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Surbiton and Hampstead set for seasoned rivalry 

Surbiton and Hampstead set for seasoned rivalry 

Hampstead’s Lily Owsley beat her stick in frustration on the Sugden Road astro as the final whistle went. Yet, here was a moment which suggested that the domestic women’s game has a rivalry to savour in the coming seasons. Champions for the last six seasons, Surbiton extended their lead at the top of the Investec

Hampstead’s Lily Owsley beat her stick in frustration on the Sugden Road astro as the final whistle went. Yet, here was a moment which suggested that the domestic women’s game has a rivalry to savour in the coming seasons.

Champions for the last six seasons, Surbiton extended their lead at the top of the Investec Premier Division with a 3-1 win over top flight newcomers Hampstead & Westminster on Saturday.

It has, however, taken a decade for these two quality sides to meet, with Surbiton last playing Hampstead at home in a league fixture in 2009 – the South Clubs League Division One no less. For now, the question is who can stop Surbiton in the regular season after nine straight wins and an eight-point gap opening up ahead of Hampstead. 

“That’s probably the best game of hockey in the league for a couple of years,” said Brett Garrard, Surbiton’s coach. “It was a tough game of hockey, Hampstead are equipping themselves really well in the league and will only get better.”

Several Surbiton players stood out, but Erica Sanders stole the show with a brace. Opening the scoring in the ninth minute, her second came in a crucial second-half period as she found the ball on the baseline, rounded Rochelle Gianfrancesco and calmly slotted home at the second attempt after menacing circle work from Darcy Bourne.



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