19.10.2015: Every Monday we start our week checking the amazing games and events that our Clubs and Member Associations have been involved in over the weekend, when not at EuroHockey events… With 43 Members it is our intention to take a whistle stop tour of Europe on a Monday, to showcase what our grassroots players have been up to with a smattering of International fixtures.
Last weekend saw HC Minsk Women and Men being crowned Belarus Champions! Huge congratulations to them and the EHF is very much looking forward to seeing HC Minsk at our EuroHockey events in future!
The Club Leagues are well underway with some top fixtures last weekend. In the Men’s Premier Division Surbiton have moved four points clear at the top as they beat title rivals Reading 5-4, coming back from a 3-1 deficit to make it six wins from six this season.
Reading were looking to close the gap to their rivals, and got off to a good start with Dan Shingles scoring after nine minutes. But Surbiton hit back with a tenth minute strike from Alan Forsyth.
A Tom Carson double put Reading 3-1 ahead, and although Surbiton’s Matt Daly scored on 32 minutes Reading still led going into the break.
Forsyth scored his second on 42 minutes to level the scores, and Scott Evans (pictured) found the net on 61 minutes to make it 5-3. Andy Watts scored from a penalty corner in the last minute, but Reading ran out of time to add further to their score.
Holcombe remain second after beating East Grinstead 3-0 with goals from James Stedman, Nick Catlin and Ashley Jackson.
Third-placed Wimbledon lost ground on the top two when they could only draw 2-2 with Hampstead and Westminster, while Beeston and Brooklands Manchester University also ended 2-2.
And in the weekend’s other top flight match, Cannock secured a 3-1 win at Canterbury, with Arjan Drayton Chana scoring two and Louie Morris scoring the other.
In the England women’s Premier Division, two first half goals proved enough for Bowdon Hightown to battle past Leicester and leap-frog them in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.
Lisa Garbutt’s 14th minute strike and a goal from a penalty corner on 21 minutes from Sally Walton proved enough for Bowdon Hightown to take the win and secure their second win of the season so far.
Elsewhere, Canterbury held leaders the University of Birmingham to a 1-1 draw. Dirkie Chamberlain’s 24th minute penalty corner gave them the lead, but seconds before the break the home side pulled back level through Alicia Caillard.
Second-placed Surbiton hammered bottom of the table Reading 7-0 to keep up the pressure at the top of the table. Their goals came from Rebecca Herbert (2), Charlotte Calnan (2), Hannah Coulson, Sandra Roche and Giselle Ansley.
Holcombe inflicted East Grinstead’s first league defeat of the season, beating the newly-promoted side 2-1.
Lucy Wood scored a goal in each half to put Holcombe two goals up. Zoe Burrell pulled one back, but it wasn’t enough to challenge for the points.
In Bristol, Clifton beat Buckingham 2-1 with goals from Els Mansell and Jess Bloom.
AHBC Amsterdam played OZ in a dramatic game on Friday night.
Check out the Highlights and find out who won in this 7 goal thriller…
In the Women’s League; Laren beat Push 7-1, Amsterdam beat Pinoke 4-0, Den Bosch beat Hurley 6-0, the closest game being OZ v MOP, MOP taking that 3-2, finally, HDM beat Bloemendaal 4-0. See all the highlights below:
A top of the Table Men’s clash was held at the National Hockey Stadium, Glasgow Green Hillhead v Grove Menzieshill. Number 14, captain Matt Macintyre scored Hillhead’s equalising goal, 5 minutes into the National 1 top-of-the-table clash against Grove Menzieshill at Glasgow Green late this afternoon. Only 4 minutes earlier Grove had got the game off to an explosive start with an early goal, from open play. And then, with Hillhead equalising, the remainder of the first half became an engrossing end-to-end joust of attacking and counter-attacking hockey.
