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On Saturday 21st June a number of Surbiton Hockey Club’s junior members, joined by other local players (many of whom were new to the sport) represented Elmbridge Borough in the Surrey Youth Games, held at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, finishing the season off with yet more silverware.
The girls’ team were up first, opening their account with a hard fought 0-0 draw against Woking. Shortly after, with the temperature starting to raise considerably, the ten-strong squad got into their stride with back-to-back victories (6-0 against Spelthorne and 2-0 against Waverley) to book their place in the semi final rounds where they would meet Surrey Heath. After a nervy start, two quick goals put them in the driving seat and they held on to set up a final clash against local rivals Epsom & Ewell. Despite the heat, both teams worked tirelessly to try and forge a lead, and the Elmbridge girls got their noses in front. The single goal would prove to be enough and the team held on to regain the Cup they last won six years ago.
Elmbridge Girls celebrate their cup triumph.
Next up were the boys… Again the Borough team fielded a number of beginners to hockey (having only picked up sticks a few weeks previous and then attended a six week training programme run by the Club) but there was little evidence of that as they took to the field. The team could consider themselves unfortunate to have lost their opening match after having much of the possession only to concede on the counter attack, against eventual runners up Mole Valley. However, they picked themselves up and opened their account with impressive wins (2-0 and 1-0 respectively) against Waverley and Spelthorne. The final pool game proved to be another close encounter with a place in the semi finals up for grabs but again a single goal was enough to win the game, with the Elmbridge team unfortunately the one to see the ball hit the back of their goal, Surrey Heath going on to win the boys tournament.
With a place in the Plate Final still up for grabs the boys regrouped and took an early lead against Woking, holding on to win their Plate semi final. By this time the group had made huge progress throughout the tournament and were starting to play some fantastic counter-attacking hockey and they ended their run with a 3-1 victory over Waverley to claim the Plate.
Elmbridge Boys won the Plate competition
The girls’ victory earlier in the day had already guaranteed maximum points for the sport would be awarded to Elmbridge Borough’s Surrey Youth Games total and they proved to be crucial in securing an overall third place finish for the Borough this year. Congratulations to all involved and thanks to Active Surrey and Elmbridge Borough for organising, and to Mark Atherton and James Gall for coaching the team.
Photos of Elmbridge participants in this year’s Surrey Youth Games can be found at:
Full results and final standings can be viewed on the Active Surrey website at: