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M1′s 2014-15 EHL Partcipation in Doubt After Oranje Zwart Defeat

Surbiton’s men bowed out of the 2013-14 Euro Hockey League at the last 16 stage  after a 3-1 defeat to hosts, Oranje Zwart in Eindhoven on Thursday evening. And with both Reading and Beeston losing to Spain’s Real Club De Polo and Belgium’s Waterloo Ducks respectively, Surbiton’s participation in the 2014-15 competition is seriously in doubt due to the possibility of England’s qualification quota being reduced from three clubs to two. In that event, only NPMHL champions Beeston, and runners-up East Grinstead would enter next season’s competition.
Surbiton got off to a bad start, Gabriel Dabanch putting Oranje Zwart ahead in only the second minute, pouncing on a David Kettle save to slip the ball behind the Surbiton keeper. Yet, Surbiton settled down from this early setback, and levelled after Matt Daly found Rob Moore on the left of the circle, Moore finishing superbly in the 17th minute.
Oranje Zwart, whose place … read more

Watch M1 in Eindhoven on Your Telly or Computer

If you can’t make it to the Euro Hockey League in Eindhoven this week you should note in your diaries that the M1’s Thursday 17 April KO16 tie against OZ (M.H.C. Oranje Zwart) is being shown live at 6pm British time (from push-off) on British Eurosport 2 plus, the victors of this game against the winners of the earlier KO16 tie between Reading and RC de Polo de Barcelona in the quarter finals on the same channel at the same time on Friday evening (April 18). Look on the Eurosport website for details of free live streaming;
and also for any further coverage on Easter Sunday and Monday.
 (Seán Cotter)     

L1 Qualify For Europe As Investec Women’s Hockey League Champions

Surbiton Ladies are guaranteed to play in the 2014-15 EuroHockey Champions Cup after their 3-0 victory over Canterbury at Sonning Lane in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championship final confirmed them as the league champions and the highest ranked English team. Canterbury, who automatically inherited the lowest ranking after finishing top of the IWHL Premier Division, will qualify for the Trophy unless Reading win this season’s Cup in Den Bosch over Easter. If Reading do win, they will replace Canterbury as the lowest ranked team.
Surbiton had won 4-1 at Sugden Road in the last league match between the teams in March, in the sunshine, and once again, not only was the weather perfect for Surbiton, but their tactical plan worked once again.
Canterbury missed Scottish internationals, Nikki Kidd and Nikki Lloyd, but after an injury scare in the semi-final against Clifton, Mel Clewlow was passed fit to play.
Canterbury, who played in … read more

L1 To Play Canterbury For IWHL Championship on Sunday

Surbiton Ladies stunned reigning Investec Women’s Hockey League champions, Reading on their own pitch, winning 4-1 at Sonning Lane in the Championship semi-final on Saturday. Surbiton will play Canterbury in Sunday’s final (push back 4.45 pm).
After a goalless first half in which both teams fought a tactical battle resulting in few scoring chances, Surbiton needed just three minutes to break the deadlock in the third quarter. Reading goalkeeper, Sarah Ellis saved from Chloe Strong’s penalty corner shot, but couldn’t prevent Jenna Woolven pouncing on the rebound to score at the right post.
Surbiton still led 1-0 at the end of the third quarter, but once again struck early in the fourth quarter, doubling their lead in the 55th minute courtesy of an excellent individual goal from Rebecca Herbert, whose run at the Reading defence culminated in a perfectly timed shot, slipped under Ellis and rebounded sweetly off the backboard, to send … read more

M2 Win London Premier Cup

Surbiton Men’s 2nd XI, runner’s up in this season’s Higgins Group London Hockey League Premier Division (with 44 points from their 22 games), having beaten third-placed East Grinstead (on 40 pts with a six-better goal difference than 4th-placed Teddington) by 6-5 in their London Premier League Cup semi-final at Sugden Road last Saturday (April 5) won the Final equally narrowly against runaway champions Hampstead & Westminster (51 pts) this Saturday afternoon (April 12) at the magnificent new Kings Alleyns Hockey Club ground at Honor Oak Park. The game, scheduled for 4.30pm started half an hour late due to overrunning in the four previous finals on pitch 1 with its fine balcony view from the impressive pavilion complex. The delay seemed to effect Surbiton least and they were 3-0 up at the interval thanks to a penalty corner goal on 10 minutes from captain Andrew Sheridan (resulting from a surprise “false … read more

