L1 Target Second League And Cup Double

A week after retaining the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championship at Lee Valley, Surbiton Ladies return to the Olympic Park as Investec Women’s Cup holders to meet Clifton in this season’s final (push back 3.30 pm – Saturday 25 April). Surbiton have not included their current England/ GB internationals in their cup squads this season, and will not change that policy for the final. Surbiton began their defence in round two against the team they defeated in last season’s final, Hampstead & Westminster, at Paddington Recreation Ground. Sarah Page, Emmie Le Marchand, Jo Hunter, Sian Craze and Emily Atkinson were all on target. Round three saw Surbiton travel to Holcombe, Le Marchand, Charlotte Calnan and Sandra Frankland earning a 3-1 win and a place in the quarter-finals. Frankland was also on target in the last-eight tie at home to Oxford Hawks, along with Abi Robinson, Hawks losing 2-0. Loughborough Students stood between Surbiton and their place in the final, and another 2-0 win, this time at Loughborough, thanks to Jenna Woolven and Atkinson, kept Surbiton’s cup defence alive. Clifton were handed a walkover by Slough after being drawn at home, before winning 1-0 at Premier Division rivals, University of Birmingham. In the quarter-finals, Clifton made the short trip to Gloucester City and returned to Bristol with a 2-0 win. Clifton then beat Bowdon Hightown 2-1 in a repeat of the...

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L2 Aim For National Cup Glory On Saturday

Surbiton Ladies’ second team will be aiming to win the England Hockey Women’s Second XI Cup for the first time in their history when they take on Beeston in the final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday (push back 5.30 pm). Beeston finished third in the Midland Region Hockey Association Women’s League Premier this season, whilst Surbiton were promoted from the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division Two, losing just one match. Surbiton have been drawn at home in every round, although they received a walkover against Wycombe in the first round. In round two, Sian Craze scored twice, with Eleanor Jolly also scoring in a 3-1 home win over Hampstead & Westminster. Round three saw Team Bath Buccaneers thrashed 7-0 thanks to Jess Green’s brace and single efforts from Craze, Lucy Clacher, Orla Cooke, Olivia Besse and Sophie Tait. In the quarter-final, Craze again scored twice with Emma Russell, Cooke and Sasha Reed also scoring in a 5-0 win over Clifton. Surbiton met the University of Birmingham, who beat them 3-2 with a golden goal on their only previous final appearance in 2011, in the semi-final. Both teams went into the tie unbeaten in their respective leagues, but goals from Emmie Le Marchand and Emma Batten ended Birmingham’s unbeaten record and earned Surbiton their place at Lee Valley. Beeston beat Cannock 5-0 at home, before winning...

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Ansley, Twigg and Webb In GB Squad To Face Japan

Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have been named in the initial twenty player GB squad for this Sunday’s (265 April) Investec Private Banking International against Japan at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre (push back 3 pm). Head Coach, Danny Kerry, will name his final eighteen player squad on Sunday morning, with former Surbiton player Sophie Bray, now able to look forward to playing in the Premier Division next season with East Grinstead, also included in the initial squad. Ansley was unable to play in either the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven or last weekend’s Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships finals due to a foot injury, but will hope to be fit to play against the number ten ranked team in the world. Great Britain are ranked number eight, and the meeting on Sunday will be the ninth match between the countries. Great Britain have won six of the previous eight encounters and last met at the 2012 Olympics when Japan lost 4-0 in the pool stages. Japan, who finished eighth in the recent Hawkes Bay Cup, have also named a twenty player squad from which eighteen players will be selected. Looking forward to the match, Kerry predicted ” Japan will set us a number of different tactical challenges with an Asian style of play which will feel different to our playing group. This type of experience is great for...

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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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Upcoming Events

september

23sep16:00- 17:30L1 @ Canterbury

23sep18:00- 19:30M1 @ Canterbury

30sepAll DayThe Big Event

october

21oct20:00‘Stars In Their eyes’ – Karaoke Night

november

4nov19:00Quiz and Curry Night – Ladies 1s’ Fundraiser

17nov19:00An Evening of Wine Tasting

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