On the 23rd of September the Ladies 1st XI will play hosts to Holcombe on the opening day of the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division. In this fixture last year the visitors ran out a narrow 3-2 win late goals from Leah Wilkinson and Lucy Wood. Earlier Lucy Bairner and Emma Lee-Smith had scored well worked goals for East Grinstead.
EGHC Ladies 1st Team News Saturday September 23rd
The Ladies have lost several important players from last season’s squad but there are a number of new recruits eager to start their careers for East Grinstead. We have England goal keeper Amy Tennant joining us after a year in Germany, Philli Went, formerly with Chelmsford will add to our defensive capability while England international Ellie Rayer, joining us from Loughborough Students, will bolster our forward line-up alongside Zoe Burrell. Georgie Blackwood, sister of Bridget, joins us from Reading giving an Anglo Kiwi look to the midfield. As usual coach Mary Booth, is looking to recruit young players from local clubs and schools so we will have a number of youngsters in the squad looking to push for places on match days.
Last season’s regulars Laura Unsworth, Xenna Hughes and Bara Kavanova had a busy summer representing their various countries on international duty and will provide the core of the defence alongside Maud van der Kamp and Mandi Caillard. Midfield dynamism will again come from skipper Ruth Gordon and Tash Brennan. Former South African International Pip Chapman will continue to provide drive and skill going forward.
Holcombe Team News
Holcombe enjoyed a successful campaign last season finishing runner up in the play-offs and securing a place in European competition. Holcombe will bring international experience to Saint Hill with England & GB players Ellie Watton, Nicola White and Shona McCallin and will provide a tough test for EG. This game will provide a good indication for where the teams are for the 17/18 season.
Gold Group is delighted to be sponsoring the opening matches of the season again and we look forward to seeing the new players in both the mens and ladies teams. The start of the season is always an exciting time as new coaches and squads come together with the aim of winning the leagues.
We would like to wish both teams the best of luck for the season and we will be supporting them all the way.
Pushback will be at 4pm. Entrance is free. There will be a 10 minute Half-Time break in which kids are encouraged to use the pitch to practice and shoot at goal. The supporters are encouraged to ask their favourite players for their autographs after the match as they are leaving the pitch. We would like to wish all supporters a warm welcome at Saint Hill and hope you enjoy the match!