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L1 Complete League And Cup Double

Surbiton Ladies completed the domestic league and cup double with a hard-fought 3-2 win over IWHL Premier Division rivals, Clifton in the Investec Women’s Cup final at Lee Valley on Saturday afternoon.
As in previous rounds, Surbiton selected their youngsters for the final, resting their senior internationals, the cup triumph once again illustrating the strength in depth in the Ladies’ section at Sugden Road.
As in last season’s final against Hampstead & Westminster, Surbiton struck early, taking the lead in the second minute through Jenna Woolven, who also opened the scoring last season, from open play.
However, the task was always going to be tougher against Clifton, and the point was reinforced in the 24th minute when the Bristol club’s captain, Aileen Davis equalised, finding the backboard  from her side’s second penalty corner.
Surbiton entered the second half on level terms, but a player down, with captain, Rebecca Herbert spending two minutes in the sin-bin either … read more

L2 Just Miss Out On Cup Glory On Strokes

Surbiton Ladies’ second team just missed out on lifting the EH Second XI Cup when Beeston won 3-0 on penalty strokes after a 2-2 draw in normal time at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday evening.
Surbiton took the lead in the 18th minute, Vanessa Roberts converting their first penalty corner of the match.
Beeston still trailed at half time, but nine minutes into the second half, their goalkeeper, Brooke Butler was shown a green card for kicking the ball outside the circle.
With national league rules not applying to the second eleven competition, Butler stayed on the pitch.
Three minutes later, Beeston, who dominated the second half, drew level when Hannah Farr finished off their third penalty corner of the match.
Two minutes later, with a Surbiton defender caught in possession, Beeston broke away again, Farr sending the Nottingham club’s supporters into ecstasy by giving Beeston the lead for the first time … read more

L1 Target Second League And Cup Double

A week after retaining the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championship at Lee Valley, Surbiton Ladies return to the Olympic Park as Investec Women’s Cup holders to meet Clifton in this season’s final (push back 3.30 pm – Saturday 25 April).
Surbiton have not included their current England/ GB internationals in their cup squads this season, and will not change that policy for the final.
Surbiton began their defence in round two against the team they defeated in last season’s final, Hampstead & Westminster, at Paddington Recreation Ground. Sarah Page, Emmie Le Marchand, Jo Hunter, Sian Craze and Emily Atkinson were all on target.
Round three saw Surbiton travel to Holcombe, Le Marchand, Charlotte Calnan and Sandra Frankland earning a 3-1 win and a place in the quarter-finals.
Frankland was also on target in the last-eight tie at home to Oxford Hawks, along with Abi Robinson, Hawks losing 2-0.
Loughborough Students stood between Surbiton and their place … read more

L2 Aim For National Cup Glory On Saturday

Surbiton Ladies’ second team will be aiming to win the England Hockey Women’s Second XI Cup for the first time in their history when they take on Beeston in the final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday (push back 5.30 pm).
Beeston finished third in the Midland Region Hockey Association Women’s League Premier this season, whilst Surbiton were promoted from the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division Two, losing just one match.
Surbiton have been drawn at home in every round, although they received a walkover against Wycombe in the first round.
In round two, Sian Craze scored twice, with Eleanor Jolly also scoring in a 3-1 home win over Hampstead & Westminster.
Round three saw Team Bath Buccaneers thrashed 7-0 thanks to Jess Green’s brace and single efforts from Craze, Lucy Clacher, Orla Cooke, Olivia Besse and Sophie Tait.
In the quarter-final, Craze again scored twice with Emma Russell, Cooke and Sasha … read more

Ansley, Twigg and Webb In GB Squad To Face Japan

Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have been named in the initial twenty player GB squad for this Sunday’s (265 April) Investec Private Banking International against Japan at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre (push back 3 pm).
Head Coach, Danny Kerry, will name his final eighteen player squad on Sunday morning, with former Surbiton player Sophie Bray, now able to look forward to playing in the Premier Division next season with East Grinstead, also included in the initial squad.
Ansley was unable to play in either the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven or last weekend’s Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships finals due to a foot injury, but will hope to be fit to play against the number ten ranked team in the world.
Great Britain are ranked number eight, and the meeting on Sunday will be the ninth match between the countries. Great Britain have won six of the previous eight encounters … read more

Invincible L1 Retain Their IWHL Premier Division Title

Surbiton Ladies beat Canterbury 2-1 in a hard fought Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon, to retain the Premier Division title.
In doing so, Surbiton became the first team since Leicester in 2006-07 to retain the Premier Division title.
Surbiton also became the first team to win the Championship final in the same season as finishing top of the regular Premier Division season since the Championships were introduced in 2009-10.

