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Surbiton’s two players in the Scottish squad – Alan Forsyth and Chris Grassick – have won bronze medals for themselves at the 8-Nation EuroHockey Championship II in Prague today (26 July).
Their equal-27th world-ranked country defeated hosts, the Czech Republic (WR 23), by 5-1. Forsyth notched one of the goals to make his tournament total seven, all from open play, to end up its joint top-ranked scorer.
Captain Grassick scored from his team’s only successful shoot-out of the four attempts against eventual runners-up Austria in the 1-1 (3-1 s-o) semi-final defeat on Friday (24th).
Both men played in all five fixtures, of which the Scots won three and lost two, scoring 19 goals and conceding seven.
In their four-nation Pool A they lost to eventual gold medallists Poland (WR 18) last Sunday (19 July); before beating first Croatia (WR 46) 6-0 on Monday (20th), then Ukraine (WR 24) 6-3 on Wednesday (22nd) to finish … read more
Surbiton’s four players in the Welsh squad – Stephen Kelly and Rupert Shipperley, plus joint (of three) captains (“team leaders”) Lewis Prosser and goalkeeper David Kettle – have won gold medals for themselves at the EuroHockey Championship III final in Lisbon this evening (25 July).
Their world 36th-ranked country, beat hosts Portugal (WR 47) 4-0, scoring an open-play and penalty corner goal in each half.
It capped a highly successful campaign with wins in all four games, including two against Portugal, scoring 29 goals in all (with Kelly and Shipperley contributing an open-play goal apiece) and conceded only two.
They were only third-ranked in the six-nation competition but had to beat just one of those superiorly-placed to win the trophy.
In their Pool A matches they defeated Poland 4-1 on Sunday (19) and Sweden (WR 45) 16-0 on Tuesday (21) to top the group. Then yesterday evening (Friday 24) they defeated Belarus (WR 35) … read more
Surbiton’s Charlotte Calnan, Holly Munro and Eloise Stenner will being home bronze medals after England’s Under-18 Girls won the third place playoff at the EuroHockey Junior Championships in Santander, Spain.
Calnan scored the second goal as England beat Belgium 2-0 on Saturday, with a spectacular drag flick at a penalty corner.
In the squad’s final match together, England dominated possession.
Head Coach, Sarah Kelleher said after the match: “I’m very happy that we’ve managed to win the bronze medal, but they deserve it after a great performance.”
England’s hopes of European glory had been ended on Friday, when the Netherlands coasted to a 6-0 win in the semi-final, but England bounced back to win bronze medals as a well deserved consolation.
England’s Under-23 men, including Surbiton’s Will Calnan, finished third in the Six Nations Tournament in Breda, the Netherlands.
A 3-0 win over India on Saturday, following a 1-1 draw against the same opposition on Friday, saw England start and finish with a victory, having beaten Belgium 4-0 in their first match of the tournament.
Head Coach, Jon Bleby reflected: “The tournament has been a great learning experience and we go home looking forward to working hard to improving further.”
England’s Under-18 Boys, including Surbiton’s Eddie Way, avoided relegation to the EuroHockey Junior Championships II in Santander, Spain.
Going into Pool C by carrying forward their 8-1 win over Russia, England lost 2-1 to Ireland on Friday.
However, a thrilling 4-4 draw with Scotland on Saturday was enough to condemn Scotland to relegation and keep England in the top flight on goal difference from their near rivals.
Wales, world-ranked 36th, eventually comfortably beat Belarus (WR 35) 5-1 in the second semi-final this evening (Friday 24 July, 18.45 CET) at the EuroHockey Championships III in Lisbon.
As a result the Welsh are not only assured of gold or silver medals but also promotion to join Scotland in the Championships II 2017.
They play hosts Portugal (WR 47) who surprisingly beat Italy (WR 32) in the first semi-final by 2-0 in a penalty shoot-out after drawing 1-1 at full time.
Surbiton have four players in the Welsh squad – Stephen Kelly and Rupert Shipperley, plus joint (of three) captains (“team leaders”) Lewis Prosser and goalkeeper David Kettle.
