Michael Watt’s Ireland Lose Then Win At World League Semis

Surbiton’s sole representative at the second Men’s Hockey World League semi-finals being held in Antwerp this week, “Mikie” Watt, has helped his country, Ireland, come back from a first setback on Thursday to a first win on Friday. His world 14th-ranked country had overcome the odds to draw their first Pool B fixture on Monday (24 June)  against a 5th-ranked Great Britain side containing no less than three former fellow Irish internationals who had switched allegiance to England But they failed to beat another higher-ranked country, 12th-ranked Malaysia, on Thursday eventually going down 4-2. However, they showed no mercy to the group whipping boys, world 31st-ranked China, winning 6-0 this afternoon (26 June). That leaves them with a final tough group game against world 4th-ranked hosts Belgium on Sunday (28 June, 18.00). The 9th/10th play-off game and quarter finals take place on Wednesday 1 July, with the 1st-8th place finals on Saturday 3 and Sunday 5. All Irish games are being shown live on Sky Sports. The five countries in Pool A are: Australia (1st), India (9th), France (18th), Pakistan (10th) and Poland (17th). With Chris Grassick just returned from injury and David Beckett not selected Surbiton have no players in the Great Britain squad, so just the Irish games are being reported on the Surbiton HC website. But those interested can follow the entire tournament via:...

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Michael Watt’s Ireland Draw With GB At World League Semis

Surbiton’s sole representative at the second Men’s Hockey World League semi-final tournament being held in Antwerp this week and next will be a happy man after his country’s first match. His world 14th-ranked country, Ireland, came back to hold world 5th-ranked Great Britain to a 2-2 draw after trailing 2-0 inside the first eight minutes of their opening Pool B game on Tuesday morning. The “Green Machine” next meet Malaysia (WR 12) tomorrow (Thursday, 25 June, 13.00). Then they will play China (WR 31) on Friday (26 June, 14.00); and finally world 4th-ranked Belgium on Sunday (28 June, 18.00). All three of these games will be shown live on Sky Sports 1. The 9th/10th play-off game and quarter finals take place on Wednesday 1 July, with the 1st-8th place finals on Saturday 3 and Sunday 5. The five countries in Pool A are: Australia (WR 1), India (WR 9), France (WR 18), Pakistan (WR 10) and Poland (WR 17). With Chris Grassick just returned from injury and David Beckett not selected Surbiton have no players in the Great Britain squad, so just the Irish games will be reported on the Surbiton HC website. Those interested can follow the entire tournament via: http://www.fih.ch/events/hockey-world-league/ Julia King, who played for Surbiton Ladies last season, is playing for New Zealand in the Women’s semi-final in Antwerp. The Black Sticks have made an excellent start beating Poland...

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Michael Watt Only M1 Player At Antwerp World League Semi-Final

Ireland’s Michael Watt will be Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s sole representative during the second of the Men’s Hockey World League semi-finals being held in Antwerp starting on Saturday (20 June) until 5 July. Ireland qualified from Round 2 of the competition held in San Diego from Saturday 28 February to Sunday 8 March, with Belfast-born Watt scoring three of their goals. Watt also recently played at the actual tournament venue at Dragons Hockey Club when the world 14th-ranked Irish lost their two final practice games against the hosts, Belgium. Belgium (WR 4) won 4-2 on 6 June, and then 3-2 the following day. Belgium are the top seeds in Pool B, and play Ireland on Sunday week (28 June). Before that they meet Great Britain, who inherit England’s fifth world-ranking, on Tuesday 23 June. This match will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 at 11 am. Ireland also play Malaysia (WR 12) on Thursday 25 June and China (WR 31) on Friday 25. The 9th/10th play-off game and quarter finals take place on Wednesday 1 July, with the 1st-8th place finals on Saturday 3 and Sunday 5. The five countries in Pool A are: Australia (WR 1), India (WR 9), France (WR 18), Pakistan (WR 10) and Poland (WR 17). With Chris Grassick injured and David Beckett not selected Surbiton have no players in the Great Britain squad. So just the Irish games will be reported on this...

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Six M1 Celts Star In Glasgow Over Weekend

Six of Surbiton Men’s 1st XI all played prominent parts as Scotland (World Ranking 27) hosted Wales (WR 36) in three Test Matches at the city’s National Hockey Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (19-21 June). Their three Scots in fact scored seven of their country’s 11 goals as they came up with a 2-0 series victory with one match drawn. Captain Chris Grassick scored once and Alan Forsyth twice, all from open play, in Friday evening’s (6pm) 4-4 opening draw. Forsyth followed that up with a hat-trick, one goal from a penalty corner, in Saturday afternoon’s (2pm) 4-3 victory. Finally William Marshall got on the scoresheet with a penalty corner to help towards Sunday morning’s (9am) 3-2 series clincher. Not to be outdone, Rupert Shipperley scored twice for Wales, from open-play on Saturday and a penalty corner on Sunday, while for Steven Kelly the series marked his international debut for the full Welsh squad. Surbiton’s third player in their squad was goalkeeper David Kettle, but defender Lewis Prosser, though present, was unable to play because of a back injury. Reports on all three Tests can be found at: www.scottish-hockey.org.uk and www.hockeywales.org.uk Both countries are staying on in Glasgow this week with a Welsh Development squad playing England today (Tuesday 23 June, 1pm); Ulster on Wednesday (noon); and Scotland U21 on Thursday (11am). Then Scotland Seniors play three tests against the 23rd...

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M1 Host East Grinstead on MHL Premier Division Opening Day

Surbiton’s men will welcome East Grinstead to Sugden Road on the opening day of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division season. The fixture is scheduled to take place on Sunday 13 September, and with Surbiton Ladies also hosting East Grinstead’s women on the same weekend, there is likely to be a doubleheader fixture. Surbiton’s men then travel to Brooklands Manchester University and Beeston, before hosting Canterbury in another potential doubleheader fixture on 4 October. Surbiton Men’s Fixtures 2015-16 13 Sep v East Grinstead (h) 20 Sep v Brooklands Manchester University (a) 26 Sep v Beeston (a) 4 Oct v Canterbury (h) 11 Oct v Cannock (a) 18 Oct v Reading (h) 25 Oct v Hampstead & Westminster (h) 8 Nov v Holcombe (a) 14 Nov v Wimbledon (h) 22 Nov v Hampstead & Westminster (a) 29 Nov v Beeston (h) 7 Feb v Brooklands Manchester University (h) 14 Feb v Canterbury (a) 21 Feb v Wimbledon (a) 28 Feb v Holcombe (h) 5 Mar v East Grinstead (a) 6 Mar v Reading (a) 13 Mar v Cannock (h) Dates are subject to amendment as Sunday fixtures can be moved to Saturday and...

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