Playball is SHC’s Latest Sponsor

Surbiton Hockey Club is delighted to welcome Playball as its latest club sponsor.
Playball is a movement and sports development programme for children from 2-9 years old, where they learn a broad range of sporting skills and important physical attributes such as co-ordination, balance and spatial awareness.
Children also learn essential life skills such as confidence, concentration, self-discipline and independence, which are all vital early learning goals that are basic building blocks for living successful lives.
Bookings are now open for the Easter Camp on 15 April, as well as for the 13 week Summer Term, which starts week beginning 21 April, and ends week ending 25 July 2014. There are no classes during half term which runs between 26 May and 2 June 2014.
Free taster sessions can be booked, and Playball coaches at Surbiton Hockey Club on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more information go to http://thamesditton.playballuk.com/ or click on the Playball logo in the … read more

L1 At Reading For This Weekend’s IWHL Championships

After finishing third in their second season in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, Surbiton Ladies travel to Sonning Lane, Reading this weekend to attempt to win the league championship for the first time in their history, and qualify for Europe in 2014-15.
Surbiton face the hosts, and current league champions, Reading, who finished second behind Canterbury in Saturday’s second semi-final (5 pm). The Kent club’s first place finish has currently earned them the second ranked of two European places that England will have in next season’s competitions, but Canterbury are not yet guaranteed a place in Europe.
The league champions are guaranteed the top European ranking; however the second ranked team, which will be Canterbury, if they fail to win the title; or the final runners-up, if Canterbury do become league champions may have to wait until Easter to find out if they are in Europe. The reason for this … read more


Full details about the Colts Summer Hockey programme is on the Colts Training page.  Check out the details here

Watch M1 on The Telly This Evening (Wed Apr 9, 20.00)

You can watch (or record) Surbiton Men’s 1st XI in action at the NOW: Pensions’ National Men’s Hockey League Championship held at Sonning Lane last weekend (April 5/6) in the tournament highlights being shown on Sky Sports 3 at 8.00pm this evening (Wednesday April 9).
And if you can’t make it to the Euro Hockey League in Eindhoven next week you should note in your diaries that the M1’s Thursday 17 April KO16 tie against OZ (M.H.C. Oranje Zwart) is being shown live at 6pm British time (from push-off) on British Eurosport 2 plus, the victors against the winners of the earlier KO16 tie between Reading and RC de Polo de Barcelona on the same channel at the same time on Friday evening (April 18).
Full reports of last weekend’s NOW: Pension’s Championship competition can be found at:
and on “The Daily Telegraph” website at:
also pictures from the game can also be … read more

M1 Finish Third After Penalty Shuttles Drama vs Reading

Surbiton’s men finished third in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championships following a 3-2 penalty shuttle win over Reading after a 1-1 draw in normal time on Sunday. Surbiton goalkeeper, David Kettle was Surbiton’s hero as he made vital saves to deny the hosts a possible European place.
In normal time, Jonty Clarke gave Reading the lead, only for Alan Forsyth to level from the penalty spot. Reading also took the lead in the shuttles shootout, only for Michael Watt to level before Surbiton led 2-1 through Forsyth and 3-2 thanks to Chris Grassick. Kettle then saved from Clarke to ensure Surbiton won to finish in third place. Surbiton will have to wait until this season’s EuroHockey League is completed before they will know for certain if they are in the EuroHockey League next season as England were in the fourth and last qualifying place in the coefficient table for … read more

