Unstoppable Surbiton bring up their half century

Surbiton after record breaking win over Holcombe

They say a week is a long time in sport, well 1002 days is a very long time in sport. It is also the length of time that has passed since Surbiton ladies 1st XI lost a league game.

A Giselle Ansley hat-trick and a goal from Rebecca Middleton saw off high-flying Holcombe 4-1 and in the process took Surbiton’s winning run to 50 league matches. Hat-trick hero Ansley, an Olympic gold medallist paid homage to the team’s Head Coach, Brett Garrard for his role in the team’s formidable record:

“Brett has been massive for us. He sets us up tactic ally and knows what exactly what we need to do. He’s been great at bringing through young players and managing the squad when the international players are away.” she adds: “The confidence he gives those young players to come in and do their jobs is so valuable. He’s created a great team environment. We don’t rely on single players and he gives us such belief each week. He shies away from any praise but everyone at Surbiton knows how important he has been to this team and what we’ve achieved.”

As well as coach Garrard’s Midas touch Ansley applauded the support the women’s 1st XI has received from the rest of the club:

“It’s a special achievement for the team and the club. Everyone’s so supportive of us, even when we play in Europe there are still people coming to support us. To be honest everyone has been a part of that. I think Emily Atkinson has played 49 of the 50 games, missing one through illness this year. She’s just one example that shows there are plenty of people who have been integral to the run and the results we’ve gained.”

Surbiton’s last defeat in the league was 15/02/2014, a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Leicester for whom Vanessa Hawkins and Katie Long supplied the goals. Ansley has almost forgotten what it’s like to lose a game, but it is not something she is in a hurry to remember either:

“I hope not to find out what it feels like to lose a league game any time soon. We just have to focus on our jobs and keep the streak going as long as we can. Someone might come up with a big performance to beat us soon, but we’ll keep enjoying ourselves and keep working hard and worry about that if and when it happens.”

For now, Ansley and her Surbiton team mates can enjoy the break from outdoor hockey with their unbeaten run intact. Can anyone stop the Invincibles after Christmas? We'll have to wait and see!