Surrey Mens Masters

Surrey Mens Masters 2016/17 The Final

Surrey finally win over 60's Cup

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By Shahid Khan

Surrey at last lifted the over 60s Mens Cup after defeating three times Cup holders, Indian Gymkhana 2-1 in a penalty shoot out in the final at Lee Valley Hockey Centre.

The teams could not be separated over 70 minutes with the score standing at 3-3 after a pulsating game. The final of the competition was being hosted for the first time in the magnificent setting of the Olympic Park.

Surrey, who had succumbed in all three previous editions of the competition to their opponents started the match strongly. Although they earned their first penalty corner in the 2nd minute they could not take advantage despite Gymkhana being forced to defend with only 3 defenders with two offending players having to retreat to the half way line.

The west London club slowly found their rhythm with Flora finding Olympic gold medallist Kulbir Bhaura in threatening positions, however Surrey's defenders including, Kalsi and Mills kept the skilful attackers in check.

Chris Rule, Surrey's front runner after a silky run along the goal line, reminiscent of his heyday, laid on a pass for Nick Wren to slot home for them to take the lead in the 7th minute.

Image final 2Indian Gymkhana responded by forcing a penalty corner with Felix having to come to Surrey's rescue, however he was left helpless when Bansal latched on to a defensive error in the circle as he slammed home the equaliser.

Surrey's midfield - Mark Precious in particular - regularly threatened, finding attackers in space however the teams went into the break at 1-1.

The southern county were beginning to find ascendency in terms of chances but failed to test the Gymkhana's goal minder. Chris Rule made a surging run from the half line which proved fruitless and an excellent chance saw Wren only manage to find the side netting

Surrey forced some penalty corners through Wallace and Conrad but they were unable to breach the holder's defence. Felix was called upon to make another save when the Gymkhana's right winger found himself with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Against the run of play, Gymkhana took the lead from an acute angle strike from Santa Bansal at a penalty corner. Surrey were unable to take advantage when Indian Gymkhana were reduced to 8 men at one stage. In fact with just 12 minutes remaining Bansal completed his hat-trick from an excellently executed penalty corner drill to take what appeared to be an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Surrey surged forward and halved the deficit in the 61 minute when Conrad converted a penalty stroke awarded after an indirect attempt at a penalty corner was stopped by a foot on the goal line.

With 4 minutes of the match remaining, Surrey managed to level the scores through Ian Wallace, much to the delight of the vociferous crowd. Although Surrey forced late penalty corners they were unable to convert their chances and the game had to be taken to a penalty shoot out.

Conrad Ray and Mark Precious scored for Surrey as Jim Felix kept out four attempts for Surrey to win the Cup for the first time.

Surrey Club captain Tochi Panesar will be hoping that having broken the Gymkhana voodoo on the 4th attempt the county can now string a series of victories in future years.


Grandmasters Team Surrey started their national cup campaign with a win against Kent at superb Holcombe facilities. Since competition began we have lost in two finals and one semi-final all to Indian Gym.

IMG 4107Against Kent we started slowly but within 15 minutes we were in control of the match with our 1 3 4 3 line up. However it was Kent who took the lead against run of play. They scored after we gave a poor ball out of defence having made a good interception! Jim could only get a tip of his toe to the ball which did not stop the ball squeezing into goal. Surrey fought back and eventually scored after some narrow misses and penalty appeal turned down. Our first half goals came from new comers Chris Rule and Ian Wallace after good play by Mark, Raj, Max and Graham. A comfortable 2 - 1 lead at half time with message at half time being more of the same and not to lose concentration in defence to let them back in.

We dominated the second half and scored two more with Max tapping in the third after a rebound from Chris Rule shot. We had number of chances with Chris having one cleared off the post. We also failed to score from umpteen penalty corners. Our 4th was expertly finished off by Chris. Our defence held firm with Steve keeping their centre forward at bay and his total commitment meant he had to hobble off injured after a robust tackle!

Team surrey played well with Mark Precious very influential in middle of the park with great support from Graham and Connie. Richard Slator played a dynamic role from right back and Raj was cool and collective at left back. Forward line of Chris, Ian and Max looked menacing. Well played all !

We have drawn ESSEX away on 13/1 . They will boast many over 60 current and ex internationals so will be a tough encounter.

For the first time in my career I will miss nearly 10 weeks of hockey as I am in India from 5/1 to 16/3. Steve Mills, Dave and our manager Nima Phalore will look after the ship in my absence.We have £50 kitty left over from 1st game which is with Jim.

I am confident Team Surrey will go all the way this year even though Essex and Indian Gym will be formidable oppositions !