M1 To Play For Third Place Against Reading on Sunday

Surbiton’s Men will face hosts, Reading at Sonning Lane on Sunday (push back 2.15 pm) for third place in the NPMHL Championships after league leaders, East Grinstead cruised into the final with a 6-2 win over Surbiton on Saturday afternoon. East Grinstead will face Beeston, who beat Reading 4-2 in the second semi-final.
The winners of the third/fourth place play-off will have to wait until the conclusion of this season’s EuroHockey League to discover whether they will be in Europe in 2014-15 as England’s allocation of clubs could be reduced to two if they drop to fifth or below in the coefficient table which determines the number of places each country is allocated in the EHL. England were in fourth place at the end of the 2013-14 season, with fifth place Spain their nearest threat. The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium were the top three ranked countries. Regardless of England’s position at … read more

M1 in Reading for National Championships This Weekend (Saturday/Sunday, April 5/6)

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI , who finished fourth in the regular season NPMHL Premier Division, take on champions East Grinstead in the first play-off semi-final of the NOW: Pensions’ Men’s Hockey League Championship at 2.45 pm at Sonning Lane this Saturday (April 5). What is more, even if they lose that, they have a second chance of qualifying for the 2014/15 Euro Hockey League in Sunday’s (April 6) third-place medal final at 2.15pm against the losers of Saturday’s second semi (5pm) between league runners up Beeston and third-placed tournament hosts Reading.
But win their semi and Surbiton are already in Europe and playing the winners of the second semi for the NOW: Pensions’ Championship of England at 4.45pm on Sunday.
Tickets for the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Finals (and the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals on April 12/13 for which the L1 have qualified) are still on sale in advance. As … read more

Matt Daly Voted into “Premier Team of the Season”

The M1’s leading NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division’s leading scorer Matt Daly (with 22 goals: five field and 17 penalty corners) has been selected by his peers in its team of the season. As has former Surbiton player, Nick Cooper, now in his third season at the University of Exeter into that for the Conference West in which coincidentally he was also leading scorer with 22 goals (18 field and four penalty corners). For full details see www.englandhockey.co.uk at “Players’ Teams of the Season – NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League – 01.04.2014”.
(Seán Cotter)

Follow Rob Schilling at PanAm Indoors Next Week (April 7-12)

M1 player Robert Schilling has been selected in the 12-strong US indoor squad that is competing in the Pan Am Indoor Cup in Montevideo next week from Monday April 7 to Saturday 12. Five countries are participating in it: Argentina, Canada, Guyana, Uruguay and the United States. Read full details about the US selection at;
www.fieldhockey.com/archives – 29 March 2014 (“USA Indoor Hockey Names Squads for Indoor Pan American Cup in Uruguay” (the article is down the page) and follow the competition, which is a qualifier for the next Indoor World Cup to be held in Leipzig, Germany in February 2015, via:

(Seán Cotter)

U16 Girls Break Wakefield’s Stranglehold On National Title

Surbiton’s Under-16 Girls beat hosts, Wakefield, 2-0 in the final of the U16 National Championships to end Wakefield’s run of six successive titles. Since Belper won the title in 2006-07, Wakefield had dominated in the age group, but Surbiton prevailed in West Yorkshire on Sunday.
Surbiton had clinched their place in the final with a 2-0 win over Beeston, and proved to be worthy winners in both of their matches on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Surbiton’s Under-16 Boys finished a creditable fourth after just missing out on a place in the final, as they went down 2-0 to Beeston in their last pool game on Sunday morning, having won both matches on Saturday. Beeston went on to win the title with a 5-3 win over Canterbury, whilst Surbiton found Cambridge City just too good for them in the third/fourth place play-off as Cambridge won 7-3.
Colin Pike

Both U16 Teams In Control At Wakefield

Both of Surbiton’s Under-16 teams won both their matches on day one of their respective national finals at Wakefield on Saturday.
The boys opened with a 2-1 win over Woking, then pulled out a narrow 1-0 win over Deeside Ramblers to book their place in the last four, along with Beeston, who they will meet in a Pool A decider on Sunday morning. Beeston beat Woking 3-1, after defeating Deeside Ramblers in their first match. Beeston lead the pool on goal difference going into day two.
In Pool B, Canterbury won both their matches, and should clinch top spot with a win over Neston South Wirral, who have struggled in their first two matches on Sunday. Cambridge City and Havant will battle for the runners-up spot, and third/fourth place.
Meanwhile, Surbiton’s girls need to beat Beeston on Sunday to reach their final. A 3-2 win over Bowdon, followed by a 4-0 victory over … read more

