Follow M1 and L1 At Lee Valley In April

Although both national league regular seasons are due to finish over the next two weekends, both Surbiton first teams have already qualified for their respective league championships. This year, both the Men’s Hockey League and Women’s Hockey League Championships are going to be held over the same weekend at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. On 16/17 April, you can see not only both league’s champions crowned, but the second and third rounds of the respective Promotion Tournaments. The Championships fixtures are naturally to be confirmed as first will play fourth and second will play third. The Promotion Tournament will see the three Conference champions come face to face with each other plus the ninth team in the Premier Division, with the top two teams playing in the top flight in 2016-17.   Tickets are available now from: http://englandhockey.seetickets.com/tour/men-s-investec-women-s-hockey-league-finals/ So come to Lee Valley to support both Surbiton first teams as they aim for league championship...

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L1 Open Up Three Point Lead in IWHL Premier

Surbiton Ladies won their rearranged game versus Bowdon Hightown, 4-1 on Sunday afternoon to open up a three point gap over Canterbury with two games to play. The game had been postponed from 20 February when Bowdon were in Dundee playing in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy. The result didn’t help the visitors who stayed four points ahead of bottom club, Buckingham and four points behind eighth placed Reading, and seem destined to play in the Promotion Tournament. Under the Sugden Road floodlights, Surbiton took the lead in the seventh minute, Georgie Twigg converting a penalty corner from the left of the circle to score her first goal of the season. Bowdon battled and were rewarded in the 28th minute, Jane Donnelly finishing off the visitors’ second penalty corner of the match. A minute later, Surbiton’s lead was restored, Olivia Chilton scoring her third goal in as many matches, her shot from the centre of the circle ending up in the net. Bowdon trailed at half time, and seven minutes into the second half, Giselle Ansley scored Surbiton’s third goal linking up with Sarah Haycroft to convert a penalty corner. In the 47th minute, Bowdon’s defence was caught out, Jenna Woolven just needing to touch the ball over the goal-line to put Surbiton 4-1 up with their fiftieth league goal of the season. Three minutes later, Surbiton thought they...

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M1 Go Back To Second After 2-1 Win At Reading

Surbiton Men overtook Reading into second place in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 2-1 win at Sonning Lane. Both goals were scored by Rupert Shipperley in the seventh and 53rd minutes, Jack Smart equalising for Reading in the 44th minute. The four qualifiers for the MHL Championships have been confirmed with Wimbledon joining Holcombe, Surbiton and Reading at Lee Valley on 16/17 April. Holcombe clinched top spot with a 4-1 home win over Beeston. Wimbledon ended Brooklands Manchester University’s hopes of a play-off place with a 2-1 win at East Grinstead while Brooklands lost 3-2 at Canterbury, who sent Cannock down to tenth place and possible automatic relegation. Cannock lost 2-1 at home to Hampstead & Westminster, who are now virtually safe from having to play in the Promotion Tournament. Cannock will need to beat Surbiton next Sunday (13 March) to have any chance of avoiding automatic relegation. Canterbury visit Wimbledon and East Grinstead visit Beeston, who could still end up in the Promotion Tournament depending on how results go. Holcombe travel to Hampstead & Westminster and Reading visit Brooklands. As it’s the final day of the season, all matches start at  2 pm. Colin...

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M1 Qualify For MHL Championships

Surbiton Men are assured of a place in the end of season Men’s Hockey League Championships after an emphatic 5-1 win at East Grinstead on Saturday night. Dave Beckett opened the scoring for the visitors in the fourth minute, only for Sam Driver to level for East Grinstead seven minutes later. Alan Forsyth restored Surbiton’s lead in the 21st minute for a 2-1 half time lead. Forsyth and Beckett struck again in the 56th and 58th minutes to give Surbiton a commanding 4-1 lead before Andrew Hayward scored the only penalty corner goal of the game with six minutes left to complete the scoring. Surbiton therefore completed the double over their West Sussex rivals after a 7-0 win on opening day. Holcombe need one point from their last two matches to finish top of the MHL Premier Division table after their 3-1 home win over Brooklands Manchester University. Reading and Surbiton are likely to finish second and third, Reading having won 3-2 at home to Cannock on Saturday. Wimbledon beat Hampstead & Westiminster 1-0 in the London derby, but trail Surbiton by five points with just two matches left. Brooklands’ defeat leaves them four points adrift of the last Championships qualifying place, with Holcombe, Reading and Surbiton now all guaranteed their place at Lee Valley on 16/17 April. Canterbury maintained their chance of an unlikely escape from automatic relegation,...

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L1 Go Top After 3-1 Win Over Clifton

Surbiton Ladies returned to the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division following a 3-1 home win over Clifton and the University of Birmingham’s 2-2 home draw with East Grinstead. Birmingham dropped to third with Canterbury moving up to second on goal difference behind Surbiton, having won 3-2 at bottom club, Buckingham. Clifton’s defeat all but ends their hopes of qualifying for the IWHL Championships. GB internationals, Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft and Georgie Twigg all returned to the Surbiton squad, together with Scottish international, Robyn Collins. Clifton were managed by current Scotland international and former Surbiton player, Kate Holmes. Surbiton just needed 73 seconds to take the lead against Clifton, their first attack of the game finished off from close range by Olivia Chilton who scored in her second successive match. Clifton fell further behind in the 16th minute, Sarah Page sending the ball into the net above the backboard to put Surbiton into the ascendancy. Surbiton were unlucky not to score a third goal a minute later, Beckie Middleton running at the Clifton defence then unleashing a shot which goalkeeper, Caitlin Jeffries saved to force a restart from the 23 metre line. Clifton pulled a goal back six minutes into the second half, the Surbiton defence caught out as Claire Thomas, the Bristol club’s leading goalscorer scored with a shot from the right of the circle...

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