L1 Visit Clifton On Saturday

Surbiton Ladies travel to Clifton for their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division match on Saturday (10 October) push back 1 pm at Coombe Dingle Sports Centre. After starting the season with two draws, Surbiton have started to find their form, moving up to third after last Saturday’s 4-3 home win over Canterbury. In contrast, Clifton, who made a good start last season before only faltering towards the end of the regular season, have struggled after beating Bowdon Hightown 2-1 at home on the opening day of this season. Canterbury won 4-0 in Bristol in week 2, then in week 3, Clifton were heading for defeat at Holcombe before Emily Kirkham scored twice in the final three minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw and a point. Last week, Clifton went down 4-3 at Leicester, a result which saw the East Midlands club rise above them into fifth, with Clifton in sixth, just above Bowdon Hightown on goals scored. Last season, Surbiton did the league double over Clifton for the first time, coming back from conceding a third minute goal from Jo Leigh, Abi Robinson and Rebecca Herbert both scoring to give Surbiton a 2-1 win in Bristol. Then in the return fixture, Sarah Page and Jenna Woolven scored in a 2-0 win at Sugden Road. And the season climaxed with a 3-2 win over Clifton in the Investec Women’s Cup final,...

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Super Sixes Tickets for Wembley Finals Now On Sale

Tickets have gone on sale today for the finals of the revamped indoor Super 6s Championships at the SSE Arena, Wembley, which take place on 31 January 2016. And with Surbiton Ladies having won promotion last season from Division One when the game had five players per side, they will be hoping to finish in the top four of the Premier Division tournament at the Phoenix Academy in Telford over the weekends of 12/13 December 2015 and 9/10 January 2016. This year, not only has the indoor form of the game reverted to six-a-side, but both Women’s semi-finals will be held at Wembley on finals day, meaning that there will be six games of hockey to enjoy. Surbiton’s Premier Division fixtures at Telford are: 12 Dec 2015 v Reading (1230); v East Grinstead (1730) 13 Dec 2015 v Slough (1200);  v Bowdon Hightown (1600) 9 Jan 2016 v Sutton Coldfield (1330); v Leicester (1730) 10 Jan 2016 v Canterbury (1100); v University of Birmingham (1700). More information and a link to the ticket sales website can be found at: http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=33854&itemTitle=Super+6s+is+back%21+Tickets+now+on+sale&section=22 Colin Pike...

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L1 Win Seven Goal Thriller Against Canterbury

Surbiton Ladies moved up to second in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 4-3 win over Canterbury at Sugden Road on Saturday afternoon. Canterbury, who had kept three clean sheets in their first three league matches, conceded their first goal of the season in the fifth minute when Jenna Woolven deflected Hollie Webb’s penalty corner shot on the goal-line. However, in the tenth minute, Canterbury were back on level terms, veteran Mel Clewlow also scoring from a penalty corner. Canterbury put pressure on the Surbiton defence, but couldn’t break through from open play, whreas Surbiton took the initiative with two open play goals in five minutes. First, Charlotte Calnan restored Surbiton’s lead in the 23rd minute after good attacking play from Jo Hunter. Then in the 28th minute, last season’s divisional leading goalscorer, Rebecca Herbert found herself in space in the circle before defiantly sending the ball past visiting goalkeeper, Helen Fagg. Nevertheless, Canterbury were only trailing 3-2 at the interval after their penalty corner routine paid dividends two minutes before the break, Grace Balsdon, their captain, deflecting the ball into the roof of the net. In the second half, both teams attacked, and Surbiton had to cope without Hannah Coulson for five minutes midway through the second half after she received a yellow card following a green card award in the first half. Surbiton held...

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L1/ M1 Doubleheader at Sugden Road on Saturday

Both Surbiton first teams will be in action against Canterbury at Sugden Road on Saturday. Surbiton Ladies, currently fourth in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, take on Canterbury, who are not only second but have yet to concede a goal after three league matches this season at 3.30 pm. Surbiton started the season with 1-1 draws at home to East Grinstead and away to Bowdon Hightown before beating Buckingham 5-0 last Saturday. Canterbury also started with a goalless draw at Holcombe, but have found their goalscoring form over the last two games with a 4-0 at Clifton and a 5-0 home win over Reading. Jen Wilson is their leading goalscorer with three goals, closely followed by Anna Kolàrovà, who joined the club from the Czech Hockey Federation, on two goals. Susannah Townsend has also scored two goals, with Dirkie Chamberlain and Kirsten Greaves, Canterbury’s other goalscorers. Surbiton have beaten Canterbury in the Premier Division Championships final over the last two years and Canterbury will be eager to take the first steps towards winning the league and qualifying for Europe as England’s top ranked team. Surbiton and Canterbury will both be at Bilthoven next May in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. At 6 pm, it is the turn of Surbiton’s men to take on a Canterbury team still looking for their first league point of the season. Canterbury...

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M1 Tied At Top Of Table With Holcombe

Only alphabetical order can now separate Holcombe and Surbiton at the summit of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division table after Saturday’s third set of fixtures. Both teams now have identical records after Holcombe beat Cannock 4-1 at home and Surbiton won 3-2 at Beeston on Saturday evening. In Nottingham, Alan Forsyth gave Surbiton the lead on 21 minutes after Rupert Shipperley made an incisive close control penetration into the left of the circle. But Beeston equalized through their new GB signing Mark Gleghorne from open-play two minutes after the interval. Centre back Andy Hayward got his first open-play goal for Surbiton a minute later to restore his team’s lead by sending a cross-shot into the left backboard. On 44 minutes Forsyth seized on good approach play by Michael Watt to open up a 3-1 lead. Beeston pulled a second goal back, also from open play, finished by Chris Proctor on 53 minutes, but that was the end of the scoring. Earlier, the only other hundred percent team, Reading, had won 3-1 at home against Brooklands MU while in the other afternoon game Canterbury lost 2-1 at home to Hampstead & Westminster. In the third evening game, East Grinstead lost 3-2 at Wimbledon. For full details of all scorers and tables in this weekend’s national league hockey programme, see:...

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