None was among the scorers, however, as Belarus pulled the score back to 2-1 in the 57th minute before Wales ran away with three in the last ten.
The tournament can be followed including Welsh progress with matches reported on the website:
The men’s match reports and tournament … read more
Scotland, world-ranked 27th and with Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth and Chris Grassick in their squad, narrowly lost to Austria (WR 22), in the first semi-final this afternoon at the EuroHockey Championship II in Prague.
After a goalless first half, the Austrians took the lead from a penalty corner two minutes into the second half. But Scotland equalised similarly 17 minutes from the end to set up a penalty shoot-out.
Sadly for the Scots, who went first, only captain Grassick managed to convert their third (of four) run-ins while the Austrians failed from only one (the third) of their four to win 3-1.
The result means that Scotland miss out on promotion to the main European Championship in 2017, but still have a chance of coming home with a medal.
In Sunday’s 3rd/4th final (July 26, 11.45 BST) they play hosts, the Czech Republic (WR 23), who lost 2-1 to tournament favourites Poland (WR 18) in … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s competing Celtic internationals’ two respective countries must both win their European semi-final on Friday (24 July) to ensure that all six come home with a medal of some colour.
Scotland, who finished second in Pool A with six points, play Pool B winners (with seven points), Austria (WR 22), in the first semi-final at 14.30 BST (15.30 CET) at the EuroHockey Championship II in Prague.
And you should be able to watch Scotland’s attempt either live or post-match via a link on the page:
However, the link for the Austria match had yet to be posted on Thursday evening.
Alternatively visit the streaming website: http://www.playo.tv/events.aspx
Surbiton’s two players are Chris Grassick, who captains their 18-strong squad, while Alan Forsyth is their top and the tournament joint leading scorer with six goals.
The second semi-final is between Pool B runners-up (with six points) and the hosts, the Czech Republic (WR 23) and the Pool A winners … read more
All six Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s competing Celtic internationals are still in with a chance of a European medal this coming weekend.
A late comeback saw Scotland (WR 27), captained by Surbiton’s Chris Grassick, win their final Pool A fixture in Prague this lunchtime (Wednesday 22 July, 13.15 CET) to reach the semi-finals at the EuroHockey Championship II in Prague.
Needing only a draw to clinch second place in the group, the Scots trailed Ukraine (WR 24) by 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining.
But with the Ukrainians reduced to ten by a yellow card, Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth equalised with his sixth goal of the tournament (all from open play) in the 56th minute to change the game’s momentum for an eventual 6-3 win.
Scotland now play Pool B winners, Austria (WR 22), in the first semi-final on Friday 24 July at 15.30 CET.
The game is being shown (at 14.30 BST) on live streaming – … read more
Surbiton’s junior players had mixed fortunes as they continue to get useful experience in European international competition.
In Santander, Spain, England’s Under-18 Girls earned a semi-final match up with the Netherlands after beating Russia 3-0 in their final pool game on Wednesday.
Surbiton’s Charlotte Calnan, Holly Munro and Eloise Stenner should all look forward to the last four tie which takes place on Friday.
Unfortunately, in the corresponding boys competition, England will be battling against relegation to Championships II after losing to Belgium in their last pool game.
The Under-18 Boys, including Surbiton’s Eddie Way, will carry forward their 8-1 win over Russia, meeting Ireland and Scotland in Pool C and aiming to avoid finishing in the bottom two.
In Breda, Netherlands, England’s Under-23 Men, including Surbiton’s Will Calnan, showed their fighting qualities by coming from behind to lead New Zealand 3-2.
However, New Zealand equalised with 15 minutes to play to earn a 3-3 draw … read more
Wales (WR 36) – with four Surbiton players in their squad – stormed into the semis of the EuroHockey Championship III in Lisbon yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 21 July).
They sealed their place with a devastating 16-0 victory over Sweden (WR 45), after being 7-0 up at the interval.
Their first five goals all came from penalty corners and the other 11 from open play.
Unfortunately none of Surbiton’s three outfielders – Stephen Kelly, Rupert Shipperley and Lewis Prosser, who captained the side – got among the scorers.
