against Reading

Surbiton Ladies began their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division defence with a disappointing goal-less draw at home to Reading on Saturday afternoon. Surbiton missed the strike force of Jenna Woolven and Rebecca Herbert, both about to conclude their winter season commitments in Australia and New Zealand respectively; whilst Reading were without Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh; and Alex Danson.
Jo Hunter made her league debut for Surbiton, together with youngster, Holly Munro. Both players combined well on the left wing in the second half, with Munro showing additional  promise, and Hunter getting used to playing with her new team-mates in a competitive environment.
Reading suffered an early blow, when Wiz Hunt suffered an injury during the warm-up, and after taking up her position in the starting line-up, was immediately substituted by Poppy Martin. Surbiton dominated possession, but failed to break down the dogged Reading defence, visiting goalkeeper, Sarah Ellis, also adding to the … read more

Today Sees The First Super Saturday at Sugden Road

It only seems like yesterday that our Ladies 1st XI closed the 2013-14 season by picking up the Investec Women’s Cup to complete an historic domestic double, but the new season is just around the corner and we have two massive weekends coming up at Sugden Road and would love to see you there!
Today, Surbiton play hosts to rivals Reading in our first Super Saturday double-header of the season.  The Ladies kick off  the defence of their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title off at 2 pm, closely followed by the Men’s 1st XI, who then begin their NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign at 4.30 pm.
If you were unable to see the Ladies 1st team win the IWHL Premier Division title at Reading HC or the Investec Women’s Cup at Highfields last season, you will get the opportunity to get a close-up view of our coveted silverware as the squad will be … read more

L1 Begin League Defence Against Reading On Saturday

Surbiton Ladies begin the defence of their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title on Saturday, when Reading are the visitors to Sugden Road (push back 2 pm).
The teams last met at Sonning Lane, when Surbiton won 4-1 in the IWHL Championships semi-final last April, Jenna Woolven scoring twice, with Rebecca Herbert scoring a fantastic individual goal, and Georgie Twigg putting the icing on the cake from the penalty spot. Dirkie Chamberlain scored Reading’s consolation goal.
Ironically, only Twigg will be present at tomorrow’s opening fixture, with Woolven and Herbert playing summer hockey in the Australasian winter. Woolven is with the University of WA, preparing for a Melville Toyota League Preliminary Final match-up with Melville on Sunday, whilst Herbert is playing for Central Mysticks in the Ford NHL. Chamberlain will make her league debut for her new club, Canterbury, at Beeston, together with Susannah Townsend, who returned to Kent after a season … read more

New-Look Squads in M1 Opener

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI face traditional Berkshire rivals Reading in their opening fixture of the 2014/15 NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League National Premier Division campaign this Saturday (September 13) at Sugden Road in the club’s first double-header “Super Saturday” of the season, starting at 4.30pm, immediately after the L1 have played their opening game against the same club.
Last season Surbiton M1 drew the corresponding home fixture 1-1 on November 2 but lost 5-3 at Sonning Lane on 23 February, finishing up fourth in the league table on 34 points with Reading one place ahead on 39. But Surbiton reversed these positions by beating them in the National Championship 3rd/4th place final, staged at Sonning Lane on April 6, by 3-2 on a penalty shoot-out after drawing 1-1 in normal time, to clinch the third EuroHockey League qualifying spot, which subsequently became non-existent.
However, it is two very different squads who will … read more

M1 Win Big Again

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI emphatically won their sixth and final pre-season friendly, all staged at home, by 6-0 on Tuesday evening (September 9), starting at 8.10 pm on the Sugden Road hybrid pitch for a third successive game with one of the main water-based pitch floodlights still being out of action.
Opponents were north London rivals Hampstead & Westminster, who finished seventh to their host’s fourth in last season’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, but who had made seven major new signings – including former Surbiton Olympian Richard Alexander from Wimbledon and New Zealand penalty corner specialist Andy Hayward who scored six goals at this June’s World Cup – all of whom were playing.
Surbiton by contrast had three of their current internationals and two new signings not playing, but with a dazzling display of rapid inter-passing went three goals up at the interval through close-season GB/England signing Dave Beckett from … read more

M1’s Final Friendly on Tuesday

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI play their sixth and final pre-season friendly, all staged at home, this Tuesday (September 9) at Sugden Road, starting at 8pm.
Opponents are north London rivals Hampstead & Westminster, who finished 7th to their host’s 4th in last season’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.
The 2014/15 campaign begins for the M1, also at Sugden Road, this weekend with a “Super Saturday” (September 13) double-header at 4.30pm, against Reading, who finished 3rd last season, immediately after the L1 have played their opening fixture against the same club.
(Seán Cotter)

M1 Beat Teddington 12-1

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI won a second evening friendly in three days against one-tier lower Conference East club opposition on the hybrid pitch when they defeated Teddington (who finished fifth of ten last season) yesterday evening (Thursday, September 4, 8pm) by 12-1; co-incidentally the same score as they chalked up against sixth-placed Bromley & Beckenham two days earlier (Tuesday, September 2, 8pm).
This time Surbiton’s scorers were: Alan Forsyth (3 and 22 minutes), Eddie Way (6 and 26), Nick Cooper (15), William Mitchell (20), Robert Schilling (34), Dave Beckett (38), Adam Jolly (39), Matt Daly (46pc), Scott Evans (52) and Michael Watt (63).
Although Teddington trailed 7-0 at the interval and 11-0 seventeen minutes into the second half, they were level pegging in the final eighteen minutes, with 15-year-old John Miller bringing the score back to 11-1 on 58 minutes. As well as another newly-registered U16 colt, Teddington were fielding six new … read more

M1 Play Teddington This Thursday

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI resume the world’s oldest rivalry, alas no longer a regular league fixture, in the present-day version of field hockey (based on football and played with a stick and cricket ball), when they host cross-Thames rivals Teddington (started in 1871) at Sugden Road tomorrow evening (Thursday, September 4, 8pm).
The original meeting incidentally took place 139 years ago, on February 3rd 1875 at their original ground in Bushy Park, with upstarts Surbiton winning by two goals to one and going on to remain unbeaten until  January 26th 1878.
Teddington currently play in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference East, where they finished 5th of 10 last season. This season their new coach is Mike Williamson, taking over from Calum Giles, both briefly former Surbiton players and now teaching/coaching at Kingston Grammar School.
Having been pulled back within less than 60 seconds after taking a 19th-minute lead, Surbiton Men’s 1st … read more

It’s Playday This Weekend

Surbiton Hockey Club holds its annual Playday this Saturday (6 September)
Registration for the Ladies is at 12.30 pm, and play starts at 1 pm, ending at 3 pm, on Pitch 2 (the new hybrid water/ sand pitch).
All existing members, and any prospective new members will be very welcome. For more information, contact Jo Firth at jo.firth@btinternet.com; or Ellie Vickery at eleanor.vickery@gmail.com
Registration for the Men is at 12.30 pm, and play starts at 1pm, also ending at 3pm on Pitch 1 (the water based pitch).
Once again, all existing members and any prospective new members will be more than welcome. For more information, contact David Curry at curry_david@ntlworld.com
All players should bring both white and dark shirts with them on the day.
Following this, we would like to encourage all players to stay at the club as there will be an open training session for the Men’s 1st XI at 3pm. This will give you a chance to … read more

L1 Win Battle of Penalty Corners against Buckingham

Surbiton Ladies won their only pre-season match against a club side, beating fellow Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division team, Buckingham, 2-1 at Indian Gymkhana HC.
With some regular first team players missing, Surbiton gave opportunities to youngsters, Lottie Ross and Elle De Heer; whilst new signing Jo Hunter made her first appearance in a Surbiton shirt.
Surbiton took the lead in the 13th minute, Chloe Palmer (neé Strong) scoring with a clincial penalty corner conversion. Buckingham equalised a minute before half time in the same manner, Zoe Shipperley giving Surbiton goalkeeper, Vicky Hewett no chance.
A minute later, and just before the half time break, Palmer restored Surbiton’s lead with another well taken penalty corner conversion.
In the second half, Surbiton had the better of the play, but were unable to make the most of their possession, although Sarah Page was unlucky to have a goal disallowed in the 56th minute.
Surbiton will now prepare … read more

M1 Lose To Holcombe

There was something of a Commonwealth Games’ Village reunion at Sugden Road on Sunday (August 31) at noon when Surbiton, fielding all three remaining of their four Glasgow 2014 Scottish competitors, two of them new signings, plus one, also a new signing, of their two Welsh, lost 3-2 to visitors Holcombe, who brought all their five English bronze medallists, although one of three new signings among them was on the bench but unable able to play injured, plus one Scottish squad member – ten of twelve participants in all.
The Medway club who had finished second in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference East for a second time running last season demonstrated that they will once again be serious candidates for promotion to finally join their hosts in the country’s elite NPMHL Premier Division for 2015/16.
They had already beaten another premier side, Wimbledon, 3-1 away in their first close-season practice game the … read more

