🏑 Sugden Road is the place to be this afternoon as Surbiton Ladies & Men’s first teams end the season with a double-header hockey special against their Wimbledon counterparts. Tickets at £6 for adults (cashless payments only) are available on the gate. Under 18s go free.
CONGRATULATIONS to Surbiton Ladies who ended the season with a 1-0 win over East Grinstead to claim their EIGHTH Premier Division title in a row. Darcy Bourne scored Surbiton’s goal to end the season as the league’s top goalscorer with 19 goals. Stay tuned here for news of the 2022/2023 season as soon as the fixtures are published.
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The champagne corks will pop this afternoon as all-conquering Surbiton Ladies celebrate another Vitality Women’s Premier Division title. A 2-0 reverse to Hampstead & Westminster at the end of March put a bit of pressure on with Surbiton requiring a point from their final two matches to guarantee the title silverware, but they duly wrapped up the title with a game to spare courtesy of last weekend’s 1-0 win at East Grinstead. Meaning the Sugden Road side can enjoy this afternoon’s showdown against south-west London rivals Wimbledon safe in the knowledge they are champions and with a phenomenal eighth successive title is in the bag.
Surbiton have long been the dominant team in English women’s club hockey, but the defending champions – with a squad full of internationals and Olympians – made a slow start to the current season by their standards. However, come the business end of the campaign five wins on the spin saw Surbiton climb inexorably to the top of the table. England international Darcy Bourne has been a revelation during their surge to the summit scoring a hat-trick in three consecutive matches, a feat not achieved in the women’s Premier Division for twenty years.
Wimbledon’s women are currently second in the table and eyeing qualification to next season’s EuroHockey Club Trophy competition, if they can hold off the challenge of Hampstead & Westminster who are just a point behind with a game in hand. So expect Wimbledon to go full tilt for the win today.
Surbiton Ladies take on Wimbledon at 2pm followed by a showdown between the Men’s 1s counterparts at 5.30pm. And with both Surbiton and Wimbledon’s men (who are third and second respectively in the Premier Division) still in contention for Europe, not to mention local bragging rights at stake, a fierce encounter is guaranteed.
Will Surbiton round off the season with a double-header of victories for their women’s and men’s team’s, or will their rivals from Wimbledon spoil the party in pursuit of European qualification? All roads lead to south-west London to find out.
After the matches finish head to the Sugden Road clubhouse for a Final Day Fiesta party with a DJ in situ to help players and fans alike celebrate the end of the season.
🏑 Match starts: Surbiton W1 v Wimbledon W1 at 2pm.
🏑 Match starts: Surbiton M1 v Wimbledon M1 at 5.30pm.
🎟️ Tickets are available on the gate priced at £6 per adult (cashless payments only)/Under 18s go free. Ticket valid for both matches. Alternatively a season ticket for all Surbiton W’s and M’s home matches for the 2021/22 can be purchased online.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: Surbiton railway station – accessible from Waterloo and Guildford via South Western Railway services – is the nearest station to Sugden Road. The station is a 25 minute walk to Surbiton Hockey Club and hence a taxi (from the rank at the station) or K3 bus, a 5 minute ride, is recommended. The bus is taken from the ‘NP’ stop a very short walk from the main exit of Surbiton station and on the same side of the road and 50 metres past The Surbiton Flyer pub which is visible to the left as you exit the station. Car parking is limited at the club, however parking is available on surrounding roads, subject to Saturday restrictions.