M1 Start Their Jaffa Super 6s Defence This Weekend

Surbiton Men start the defence of their Jaffa Super 6s title at Bromsgrove School this weekend. Their Premier Division campaign starts at 12.30 pm on Saturday against Wimbledon, followed by a match against East Grinstead, a repeat of the 2017 final, at 5.30 pm. On Sunday, Surbiton face Sevenoaks at 12 noon and complete the first weekend with a match against Reading at 4 pm. The second set of fixtures will also be held at Bromsgrove School over the weekend of 6/7 January when Surbiton face Loughborough Students; Team Bath Buccaneers; Holcombe and Brooklands Manchester University. The top four teams in the nine team division will qualify for the finals day at the Copper Box Arena at 28 January 2018. The games can be followed live on the England Hockey Altius website here The Surbiton HC website will also be updated over the weekend. Any supporters who wish to support the team should travel to Bromsgrove School, Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61...

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England Men Finish 8th In Bhubaneswar

England Men lost 1-0 to the Netherlands in the losing quarter-finalists match designated as the 7th/ 8th place playoff in the Odisha Hockey World League Final tournament in Bhubaneswar on Friday. Both teams had to work hard to compete in heavy rain with spray coming up from the pitch. Not surprisingly the first quarter was goalless with the first half restricted to a total of three shots: 2 for England and 1 for the Netherlands with Surbiton’s Harry Gibson making an excellent glove save from Valentin Verga five minutes before the interval. The Dutch went close in the 37th minute, Robbert Kemperman claiming that he had touched a ball on its way into the goal, but his claims were waved away by the umpires. The only goal came in the 42nd minute, Verga pulling the ball back from the byline for Mirco Pruijser to get a deft touch and angle the ball just inside the left post. England had two penalty corner opportunities, the second award resulting in the Netherlands losing their video referral but Mark Gleghorne’s shot was saved by Sam van der Ven. Liam Sanford came on as a kicking back with just under six minutes to play, but the Netherlands earned their first win in the tournament to claim seventh place. Surbiton’s Luke Taylor, Brendan Creed and James Gall were all in the England starting line-up...

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L1 Drawn At Home To St. Albans in EH Championships

Surbiton Ladies have been drawn at home to IWHL Conference East side, St. Albans in round three of the Investec England Hockey Championships Tier One competition. St. Albans are currently seventh in the Conference East and reached the last 15 with a 5-0 win at Sevenoaks in round one and a 5-1 home win over Sevenoaks in round two. With only 15 teams in round three, Brooklands Poynton have been given a bye into the last eight. The draw: Buckingham v Harleston Magpies Clifton Robinsons v Gloucester City Doncaster v Bowdon Hightown Hampstead & Westminster v Barnes Slough v Reading Surbiton v St. Albans University of Birmingham 2nd v Loughborough Students Matches to be played on 11...

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Argentina Knock England Men Out Of The Hockey World League

Argentina, the top ranked country in the world, ended England Men’s hopes of Odisha Hockey World League Final tournament glory, winning their quarter-final tie 3-2 in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. Argentina became the third country to reach the semi-finals having failed to win a single pool game. Both teams started their last eight match up with defenses on top in a cagey first quarter. Argentina’s captain, Matias Paredes shot wide right of the goal under pressure from England goalkeeper, George Pinner in the 18th minute and three minutes later, Argentina broke the deadlock. Juan Lopez’s pass found Lucas Vila at the right post, from where he finished simply to give Argentina the lead. Paredes doubled Argentina’s lead a minute before half time, beating Pinner with an acute angled shot from the left of the circle. However, England fought back in the same minute, Liam Sanford’s pass controlled by David Condon to spin round and smash the ball into the goal. Argentina believed that the ball had made contact with an English foot but lost their video referral in the process. The Argentinian bench were unhappy with the decision and spoke to the umpires at half time to vent their frustration. Surbiton’s Harry Gibson had been in England’s goal for the first quarter with Head Coach Bobby Crutchley rotating his goalkeepers. Gibson was unfortunate in the 34th minute when Vila won...

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England Men Draw 2-2 With Australia At The HWL

England Men drew 2-2 with Australia in their final Pool B game in the Odisha Hockey World League Final tournament in Bhubaneswar after surviving a late barrage of penalty corners. England made the perfect start, former Surbiton player Liam Ansell scoring in the fourth minute after receiving a cross from the left from current Surbiton player David Goodfield. Australia threatened in the 13th minute, Jeremy Hayward having a penalty corner shot blocked, with England wisely using their video referral two minutes later to overturn a penalty corner award after a dangerous ball came off the Australian attacker’s stick. Surbiton’s Harry Gibson replaced George Pinner in goal in the second and fourth quarters and saved Blake Govers’ drag-flick in the 26th minute. Trailing 1-0 at half time, the Kookaburras turned the game around in the third quarter, beginning their comeback within three minutes of the restart. England lost their right to a video referral challenging the build up to Australia’s equaliser. An aerial ball found Matthew Swann on the right to cross for Dylan Wotherspoon to finish at the right post. Three minutes later, Pinner made excellent saves and cleared with his stick while on the ground to prevent Australia taking the lead. However with Australia dominating, it was only a matter of time before they scored. In the 41st minute, Blake Govers found the backboard from their third penalty...

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