M1 At Home To Bromley & Beckenham This Tuesday

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s cancelled practice game at home to Bromley & Beckenham the Saturday before last (August 23) has been rescheduled to this Tuesday (September 2, 8pm), also at Sugden Road. The Kent club, who merged eight seasons ago at the latter’s ground, currently play in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference East in which they finished 6th of 10 last season.
That will leave the M1 with just two further practice games, both at Sugden Road:
this Thursday, September 4 (8pm) v Teddington (5th, Conference East)
Tuesday week, September 9 (8pm) v Hampstead & Westminster (7th to Surbiton’s 4th, Premier Division)
before the 2014/15 season begins, also at Sugden Road, on:
Saturday September 13 (4.30pm) v Reading (3rd, Premier Division)
(Seán Cotter)

M1 Play Holcombe This Sunday

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI play what will finally be their third pre-season practice game, all at Sugden Road, on Sunday (August 31) starting at noon. There should be a plethora of current internationals on show with Surbiton adding to their one Irishman: four of their now five Scottish and Welsh Commonwealth Games’ participants, two of them new signings; plus two of the three who were not there, including one new signing; plus their new non-CWG English international signing.
Opponents Holcombe for their part can now call on five of England’s Commonwealth Games’ silver medalists, having signed on three of them this close season to add to the two already in their squad, in a bid to finally escape the Conference East (in which they finished second for the last two seasons) and join their hosts in the country’s elite NOW: Pensions’ Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.
The M1’s original third practice game, … read more

L1 Take On Buckingham at Indian Gymkhana HC On Sunday

Surbiton Ladies play their single pre-season friendly against a club side when they make the short trip to Indian Gymkhana HC on Sunday to play Buckingham (push back 11.30).
The match is part of South Day which is being run by the Southern Counties Hockey Umpires Association. Surbiton and Buckingham met on four occasions in the South Clubs’ Women’s League on their way to the top flight of English hockey. Buckingham won three of the four meetings, including winning 5-2 at Sugden Road on 15 March 2008 to complete a grand slam of eighteen league victories to win promotion to Division One, and ultimately to the Investec Women’s Hockey League.
Jo Hunter, who was one of Buckingham’s scorers back in 2008, is due to make her first appearance in a Surbiton shirt at Indian Gymkhana against one of her former clubs. Hunter also played for Beeston and Leicester, and faced Surbiton whilst … read more

M1 Friendly versus Southgate Cancelled

Surbiton Men’s 1st X1 match versus Southgate, scheduled to be played on Thursday night at 8 pm, has been cancelled.
Surbiton will next be in action against Holcombe on Sunday at 12 noon.
Surbiton’s remaining scheduled friendlies will then be as follows:
Thursday September 4 (8pm) v Teddington (5th, Conference East)
Tuesday September 9 (8pm) v Hampstead & Westminster (7th, Premier Division)
The first league fixture of the season is:
Saturday September 13 (4.30pm) v Reading (3rd, Premier Division)
(Seán Cotter)

M1 Gear Up For New Season

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI made up for Bromley & Beckenham’s (sixth in the one-tier lower NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference East last season) late withdrawal from Bank Holiday Saturday’s (August 23) scheduled friendly fixture at 11.30am with a four-hour briefing and training session from 10am that morning.
With many players still having holiday arrangements, it was nevertheless attended by 12 of last season’s squad and four newly-registered players. Also involved were four aspiring colts, three of whom had taken part in both and one in one of the first two friendlies.
Now preparations for the upcoming NPMHL Premier Division campaign really ramp up with four friendly fixtures in thirteen days, all at home.
This Thursday’s opponents (August 28, 8pm) are north London rivals Southgate, who have been promoted back to the Premier Division after just one year’s absence, after winning promotion from the Conference East.
Then this Sunday (August 31, 11.30am) there is the … read more

M1 Drawn At Home To Marlow In Men’s Cup

Surbiton’s men have been drawn at home to Marlow in the second round of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup. Marlow, who shocked NPMHL Premier Division club, Canterbury 3-2 in last season’s competition, before bowing out 6-2 at another top-flight club, Hampstead & Westminster, finished ninth, just above the relegation places in the South League Premier Division 2 in 2013-14.
The tie will take place at Sugden Road on 28 September, the day after the first team double-header with Beeston.
Meanwhile, Surbiton Ladies will have to wait until 26 October to begin their defence of the Investec Women’s Cup as they have been given a first round bye. Only Reading and Canterbury of the IWHL Premier Division clubs have not entered the 2014-15 season competition.
Colin Pike

