Search

Defroand hoping to pass finals test with Surbiton

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 April 2017

GB international Emily Defroand with pupils at former school Coopers Coborn & Company in Upminster

GB international Emily Defroand with pupils at former school Coopers Coborn & Company in Upminster

Archant

GB international excited by England Hockey showpiece event

Havering’s Emily Defroand is hoping to end the season on a high note at the England Hockey finals weekend at Lee Valley.

Former Coopers pupil Defroand and her Surbiton team-mates will bid for the overall crown following a successful league campaign, with the added incentive of a place in Europe.

And the 22-year-old is hoping they live up to their favourites tag, saying: “The finals weekend is always a great ending to our domestic season. The four highest-placed men and women’s teams play to be crowned overall champions of England, the top two then get a place to play in the European Hockey League next season – hockey’s version of the Champions League.

“With the play offs also being played at Lee Valley I feel like it’s as good as a home game for me!

“I would say we probably go into the weekend as slight favourites having won the Investec Women’s Premier League this season and also being the reigning champions.

“However we play my old club University of Birmingham in the semi finals and they have a very talented and youthful squad so no doubt they will give us a run for our money!

“Also Holcombe and East Grinstead, the other two semi-finalists, have an array of international players so I think it could be anyone’s call on the day.”

The men’s semi-finals take place first on Saturday, with Wimbledon meeting Hampstead & Westminster at 11am and Holcombe taking on Surbiton at 1.15pm.

Defroand’s Surbiton then meet University of Birmingham at 3.30pm, before Holcombe and East Grinstead play the last semi-final at 5.45pm.

The men’s final is at 1.45pm on Sunday, with the women’s at 4pm, and Defroand admits it would be a dream to claim the silverware, adding: “This is the pinnacle of club hockey in this country and to win it would be fantastic.

“I moved to Surbiton at the start of the season to win trophies and to play in the European Hockey League, so I’m hoping that this weekend will be the first of many years to come!”

Defroand has certainly been busy in recent weeks, making her senior England debut in South Africa in late February, while also playing in Great Britain training matches against Ireland in March and Belgium just before Easter, having been called into the squad for the next Olympic cycle.

She added: “Great Britain training has been going very well – I’m loving every minute of it.

“All of the 2016 gold medal-winning Olympians are back into the squad and training full time now, so there is definitely a huge buzz around the squad ahead of a very busy summer.”

England are due to take on the Netherlands at the Olympic Park on June 11, with the men’s Hockey World League taking place at Stratford from June 15-25.

Latest Romford Sports News

15:00

FA Girls’ Football Week is coming to Essex from Monday April 23 to Sunday April 29 and the Essex FA are excited to promote further opportunities for girls to get active, meet new friends and have fun.

Ronnie O’Sullivan doesn’t normally turn down a challenge – he’s a man more accustomed to scaling the heights of every obstacle he comes across.

08:10

Essex’s Simon Harmer was delighted to see the ball spinning so much at Chelmsford as 18 wickets fell on the first day of their match with Lancashire.

07:45

An injury-time goal from George Purcell allowed champions Hornchurch to celebrate in style at Bridge Avenue on Friday.

Yesterday, 22:58

Championship: Lakeside Hammers 56 Redcar Bears 34

Yesterday, 18:55

The enduring partnership of Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer bowled Essex back into their opening Specsavers County Championship match of the season after the champions were skittled for 150 inside two sessions by Lancashire’s seamers.

Yesterday, 17:26

David Moyes knows a thing or two about replacing a great manager so he does not envy whoever takes over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Yesterday, 17:00

Boro beaten 1-0 at Witham Town on Tuesday night

PROMOTED CONTENT

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

NC Construction Services Ltd, based in Hornchurch, Essex, is branching out into residential home improvements and refurbishments after many years working in the commercial sector, in direct response to potential clients looking to add space and value to their property.

Breaking News

Yesterday, 10:07

Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, which will end an association of more than two decades with the North London giants.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now