The fourth Surbitonian – goalkeeper David Kettle – made way for his backup at 13-0 after 55 minutes, as had Sweden’s starting keeper three minutes earlier.
But to put the scoreline into perspective the Swedes fielded a squad of just 14 of a possible 18 and so were playing throughout with only two rolling subs to Wales’ six.
Having beaten hosts Portugal (WR 47) 4-1 in their first and other Pool … read more
Surbiton’s Colts on duty in Europe had a tougher day on Tuesday when England’s Under-23 Men held the Netherlands to a 1-1 draw, but the Under-18 Boys and Girls both lost out in the EuroHockey Junior Championships.
Surbiton’s Will Calnan was a member of the England Under-23 squad which held the hosts in the Six Nations Invitational tournament in Breda.
England took a third minute lead, but after a Dutch equaliser on the quarter-hour, neither side could make a second breakthrough to win the match.
In Santander, Spain, England’s Under-18 Girls took the lead in the fifteenth minute against Germany, Surbiton’s Charlotte Calnan scoring from open play.
But Germany levelled within two minutes, and eventually won 4-1 against a squad also including Surbiton’s Holly Munro and Eloise Stenner.
The girls play their last pool match against Russia on Wednesday afternoon.
England’s Under-18 Boys also suffered disappointment as they went down by the only goal of the game … read more
For Surbiton Men’s six 1st team players at the EuroHockey Championships, their opening games over the first two days went according to the world rankings.
But for Scotland (WR27) – with Alan Forsyth and captain, Chris Grassick in their squad, it was a case of so near and yet so far against tournament favourites Poland (WR17) in their first Championships II Pool A fixture in Prague on Sunday (19 July).
Forsyth in fact gave them the lead two minutes into the second half with a smart individual goal.
He dribbled along the right bye-line and in the resulting scramble retained possession of the ball and slipped it under the Polish goalkeeper.
But Poland cruelly first equalised from open play 11 minutes from time while a man short from a yellow (the only card of the game), then hit the winner from a penalty corner in the final minute.
However, the Scots recovered well to emphasise their … read more
Surbiton’s Colts are playing around Europe after being selected for their country.
At Under-16 level, goalkeeper, Ellie Shahbo, Ellie de Heer and Lottie Ross are all in Bremen, Germany taking part in a six nations tournament.
On Saturday, hosts Germany proved too strong, running out 3-0 winners after England kept a clean sheet until just before half time.
Then on Sunday, the Netherlands won 5-1 with England rewarded for not giving up with a consolation goal three minutes from the end.
In the equivalent boys competition in Breda, Netherlands, Harry Gough and Zach Wallace are flying the English flag.
On Saturday, Germany were 4-0 winners, before Belgium won 5-1 on Sunday, in spite of England’s improved performance in terms of execution and intensity.
The top tier of the EuroHockey Youth Championships are being staged in Santander, Spain.
England’s Under-18 boys romped to an 8-1 win over Russia in their opening match on Sunday, Surbiton’s Eddie Way scoring the … read more
Surbiton M1 1st XI’s sadly now only six players left in this week’s EuroHockey championships play their first games tomorrow (Sunday 19 July).
Best wishes go to Scotland’s Willie Marshall for a quick recovery from his broken leg sustained playing against Poland in a warm-up Test last Wednesday (15 July).
Meantime his two remaining club mates – Alan Forsyth and Chris Grassick – have travelled on to Prague for the EuroHockey Championship II.
The whole tournament can be followed via:
and the Scottish games watched online via links at:
World 27th-ranked Scotland’s first game starts against Poland (WR17) very early tomorrow morning (Sunday 19) at 08.00 BST.
The Scots then complete their Pool A fixtures against Croatia (WR46) on Monday 20 (10.00 BST) and finally Ukraine (WR24) on Wednesday 22 (12.15 BST).
Hosts the Czech Republic (WR23), Austria (WR22), Azerbaijan (WR28) and Switzerland (WR33) make up the teams participating in Pool B.