Surbiton celebrate the retention of the IWHL Premier Division title. Photo: Ravi Ghowry.
In contrast to Saturday’s hot weather, the final was played under overcast skies with the floodlights switched on.
Both sides attacked in the first quarter, but defences were on top, with neither side able to take advantage of their only penalty corner award of the first half.
The deadlock was broken in the 23rd minute when a penalty stroke was awarded following Surbiton’s … read more

L1 To Face Canterbury After Shootout Heroics

On Sunday, Surbiton Ladies will face Canterbury for the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title for the second season running after battling past Reading in a dramatic Championship semi-final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday.
Surbiton seemed to be cruising into the final when they led 2-0 after just twelve minutes of the first quarter.
Julia King had given Surbiton the lead from the penalty spot in the seventh minute, before Sandra Frankland doubled the lead from open play at the left post, five minutes later.
However Reading, who had pipped Holcombe to the final qualifying place on the last day of the regular season, fought back, Helen Richardson-Walsh pulling a goal back in the 41st minute from a penalty corner. Kate Richardson-Walsh then levelled from open play with nine minutes to play.
Surbiton should have sealed the game in the first half, their most agonising miss coming from youngster … read more

L1 Defend IWHL Premier Division Title This Weekend

Surbiton Ladies travel to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre this weekend to defend their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title.
Having finished first at the end of the 18 game regular season, Surbiton take on fourth placed Reading (push back 2.15 pm) on Saturday in a rematch of last season’s last four tie, which took place on the Berkshire club’s home pitch.
Surbiton won 4-1 last season, having finished third, compared to Reading’s second, but Surbiton will aim to become the first team since the Championships were inaugurated to finish top of the Premier Division and win the Championship playoff.
Surbiton struggled to break through the Reading defence on the opening day of the season, being held to a goalless draw at Sugden Road by a somewhat depleted visiting squad.
When the teams met at Sonning Lane at the end of November, Surbiton came out on top 2-0 in a match scheduled … read more

Chris Grassick Capped For GB Against Germany

Just two days after playing for Surbiton in the NOW: Pensions League Championship at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Stratford, Scotland’s Chris Grassick was back there yesterday evening (Tuesday 14 April, 7pm), this time in a Great Britain shirt.
Opponents Germany, the current world third-ranked nation and reigning Olympic champions after winning at London 2012, ran out 2-1 winners.
Grassick was one of the 18 out of the 30-strong “Road to Rio” Team GB centralised squad selected to play in the one-off Nations Cup before a sold-out capacity crowd of 3000 at the new home of hockey in the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
He was Surbiton’s sole representative among the 15 of the 18 selected players who had competed at the same venue in last weekend’s Men’s Finals, another 11 of them also having played in the Premier Division Championship – four from Beeston, four from Wimbledon and three … read more

M1 Finish Third In NPMHL Championships

Today was a much better one for Surbiton Men’s 1st XI in the end-of-season NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championships at the Olympic Park in Stratford.
To start with, at 1 pm, Surbiton, who had finished second at the end of the regular Premier Division season, put in a greatly improved performance to beat fourth-placed Beeston 2-1 to secure third place in the Championships
Then at 3.15pm the previous day’s 2-0 loss to league third-placed Wimbledon was put into a much better perspective when their local rivals crushed first-placed East Grinstead 8-5.
For a second successive day Surbiton owed a tremendous debt to an inspired performance from David Kettle to keep them in the game throughout with a masterful series of saves and interceptions, eventually winning despite playing with one less outfielder than their Nottingham-based opponents.
Alan Forsyth scored both goals, putting Surbiton ahead in the 18th minute before James Blackwell equalised for Beeston two minutes later. Forsyth then hit … read more