Good Luck To Surbiton’s U16 Teams This Weekend

Both the Surbiton U16 Boys and Girls are on the national stage this weekend, as they compete at the U16 Championships finals at Wakefield.
The boys face Woking at 9.30 am on Saturday; Deeside Ramblers at 2.15 pm on Saturday; and then take on Beeston at 10.20 am on Sunday. If the boys win their pool, they will face the other pool winners for the title, or if they finish second, they will play the other pool runners-up for third/fourth place.
The girls start against Bowdon at 1.10 pm on Saturday; then play Wycombe in the last game of the day on Saturday at 5.55 pm. Like the boys, they play their final pool game against Beeston, at 11.50 am on Sunday, and then if they finish in the top two of their pool, they will play classification matches.
All matches are played for 25 minutes each way.
Colin Pike

Surbiton and Southgate Warm Up For the Championships

Surbiton and North London neighbours Southgate warmed up for their respective campaigns in this season’s upcoming NOW: Pensions’ Championships on a chilly Thursday evening at Sugden Road yesterday (March 27, eventually starting at 19.50). This practice game was played to the play-off competition’s format of four 17½-minute quarters with a 2½-minute time out (but taken off the pitch rather than on it as in the actual competition) either side of a 7½-minute mid-game break (off the pitch as in the competition).
The scores in the four quarters were 3-0, 2-1, 0-1 and 0-2 resulting in a 5-4 “win” for Surbiton, or 1-1 “draw” in halves; followed by two successive end-of-game practice sets of the competition’s 8-second “shoot-out” deciders (attacker running in from the 23m line against goalkeeper) which take the place of penalty strokes. These ended 3-2 (Ben Tibble, Matt Daly, Alan Forsyth) and 4-1 (Tibble, Michael Watt, Daly, Forsyth) (with … read more

M1 Home Friendly Fixture This Thursday (March 27/19.30)

This Thursday evening at Sugden Road (March 27, 19.30) Surbiton host North London neighbours Southgate (whose ground is just 26.5 miles distant), champions of the Conference East, who are preparing for their NOW: Pensions’ Promotion Tournament  fixtures against Brooklands Manchester University (winners Conference North/206.2 miles away from leafy Long Ditton), Cardiff & Met (winners Conference West/in another country 153.4 miles away) and Sheffield Hallam (ninth Premier Division/177.2 miles up north) that takes place (with the  top two going into next season’s premier and other two into their geographically  apposite Conference)  with matches 1 and 2 this Sunday (March 30) at Cannock HC and Matches 3, 4, 5 and 6 on Saturday/Sunday week (April 5/6) at Reading HC at same time as the Championship Play-offs in which Surbiton are competing.
Tickets for both the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Finals and the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals are now on sale. As … read more

L1 To Face Hampstead & Westminster In Cup Final

Surbiton Ladies will meet South League Division One side, Hampstead & Westminster in the Investec Women’s Cup final at Highfields, Nottingham on 26 April (push back 3.30 pm). Surbiton beat IWHL Conference West champions, Buckingham 5-1 at Stowe School; then Hampstead & Westminster performed a giant-killing at Paddington Recreation Ground, beating IWHL Premier Division side, the University of Birmingham, 3-2. If Birmingham had won, this season’s final would have been a repeat of the 2012 final.
Surbiton welcomed back captain Sarah Haycroft, with fellow GB international Georgie Twigg also in the squad after having made her comeback the previous day in the 2-0 league win at home to Beeston.
Surbiton took the lead after just four minutes at Stowe School, Sarah Page scoring from open play. In the 19th minute, Giselle Ansley doubled the visitors’ lead, the ball entering the goal off a home defender from the team’s second penalty corner.
The rain … read more

