GB Complete Comeback Win Against Japan

Great Britain’s women warmed up for the upcoming World League semi-final in Valencia by beating Japan 2-1 in the first of two capped matches at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon. Great Britain, who included Surbiton’s Hollie Webb in the starting line-up, and Georgie Twigg as a sixth minute substitute, had to come from behind in the Investec Private Banking International after Yukari Yamamoto gave Japan a 25th minute lead from a penalty stroke. In front of an enthusiastic crowd, Great Britain’s comeback began in the 43rd minute, when Helen Richardson-Walsh, who returned to the squad after a long term injury, and was making her 250th combined (England and GB) appearance, passed to Alex Danson in the circle, Danson rounding Japanese goalkeeper, Sakiyo Asano to level the scores from open play. And with the prospect of a shuttle shootout looming, it was Danson who won the match with a diving deflection from Kate Richardson-Walsh’s penalty corner pass with just two minutes remaining. The victorious Great Britain squad celebrate winning the Investec Private Banking International on Sunday. Photo: Chris Lee Webb, a key member of Surbiton’s “invincible” Championship team, said after the match that playing for Great Britain wasn’t that different to playing for her club side: “Playing for Surbiton, we always thought that the chances would come if we stayed calm, and today we felt the same...

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L1 Complete League And Cup Double

Surbiton Ladies completed the domestic league and cup double with a hard-fought 3-2 win over IWHL Premier Division rivals, Clifton in the Investec Women’s Cup final at Lee Valley on Saturday afternoon. As in previous rounds, Surbiton selected their youngsters for the final, resting their senior internationals, the cup triumph once again illustrating the strength in depth in the Ladies’ section at Sugden Road. As in last season’s final against Hampstead & Westminster, Surbiton struck early, taking the lead in the second minute through Jenna Woolven, who also opened the scoring last season, from open play. However, the task was always going to be tougher against Clifton, and the point was reinforced in the 24th minute when the Bristol club’s captain, Aileen Davis equalised, finding the backboard  from her side’s second penalty corner. Surbiton entered the second half on level terms, but a player down, with captain, Rebecca Herbert spending two minutes in the sin-bin either side of the half time interval. In the 42nd minute, Clifton’s Liz Sinton also sat on the naughty step, but still neither side could break the deadlock. Surbiton developed some attacking hockey moves, and for the second week running, Abi Robinson scored a stunning open play goal, this time in the 49th minute to restore Surbiton’s lead. However, her hopes of being Surbiton’s heroine a second time were dashed in the 58th minute, when Clifton...

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L2 Just Miss Out On Cup Glory On Strokes

Surbiton Ladies’ second team just missed out on lifting the EH Second XI Cup when Beeston won 3-0 on penalty strokes after a 2-2 draw in normal time at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday evening. Surbiton took the lead in the 18th minute, Vanessa Roberts converting their first penalty corner of the match. Beeston still trailed at half time, but nine minutes into the second half, their goalkeeper, Brooke Butler was shown a green card for kicking the ball outside the circle. With national league rules not applying to the second eleven competition, Butler stayed on the pitch. Three minutes later, Beeston, who dominated the second half, drew level when Hannah Farr finished off their third penalty corner of the match. Two minutes later, with a Surbiton defender caught in possession, Beeston broke away again, Farr sending the Nottingham club’s supporters into ecstasy by giving Beeston the lead for the first time in the match from open play. Although Alice Huddlestone proved to be a threat, Beeston failed to take their chances, and were punished with ten minutes to go, Emma Russell levelling for Surbiton from a penalty corner. Beeston had the opportunity to clinch the cup with a last minute penalty corner, but Surbiton cleared to set up a penalty stroke barrage. Beeston went first, Sylvia Rose shooting wide right of the goal. Emmie Le Marchand could...

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L1 Target Second League And Cup Double

A week after retaining the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championship at Lee Valley, Surbiton Ladies return to the Olympic Park as Investec Women’s Cup holders to meet Clifton in this season’s final (push back 3.30 pm – Saturday 25 April). Surbiton have not included their current England/ GB internationals in their cup squads this season, and will not change that policy for the final. Surbiton began their defence in round two against the team they defeated in last season’s final, Hampstead & Westminster, at Paddington Recreation Ground. Sarah Page, Emmie Le Marchand, Jo Hunter, Sian Craze and Emily Atkinson were all on target. Round three saw Surbiton travel to Holcombe, Le Marchand, Charlotte Calnan and Sandra Frankland earning a 3-1 win and a place in the quarter-finals. Frankland was also on target in the last-eight tie at home to Oxford Hawks, along with Abi Robinson, Hawks losing 2-0. Loughborough Students stood between Surbiton and their place in the final, and another 2-0 win, this time at Loughborough, thanks to Jenna Woolven and Atkinson, kept Surbiton’s cup defence alive. Clifton were handed a walkover by Slough after being drawn at home, before winning 1-0 at Premier Division rivals, University of Birmingham. In the quarter-finals, Clifton made the short trip to Gloucester City and returned to Bristol with a 2-0 win. Clifton then beat Bowdon Hightown 2-1 in a repeat of the...

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L2 Aim For National Cup Glory On Saturday

Surbiton Ladies’ second team will be aiming to win the England Hockey Women’s Second XI Cup for the first time in their history when they take on Beeston in the final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday (push back 5.30 pm). Beeston finished third in the Midland Region Hockey Association Women’s League Premier this season, whilst Surbiton were promoted from the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division Two, losing just one match. Surbiton have been drawn at home in every round, although they received a walkover against Wycombe in the first round. In round two, Sian Craze scored twice, with Eleanor Jolly also scoring in a 3-1 home win over Hampstead & Westminster. Round three saw Team Bath Buccaneers thrashed 7-0 thanks to Jess Green’s brace and single efforts from Craze, Lucy Clacher, Orla Cooke, Olivia Besse and Sophie Tait. In the quarter-final, Craze again scored twice with Emma Russell, Cooke and Sasha Reed also scoring in a 5-0 win over Clifton. Surbiton met the University of Birmingham, who beat them 3-2 with a golden goal on their only previous final appearance in 2011, in the semi-final. Both teams went into the tie unbeaten in their respective leagues, but goals from Emmie Le Marchand and Emma Batten ended Birmingham’s unbeaten record and earned Surbiton their place at Lee Valley. Beeston beat Cannock 5-0 at home, before winning...

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