Thursday, February 22, 2024

Surbiton’s Beckie Middleton signs off in style

By The Hockey Paper

Surbiton greats Beckie Middleton and Sarah Page finished their careers with the club with a 4-0 win over University College Dublin as Brett Garrard’s side finished a disappointing seventh in the EuroHockey Club Cup as hosts.

Middleton scored with the last touch of the game as she rolled into an empty net to spark united celebrations at Sugden Road after a trying opening to the competition.

Earlier, Giselle Ansley broke the deadlock with a 35th minute penalty corner, Georgie Twigg scored four minutes later from another PC, before Hannah Martin scored four minutes from time. Middleton’s tap in added gloss.

But defeat to Campo on Thursday and then a bruising shoot-out loss to Victorya Smolevichi of Belarus had left Surbiton battling for the minor places.

Their seventh place finish – they were hoping to be in the mix for a top four placing – will also likely see Surbiton handed a tough draw for next year’s European Cup.

It is likely that Surbiton will also be considerably weaker when the Pro League launches from January, though the dates for next year’s European showpiece have yet to be confirmed.

The schedule and domestic structure of the English hockey season has hardly helped – and that will prove no different from 2019.

Middleton joined Surbiton in 2013 from Dutch club Pinoké, having played for Leicester against Surbiton in the Investec Cup quarter-final in 2010.

Page joined Surbiton a year earlier after four years at the University of Birmingham and was a member of Birmingham’s Investec Cup winning squad in 2012.

Final positions:

1 – Den Bosch
2 – UHC Hamburg
3 – Club Campo De Madrid
4 – AH&BC Amsterdam
5 – Mannheimer HC
6 – Victorya Smolevichi
7 – Surbiton
8 – UCD

** This article was produced with information supplied by Surbiton HC.

Maartje Paumen retires from club hockey and returns to Dutch leagues as MOP assistant coach

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