L1 Reach Investec Women’s Tier One Championship Final

Investec Women’s Tier One Championship Semi-Final – 14 April 2018 SURBITON 2–0 BROOKLANDS POYNTON Scorers: Emily Atkinson 52-PC, Georgie Twigg 64-PC Squad: Georgie Twigg (Capt.), Emily Atkinson, Olivia Chilton, Beckie Middleton, Sarah Page, Holly Payne, Alice Sharp, Ella Burnley, Anabel Herzsprung, Abi Walker (GK), Jenna Woolven. Subs: Izzy Petter (8″), Lucy Holder (9″), Alessia Robinson (16″), Darcy Bourne (26″), Issy Carey (30″). Umpires:  David Howell and Rob Jenkins Match Official: Janet Sutton Surbiton Ladies will play Clifton Robinsons in the Investec Women’s Tier One Championship Final at Lee Valley on 5 May after beating Brooklands Poynton 2-0 at Sugden Road on Saturday afternoon. Clifton...

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England Men Battle To CWG Bronze

England Men beat India 2-1 on Saturday and will bring home Bronze medals from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. There was no late comeback for India this time, having previously come back from 3-2 down to win their pool game 4-3. The game was a battle of penalty corners, Sam Ward’s drag-flick in the seventh minute opening the scoring to give England a 1-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. By half time, India were level, the ball slipped to Varun Kumar to drag-flick past England goalkeeper, George Pinner. The deciding goal came from England’s fourth penalty corner, Ward forcing a goalkeeper save and then scoring directly from the rebound for his ninth goal of the tournament. Both teams used their right to a video referral wisely, England using theirs with two minutes to play after an eventful attack which saw the ball kept of the line by Surbiton’s David Goodfield. However the video referral showed that there had been a foul earlier in India’s buildup and England could breathe again. India installed Harmanpreet Singh as a kicking back with 3 minutes and 44 seconds remaining, but strangely as the clock ran down, India didn’t seem to show the attacking urgency which earned them a dramatic win earlier in the tournament. Surbiton’s Harry Gibson was in the England goal in the first and third quarters, and was...

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England Women Claim CWG Bronze In Emphatic Fashion

England Women thrashed India 6-0 to claim the bronze medals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Saturday. England gained revenge for their 2-1 pool game loss, scoring four goals in a pulsating final quarter when the team were at their attacking best. The first quarter was goalless and at half time, England led 1-0 courtesy of Surbiton’s Hollie Pearne-Webb’s penalty corner drag-flick in the 27th minute, the only score in what proved to be a tight first half. Sophie Bray doubled England’s lead in the 44th minute with a spectacular reverse shot into the top left corner, as England accelerated into true attacking mode. England also had Bray to thank at the start of the fourth quarter for a clearance off the line from India’s sixth penalty corner. In the 49th minute, Bray scored England’s third goal, India losing their right to a video referral after suggesting that a backstick offence had been committed in the buildup. England then scored three goals in as many minutes as the Indian defence failed to cope. Laura Unsworth scored from the left of the circle, her shot going in off the goalkeeper with five minutes remaining. A minute later, Bray was credited with England’s fifth goal, completing her hat-trick, although video replays suggested that Alex Danson got a final touch. Just fifteen seconds later, Bray and Danson combined again, this time...

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L1 To Play Brooklands Poynton In Cup Semi-Final On Saturday

Surbiton Ladies will host Brooklands Poynton in the Investec Adult Women’s Tier 1 Championships semi-final at Sugden Road on Saturday (push back 2 pm). Surbiton beat Hampstead & Westminster 4-2 at Paddington Recreation Ground last Sunday to earn their place in the last four and will take on a Brooklands team which also won their quarter-final last Sunday, 3-1 at local rivals, Bowdon Hightown. Brooklands had previously drawn 2-2 at Bowdon but the floodlights timer switched off before the penalty stroke barrage could be completed, resulting in the game having to be replayed. Surbiton had been thwarted by the Beast From The East in their attempts to play the quarter final tie in Central London, due to Hampstead having to rearrange league fixtures to ensure their place in the Promotion Tournament starting next weekend when they will face Beeston (Conference North), Stourport (Conference West) and Slough (9th in IWHL Premier Division), having won the Conference East title. Brooklands finished as runners-up in the Conference North, eleven points behind Beeston, but still have the cup to play for. Surbiton have met Brooklands in the cup once before, back in October 2013, when Surbiton travelled up to the North West for an eventful second round cup tie. Brooklands led 2-0 after just four minutes through Lindsay Rachubka and Kelly Baxter before Surbiton fought back. Vicky Bryant and Sandra Roche brought Surbiton...

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England Men To Play India For Bronze At CWG

England Men just came up short against hosts Australia in the second semi-final of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Friday. The Kookaburras won 2-1 in spite of defending with nine men late in the fourth quarter after two players were shown yellow cards and England installing a kicking back to increase their outfield powerplay options. England made the worst possible start, going behind after just 26 seconds, Trent Mitton finding the backboard to the delight of the home supporters, past starting goalkeeper George Pinner. England’s attempts to fight back were stymied by Australia’s tactics to press, nullifying England’s aerial threat so successfully that England failed to make a single shot on goal from open play in the first half. Australia counter attacked and in the second period, Surbiton’s Harry Gibson, who was in the English goal for both the second and fourth periods, denied Daniel Beale and then made a crucial save from the Kookaburras’ only penalty corner of the half with 41 seconds remaining, Jeremy Hayward failed to score. Aaron Kleinschmidt also had time to force an open play save from Gibson with Mitton missing the target before the half time hooter sounded. Tyler Lovell replaced Andrew Charter in the Australian goal at half time, saving Mark Gleghorne’s penalty corner shot in the 36th minute. However 18 seconds later, England were level, Australia failing to clear the...

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