Not long into the second half and Grove had a great chance to put away a PF, but Hillhead’s veteran keeper, Robert “Blackie” Black, pulled off a great save, diving to his right and blocking it with his stomach no less! Sitting at 1-1 both teams kept pushing at each other. However, with 12 minutes of the 70 left it was Grove who took the lead with a superbly executed short corner – Blackie had no chance with this.
The HHC lads never stopped fighting against a good, solid Grove performance; but the possible misery of defeat was compounded and confirmed by a second Grove short corner with a minute left – they made no mistake with this one either!
“What makes this worse is the fact we’re sitting top and starting to get used to winning”, was midfielder Andrew Hilton’s words, seconds after the final whistle.
The newly launch EYHL was suspended for the weekend as the Irish Men took on Argentina in a 3 series battle. The Pumas took the series with 2 wins and a draw, but Irish Hockey took the opportunity to give some young players their first International Caps.
One the Women’s side it was a feast of hockey in Three Rock Rovers HC as the Under 16 and Under 18 Interprovincials for girls was held, 10 teams, 20 games and 180 players all vying for the hope of selection for Trials for the Irish Under 16 and Under 18 National teams. The team from the Province of Leinster won the Under 16 event and the team from Ulster the Under 18’s
It was joint celebrations in SG Amsicora as both their women’s and men’s team one. The women beat Ferrini 6-2. The men won 7-1 v Fincantieri.
News came in from Malaysia as Great Britain won the Under 21 Sultan of Johor Cup beating India in Shoot Outs:
Jon Bleby’s Great Britain side held their nerve to win a sudden death shootout defeating India and clinching the Sultan of Johor Cup in dramatic fashion.
The match ended 2-2 after 70 minutes, taking it to a shootout where Chris Wyver in the Great Britain goal, later named goalkeeper of the tournament, excelled allowing Jack Clee the chance to win it in sudden death, a chance the University of Birmingham player did not pass up.
Having lost in the final to the same opponents last year, Great Britain were out for revenge, aiming to prevent India from winning the title for the third year in a row.
GB opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a Luke Taylor special from a penalty corner. It was the Loughborough Students’ player’s tenth goal of the competition, making him the tournament’s top scorer. India pulled level eight minutes later with a Harmanpreet Singh strike.
India took the lead in the second half through a field goal by Gurjant Singh in the 41st minute. The advantage lasted just four minutes as former Marlow star Jack Turner scored his first goal of the tournament to tie it up once more. With no further goals, the game went into a shootout.
In the shootout, Ed Horler and Harjeet Singh traded goals before two consecutive misses for both sides. Clee slotted his home with an outrageous double spin that bamboozled the Indian goalkeeper. Harmanpreet Singh also scored, before misses for Jonty Griffiths and Nilakanta Sharma took it to sudden death. Harjeet scored again, and Horler was fouled, allowing Luke Taylor to score from the spot before Parvinder Singh missed. That left Clee the chance to win it. This time, he opted for just the one spin, out-foxing the goalkeeper once more to seal the win and the trophy for Great Britain.
Ed Horler: goal (GB 1 – India 0)
Harjeet Singh: goal (GB 1 – India 1)
Josh Pavis: miss (GB 1 – India 1)
Parvinder Singh: miss (GB 1 – India 1)
James Albery: miss (GB 1 – India 1)
Gurjant Singh: miss (GB 1 – India 1)
Jack Clee: goal (GB 2 – India 1)
Harmanpreet Singh: goal (GB 2 – India 2)
Jonty Griffiths: miss (GB 2 – India 2)
Nilakanta Sharma: miss (GB 2 – India 2)
Harjeet Singh: goal (GB 2 – India 3)
Ed Horler: penalty stroke
Luke Taylor: goal (GB 3 – India 3)
Parvinder Singh: misses
Jack Clee: goal (GB 4 – India 3)
That’s it for today, we know there’s load of news out there , why not contact Siobhan with your stories so we can showcase your club next Monday? firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAPPY MONDY!!!!!!!! and thanks to everyone who shared their news, videos and photos…