M1 Edge Out Wimbledon In Pre-season London Derby

Surbiton’s men had to battle against a determined Wimbledon side before running out 3-2 winners at Sugden Road on Saturday lunchtime, Surbiton’s new signing, Rupert Shipperley, who joined the club from Cardiff & Met, scoring twice on his debut.
Wimbledon, who finished sixth in last season’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, and will be aiming to reach the 2014-15 league play-offs, included former Surbiton players Ben Hawes and Ben Marsden in their squad, but both teams were without any of  their Commonwealth Games players in their respective fourteen player squads.
The match was played over four periods of seventeen and a half minutes. Surbiton led at the end of the first period, Rob Schilling scoring the only goal in the first quarter, scoring from a rebound shot after Matt Daly’ s initial penalty corner drag-flick was saved by Wimbledon goalkeeper, Tom Millington in the tenth minute. Daly sat out the final three periods … read more

M1 Win Their Opening Friendly Against Brighton & Hove

About 40 supporters, including the ever-loyal “Barmy Army”, turned out yesterday noon (9 August) on a fitfully sunny Saturday at Sugden Road to watch Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s first of seven pre-season friendlies against Brighton and Hove, though they wouldn’t have recognized half the 15-strong home squad.
It was an eclectic mix of eight of last season’s NOW:Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division registered players (Ore Ogunlana, Ali Hitch, Ben Tibble, Jonathan Gall, Fergus Dunn, Matt Daly, Rob Schilling and Scott Evans) plus four colts (two from Kingston Grammar School – Ben Park and Owen Williamson – one from Whitgift School, Croydon – Morgan Males – and one – Oscar Kolk – from Reed’s School Cobham), plus one new signing (Dave Beckett from Cannock), one potential new signing (Chris Bassano-Harper from Old Williamsonians) and an England/ Great Britain women’s senior international (Sarah Haycroft – who became the first lady ever to play in a M1 fixture).
But despite … read more

M1 Pre-Season Fixtures Start This Saturday

As followers of Facebook and Twitter from this website will know it was a fantastic experience in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games 2014 for the Surbiton’s Men’s 1st XI sextet who participated.
Next up, after a suitable rest period, it will be back to Sugden Road to join preparations for the 2014/15 NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign for last season’s three M1 squad members among them – Alan Forsyth, Chris Grassick and David Kettle – plus the two newly-signed players – William Marshall from Sheffield Hallam and Lewis Prosser from La Gantoise in Belgium. But sadly Nicholas Parkes will not be joining them having already been deregistered since his job takes him to Sheffield this autumn.
Six friendly fixtures have been organized, all at Sugden Road, starting:
this Saturday (August 9) at noon against Brighton & Hove, who finished 9th out of 10 in the Conference East last season and … read more

Brave England Cruelly Denied Gold At CWG In Glasgow

England’s women won silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after Australia levelled with just eleven seconds of normal time remaining to force a 1-1 draw, before going on to win the resultant shootout 3-1.
England had battled hard against the Hockeyroos, who had won all their previous games convincingly, including a 7-1 thrashing of South Africa in the semi- final. Although Australia had more shots than England, the first half ended goalless, and in the 48th minute, with only their second shot of the match, England took the lead. Reading’s Susie Gilbert attacked down the right, and via her club and team-mate, Alex Danson, the ball found the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley, whose shot beat Australian goalkeeper, Rachel Lynch, and nestled in the top left corner.
England had seemed to get their tactics right, having learnt from the 3-0 pool defeat, but Australia cruelly equalised with just seconds remaining from a … read more

M1’s CWG Sextet’s Mixed Play-Off Fortunes

There were contrasting results for Surbiton’s six players representing their two home countries in the first two play-off finals of the Commonwealth Games 2014 at the Glasgow Green National Hockey Centre yesterday (Friday August 1).
World 31st-ranked Wales, with Surbiton goalkeeper David Kettle and new signing Lewis Prosser in their squad, avoided the wooden spoon and improved on their tournament ranking of tenth by one position after winning the 9th/10th play-off final starting at 2pm. Having finished fifth and bottom of pool A with four defeats in their four group fixtures, the Welsh provided an upset by beating the bottom team from pool B, world 29th-ranked Trinidad & Tobago, who had won one of their group fixtures and lost the other three.
After the game being goalless at the interval, Prosser opened the scoring for the Welsh in the 53rd minute with a run from left to right into and across the … read more

