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Submitted by lowell on Sun, 10/12/2014 - 22:20
The 2nd game of the season saw Spartans Ladies 1s come up against Old Freeman's, a team that had gained promotion, along with them, last year.
Submitted by lowell on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 22:02
The new season has finally arrived after a long summer break. The Ladies 1st XI had the honour of taking to the home field for the first time this year with a match against the Ladies 6s of the Surrey based hockey powerhouse Surbiton Hockey Club. Following the Ladies 1st XI’s recent success in the 2014 Sport Guildford Awards, winning Team of the Year, the pressure for them to get off to a good start in their new league was high. To make things harder, Autumn decided to make a statement with the warm sunny weather of Friday replace with wind, rain and even hail! However it wasn’t long before the Ladies 1st XI showed that the team was not weakend despite the departure of a number of last season’s unbeaten promotion winning side. The ladies quickly dominated the Surbiton outfit with Hannah Lea openning the team’s account just minutes into the match. This was quickly followed by goals by in-form forward Rachael Faustino who notched up a hatrick in double quick time to put Surrey Spartans 4-0 up by half-time. A further two goals in the second half by Anna Fisher capped off a solid display by the ladies who were more than happy to head inside out of the rain with all 3 points. Final Score: Surrey Spartans Ladies 1st XI (6) – (0) Surbiton Ladies 6th XI. Goals: Rachael Faustino (3), Anna Fisher (2), Hannah Lea
Not to be outdone by the Ladies 1s, the Mens 1st XI also wanted to show that they mean business this season after narrowly missing out on the promotion playoffs last season. Their campaign got underway with a home tie against Croydon Old Whitgiftians HC. With some new faces welcomed into the side the team over the summer there was a strengthened confidence amongst the team and it showed with the team taking control of the match scoring two unanswered goals in the first half. Surrey Spartans looked to continue this dominance in the second half of what was becoming an increasingly physical game and managed to score a third via a penalty corner. Following a few “robust” challenges by Croydon the umpire went to his pocket a couple of times brandishing the Green Card. Sadly this was followed by a controversial decision to sin bin our "rock in defence", Ed Hodge, following a comparitevly minor infringement handing the initiative to Croydon. With Spartans down to 10 men, Croydon managed to get a foothold in the game and get a goal back. Playing with a man down took its toll on the Spartans players and as tiredness set in Croydon managed to sneak a second goal creating a tense final 10 minutes of the match. Spartans managed to gather themselves and nearly put themselves 2 goals clear again with some brilliant attacking play. The final whistle was a welcome sound. Final Score: Surrey Spartans Mens 1st XI (3) – (2) Croydon Old Whitgifitians Mens 1st XI. Goals: Alex Palfrey, Rob Plummer, Mark Scrivener
The Mens 3rd XI managed to make it a clean sweep of home victories with a 1-0 win over Epsom 5th XI (Goal: James Rumble) whilst the Ladies 2nd XI picked up 3 points on the road beating Old Kingstonians Ladies 4th XI 2-1 (Goals: Nat Cruttenden, Robyn Matthews). Sadly the Mens 2nd XI couldn’t quite make it an undefeated weekend for the Surrey Spartans as they narrowly lost 2-1 away to Epsom 3rd XI (Goal: Freddie Stacy). Overall an amazing start to the new season!
Submitted by lowell on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 20:50
It was a cold, rainy afternoon that greeted the Ladies 2s to their first match of the season.
With a lot of new faces and a last minute car failure the 10 of us were unsure as to what the day would bring. After a quick warm up and a frantic goalie kit up the rain stopped and the sun came out to shine on the pushback. With Jordan and Isabella cheering us on from the sidelines, we were short on players but not in spirit.