L1 Face League & Cup Doubleheader This Weekend

Surbiton Ladies have a busy weekend as they travel to Leicester for an Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division clash on Saturday and then make a shorter trip to Barnes to start their defence of their Investec Women’s Cup title on Sunday. Leicester Grammar School (push back 2 pm) is the venue for Surbiton’s seventh league game of the season and they go there with a four game winning streak, culminating in last Saturday’s 7-0 home win over Reading. Leicester dropped to eighth last week after Bowdon Hightown won 2-0 in the East Midlands. That was their first home defeat of the season following wins over Holcombe (1-0) and Clifton (4-3). Leicester have lost all three games played away from home, 0-3 at the University of Birmingham, 0-4 at East Grinstead and 1-2 at Canterbury. Rachel Mack is their top goalscorers with two goals, with the other four goals shared between Elizabeth Honarmand, Liz George, Holly Payne and Kerry Whitehead. Leicester have a five point cushion over both Buckingham and Reading, who drew against each other on the opening day of the season and have lost all five games since. On Saturday, Reading host Clifton and Buckingham travel to Canterbury. Leaders, University of Birmingham travel to East Grinstead,and if both East Grinstead and Surbiton win, Surbiton will go top of the table with a one point lead over both...

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Grassick Strikes Twice As GB beat Argentina 5-3

Surbiton’s Chris Grassick scored twice as Great Britain beat Argentina 5-3 in the third and final test match at Bisham Abbey to take the series 2-1 on Friday morning. Club mate Alan Forsyth didn’t play, but had started the second match on Wednesday, with Grassick on the subs bench as Great Britain levelled the series with a 2-1 win. Grassick was once again a substitute on Friday, but had not entered the pitch when Great Britain took the lead through Holcombe’s Barry Middleton in the second minute, his 100th international goal. That was the only goal of the first half, but in the sixth minute of the third quarter, Grassick struck to double Great Britain’s lead. Grassick held off an Argentinian defender before his backhand shot was fired through the goalkeeeper’s legs. Four minutes later, Holcombe’s Ashley Jackson scored Great Britain’s third goal, however in the 43rd minute, Juan Gilardi pulled a goal back for Argentina with a penalty stroke. Near the end of the third quarter, Grassick gave Great Britain a 4-1 lead after finishing in a one on one situation with the Argentinian goalkeeper with another backhand shot. Within a minute of the start of the final quarter, Holcombe’s Sam Ward put Great Britain 5-1 ahead, but although Lucas Rossi and Gonzalo Peillat converted penalty corners in the 49th and 54th minutes, Great Britain held on for a...

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Alan Forsyth Scores On GB Debut But Argentina Win 3-2

Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth, who has set the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division alight this season, scoring 14 goals in six matches for the current league leaders, scored on his Great Britain debut against Argentina at Bisham Abbey on Monday afternoon. Nevertheless, Argentina came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 in the first of a three match series. Coming on as a fifth minute substitute, Forsyth scored with two minutes remaining of the second quarter, the goal set up by Surbiton club-mate, Chris Grassick who went on a determined run evading three tackles before finding Forsyth in the circle. Forsyth duly slotted home to level, Matias Peredes having given Argentina the lead in the 24th minute. Great Britain went in at the break with a 2-1 lead, Holcombe’s Sam Ward giving them the lead on the stroke of half time. However, eight minutes into the third quarter, Las Leones equalised courtesy of Gonzalo Peillat’s penalty corner conversion. The winner came less than a minute after the start of the fourth quarter, Peredes scoring his second goal of the match. Forsyth and Ward both went close testing the Argentinian goalkeeper, Tomas Matias Santiago, but the Argentinian defence held out. Grassick came on as a sixth minute substitute. The second game is at 12.30 pm on Wednesday, 23 October, with the third and final game on Friday, 25 October at the early...

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L1 Up To Second After 7-0 Win Over Reading

Surbiton Ladies moved up to second in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after thrashing Reading 7-0 and East Grinstead lost 2-1 at Holcombe. Surbiton welcomed back Scottish international Robyn Collins into the squad on her return from injury. Reading, who started the day bottom of the table on goal difference behind Buckingham, went 1-0 down within two minutes, Rebecca Herbert deflecting a penalty corner high into the goal. Although Surbiton dominated possession, they had to wait until the 24th minute to double their lead, Herbert once again scoring with a deflected penalty corner shot, again rising high into the net. Two minutes later, the Reading defence was caught out as Hannah Coulson scored Surbiton’s third goal, from open play after finding herself in space in the centre of the circle. Six minutes into the second half, it was Charlotte Calnan’s turn to get on the scoresheet, Abi Robinson centering for Calnan to smash the ball past Sarah Ellis in the Reading goal. In the 47th minute, Surbiton broke through again, Sandra Roche’s shot trickling agonisingly over the goal-line from Reading’s point of view as the visitors trailed 5-0. Three minutes later, Calnan struck again from open play with another hard hit shot rebounding off the backboard. In added on time at the end of the match, Giselle Ansley’s penalty corner drag-flick also rebounded off the backboard and...

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It’s Super Saturday on 17 October!

This Saturday, it’s Super Saturday once again as both first teams take on Reading at Sugden Road. Surbiton Ladies play at 3.30 pm and welcome a Reading team which has unexpectedly struggled this season in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, with just one point so far. Then at 6 pm, Surbiton Men host a Reading team, currently fourth in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division. Surbiton have a four point lead at the top of the table and will be aiming to consolidate their position. Surbiton Ladies go into the match in third place after a run of three successive wins, with Jenna Woolven, the team’s leading goalscorer on four goals. Reading started with a 1-1 draw at Buckingham but after heavy 5-0 defeats at home to the University of Birmingham and away to Canterbury, have lost their last two games narrowly, 3-2 at East Grinstead and 1-0 at home to Holcombe. Elen Barnes, Marianne Downer and Elizabeth Hunt have all scored once each this season. Elsewhere, Clifton host Buckingham, Holcombe are at home to East Grinstead, Leicester entertain Bowdon Hightown and Canterbury face a key test at leaders, the University of Birmingham. Surbiton’s men opened up a four point lead last weekend following their 5-3 home win over Cannock and Holcombe’s 2-2 draw at Reading. Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth is the Premier Division’s leading goalscorer with 12 goals...

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