A Magnificent Seven Goals For M1

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI got their new season off to a stunning start at Sugden Road on Sunday afternoon. Having lost out on topping last season’s league table by an inferior goal difference of just four to the West Sussex visitors, Surbiton’s current squad made a formidable statement of intent by building up an already plus-seven advantage in this campaign’s opener. Three of Surbiton’s seven goals came from their new top-of-the-circle “deadly duo”, Matt Daly and Andy Hayward. Daly, last season’s league leading penalty corner converter (with 16), now castles alongside another banker, New Zealand dragflicking ace Andy Hayward. Hayward...

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L1 Going Back To Bilthoven In May For EHCCC

Surbiton Ladies will go back to Bilthoven in the Netherlands for the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup which will be held from 13-16 May 2016 Surbiton will be joined by fellow English club, Canterbury as well as hosts SCHC and s’Hertogenbosch. Spaniards, Club De Campo will be the fifth club to return to the competition. Pegasus will represent Ireland (UCD were last season’s qualifiers); CSP Krylatskoye enter from Russia (in 2015 it was CSP Izmailovo) and UHC Hamburg will compete for Germany (last season it was Rot-Weiss Koln). All the various European club competitions will be held over the same...

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L1 Held By East Grinstead On Opening Day

Surbiton Ladies began their second defence of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division title in the same way as they started the first, drawing their first league game at home. In 2014-15, it was a goalless draw with Reading; in 2015-16, newly-promoted East Grinstead held the league champions to a 1-1 draw at Sugden Road. Surbiton gave debuts to goalkeeper, Amy Gibson; Olivia Chilton and Robyn Collins. Stephanie Addison returned to the squad three years after joining Clifton and Lottie Ross came in as a late replacement for the injured Charlotte Calnan. Surbiton were without Rebecca Herbert, playing league hockey in New Zealand; Hannah Coulson, returning from Western Australia and Harriet Tibble, plus three England internationals, Hollie Webb, Georgie Twigg and Giselle Ansley, although Sarah Haycroft captained the team. East Grinstead were missing Sophie Bray, but included Laura Unsworth in their squad. Surbiton threatened early, with Sarah Page and Jo Hunter combining well and Sarah Haycroft attacking down the right. East Grinstead were confident in defence, Unsworth patiently passing the ball across the back while planning to set up attacks. Surbiton subsequently struggled to find their rhythm, with East Grinstead  finding their way into the circle on occasion. Both sides failed to convert their only penalty corners of the first half, East Grinstead conceding a long corner after Chloe Palmer’s shot was deflected by visiting goalkeeper, Becky Duggan, high over...

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All Change for M1 On Sunday

There will be plenty of new faces on show at Sugden Road this Sunday (13 September, 2pm) when Surbiton host the team which pipped them to top spot in last season’s Men’s Hockey League Premier Division table, East Grinstead. After both teams finished level on points, the West Sussex club snatched European qualification with a four better goal difference. Transfer dealings in the hockey world are rapidly beginning to rival those in football, in quantity though not (for the most part!) in extravagance. And Sugden Road has been no exception in the former category. By the registration deadline of Monday (7 September)) for this weekend’s opening fixtures, six been signed and six departed from last season’s performance squad. Joining the ranks are: Andrew Hayward,  the New Zealand drag-flick specialist from Hampstead & Westminster and German Robert Marx from Berliner. David Bartram and goalkeeper Paul Reeves, both return after a season at Old Georgians. Welsh international Gareth Furlong joins from Dutch second division club Leidsche En Oegstgeester; with youngster, Noah Darlington also registered to play in the national league. Unfortunately Furlong was injured in his first friendly appearance but his hopefully short-term absence is offset by the welcome re-availability of fellow Welsh international Chris Bowen from a season out with injury. Sadly, international William Marshall is still out with an injury picked up in Scotland’s summer European campaign. Going the other way are Adam Jolly...

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L1 Start Title Defence Against East Grinstead On Sat.

Surbiton Ladies begin their quest for a hat-trick of Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division titles when they host newly-promoted East Grinstead at Sugden Road on Saturday, push back 2 pm. East Grinstead completed their rise from Sussex Ladies League to the top flight by winning promotion behind Buckingham in last season’s Promotion Tournament at Lee Valley. East Grinstead have won five titles in six seasons, only being pegged back for one season in 2013-14, when Holcombe won the IWHL Conference East title and promotion to the Premier Division. Former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray has been the key member for East Grinstead, also helping them to promotion to the Hockey 5s Premier Division in indoor hockey. Now that the West Sussex club are in the Premier Division, they have shown their intent to challenge for honours by signing Laura Unsworth from Holcombe. Sisters, Takara and Tacita Haines have also joined from Oxford Hawks and Bognor respectively to boost the  squad. Meanwhile, Scotland’s first choice goalkeeper, Amy Gibson is set to make her Surbiton debut on Saturday after helping Slough to win the IWHL Conference West title, although promotion proved to be elusive last season. Olivia Chilton, who joins from the University of Birmingham and Scottish international, Robyn Collins, who played in the Premier Division for Beeston last season, are also set to play their first competitive match in Surbiton...

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