A Message From The Director

Yet More Challenges Ahead At Sugden Road in 2015-16 After another successful season at Surbiton Hockey Club in 2014-15, our teams can look forward to the 2015-16 season with confidence as they face new challenges. Over the last few seasons, we have upgraded our facilities, both on and off the pitch. Having replaced both our pitches, we now have two top quality pitches for all our teams to play on. And before and after the match, both our teams, and our opposition, have superb changing rooms to use. From this season, we are also offering hot teas for all our teams and their opposition, as a legacy of recently installing a new kitchen. We have also improved our facilities for our members, by installing a stand for those supporters who prefer to sit down while watching their hockey. Mark Waller is entering a second season as Club Captain and Ellie Vickery continues to combine her role of Ladies Chair of Selection with the role of Club Secretary. John Cronin also continues to monitor the SHC website. Suresh Desai has taken over the position of Club President from Mark Rye. We thank Mark for his hard work during his Presidency, and we are pleased to welcome Suresh. Surbiton HC was recognised in the Elmbridge Sports Awards, receiving the Mick Burgess Sports Club Of The Year Award. The Ladies The Ladies...

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L1 Held At Bowdon Hightown

Surbiton Ladies were held to their second successive 1-1 draw in this season’s Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after Sally Walton earned a point for Bowdon Hightown with a penalty corner conversion five minutes from time on Saturday (19 September). Surbiton had seemed to be heading for their first league win after Jenna Woolven gave them the lead with a deflection into the roof of the net from a pass by Charlotte Calnan in the 24th minute. But Walton, who returned to Altrincham from Wakefield during the summer, equalised to earn Bowdon their first point of the season, Not for the first time, Surbiton failed to capitalise on their possession, and were unfortunate not to take a sixth minute lead when Calnan’s cross from the right eluded Sandra Roche at the left post. Surbiton lost captain, Sarah Haycroft and Sarah Page for two minute suspensions before the quarter-hour mark after Bowdon’s Lisa Garbutt had been the first player to be similarly sin-binned. Woolven had previously threatened in the circle and it was no real surprise when she opened the scoring. However, even though Bowdon were reduced to a fourteen player squad in the second half after their captain, Kayleigh Humphreys suffered a shoulder injury, Surbiton failed to take advantage with Calnan and Haycroft particularly frustrated after failing to score. Surbiton’s penalty corner routine didn’t help as they failed...

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M1’s Day Trip to Manchester on Sunday

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI travel to Brooklands Manchester University this Sunday (20 September, pushback 2pm) hoping to maintain the momentum of their 7-0 victory over East Grinstead at Sugden Road last Sunday. That same day, BMU surprised premiership play-off champions Wimbledon by holding them to a 2-2 draw at Brooklands Sports Club. Wimbledon rested three of their four England players for that game while league champions EG were playing both theirs against Surbiton. Last season Surbiton finished second in the league, 28 points and six places above  BMU and completing the double over them 7-1 away in October and 6-3 at home in March. In last weekend’s other results Beeston lost 2-1 at Cannock on Saturday and Reading had a 1-0 home victory over Hampstead & Westminster on Sunday. That left Surbiton top of the embryonic table, with promoted Holcombe, who won Saturday’s other fixture 7-2 at home to Canterbury, already justifying their reputation as the league’s big spenders and away to fellow big spenders Wimbledon this Sunday. For full details of all the weekend’s national league hockey programme and this weekend’s fixtures, see: www.englandhockey.co.uk Travel details: Address; Brooklands Sports Club, Georges Road, Sale, Cheshire Postcode for satnavs: M33 3NL. (Seán...

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L1 Head To Bowdon Hightown On Saturday

Surbiton Ladies make the long trip to Altrincham on Saturday (19 Sep) to take on Bowdon Hightown in their first away Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division match of the season (push back 1.45 pm). Surbiton began the defence of their league title with a 1-1 draw at home to East Grinstead last Saturday, and head to the North West, having played their last away Premier Division game at Bowdon in March. Then, Bowdon lost 4-2 with Emily Atkinson converting two penalty corners, Giselle Ansley opening the scoring also from a penalty corner  and Jenna Woolven scoring from open play for good measure. Both Bowdon goals came from Holly Hunt, who is now with league leaders, the University of Birmingham. Bowdon eventually avoided having to defend their top flight status via the playoffs, Buckingham succeeding at the Promotion Tournament. Sally Walton has returned to Bowdon after being unsuccessful in her attempt to help Wakefield win promotion to the Premier Division. Jane Donnelly has also joined from the West Yorkshire club and scored in Bowdon’s 2-1 defeat at Clifton last Saturday, Felicia Haehner has arrived from Harvestehuder of Germany, Chelsea Hodgson makes the trip from Sheffield Bankers and Ellie Halstead joins from Hawthorn. Kelly Baxter and Zara Thom have made the very short journey to Brooklands Poynton, Katherine Somerville has joined Hunt at Birmingham and Emma Hardern has gone to...

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A Message From The Club Captain

Welcome to the 2015-16 season at Sugden Road. Once again the new season has come around incredibly quickly. For some of our senior elite players there has been little respite as many have been representing their respective countries in important international tournaments and competitions.  Likewise, some of our very gifted Colts, several of whom have been busy playing for their respective national age group sides. Once again, both our men’s and ladies’ 1st teams are expected to put in a strong challenge for domestic honours. And, after their debut playing in Europe last season, the ladies will be looking to improve on their very good  showing when they return to play Europe’s finest next year. But, Surbiton is not all about just the elite and performance squads. Monday night pre-season training sessions have once again proved popular amongst players of all ages and abilities. This reflects what the club should be all about; bringing people together to play hockey in a friendly yet competitive atmosphere. This has long been a hallmark of SHC, which has grown to be the largest hockey club in the country whilst retaining its distinctive culture and friendly atmosphere. The development of the pioneering colts section has contributed in no small measure to the development of the club at the elite level, and the incredible growth and success of the women’s section. None of this...

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