The crossover games are on Friday … read more
Surbiton Ladies have made their second signing of the summer, welcoming Olivia Chilton to Sugden Road from the University of Birmingham.
Chilton follows Robyn Collins, who joined the Elmbridge based club from Beeston, on Monday.
Chilton, 20 years old has played for England at Under-16, Under-18 and Under-21 levels, and is a former pupil of Reed’s School, playing for Teddington before joining the University of Birmingham.
Whilst on campus in the West Midlands, Chilton was a member of two BUCS final winning teams, and helped her University’s first team become established in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.
Chilton won a bronze medal with Great Britain’s Under-21 team at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney in 2013.
In the same year, she just missed out on a medal with England’s Under-21 team at the World Cup in Moenchengladbach, losing out on penalty strokes to India in the bronze medal match.
Surbiton Head Coach, Brett … read more
Scotland did not publicly announce their EuroHockey championships squad for this weekend until very late, on Tuesday (14 July) in fact, only four days before their tournament was due to start in Prague.
When they finally did so, the selected 18 included as expected all three of Surbiton Men’s 1st XI current Scottish international players – Alan Forsyth, Chris Grassick and William Marshall – with Grassick as captain.
By then they were already in Katowice where they gave their prospects a boost by beating tournament opponents Poland, ten places above them in the world rankings, by 2-1 in the first of a two-Test warm-up series that Tuesday evening.
But things took a turn for the worse the next evening (Wednesday 15 July) when Willie Marshall broke a leg as they went down 4-3 (with Forsyth scoring their second goal).
After a long train journey the next day the 27th-ranked Scots finally reached the Czech … read more
All four of Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s current Welsh internationals have been selected in the country’s 18-strong squad for the EuroHockey Championships III being held in Portugal from this Sunday (19 July), finishing on Saturday (25 July).
And it will also be an extra significant occasion for Rupert Shipperley’s three club mates.
Stephen Kelly will be playing his first international tournament; while David Kettle – in line to win his 50th cap during it – and Lewis Prosser have been appointed as two of the squad’s three new Australian-style “leadership trio” joint captains.
The whole squad also received a massive boost when their 36th world-ranked country waltzed to a 2-1 Test series win against Austria (WR 22) in Vienna this past weekend.
Kettle was captain for the first two games and Prosser, recovering from injury, emulated proud father David, captaining the squad in the third game.
Wales started on Friday evening (10 July) with a 3-2 … read more
Surbiton Ladies have made their first summer signing, welcoming Scottish international, Robyn Collins to Sugden Road from Beeston HC.
Collins, 22 years old, has played for Scotland at Under-16, Under-18, Under-21 and Senior levels, winning eight senior caps.
Collins started at Scottish club Clydesdale Western before joining Loughborough Students in 2011.
Two years later, she moved to Beeston, playing for two seasons in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.
Surbiton Head Coach, Brett Garrard said: ““We are delighted to welcome Robyn to Surbiton. Robyn’s international experience with Scotland and her experience of playing in the top flight of English hockey will help us to defend our domestic league and cup titles for a second successive season, and mount a challenge in Europe.”
On joining the reigning league and cup champions, Collins said: “Having first learnt how to play at Surbiton as a youngster I am delighted to be joining the club. I’m looking forward to … read more
The end of season Colts Awards for the 2014-15 season were given out recently.
The awards for those players in the Under-12 and below age ranges were announced on Sunday 5th July, whilst the awards for older players were made on the evening of Wednesday 8th July.
The Girls Awards list can be found here
The Boys Awards list can be found here
The Goalkeeping Awards list can be found here
Ireland (WR 14) beat Malaysia (WR 12) 4-1 in the 5th/6th Final of the 2014/15 Fintro Hockey World League semi-final at Antwerp on Sunday afternoon.
The “Green Machine”, for whom Michael Watt was Surbiton’s sole representative at the tournament, will qualify for Rio 2016 providing all three of these outcomes do not result from upcoming continental championships:
Brazil (WR 37) finish sixth or higher at the Pan American Games and claim their host spot;
New Zealand (WR 7) win the Oceania Continental Championships;
Egypt (WR 20) win the African Continental Championships.
