5 June 2017 EuroHockey Club Cup Bronze Medal Match
SURBITON 1–3 AH&BC AMSTERDAM
Scorer: Webb 28-PC
Squad: Evans, Haycroft (Capt.), Twigg, Martin, Webb, Atkinson, Defroand, Middleton, Page, Sharp, Bray (GK). Woolven (3′), King (5′), Hunter (6′), Chilton (8′), Robinson (25′) Subs not used: Ansley, Shahbo (GK).
Umpires: Michelle Meister (Germany) and Ivona Makar (Croatia)
Surbiton Ladies finished fourth at the 2017 EuroHockey Club Cup in Den Bosch, but battled all the way before going down 3-1 to AH&BC Amsterdam in the Bronze medal match.
Surbiton had gone into the tournament without first choice goalkeeper Sabbie Heesh and penalty corner specialist, Giselle Ansley, both due to injury and Robyn Collins, preparing for the Hockey World League semi-final tournament in Brussels with Scotland.
Amsterdam had inexplicably thrown away a 2-0 lead against UHC Hamburg, drawing 2-2 before losing the semi-final on a shootout, but the surprise result gave Surbiton more experience of playing against a Dutch club.
As against Den Bosch, Surbiton took the game to Amsterdam, Sarah Haycroft attacking in the first minute, with Amsterdam needing Kitty van Male to defend the subsequent attack.
Maria Vershoor posed an attacking threat for Amsterdam with Surbiton needing Emily Atkinson to thwart Van Male and Georgie Twigg to dispossess captain Lauren Stam.
Surbiton’s Beckie Middleton had a shot blocked near the end of the first quarter, but with just ten seconds remaining of the period, Julia Müller found the backboard from Amsterdam’s first penalty corner.
Surbiton goalkeeper, Louisa Bray, who had made impressive saves from Den Bosch penalty corners, was on form again midway through the second quarter when she denied Stam with an excellent glove save. However in the 24th minute, Stam made amends sending the ball into the netting just above the backboard from the Dutch club’s third award.
Trailing 2-0, Surbiton fought their way back into the match with two minutes of the first half to play, Hollie Webb scoring for the third successive match, Amsterdam goalkeeper, Anne Veenendaal unable to save a deflection.
However any hopes that Surbiton had of making a recovery were dented in the 32nd minute when Charlotte Vega scored from open play to restore Amsterdam’s two goal advantage.
Surbiton matched their Dutch opponents for much of the game and were impressive with Jo Hunter, Alice Sharp and Sarah Page testing the Amsterdam defence.
Unfortunately Page found herself in the sin-bin twice in the match, once in each half to take her tally of green cards to four in the tournament, having also seen green once against Complutense and Den Bosch.
Webb had the chance to reduce the deficit at the end of the third quarter after a Hunter run culminated in a penalty corner, but Webb’s resulting shot went wide of the left post.
With eight minutes to play, Amsterdam had a goal disallowed, Lana Kalse’s effort being ruled out.
Surbiton can be proud of the fourth place finish and can use the experience to build in preparation for next season’s EHCC, which they qualified for by retaining the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships title.