M1 Play Beeston Today After Losing Saturday’s Semi

SURBITON Men’s 1st XI, who finished second in the Premier Division, lost their NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championship Semi-Final 2-0 to local rivals Wimbledon, who finished third, at the Olympic Park in Stratford yesterday afternoon.
So they now play fourth-placed Beeston, who went down 5-1 to first-placed East Grinstead in the first semi, in today’s third/fourth place match at 1pm.
Wimbledon are fast becoming Surbiton’s bogey side having drawn with them 4-4 at home and 2-2 away in the club’s first season in the NPMHL Premier Division in 2013/14, then losing 4-1 at home and drawing 3-3 away this season.
Yesterday’s most important clash yet did not break the hoodoo and, but for an inspired display by keeper David Kettle, the margin of defeat could have been even larger.
It took until the fourth quarter, on 57 minutes, for Wimbledon to take the lead from their fourth and final penalty corner, converted low and left by their Australian … read more

Surbiton HC is England Hockey’s Club Of The Month

Surbiton Hockey Club have won England’s Hockey Club Of The Month award for April.
Surbiton’s Men’s first team are in NOW:Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championships action this weekend; will be in the NOW:Pensions Men’s Cup final on 2 May; and with the Men’s second team also in the EH Second XI Cup final on the same day, Surbiton’s men are battling for honours.
And the story is the same in the Ladies section. The Ladies’ first team finished fifth in Bilthoven at Easter after going down on penalty shuttles against Club Campo De Madrid in their EuroHockey Club Champions Cup quarter-final.
Like the men, the Ladies’ first team will be at the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships next weekend (18/19 April) and in the Investec Women’s Cup final on 25 April, both events to be stated at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
The Ladies’ second team will also be chasing cup glory on … read more

M1 In NPMHL Championships At Lee Valley This Weekend

Surbiton’s Men travel to Lee Valley this weekend, chasing not only the NOW:Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division title, but one of the likely two places in next season’s Euro Hockey League.
Therefore, league second-placed Surbiton will have to beat third-placed south-west London rivals Wimbledon in the second semi-final at 4.30pm on Saturday to have any chance of qualifying for next season’s tournament, instead of having the fall-back of winning the 3rd/4th final between the two semi-final losers which takes place at 1.30 pm on Sunday.
The winners will meet either East Grinstead, who have already qualified for Europe after finishing top of the The Premier Division table in the regular season; or fourth placed Beeston, who meet in the first semi-final at 2.15 pm on Saturday, in the Championship final at 3.15pm.
Surbiton warmed up for the tournament with a friendly match at Lee Valley on 2 April against Canterbury, who are battling … read more

L1 Win EHF Fair Play Award at EHCCC

Surbiton Ladies may have missed out on the medals at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven over Easter, but they didn’t come back empty handed when they returned to the U.K. on Tuesday.
During the end of tournament awards ceremony, Surbiton’s Assistant Coach, Ben Edwards received the EHF Fair Play Award on behalf of the team. The award proves that Surbiton made a positive impression on their debut in European competition.

Surbiton’s Ben Edwards proudly receives the EHF Fair Play Award in Bilthoven on Easter Monday. Photo: Ady Kerry.
Surbiton now prepare for the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre over the weekend of 18/19 April, before also defending their Investec Women’s Cup title at the same venue on 25 April.

Surbiton Ladies pictured after the UCD game, together with Tournament Team Liaison Officers, Miranda Noordenbos and Klaas Hans Noordenbos
Colin Pike

L1 Finish Fifth after 4-1 Win Over UCD

Surbiton Ladies finished fifth at the European Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven after a 4-1 win over University College Dublin on Monday.
Canterbury beat CSP Ismailovo 5-1 to finish seventh, drizzly rain stopping before Surbiton’s match.
Under dull skies, the floodlights were still needed as Surbiton attacked the Irish defence through Jo Hunter, Sarah Haycroft and Hannah Coulson.
Hunter and Julia King combined early, with Rebecca Herbert continually testing Dublin’s defenders.
Herbert passed to King who forced a save from Tiffaney Ellis in the Irish goal; and later in the first quarter, Haycroft set up a chance for Hunter who shot agonisingly wide.
After a goalless first quarter, Herbert broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute from open play, lobbing the ball over Ellis.
Emmie Le Marchand and Jenna Woolven were a threat towards the end of the half; and Surbiton goalkeeper, Abi Walker made a diving save before half time.
Six minutes after half time, Surbiton … read more

L1 To Face UCD For Fifth After Russian To Victory Over Izmailovo

Surbiton Ladies will take on Irish club UCD for fifth place at the European Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven on Monday morning (push back 11.15 local time) after beating Russian club CSP Izmailovo 3-2 on Sunday.
Hollie Webb converted a penalty corner in the third minute, only for Ksenia Shamina to level from open play five minutes later.

