EuroHockey Club Cup QF – 19 April 2019


Scorers: None
Squad: Sabbie Heesh (GK); Georgie Twigg (Capt.), Holly Payne, Emily Atkinson, Erica Sanders, Susie Catlin, Jenna Woolven, Alice Sharp, Izzy Petter, Robyn Collins, Michaela Curtis.

Subs: Emily Guckian (5 mins), Ella Burnley (6), Olivia Chilton (6), Alice Klugman (20). Sub not used: Tess Shahbo (GK).

Umpires: Fanneke Alkemade (Ned) and Magali Sergeant (Bel)

Surbiton Ladies, only allowed to include GB internationals Sabbie Heesh and Erica Sanders in their squad, battled hard before going down 4-0 to German club, Der Club An Der Alster in Amsterdam on Friday afternoon.

With former Surbiton player, Amy Gibson in the Alster goal, Surbiton struggled in the early minutes, Benedetta Wenzel and Hannah Gablac threatening before Surbiton’s Holly Payne cleared in the first thirty seconds and Gablac setting up a shot for Carlotta Sippel which was saved by Heesh.

Alice Sharp also helped defend Alster’s first penalty corner in the second minute as Surbiton came under immense defensive pressure

With Kira Horn also forcing a save from Heesh before Robyn Collins and Olivia Chilton combined to clear the ball, it seemed to be only a matter of time before Surbiton fell behind.

Instead, Surbiton refused to panic, Izzy Petter and Michaela Curtis linking up nicely and captain, Georgie Twigg also showing some silky skills in the first half, keeping possession whilst rotating and evading the Alster defenders and also swerving nicely in possession after receiving the ball from Payne.

Alster eventually took the lead in the 24th minute, Lynne Fröschle’s drag-flick ending up in the Surbiton net from Alster’s second penalty corner. Felicia Wiedermann blasted the ball over the bar and Sippel forced a save from Heesh as the half came to an end, Heesh kicking the ball out of the circle in the dying seconds.

Just 49 seconds into the second half, Alster doubled their lead, Anne Schröder’s shot rebounding off the backboard to the German club’s delight.

Surbiton didn’t give up, Curtis running at the Alster defence, players working for each other with Payne mopping up after Sharp was tackled and Petter unlucky to give away a free hit after an excellent run.

For all their endeavours, Surbiton fell further behind in the 49th minute, Wiedermann finding the backboard to all but book Alster’s place in the semi-finals.

Curtis ran at the Alster defence before a reverse stick shot ballooned over the crossbar, but Alster had one more card to play, Gablac completing the scoring with three minutes remaining.

Surbiton will now play GHC RTM Grodno of Belarus at 1545 BST on Saturday  in the first of two classification matches to decide fifth to eighth places.

Grodno lost 4-2 to Real Sociedad in the quarter-finals. ‘s-Hertogenbosch beat Irish team, Loreto 4-0 and hosts AH&BC Amsterdam came close to emulating Oranje-Rood’s achievement of losing their first match, having to come back from 2-0 down to beat UHC Hamburg 3-2 in the last game of the day.

More information about the last ever EHCC can be found at the EuroHockey Altius website

More information about Grodno can be found at the EHF website

And if you missed it, an interview with Georgie Twigg, Surbiton’s ambassador for the tournament can be read at the EHF website

All the games are being live streamed at the EHF website