English sides in European action this weekend

Canterbury captain Grace Balsdon

 This weekend Surbiton and Canterbury return to European competition for the second consecutive season to take part in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup.

Last season, Surbiton finished fifth after narrowly losing their quarter-final against Club Campo De Madrid on shootout. Wins over CSP Ismailovo and University College Dublin not only helped them to fifth place but also earned them the Fair Play award. Canterbury had to settle for seventh place after a shootout loss to Dutch outfit SCHC and a narrow defeat to UCD before they handed out a thumping to CSP Izmaylovo in their final match.

This season, Surbiton face a tough test in the last eight, facing UHC Hamburg in the opening match of the tournament at 1315 (local time) on Friday 13 May. Hamburg have German internationals, Jana Teschke, Eileen Hoffmann, Janne Muller-Wieland, Marie Mävers and goalkeeper, Yvonne Frank in their squad. However, Surbiton are not short on quality with a plethora of stars of their own in Great Britain internationals, Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb along with Scottish international, Robyn Collins.

Surbiton will play either  ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) or  CSP Krylatskoye (Russia) in their second match of the tournament. They will play the winners on Saturday or the losers on Sunday.

Surbiton celebrate winning the title

Canterbury will once again face SCHC, a side with a raft of international stars including Xan de Waard, Caia van Maasakker and Maike Stockel. With the Polo Farm seeking revenge for their shootout defeat last time out it promises to be a superb clash. Captain Grace Balsdon leads by example and will be a threat from penalty corners, whilst Susannah Townsend and Dirkie Chamberlain are two players who can cause any side problems. Add into the mix the defensive solidity of the outstanding Mel Clewlow and Canterbury have a real chance.

The winner of the match between SCHC and Canterbury will play the winner of Campo (Spain) and Pegasus (Ireland). The two losers will also play off.

All the classification matches will be played on Monday.

You can follow all the results, scorers and updates on the EuroHockey Website here.