FYI future round dates are
Competition Dates:
R2 15 Jan (22 Jan)
QF 12 Feb (19 Feb)
SF 05 Mar (12 Mar)
Final 29 April

Tarlochan Singh Panesar (Tochi)

Surrey Mens Masters 2015/16 Feb

14th Feb - Quarter Finals


For me these two observations and statements say it all “ I noticed the mood of the whole squad lift as soon as Mark Precious walked into our full changing room “ and one of the key Kent players said “as soon as we saw Mark walk in we knew it was going to be tough! “ As I said in my brief note earlier the whole squad played really well, including all ALL the bench! The line up was sound, solid defence with Millsey playing a pivotal role, creative and hard working midfield with Mark commanding, and a mobile attack spear headed by the illusive Connie.

We started strongly with some brilliant running off the ball from Connie who was found with some precision and deft passing from Mark and Clive. In defence we made a couple of unforced errors and were lucky survive with Jim pulling off a fine save from a gift we had presented to their forward! We won a few penalty corners which were injected accurately by Allan, however we were unable to convert. We kept the pressure on with fine play on both wings too rotating Max, Allan and Tony. From one of the attacks Mark dribbled his way into the circle and a certain goal was saved by their keeper by fouling Mark and a cry for penalty stroke was heard all round but Umpire saw it differently and he awarded a PC. We switched to our 2nd option Connie injected accurately and with pace to Mark who scored with a “thunderbolt of a shot” Towards end of first half I made couple of changes to give players a rest and this unsettled us a bit and gave Kent some opportunities but these were thwarted by our defence.

We reverted back to starting formation for 2nd half and settled down again and had some fine balls from midfield been trapped cleanly we would have scored more. Clive put Allan through with a peach of a ball who shot was well saved by their keeper. (a vintage move from their 70s Teddington hey days). We were award a just penalty stroke which was expertly converted by Connie, 2 -0 and were now comfortable. However midway through 2nd half we started getting some tough umpiring decisions, Tony was give a 2 minute green card and what really hurt was 7 minute yellow card to Mark! This got Kent back into the game and their tails went up, they pulled one goal back even after Jim in our goal made a fine double save. After this were under the cosh a bit but we held firm, Greg made some fine tackles one in particular stood out with a last man steal when he ‘sprinted’ across at full stretch from right back to left! Mark came back on and we got some of our composure back and were able to push Connie back up front. Bholu’s great long ball resulted in a fine run by Tony which ended with a fine cross that was converted by Derrick but umpire saw an infringement, which was not visible to non-umpiring eye. Towards end of the game Kent came at us but we were solid. Throughout the game Raj at left back worked really well and Richard at centre half worked like a tireless Trojan and spoiled many a Kent attack.

Apologies to Andy who didn’t get enough pitch time and he must have got ready a number times only for me to change my mind! Great ot see Dave Dixon back in the squad who playe a faultless game from the bench!

Thank you to Nima our manager who cooked a brilliant curry !

Well done surrey on a bitterly cold day ! Yorkshire here we come on the 6th to book out place in the final!


Quarter Finals Draw

The ties are to be played on the 14th February at the home team location (first drawn) at a time agreed between clubs.

Cheshire V Yorkshire
Iceni Rex Essex V Staffordshire
Indian Gymkhana V Gloucestershire
Surrey V Eastcote or Kent


Surrey Mens Masters 2016/17 Nov

SURREY OVER 60s v KENT at Holcombe 1300 on Sunday 13 Nov

Dear fellow athletes
We had a very useful practice session last Sunday thanks to John Ingram raising good opposition.

Squad for our game v strong Kent at Holcombe (address bottom note) at 1300 start is as below.
Please be there for 1215

I am waiting for Jacko to decide if wants to play for Surrey or Reading. When I checked the draw I did not see Reading and thought they had not entered. Reading have written to me to 'encourage' him to play for Reading as v have more players to choose from, obviously we want Jacko but best he decides.

GK Jim;
2 Bholu K
3 Millsey,
4 Mark P
5 Richard S
6 Raj B
7 Graham J tbc
8 Martyn Crem,
9 Dave D injured tbc
10 Connie R
11 Chris R,
12 Ian W,
13 Andrew C injured tbc
14 Greg H
15 Tochi P
16 Max J