Surbiton’s Hollie Webb opened the scoring against CSP Izmailovo on Sunday. Photo: Ady Kerry
Rebecca Herbert restored Surbiton’s lead in the 23rd minute with a deflection at a penalty corner.
Surbiton led 2-1 at half time, however Izmailovo equalised for a second time in the 42nd minute, captain Galina Timshina converting the Russians’ first penalty corner of the match.
Herbert deflected Webb’s initial penalty corner shot past goalkeeper Oxano Boyko with fifteen minutes remaining to secure Surbiton’s first ever European victory.
Surbiton were unlucky not to score more goals with Sarah Page playing a 1-2 pass with Hannah … read more

Shuttle Heartbreak for L1 in Europe

Surbiton Ladies suffered a frustrating exit from the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup, going down 2-0 on penalty shuttles after drawing 1-1 with Club Campo de Madrid in their quarter final in Bilthoven.
Surbiton dominated the first quarter, Sarah Page and Jenna Woolven going close. Madrid fought back in the second quarter, but the first half stayed goalless.
In the 41st minute, Emily Atkinson started an attack from the halfway line, finding Rebecca Herbert, whose cross from the right was brilliantly finished by Hannah Coulson.

Hannah Coulson and captain, Sarah Haycroft, celebrate Surbiton’s first-ever goal in Europe.  Photo: Ady Kerry
Surbiton still led going into the fourth quarter, but their hopes of a debut victory in Europe were dashed in the 54th minute when captain, Rocio Gutierrez Sierra, levelled for Madrid from a penalty corner at the left post.

Hannah Coulson, Surbiton’s first goalscorer in Europe, playing against Club Campo de Madrid.  Photo: Ady Kerry.
With shuttles … read more

L1 Make European Debut At Easter

Ten years after winning the Surrey Ladies League Premier Division, Surbiton Ladies will show how much progress that they have made in that period when they compete in the European Clubs Champions Cup in Bilthoven, in the Netherlands, this Easter.
Surbiton face Spanish side, Club De Campo in Friday’s quarter-final (push back 10.30 am local time) as England’s top ranked team, after winning last season’s Investec Women’s Premier Division title with a 3-0 win over Canterbury at Sonning Lane, Reading.
Canterbury will also be in Bilthoven as England’s second ranked team, but with the tough task of overcoming hosts, SCHC in the fourth and last quarter-final on Friday.
Both English clubs can thank Leicester for being able to compete in the same competition, the East Midlands club having won the lower ranked Trophy at Loughborough last June. The tournament victory boosted England’s European ranking to second, behind the Netherlands, allowing them to enter … read more

M1 At Lee Valley Against Canterbury This Thursday

Having already made an exploratory trip to the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last Tuesday evening (24 March) for squad practice, the Men’s 1st XI return there this Thursday (2 April, 8.00 for 8.30pm).
M1 will play a full-scale friendly fixture played to NOW: Pensions Men’s Championships tournament rules against Canterbury, ahead of the finals taking place at that venue two weekends after (11/12 April).
NPMHL Premier Division second-placed Surbiton play the second semi-final at 4.30pm on the Saturday (11 April) against third-placed Wimbledon. Ninth-placed Canterbury have their second League Play-off fixture against Conference East champions Holcombe at 10am that morning.
Both sides have already won their first play-off all-meet-all mini-league fixtures at Cannock HC last Sunday (29 March): Canterbury beating Conference West champions Team Bath Buccaneers 7-1 and Holcombe Conference North champions Bowdon 4-3.
On Finals Sunday at Lee Valley (12 April) Surbiton play either the winners or losers … read more

U16 Girls Retain Championships On Penalty Strokes

Surbiton’s Under-16 girls, who ended Wakefield’s domination of the EH Under-16 Girls Championship in West Yorkshire last season, came close to being dethroned themselves, before prevailing in a dramatic penalty stroke shootout against Beeston 7-6 at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

Surbiton’s Under-16 Girls proudly display the cup. Photo: Tim Reder.
Surbiton had to come from behind in normal time to draw 1-1 and force a penalty stroke barrage which was eventually settled in sudden death mode.
Beeston’s Alice Huddlestone scored in the second minute, Yasmin Chahal equalising for Surbiton nine minutes later.
After the first set of five strokes, the score was tied at 4-4. Fifi Robinson, Saffi Martineau, Ellie De Heer and Isabelle Petter converting.
Petter, De Heer and Robinson put Surbiton 7-6 ahead before Louisa Bray made the all important save from Beeston’s Rebekah King to retain the cup.

