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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M1 In NPMHL Championships At Lee Valley This Weekend

Surbiton’s Men travel to Lee Valley this weekend, chasing not only the NOW:Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division title, but one of the likely two places in next season’s Euro Hockey League. Therefore, league second-placed Surbiton will have to beat third-placed south-west London rivals Wimbledon in the second semi-final at 4.30pm on Saturday to have any chance of qualifying for next season’s tournament, instead of having the fall-back of winning the 3rd/4th final between the two semi-final losers which takes place at 1.30 pm on Sunday. The winners will meet either East Grinstead, who have already qualified for Europe after finishing top of the The Premier Division table in the regular season; or fourth placed Beeston, who meet in the first semi-final at 2.15 pm on Saturday, in the Championship final at 3.15pm. Surbiton warmed up for the tournament with a friendly match at Lee Valley on 2 April against Canterbury, who are battling to save their Premier Division status in the Promotion Tournament, which continues at Lee Valley this weekend. Despite resting four key players for the game, played under European tournament rules in four seventeen-and-a half-minute quarters, Surbiton drew 1-1 at the end of full time after their ninth-placed Premier Division rivals took the lead through open play seven minutes into the second quarter. Surbiton left their equaliser late: Michael Watt, match-fit from triumphing with Ireland in the Hockey...

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L1 Win EHF Fair Play Award at EHCCC

Surbiton Ladies may have missed out on the medals at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven over Easter, but they didn’t come back empty handed when they returned to the U.K. on Tuesday. During the end of tournament awards ceremony, Surbiton’s Assistant Coach, Ben Edwards received the EHF Fair Play Award on behalf of the team. The award proves that Surbiton made a positive impression on their debut in European competition. Surbiton’s Ben Edwards proudly receives the EHF Fair Play Award in Bilthoven on Easter Monday. Photo: Ady Kerry. Surbiton now prepare for the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre over the weekend of 18/19 April, before also defending their Investec Women’s Cup title at the same venue on 25 April. Surbiton Ladies pictured after the UCD game, together with Tournament Team Liaison Officers, Miranda Noordenbos and Klaas Hans Noordenbos Colin...

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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 will now be posted in Club News

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