N/A Nick

Holcombe Hockey Club
Curtis Way,
Kent ME1 2TQ
Phone: 01634 409515

Surrey Mens Masters 2015/16 Jan

Surrey 6 Norfolk 3

IMG 2442First of all a big thank you to all the young new comers, Nick, Raj and Andy all of who played in various positions which might not have been their preferred positions and some might have felt underused or felt we didn't get the best out of them. But being part of the squad and playing for the overall good of the team is very important, so thank you. Tony our normal right winger played very well at a sweeper role, just in front of back three. Max our normal centre forward adjusted to winger play. Our experienced quartet of Richard, Greg, Bholu and Connie had fine games. Rowley and Derek rolled on and off regularly without batting an eye lid, thanks! Jim in goal gave us that confidence in defence as usual in spite the opposition scoring three. Allan Mayo who had train problems but when he came on he made a difference.
We went down one nil down against run of play, but bounced back with coolly taken goal by Max. We then went 2 -1 ahead after a good goal by Connie. They scored from a short corner to get back to 2 – 2. Throughout the first half we were the better side but some defensive lapses enabled Norfolk to stay in touch. We wasted our penalty corners.

In the second half we got our act together, defence was much more solid and our midfield took control and attack look dangerous. Allan Mayo scored 2 fine goals but shied away from a hat trick, which he should have scored after a peach of ball from Nick! Connie scored another one. At 5 -2 we were sitting pretty, but again we gave a cheap short corner away from which they scored to make it 5 -3! However we were in total control and made it 6 goals with well take goal by Andy, who had played I think 5 different positions!.

We had created number of other chances with some fine play and should have scored more.

Overall it was a fine performance thanks to all for the commitment, excellent time keeping and to Greg for treating 6 of us to a first class travelling experience in his private jet!

Norfolk hospitality as usual was first class!

Hope we have a good third round draw on Tuesday, which will be played on 14th Feb.



Surrey Mens Masters 2015/16 March

Everyone arrived in Wakefield in good time most drivers doing 400 miles round trip and Clive doing a 510 miles round trip from Berwick! Some let the train and wallet take the strain ! Great commitment team surrey, Thank you
We started poorly in spite of rigorous pre-match warm up by Richard Slator! However Yorkshire did not take advantage, John made a good save in this period. After first 8 mins our experienced Midfield of Mark, Clive, Richard took control and forward line of Andy, Connie and Tony looked dangerous. The back 4 of Greg, Steve, Bholu and Raj who is ever improving and imposing got more comfortable as back four! Andy had a good opportunity to test their keeper, Tony was penetrating and Connie creating havoc with his runs and Mark played another commanding role, making some sumptuous penetrating passes! Clive playing a focal and calm centre half role with Richard full of running all over as left link!
We rolled on and off well with Andy and Nick and me in last 5 min with no knee issue !
We wasted our three PCs as injection was not accurate enough, however our right combination of Mark, Tony and Connie was making some sexy moves ! We got our first two goals from here, for first goal - Tony to Mark who found Connie who scored with a great diving left slap!
This was quickly followed by similar combination, Mark to Tony who penetrated their defence and found Connie who slotted in number 2 ! Our third was scored by Richard who ran from half way line to smash in a nice pass form from Connie or was it Max or was ir Andy ! Our fourth was a delight, Max on far left received a lovely ball and he heard Connie shout from virtually half line shouting far post, Max waited and Connie was there in there like lightening to pick up inch perfect cross from Max!
For all these goals the defence started the moves in style. These 25 minutes were brilliant and was the best hockey surrey have played since we were formed three years ago ! It was good to see Andy and Nick getting more pitch time and both playing well.
It was always going to be difficult to maintain the same tempo in 2nd half have being 4 – 0 up even though half time chat was lets play as if still 0 -0 and game was not won already! We lost some shape and some umpiring decisions destroyed our momentum and concentration! Two Green cards did not help. Yorkshire threatened for great part of first period of 2nd half. With John making two good saves from PCs. We were unsettled, evidence by a poor clearance by Bholu that nearly took Richard’s shoulder off! However we got our midfield back in which throughout the game Clive was very influential and always being available and playing simple but effective balls. Nick on right wing was playing well and was rewarded with a goal scoring opportunity which he calmly slotted home! 5-0 ! We let Yorkshire get a consolation goal with lapse of concentration in defence giving John no chance to save. 5 -1 with 7 minutes to go - Time for me to test my knee on right wing .. It came through the test ok and I should have made it 6 - 1! A great win. Our Thanks to Nima our manager who handled all admin matters professionally.

I am confident if we take the game to IG with our strong attack we will win this time on 3rd April in Beeston, time to be confirmed!



1.John Ingram Marriot GK; 2.Steven Mills,3.Bholu Kalsi 4.Raj Bharij 5. Greg Hutchings 5. Clive Hicks 7 Nick Wren 8. Mark Precious 9. Richard Slator 10. Tony D'Souza
11.Conrad Ray12 Max Jason13.Andy Crawford 14 Tochi Panesar

Manager Nirmal Singh Phalore (NIMA)

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