M1 Finish Fourth In NPMHL Premier Division

It didn’t rain rain at Sugden Road this Sunday afternoon (March 23, 2pm) as threatened, but it certainly rained goals. And, as the twitterati on @surbitonhc will have followed, five of them went to the home club, but six to East Grinstead. That meant that, unless Beeston had defeated Cannock by 21 goals or more in Nottingham, the Sussex and Surrey clubs would be meeting again in the 1st- v 4th-placed NOW: Pensions’ Men’s play-offs Championships’ semi-finals at Reading Hockey Club on Saturday week (April 5). Which they not surprisingly turned out to be: with Beeston only winning 2-1. Samuel Ward only scored one of their two, which was good news for Matt Daly whose added-on full-time penalty corner goal against EG was thus enough for him to stay and finish top of the division’s goalscoring chart with 22 in all.
For a report on all Sunday’s games (“Relegation battles go … read more

L1 To Face Reading In IWHL Play-offs After 2-0 Win Over Beeston

Surbiton Ladies will face Reading in the IWHL Championships semi-final at Sonning Lane, Reading at 5 pm on 12 April, after their 2-0 home win over Beeston, and Canterbury won 2-0 at Clifton to finish top of the Investec Women’ s Hockey League Premier Division. Although Reading won 5-1 at home to Bowdon Hightown, they finished second and will play third placed Surbiton. Canterbury will play Clifton again in the first semi-final at 2.45 pm on 12 April.
Beeston, including former Surbiton player, Lilie Lamacraft in their line-up, were finally undone by two clinical second half penalty corner conversions. A beautifully worked routine found Emily Atkinson on the left of the circle, from where her shot rippled the net in the top left corner, giving Beeston goalkeeper, Lucy Dawkins no chance in the 56th minute. Nine minutes later, Giselle Ansley ensured that Surbiton ended the league season on a high to … read more

M1 Go For Third On Sunday (March 23/2pm)

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI host top-of-the-table (by a 19-better goals difference) East Grinstead (41 pts) at Sugden Road this Sunday afternoon (March 23/2pm) in their final fixture of the ten-team NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division 2013/14 season. All games in all four men’s national divisions are played on the same day at the same time on this last day of competition. So keep an ear open on your smart phones after the final whistles because if fourth-placed Surbiton (34 pts) manage to win and third-placed Reading (36 pts) fail to beat their relegation-threatened ninth-placed visitors Loughborough Students (10 pts) then the Sugden Road side will overtake their Berkshire rivals into third place. With the current top four already all guaranteed a place in the post-season Championship play-offs (see below for ticket booking details) East Grinstead’s final position – and whether they qualify for the league winners’ automatic place in the … read more

L1 Face League And Cup Doubleheader This Weekend

Surbiton Ladies complete their league programme on Saturday, then aim for a place in the Investec Women’s Cup final on Sunday.
Beeston are the visitors to Sugden Road on Saturday (push back 2pm). Both teams know where they will finish in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division table: Surbiton third and destined to meet either Reading or Canterbury in the IWHL Championship semi-finals, depending on which team finishes second. Beeston are guaranteed a seventh place finish in their first season in the top flight, having been promoted last season. Even though the final result will have no bearing on the league table, both teams will be eager to finish with a win.
Hollie Webb will be keen to face her former club, whilst Lilie Lamacraft joined Beeston from Surbiton before the start of the season.
Sophie Robinson has been outstanding for Beeston this season, scoring 14 goals, with Hannah Wraith on six, … read more

