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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M1 Play Beeston Today After Losing Saturday’s Semi

SURBITON Men’s 1st XI, who finished second in the Premier Division, lost their NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championship Semi-Final 2-0 to local rivals Wimbledon, who finished third, at the Olympic Park in Stratford yesterday afternoon. So they now play fourth-placed Beeston, who went down 5-1 to first-placed East Grinstead in the first semi, in today’s third/fourth place match at 1pm. Wimbledon are fast becoming Surbiton’s bogey side having drawn with them 4-4 at home and 2-2 away in the club’s first season in the NPMHL Premier Division in 2013/14, then losing 4-1 at home and drawing 3-3 away this season. Yesterday’s most important clash yet did not break the hoodoo and, but for an inspired display by keeper David Kettle, the margin of defeat could have been even larger. It took until the fourth quarter, on 57 minutes, for Wimbledon to take the lead from their fourth and final penalty corner, converted low and left by their Australian mid-season signing Blake Govers. And they killed the game off a minute from the end with a with a breakaway goal from Steven Ebbers as Surbiton pressed for the equaliser that would have taken the game to a shoot-out. Missing the league’s overall and penalty corner leading scorer Matt Daly, supervising a Kingston Grammar School cricket trip to Sri Lanka, Surbiton failed to convert all three of their penalty corners. And they also had the...

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Surbiton HC is England Hockey’s Club Of The Month

Surbiton Hockey Club have won England’s Hockey Club Of The Month award for April. Surbiton’s Men’s first team are in NOW:Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championships action this weekend; will be in the NOW:Pensions Men’s Cup final on 2 May; and with the Men’s second team also in the EH Second XI Cup final on the same day, Surbiton’s men are battling for honours. And the story is the same in the Ladies section. The Ladies’ first team finished fifth in Bilthoven at Easter after going down on penalty shuttles against Club Campo De Madrid in their EuroHockey Club Champions Cup quarter-final. Like the men, the Ladies’ first team will be at the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships next weekend (18/19 April) and in the Investec Women’s Cup final on 25 April, both events to be stated at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. The Ladies’ second team will also be chasing cup glory on 25 April in the EH Second XI Cup final, immediately after the Women’s final. To see the “Club Together” newsletter annoucing the award: go to http://englandhockeyboardnews.org/t/K8Z-3AW3P-4DCAEQ7VA4/cr.aspx...

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Just so you know

All Men and Ladies match results and tables are available under Senior Ladies or Senior Men

All match previews can now be found under the relevant first team match in SHC Events

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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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