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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L1 Make European Debut At Easter

Ten years after winning the Surrey Ladies League Premier Division, Surbiton Ladies will show how much progress that they have made in that period when they compete in the European Clubs Champions Cup in Bilthoven, in the Netherlands, this Easter. Surbiton face Spanish side, Club De Campo in Friday’s quarter-final (push back 10.30 am local time) as England’s top ranked team, after winning last season’s Investec Women’s Premier Division title with a 3-0 win over Canterbury at Sonning Lane, Reading. Canterbury will also be in Bilthoven as England’s second ranked team, but with the tough task of overcoming hosts, SCHC in the fourth and last quarter-final on Friday. Both English clubs can thank Leicester for being able to compete in the same competition, the East Midlands club having won the lower ranked Trophy at Loughborough last June. The tournament victory boosted England’s European ranking to second, behind the Netherlands, allowing them to enter two teams in the higher ranked competition, the Cup. Surbiton’s Jo Hunter was a member of the triumphant Leicester squad last season, and joins her new team-mates on their maiden European venture. Surbiton themselves have no pressure on them, in spite of being able to boast an unbeaten record in domestic hockey this season. both indoors and outdoors. Their first tournament will be very much a learning curve for a team in their third season in...

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M1 At Lee Valley Against Canterbury This Thursday

Having already made an exploratory trip to the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last Tuesday evening (24 March) for squad practice, the Men’s 1st XI return there this Thursday (2 April, 8.00 for 8.30pm). M1 will play a full-scale friendly fixture played to NOW: Pensions Men’s Championships tournament rules against Canterbury, ahead of the finals taking place at that venue two weekends after (11/12 April). NPMHL Premier Division second-placed Surbiton play the second semi-final at 4.30pm on the Saturday (11 April) against third-placed Wimbledon. Ninth-placed Canterbury have their second League Play-off fixture against Conference East champions Holcombe at 10am that morning. Both sides have already won their first play-off all-meet-all mini-league fixtures at Cannock HC last Sunday (29 March): Canterbury beating Conference West champions Team Bath Buccaneers 7-1 and Holcombe Conference North champions Bowdon 4-3. On Finals Sunday at Lee Valley (12 April) Surbiton play either the winners or losers of the previous day’s first semi, league winners East Grinstead or fourth-placed Beeston, in either the third-place final at 1pm or the championship final at 3.15pm. Canterbury have their last play-off match against Bowdon at 10.45pm that morning, with Team Bath playing Holcombe at the same time (there are two pitches at Lee Valley): the top two teams either staying in, or being promoted to, the Premier Division. Full details of both tournaments can be...

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