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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L1 Finish Fifth after 4-1 Win Over UCD

Surbiton Ladies finished fifth at the European Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven after a 4-1 win over University College Dublin on Monday. Canterbury beat CSP Ismailovo 5-1 to finish seventh, drizzly rain stopping before Surbiton’s match. Under dull skies, the floodlights were still needed as Surbiton attacked the Irish defence through Jo Hunter, Sarah Haycroft and Hannah Coulson. Hunter and Julia King combined early, with Rebecca Herbert continually testing Dublin’s defenders. Herbert passed to King who forced a save from Tiffaney Ellis in the Irish goal; and later in the first quarter, Haycroft set up a chance for Hunter who shot agonisingly wide. After a goalless first quarter, Herbert broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute from open play, lobbing the ball over Ellis. Emmie Le Marchand and Jenna Woolven were a threat towards the end of the half; and Surbiton goalkeeper, Abi Walker made a diving save before half time. Six minutes after half time, Surbiton were awarded a penalty stroke which was calmly placed to the keeper’s right by Georgie Twigg. Two goals ahead near the end of the third quarter, Surbiton were pegged back when UCD’s captain, Katie Mullan, finished off a penalty corner at the left post following a cross from the right. Hollie Webb, Sarah Haycroft and Rebecca Herbert all help Julia King celebrate putting Surbiton 3-1 ahead of UCD on Monday. Photo: Ady...

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L1 To Face UCD For Fifth After Russian To Victory Over Izmailovo

Surbiton Ladies will take on Irish club UCD for fifth place at the European Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven on Monday morning (push back 11.15 local time) after beating Russian club CSP Izmailovo 3-2 on Sunday. Hollie Webb converted a penalty corner in the third minute, only for Ksenia Shamina to level from open play five minutes later. Surbiton’s Hollie Webb opened the scoring against CSP Izmailovo on Sunday. Photo: Ady Kerry Rebecca Herbert restored Surbiton’s lead in the 23rd minute with a deflection at a penalty corner. Surbiton led 2-1 at half time, however Izmailovo equalised for a second time in the 42nd minute, captain Galina Timshina converting the Russians’ first penalty corner of the match. Herbert deflected Webb’s initial penalty corner shot past goalkeeper Oxano Boyko with fifteen minutes remaining to secure Surbiton’s first ever European victory. Surbiton were unlucky not to score more goals with Sarah Page playing a 1-2 pass with Hannah Coulson before Sandra Frankland narrowly missed the target. And with Page combining with Jo Hunter and Frankland to cause the Russian defence more problems, Surbiton played excellent attacking hockey. Surbiton’s Emily Atkinson tests Izmailovo’s Kristina Shumilina. Photo: Ady Kerry. UCD beat Canterbury 3-2 to earn their place in the fifth place playoff. Canterbury will play Izmailovo at 9 am local time to avoid the wooden spoon. Colin...

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Shuttle Heartbreak for L1 in Europe

Surbiton Ladies suffered a frustrating exit from the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup, going down 2-0 on penalty shuttles after drawing 1-1 with Club Campo de Madrid in their quarter final in Bilthoven. Surbiton dominated the first quarter, Sarah Page and Jenna Woolven going close. Madrid fought back in the second quarter, but the first half stayed goalless. In the 41st minute, Emily Atkinson started an attack from the halfway line, finding Rebecca Herbert, whose cross from the right was brilliantly finished by Hannah Coulson. Hannah Coulson and captain, Sarah Haycroft, celebrate Surbiton’s first-ever goal in Europe.  Photo: Ady Kerry Surbiton still led going into the fourth quarter, but their hopes of a debut victory in Europe were dashed in the 54th minute when captain, Rocio Gutierrez Sierra, levelled for Madrid from a penalty corner at the left post. Hannah Coulson, Surbiton’s first goalscorer in Europe, playing against Club Campo de Madrid.  Photo: Ady Kerry. With shuttles due to decide the tie, Page saw her effort saved by goalkeeper Maria Angeles Ruiz Castillo. Gutierrez Sierra slipped her shuttle through Abi Walker’s legs, before Ruiz Castillo swept the ball away from Harriet Tibble. Alicia Magaz Medrano then lobbed Walker to double the Spaniards’ lead. Surbiton captain Sarah Haycroft put the ball in the goal after the goalkeeper saved, but after the eight second hooter. Empar Gil’s shuttle was saved by Walker,...

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