M1 Win Saturday Ten-Goal Thriller at Cannock

A new journalistic cliché will have to be coined for Surbiton Men 1st XI’s penultimate NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division fixture on Saturday afternoon (March 15/2pm), which turned out to be not a game of two halves but one of two thirds and then one third.
After 49 minutes eighth-placed, (of ten teams) Cannock (on 11 pts) seemed to have banished their relegation fears with a surprise 4-1 lead over their fourth-position guests (on 31 pts and already guaranteed a third or fourth-placed play-off finish).
Dave Beckett had opened the scoring for Cannock in the ninth minute from open-play and Pete Jackson doubled their advantage from a penalty corner three minutes later. Nav Degun then made it 3-0 on 21 minutes from open play, before Chris Grassick briefly pegged them back from a Surbiton penalty corner two minutes later. But Arjan Drayton Chana restored the host’s three-goal advantage with an open-play goal … read more

Frustration For L1 At Bowdon Hightown

Surbiton Ladies’ hopes of finishing top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division were finally ended after a disappointing day in Altrincham, where they drew 0-0 with Bowdon Hightown. Canterbury remain one point ahead of second placed Reading after Olton & West Warwicks forfeited their match in Kent, and Reading beat Leicester 2-1.
Surbiton are now guaranteed to finish in third place, and will be joined in the play-offs by Clifton, whose 4-2 victory at Sutton Coldfield, combined with Leicester’s defeat and Bowdon’s draw, earned them fourth place in the Premier Division.
Both Surbiton and Clifton will have to wait before they discover who they play in the Championships at Reading over the weekend of 12/13 April, as Clifton host Canterbury, and Reading host Bowdon Hightown in next weekend’s final round of matches.
In Cheshire, Surbiton were without Sarah Page due to injury, as well as missing both Chloe Strong and Sandra … read more

L1 Travel To Bowdon Hightown On Saturday

Surbiton Ladies make their final away trip of the season on Saturday (15 March) when they also make their longest trip of the season to Altrincham to take on sixth placed Bowdon Hightown in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division (push back 1.45 pm).
Assured of their place in the IWHL Championships with two matches remaining, Surbiton have something to play for as although they are likely to have to qualify for Europe via the playoffs, if results go their way, it is still mathematically possible for Surbiton to qualify by finishing top of the Premier Division.
Surbiton are likely to need help from Leicester, who host Reading this weekend. Canterbury were due to host already relegated Olton & West Warwicks in an evening game, however due to circumstances beyond their control, Olton have forfeited the match. According to IWHL rules. Canterbury will be deemed to have won the game 3-0, … read more

M1 Now Visit Cannock On Saturday

Surbiton Men 1st XI’s penultimate NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division fixture this weekend has been brought forward from Sunday to Saturday (March 15, push back 2pm). The reason for this is that Oxted, who were due to host Sevenoaks in the semi-final of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup on Sunday after winning at Cannock 12-11 on penalty strokes after drawing 1-1 at full time in the quarter finals on February 9, were disqualified from the competition since Oxted were adjudged to have fielded an ineligible player, James Kryiakides, who was registered with Oxted but on February 1 played for Swansea City in the Davis Wood, West of England & South Wales Hockey League. By doing so, he became ineligible  to participate in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup. Cannock were therefore reinstated to face Sevenoaks in the semi-finals.  Oxted appealed against this decision; however their appeal was rejected by the England Hockey … read more

Proback Clinic and Compete Energy Bites

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Both Proback Ciinics and Compete energy bites were at SHC for the Big Weekend, and generated plenty of interest.


M1 Join L1 In Championship Play-Offs

Just like their distaff side the previous day, an unexpectedly comfortable win over Canterbury coupled with the results of their other top-four rivals, ensured Surbiton Men’s 1st XI a place in next month’s Championship Play-Offs with two of their 18 league fixtures still remaining.
Climaxing the Sugden Road club’s “Big Weekend” by adding a “Super Sunday” (March 9) NOW: Pensions’ Men’s Hockey League Premier victory to the previous day’s “Super Saturday” Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division win, the home team impressed visiting dignitaries and old members alike, once the buffet luncheon and opening ceremonies for the new second pitch and pavilion facilities were completed, with a thrilling attacking display. Surbiton’s scorers were experienced London Olympians James Tindall and Matt Daly, the latter bringing his tally to 11 in his last six games and 17 in all; plus Scottish international Alan Forsyth with a brace to make his record seven in … read more

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