Invincible L1 Retain Their IWHL Premier Division Title

Surbiton Ladies beat Canterbury 2-1 in a hard fought Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon, to retain the Premier Division title. In doing so, Surbiton became the first team since Leicester in 2006-07 to retain the Premier Division title. Surbiton also became the first team to win the Championship final in the same season as finishing top of the regular Premier Division season since the Championships were introduced in 2009-10. Surbiton celebrate the retention of the IWHL Premier Division title. Photo: Ravi Ghowry. In contrast to Saturday’s hot weather, the final was played under overcast skies with the floodlights switched on. Both sides attacked in the first quarter, but defences were on top, with neither side able to take advantage of their only penalty corner award of the first half. The deadlock was broken in the 23rd minute when a penalty stroke was awarded following Surbiton’s second penalty corner. For the second day running, Julia King stepped up and sent the ball into the roof of the net past Canterbury goalkeeper, Helen Fagg. Surbiton’s lead lasted just five minutes, Canterbury’s veteran, Mel Clewlow making no mistake from her team’s second penalty corner of the match giving former Canterbury and current Surbiton goalkeeper, Abi Walker, no chance. Surbiton took up the attack at the start of the third quarter, but...

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L1 To Face Canterbury After Shootout Heroics

On Sunday, Surbiton Ladies will face Canterbury for the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title for the second season running after battling past Reading in a dramatic Championship semi-final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday. Surbiton seemed to be cruising into the final when they led 2-0 after just twelve minutes of the first quarter. Julia King had given Surbiton the lead from the penalty spot in the seventh minute, before Sandra Frankland doubled the lead from open play at the left post, five minutes later. However Reading, who had pipped Holcombe to the final qualifying place on the last day of the regular season, fought back, Helen Richardson-Walsh pulling a goal back in the 41st minute from a penalty corner. Kate Richardson-Walsh then levelled from open play with nine minutes to play. Surbiton should have sealed the game in the first half, their most agonising miss coming from youngster Charlotte Calnan, who was unlucky after a flowing hockey attack opened up the Reading defence. Faced with the prospect of keeping their league title defence alive by winning a shuttle shootout, Surbiton went first, Georgie Twigg putting away a rebound after Reading goalkeeper, Sarah Ellis’s initial save. Emily Maguire restored parity with a shot which beat Surbiton goalkeeper, Abi Walker, from the edge of the circle. Surbiton’s captain, Sarah Haycroft rounded Ellis to restore Surbiton’s...

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L1 Defend IWHL Premier Division Title This Weekend

Surbiton Ladies travel to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre this weekend to defend their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title. Having finished first at the end of the 18 game regular season, Surbiton take on fourth placed Reading (push back 2.15 pm) on Saturday in a rematch of last season’s last four tie, which took place on the Berkshire club’s home pitch. Surbiton won 4-1 last season, having finished third, compared to Reading’s second, but Surbiton will aim to become the first team since the Championships were inaugurated to finish top of the Premier Division and win the Championship playoff. Surbiton struggled to break through the Reading defence on the opening day of the season, being held to a goalless draw at Sugden Road by a somewhat depleted visiting squad. When the teams met at Sonning Lane at the end of November, Surbiton came out on top 2-0 in a match scheduled to be played at the same time as the Champions Trophy in Argentina, resulting in both sides missing key international players. Rebecca Herbert and Jo Hunter both scored from penalty corners for the visitors, Surbiton carrying a three point lead into the second half of the season after the mid-season break. Surbiton, who are unbeaten in 70 minute matches this season, their only defeat coming in a penalty shootout against Club Campo De Madrid at the Rabobank...

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Chris Grassick Capped For GB Against Germany

Just two days after playing for Surbiton in the NOW: Pensions League Championship at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Stratford, Scotland’s Chris Grassick was back there yesterday evening (Tuesday 14 April, 7pm), this time in a Great Britain shirt. Opponents Germany, the current world third-ranked nation and reigning Olympic champions after winning at London 2012, ran out 2-1 winners. Grassick was one of the 18 out of the 30-strong “Road to Rio” Team GB centralised squad selected to play in the one-off Nations Cup before a sold-out capacity crowd of 3000 at the new home of hockey in the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. He was Surbiton’s sole representative among the 15 of the 18 selected players who had competed at the same venue in last weekend’s Men’s Finals, another 11 of them also having played in the Premier Division Championship – four from Beeston, four from Wimbledon and three from East Grinstead – plus three from the Conference East champions Holcombe squad who were competing in the Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs. Two of the remaining three were Reading players and the other East Grinstead’s Mark Gleghorne who was absent from their weekend squad. Speaking ahead of the game coach Bobby Crutchley said: “It’s a great opportunity to play against Germany in front of a sell-out home crowd on Olympic Park as we continue our preparations for the...

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M1 Finish Third In NPMHL Championships

Today was a much better one for Surbiton Men’s 1st XI in the end-of-season NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championships at the Olympic Park in Stratford. To start with, at 1 pm, Surbiton, who had finished second at the end of the regular Premier Division season, put in a greatly improved performance to beat fourth-placed Beeston 2-1 to secure third place in the Championships Then at 3.15pm the previous day’s 2-0 loss to league third-placed Wimbledon was put into a much better perspective when their local rivals crushed first-placed East Grinstead 8-5. For a second successive day Surbiton owed a tremendous debt to an inspired performance from David Kettle to keep them in the game throughout with a masterful series of saves and interceptions, eventually winning despite playing with one less outfielder than their Nottingham-based opponents. Alan Forsyth scored both goals, putting Surbiton ahead in the 18th minute before James Blackwell equalised for Beeston two minutes later. Forsyth then hit the winner in the 43rd minute, all three goals in the match coming from open play. The absence of Matt Daly had no influence on Surbiton’s penalty corner conversion rate this time since they didn’t force any all game. But they did keep out all four won by Beeston, with Kettle fittingly summing up his influence on the result by diving forward for a smart glove stop to preserve victory from Beeston’s last attempt eight minutes from the...

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