Full details all the current Hockey World League, including all results and reports can be found at:
Ireland, with Surbiton’s sole tournament representative Michael Watt in their squad, beat Pakistan 1-0 in the first of two classification matches for 5th-8th place of the second Men’s Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp this afternoon (3 July).
Ireland thus prevented Pakistan to fail to qualify for the Olympics for the first time ever, and kept alive their chances of qualifying for Rio 2016.
Watt’s world 14th-ranked country’s goal came from a 46th-minute penalty corner against opponents four places above them in the world rankings.
As a result the Irish now play Malaysia (WR 12) in the 5th/6th Final on Sunday afternoon (5 July, push back 12 noon) hoping to avenge their 4-2 Pool B defeat by them on Thursday before last (25 June).
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports 3.
Full details of the tournament can be followed via:
Ireland gave reigning world champions Australia a real test in the first quarter-final of the second Men’s Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp on Wednesday afternoon (1 July) before going down 4-1.
Ireland, who are ranked 14th in the world, and included Surbiton’s sole tournament representative Michael Watt in their squad, held Australia (WR 1) to a single goal until the 45th minute.
Unfortunately, they were then sunk by a burst of three goals in ten minutes.
Even then the “Green Machine” hit a deserved score of their own from a penalty corner three minutes before the 60th-minute final hooter.
The result means that Ireland will be playing Malaysia (WR 12) – to whom they have already lost 4-2 in last Thursday’s (25 June) Pool B fixture – in the 5th-8th play-offs this Friday (3 July).
Then on Sunday (5 July) if they win that game they meet the winners of Pakistan (WR 10) against France (WR 18) … read more
Surbiton’s Michael Watt suffered the heartbreak of his country, Ireland, losing in the last minute of its final pool B game at Antwerp this evening (28 June).
Drawing 1-1 and knowing his squad would be in the quarter-finals even if they lost, Irish coach Grant Fulton, brother of former Surbiton player Craig, took a canny tactical gamble.
With two minutes left he replaced his goalkeeper with an extra outfielder in a bid for the victory that would take the Irish up to third in the group.
A third placed finish would have ensured that they avoided meeting pool A winners Australia (World Ranking 1) – rather facing runners-up India (WR 9) – in the last eight.
Sadly for the “Green Machine” not only did the last-gasp gamble fail but hosts, Belgium (WR4), broke away to score into an empty net with 25 seconds left in front of a jubilant crowd of 5,000.
Not that all is … read more
Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s three full Scotland internationals helped trounce the Czech Republic in a three-Test series at Glasgow Green this long weekend.
While defender William Marshall helped keep the opposition goals down to just four, the two Sugden Road forwards notched six of the Scot’s total 24 scored.
Alan Forsyth started with a brace in the first 9-1 victory on Friday afternoon (26 June, 3pm), one from open play and the other after both forcing and putting away a penalty stroke.
He then notched another two from open play in a 9-2 victory the next afternoon (27 June, 3pm) with captain Chris Grassick adding one.
Grassick then scored another in the final morning’s (28 June, 9am) 6-1 victory.
The results auger well for world-ranked 27th Scotland’s upcoming EuroHockey Championship II to be held in Prague from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 July which is being hosted by their 23rd-ranked Czech opponents
Reports on all the … read more
Surbiton’s sole representative at the second Men’s Hockey World League semi-finals being held in Antwerp this week, “Mikie” Watt, has helped his country, Ireland, come back from a first setback on Thursday to a first win on Friday.
His world 14th-ranked country had overcome the odds to draw their first Pool B fixture on Monday (24 June) against a 5th-ranked Great Britain side containing no less than three former fellow Irish internationals who had switched allegiance to England
But they failed to beat another higher-ranked country, 12th-ranked Malaysia, on Thursday eventually going down 4-2.
However, they showed no mercy to the group whipping boys, world 31st-ranked China, winning 6-0 this afternoon (26 June).
