Mike Haymonds

Stories from Mike Haymonds

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

SURBITON  women are the best team by some distance in the Investec Premier League, having won the last four league championships, three of the last four cup finals, clinched the league and cup double this season,  as well as having lost only one league game since Feb 2014.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

GREAT BRITAIN will take on world No 2 side Australia in the final of the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh today after a 3-2 win over New Zealand in their final round-robin game.

Sam Ward,, Phil Roper and Mark Gleghorne were on target against the Kiwis – but even then GB still had to wait before hosts Malaysia’s 1-0 victory over India confirmed their place in the final.

Azlan Trophy
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

GREAT BRITAIN upset the odds by beating the world No 2 side Australia 4-3 in a thrilling final at the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Giselle Ansley opens the scoring in the cup final
Friday, May 5th, 2017

The media facilities for the KO Finals at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre were the most low-key I can remember at such a tournament but they were appropriate for the event itself.

The handful of journalists and photographers present were still adequately served.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Surbiton completed the League championship and Cup double with Sunday's comfortable 5-0 win over Clifton Robinsons, the defending Cup holders, to add to the Champions title won last week with a 3-1 victory against Holcombe.

They have lost only one game this season when a 53-game unbeaten league run was ended with a 3-2 defeat by Leicester in February and they have now won four successive League championships and three of the last four cup finals.

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

PHIL ROPER was the Man of the Match with two goals as England League winners Wimbledon upset the form book with a 3-1 win over three-time champions UHC Hamburg at the Euro Hockey League KO16 in Eindhoven.

Under coach Ben Hawes, Wimbledon’s progress into KO8, the quarter-final stage, on their second appearance at the EHL, was the best performance by an English club since Reading in 2013 and banished the memory of last year’s 3-1 defeat by Amsterdam at the KO16 stage.

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

WIMBLEDON, led by coach Ben Hawes, fly to Eindhoven on Wednesday for their second taste of European club hockey at the Euro Hockey League KO16 tournament at the home of the newly formed Oranje-Rood club.

Hawes said: “Last year at the same stage we came up against one of Europe’s top performers Amsterdam and lost 1-3 but we have that valuable experience behind us.”

This year they face an equally tough challenge on Saturday against the German champions UHC Hamburg, who have won this competition three times since its inception in 2007/08.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

ANDY WATTS, the Reading player-coach, played what is likely to be his last home game for the club in a 4-2 win over Brooklands MU in the Cup semi-final, in which he scored his side’s first and third goals, as he contemplates his future in the game.

Watts, 31, is director of sport at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and has been Reading’s player-coach for the past three seasons.

He has decided he will not play Premier hockey next season but is still weighing his options of staying with Reading or moving to another club.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

SAM WARD banished the memory of Great Britain men's failure at the Rio Olympics by scoring twice in Holcombe's 3-2 win over Surbiton on the opening day of the English league season.

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

As the best-funded teams of full-time players taking part the Rio Olympics, Great Britain men and women will be expected to repeat at least the bronze medal the women gained at London 2012 and both are among the medal favourites.

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

SIMON MANTELL’S double in the last 10 minutes clinched Great Britain’s 2-2 draw against Belgium and ensured they remained unbeaten after their final  game at the four-nation ERGO Masters in Dusseldorf on Sunday.

Reading’s Mantell, 32, was only selected as a traveling reserve for the Rio Olympics but made a telling contribution in GB’s last match of their pre-Games preparations.

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

GREAT BRITAIN’S men have had to make changes as they complete their build-up to the Rio Olympics at the four-nation ERGO Masters in Dusseldorf.

They would have expected to make the trip with the 16 players and three reserves announced for Rio last month but captain Barry Middleton (shoulder), Ulsterman David Ames (shin) and Nick Catlin (hip) are nursing minor knocks.

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

HOLCOMBE clinched the final play-off place in the Investec Premier Division with a 3-2 win at Clifton with goals from Emily Maguire, Nicola White and Sarah Jones. The hopes of the other contenders East Grinstead were ended after a 2-1 home defeat by the bottom club Buckingham who, despite the win, are relegated.

Bowdon Hightown avoided automatic relegation, recovering from a 3-2 deficit to win 5-3 at Reading, and face next month’s relegation/promotion play-offs with the Conference champions Slough, Wakefield and Sutton Coldfield.

Friday, March 18th, 2016

SURBITON teenager Evan Kimber hit a hat-trick in his side’s 6-3 win at Cannock which consolidated their second place and condemned Cannock to automatic relegation.

Friday, March 11th, 2016

SURBITON'S Wales international Rupert Shipperley scored a double in his side’s 2-1 win at Reading which took them above their opponents into second place, and brought them a second success, on the Premier Division’s double header weekend. Shipperley said: “We’re starting to get the momentum and progressing in the right direction, leading up to the play-offs, after three defeats in February.”

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

HOLCOMBE keeper George Pinner produced a superb display in the 1-1 draw at Surbiton to maintain the Kent club's unbeaten record.

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

GOALS by Sophie Bray and Joie Leigh in the last five minutes were not enough for Great Britain to deny Australia a 3-2 victory and a 2-1 series win in the last of six Tests in Perth.

Australia led with a fifth minute penalty corner strike by Georgina Morgan and added two more from Emily Smith and Grace Stewart before GB’s late charge.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

GREAT BRITAIN led three times but had to settle for a 3-3 draw with Australia in the third of a six-test series, now level at 1-1, as their injury woes continued.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

It was only GB’s second win in their last 14 meetings with Australia and Gilbert’s 15th international goal. It came when she fired home the rebound from a Crista Cullen penalty corner flick.

Great Britain had suffered an early setback in their first match – a 3-4 defeat – when the recently crowned FIH Rising Star Lily Owsley dislocated a collar bone which will sideline her for the rest of the series. Alex Danson missed the first two games with a hand injury.

South league
Friday, January 8th, 2016

This season’s title race in the South League Premier Division One – with automatic promotion to the England Hockey League for the winners the prize – is being closely contested by Havant and Old Georgians, spearheaded by their leading scorers, Old Georgians’ James Tindall and Havant’s Sandeep Singh.