Surbiton’s Louisa Bray makes the winning save against Beeston to retain the cup. … read more

U16 Boys Lose 2-1 To Beeston In Championship Final

Surbiton’s Under-16 Boys lost 2-1 to Beeston in the U16 Championship Final at Lee Valley on Sunday afternoon.
Surbiton had beaten Wycombe 2-1 in their final pool game at Old Loughtonians on Sunday morning to top Pool A with three wins out of three, having beaten both Neston South Wirral and Cannock, 6-0, on Saturday. Wycombe took the lead, but goals from Morgan Males and Louis Compton earned Surbiton their place in the final.
Beeston had also gone into the final with maximum points after wins over Bournemouth (5-2) and Deeside Ramblers (3-0) on Saturday and Canterbury 4-2 on Sunday.
Surbiton trailed 1-0 at half time,  Beeston leading through James Sookias, but although Ronan Harvey-Kelly equalised early in the second half, Beeston scored the winning goal from a penalty corner, Ollie Rogerson claiming the cup for the East Midlands side.
Colin Pike

M2 Beat Purley Walcountians To Retain Surrey Cup

Surbiton Men’s 2nd XI, with national league club’s first X1s barred from the competition, made hard work of retaining the Surrey Cup with a 3-2 win over Purley Walcountians 1st XI in the final at Old Cranleighan HC this Sunday afternoon (29 March).
Fielding a squad of only 12 players to their opponents 14, Surbiton took the lead when Alexander Penney converted their first penalty corner in the 10th minute.
PWs equalised from open play seven minutes later, but Surbiton captain Adam Jolly restored his team’s lead, putting in a Rob Hurford cross from the right almost immediately after keeper Joss Mitchison made a fine diving save to keep out PWs’ first penalty corner of the game on 22 minutes.
Eddie Way then saw his attempt from Surbiton’s second penalty corner on 26 minutes dramatically stopped on the line by a defender’s stick, before PWs even more dramatically hit the right-hand post from their … read more

U18 Boys Pipped To Plate Title By Bury St. Edmunds

Surbiton’s Under-18 Boys just missed out on the England Hockey U18 Boys Plate, losing out 3-2 to Bury St. Edmunds in the final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, Surbiton had beaten Fareham 2-1 to reach the final, whilst Bury St. Edmunds beat Windermere in the other semi-final.
On their way to the semi-finals, Surbiton beat Trojans 6-0 in round one; before needing penalty strokes to see off Winchester in round two, winning 6-5 after a 3-3 draw in normal time. Their task was easier in the quarter-finals as they beat Folkestone Optimist 12-0.
Bury St. Edmunds beat Chelmsford 4-1; Bourne Deeping 4-0 and Olton & West Warwicks 7-4.
Colin Pike
 

Both U16 Boys And Girls In Pole Position After Day One

Surbiton Boys and Girls Under-16 teams are in pole position in their pools after winning both games on the first day of the U16 Club Championships at Old Loughtonians on Saturday.
Surbiton’s girls started the defence of their title with a 4-0 win over Epsom, Yasmin Chahal, Saffi Martineau, Sophie Tait and Fifi Robinson all scoring, Martineau from a penalty corner. Surbiton led 2-0 at half time.
This was followed up by an 8-1 win over Belper in Pool C. Isabelle Petter notched a hat-trick, Chahal contibuted a brace, with Tait, Amy Thompson and Robinson keeping Surbiton on top. Lucy Cooke scored Belper’s consolation goal, Surbiton leading 4-1 at the interval.
Surbiton only need to avoid defeat against last year’s runners-up, Wakefield at 12.55 pm to qualify for the final, which is scheduled to be played at Lee Valley Tennis and Hockey Centre at 5 pm on Sunday.
Wakefield dropped two points in a 1-1 … read more