That leaves them with a final tough group game against world 4th-ranked hosts Belgium on Sunday (28 June, 18.00). The 9th/10th play-off game and quarter finals take place on Wednesday 1 July, with the 1st-8th place finals on Saturday 3 and Sunday 5.
All … read more
Surbiton’s sole representative at the second Men’s Hockey World League semi-final tournament being held in Antwerp this week and next will be a happy man after his country’s first match.
His world 14th-ranked country, Ireland, came back to hold world 5th-ranked Great Britain to a 2-2 draw after trailing 2-0 inside the first eight minutes of their opening Pool B game on Tuesday morning.
The “Green Machine” next meet Malaysia (WR 12) tomorrow (Thursday, 25 June, 13.00). Then they will play China (WR 31) on Friday (26 June, 14.00); and finally world 4th-ranked Belgium on Sunday (28 June, 18.00).
All three of these games will be shown live on Sky Sports 1.
The 9th/10th play-off game and quarter finals take place on Wednesday 1 July, with the 1st-8th place finals on Saturday 3 and Sunday 5.
The five countries in Pool A are: Australia (WR 1), India (WR 9), France (WR 18), Pakistan (WR 10) and … read more
Ireland’s Michael Watt will be Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s sole representative during the second of the Men’s Hockey World League semi-finals being held in Antwerp starting on Saturday (20 June) until 5 July.
Ireland qualified from Round 2 of the competition held in San Diego from Saturday 28 February to Sunday 8 March, with Belfast-born Watt scoring three of their goals.
Watt also recently played at the actual tournament venue at Dragons Hockey Club when the world 14th-ranked Irish lost their two final practice games against the hosts, Belgium.
Belgium (WR 4) won 4-2 on 6 June, and then 3-2 the following day.
Belgium are the top seeds in Pool B, and play Ireland on Sunday week (28 June).
Before that they meet Great Britain, who inherit England’s fifth world-ranking, on Tuesday 23 June. This match will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 at 11 am.
Ireland also play Malaysia (WR 12) on Thursday 25 June and China (WR 31) on Friday 25.
The 9th/10th play-off … read more
Six of Surbiton Men’s 1st XI all played prominent parts as Scotland (World Ranking 27) hosted Wales (WR 36) in three Test Matches at the city’s National Hockey Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (19-21 June).
Their three Scots in fact scored seven of their country’s 11 goals as they came up with a 2-0 series victory with one match drawn.
Captain Chris Grassick scored once and Alan Forsyth twice, all from open play, in Friday evening’s (6pm) 4-4 opening draw.
Forsyth followed that up with a hat-trick, one goal from a penalty corner, in Saturday afternoon’s (2pm) 4-3 victory.
Finally William Marshall got on the scoresheet with a penalty corner to help towards Sunday morning’s (9am) 3-2 series clincher.
Not to be outdone, Rupert Shipperley scored twice for Wales, from open-play on Saturday and a penalty corner on Sunday, while for Steven Kelly the series marked his international debut for the full Welsh squad.
Surbiton’s third … read more
Surbiton’s men will welcome East Grinstead to Sugden Road on the opening day of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division season.
The fixture is scheduled to take place on Sunday 13 September, and with Surbiton Ladies also hosting East Grinstead’s women on the same weekend, there is likely to be a doubleheader fixture.
Surbiton’s men then travel to Brooklands Manchester University and Beeston, before hosting Canterbury in another potential doubleheader fixture on 4 October.
Surbiton Men’s Fixtures 2015-16
13 Sep v East Grinstead (h)
20 Sep v Brooklands Manchester University (a)
26 Sep v Beeston (a)
4 Oct v Canterbury (h)
11 Oct v Cannock (a)
18 Oct v Reading (h)
25 Oct v Hampstead & Westminster (h)
8 Nov v Holcombe (a)
14 Nov v Wimbledon (h)
22 Nov v Hampstead & Westminster (a)
29 Nov v Beeston (h)
7 Feb v Brooklands Manchester University (h)
14 Feb v Canterbury (a)
21 Feb v Wimbledon (a)
28 Feb v Holcombe (h)
5 Mar v East Grinstead (a)
6 Mar … read more