England To Play Australia for CWG Gold After NZ Shootout Drama

England’s women will play Australia for Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow on Saturday evening (8.15 pm) after beating New Zealand 3-1 on a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw in normal time in the second semi-final on Friday afternoon.
England led 1-0 after the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley forced the ball over the line from short range in the 28th minute. The move involved Surbiton’s Hollie Webb and Holcombe’s Sam Quek who attacked along the right sideline, the cross finding Alex Danson in the circle, the ball eventually reaching Owsley.
New Zealand were down to ten players at that point as shortly before, Stacey Michelsen had been sent to the sin-bin after being shown a yellow card.
Two minutes from the end, Katie Glynn levelled, and from the restart, New Zealand could have snatched the win, Michelsen striking the post with a shot. There was still time for both teams to threaten … read more

Batten Double Helps Wales to Ninth Place at CWG

Surbiton’s Emma Batten scored twice in the second half to help the Welsh women’s squad to beat Trinidad & Tobago 4-0 and finish ninth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday evening.
Wales completely dominated the 9th/10th place play-off, as T&T were unable to muster a single shot on goal, but Wales suffered the same frustration in the first half that they had experienced in the goalless draw with Malaysia, as they were unable to capitalise on their possession.
Everything changed in the 43rd minute, as former Surbiton player, Elen Barnes, now with Reading, who had attacked the T&T defence, broke the deadlock from open play, with a diagonal shot on goal.  Three minutes later, it was Batten’s turn as a shot from Reading’s Leah Wilkinson was brilliantly deflected past T&T’s goalkeeper, Petal Derry, the 50th goal that T&T had conceded during the tournament.

Surbiton’s Emma Batten scored twice against Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday night. Photo: … read more

All M1 Sextet’s Last CG Appearances Are Now On Friday

Scotland saved their best performance for their fourth and final pool A fixture at the Commonwealth Games 2014 this afternoon (Thursday July 31, 2pm) but still lost 5-0 to the world top-ranked nation and thus group winners Australia.
The world 25th-ranked Scots – with Surbiton Men’s 1st XI last-season club mates Chris Grassick, who captains his country, Alan Forsyth and Nicholas Parkes, who is leaving this summer, plus new signing William Marshall, in their squad – held the world champions goalless for almost 20 minutes and had a number of promising attacks as well as then conceding three in six minutes and then another two in five minutes early in the second half.
The result confirmed them as finishing fourth in the group and so meeting world 13th-ranked Malaysia, who finished fourth in pool B, in the 7th/8th play-off final in the Glasgow Green Hockey Centre at 8.15 pm tomorrow (Friday August … read more

Watch M1’s Scottish CG Quartet Tomorrow At 2pm

Don’t miss Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s four players in the Scottish side play their fourth and final pool A game at 2pm tomorrow afternoon (Thursday July 31) at the Commonwealth Games 2014 tournament on the BBC coverage starting at 1.50pm.
Unhappily there is already no chance for any of Surbiton’s six senior internationals currently competing at the Glagow Green Hockey Centre to emulate the Gall brothers at the EuroHockey Junior Championship last week by coming back with any medals.
As early as Tuesday evening it had become impossible for either of their two home countries – both competing in pool A of the two five-nation preliminary round-robin groups – to reach this weekend’s semi-finals.
Both lost their first two games: Wales, with goalkeeper David Kettle and new signing Lewis Prosser in their squad and tenth and lowest-ranked in the tournament, by 3-1 to 4th-ranked India last Friday and 7-1 to top-ranked Australia on … read more

England Women Battle Into CWG Semi-Finals

England’s women had to battle before they could clinch their place in the Commonwealth Games semi-finals after a hard fought 2-1 victory over hosts, Scotland in Glasgow on Wednesday.
In a tense, controversial, yet excellent match, England led 2-1 at half time, and had to weather an onslaught of Scottish attacks in the second half, especially from penalty corner routines.
England only needed a draw to progress, but Scotland had to win, due to their far inferior goal difference, after both teams had won two of their first three matches, both losing to Australia, the pool winners.
England broke the deadlock in the 16th minute, once more requiring some Alex Danson magic, as the Reading player scored from open play. With seven minutes remaining, there was controversy, as the Scottish players were unhappy  following the award of a penalty corner. The resultant video referral was rejected, the Scottish players continuing to argue their … read more

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