New Rules To Apply To 11 A Side Hockey From 1 July

The FIH Rules which came into effect at international level from 1 January 2015, will apply to all levels of outdoor hockey below the Investec Women’s Hockey League and the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League from 1 July 2015 with a couple of exceptions.
Following a consultation with the hockey community about the implementation of the rules which include breaking at penalty corners; two minute suspensions for green cards; use of the stick above the shoulder; free hits awarded within five meters of the circle; and the replacement of the long corner by a re-start from the 23 metre line, England Hockey has decided to introduce the rules from 1 July.
The exceptions are that the green card rule, and the stick above the shoulder rule will not be introduced in small sided junior hockey (i.e. In2hockey and Quicksticks).
Although a majority of surveyors were against the stick above the shoulder rule applying … read more

Twiggy And Crofty Look Back At An Invincible Season

Surbiton’s captain, Sarah Haycroft and Georgie Twigg look back at an “Invincible” season for Surbiton Ladies in an interview on the England Hockey website.
The interview can be read here

M1 Beat Cannock In Cup Semi-Final On Strokes

Surbiton’s men’s first team will join their second team at the NOW: Pensions KO finals day at Lee Valley on May 2, after beating Cannock 5-4 on penalty strokes in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup semi-final at Chase Park on Sunday, following a 3-3 draw after normal time.
Peter Jackson gave Cannock a 14th minute lead from a penalty corner, Eddie Way levelling in the same manner four minutes before half time.
However, Nick Bandurak restored Cannock’s lead immediately before the interval from open play to leave Surbiton trailing 2-1.
Chris Grassick equalised from a penalty corner in the 47th minute, only for Josh Gunnell to put Cannock ahead for the third time in the match in the 58th minute.
With Surbiton staring at a cup exit, Grassick again converted a penalty corner with four minutes left, as for the second round running, Surbiton came from behind to force a penalty stroke barrage.
Cannock went … read more

L1 Still Unbeaten After 0-0 Draw With Holcombe

Surbiton Ladies became the first team since Leicester in 2009-10 to go through the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division regular season unbeaten after a goal-less draw with Holcombe at Sugden Road on Saturday.
The draw also ended Holcombe’s play-off hopes as Reading snatched the fourth and final qualifying place with a 3-1 home win over Leicester.
Under floodlights due to the dull weather conditions, Holcombe put the Surbiton defence under pressure in the first minute with Hollie Webb, Sarah Page and Julia King all forced to defend as the visitors began their quest to clinch their place in the play-offs with a win.
Holcombe’s goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch was in fine form, saving from Page, Georgie Twigg and Jo Hunter in the first half. Harriet Tibble had a shot deflected wide left of the goal, and just before half time, Charlotte Calnan also shot past the right post.
Holcombe’s main threat came from the two … read more

M1 Aim To Reach NOW: Pensions Cup Final At Lee Valley

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI do not want to find themselves the club’s odd men out on the post-season Cup Final Saturdays at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Both Ls and L2 are already there for the Investec Women’s Finals Day on Saturday 25 April. Now the M1s must beat cup holders, Cannock at Chase Park this Sunday (22 March, 2pm) in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Cup semi-finals if they are to join M2 who have already made it to the Men’s Second XI Cup Final on Saturday May 2, where, coincidentally, they meet Cannock.
The M1 won the national Cup for the first time ever two seasons ago (2012/13) when they beat Hampstead & Westminster 3-1 at Wakefield HC on 4 May 2013.
Ironically, it was Cannock who knocked them out the next season (2013/14) in Round 2 (last 32), winning 4-0 on neutral ground at Sutton Coldfield on 27 October 2013 and then … read more

L1 Aim To Finish IWHL Regular Season Unbeaten On Sat.

Surbiton Ladies, who are assured of a first place finish in this season’s Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, will aim to go through the eighteen game season unbeaten, when they conclude their programme at home to Holcombe (push back 2 pm).
Holcombe will have other ideas, as following last Saturday’s defeat in the Kent derby at Canterbury, the newly promoted club will probably need to win at Sugden Road if they are going to clinch the fourth and final qualifying place for the IWHL Premier Division Championship play-offs.
With Reading just one point behind in fifth place, and a home game left against Leicester; and the University of Birmingham two points behind with the students hosting Buckingham in their final match of the season, Holcombe will likely need all three points from their visit to Elmbridge.
Holcombe have been inconsistent in the league this season, dropping valuable points against Buckingham and Bowdon Hightown. … read more

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