Surbiton Ladies face the University of Birmingham in their first pre-season friendly on Saturday (1 September) at  Sugden Road at 11.30 am.

Surbiton begin their preparations for the 2018-19 season after retaining the Investec Women’s League Championships title for the fifth successive season, completing the domestic league and cup double and coming a disappointing seventh in the EuroHockey Club Cup on home turf in May.

Birmingham just missed out on a place in the Championship playoffs after finishing in a frustrating fifth place, a point behind fourth placed Buckingham. With five games to play, Birmingham were top of the IWHL Premier Division table, but an inexplicable end of season slump during which the students only picked up two points out of fifteen, saw them drop out of the playoff places completely.

Surbiton Ladies will also be wearing new shirts this season after Edel Grass became the team’s main shirt sponsor

More information about the sponsorship deal can be found here