Hunter And Ansley Send England Into Euros Semi-Finals

Surbiton’s Jo Hunter and Giselle Ansley both scored as England beat old rivals, Scotland 2-0 in their last pool game at the Rabo EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Scotland had chances of reaching the last four with a victory, but despite a spirited defensive performance and yet another excellent display by former Surbiton goalkeeper, Amy Gibson, they now have to battle to keep their place in the top flight. Scotland forced an early save from England goalkeeper, Maddie HInch, but England’s Lily Owsley dispossessed Surbiton’s Robyn Collins, only for the attacking move to breakdown. Although England, as against Germany, had a lot of possession, once more they struggled to score even with both Hunter and Surbiton’s Hannah Martin attacking down the right wing, Surbiton’s Emily Defroand a threatening presence in the Scottish circle and Sarah Haycroft also battling against the Scottish defence. Surbiton’s Hollie Webb was composed as usual in defence whilst trying to help set up attacks to outwit the Scottish defenders. England suffered a setback in the last minute of the first half when they lost their video referral checking for a non-existent stick tackle, Scotland having previously used their referral wisely when challenging a penalty corner award. The game came to life five minutes into the second half, moments after Scotland’s Sarah Jamieson was shown a green card. With Jamieson in the sin-bin, Anna Toman...

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England Men Lose Seven Goal Thriller To Germany

England Men battled hard but came up just short against Germany in their second pool game at the Rabo EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam, coming back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 before going down 4-3 on Monday. The game was a fantastic advertisement for hockey with plenty of drama as well as action. Germany took the lead after just 97 seconds, Mats Grambusch rifling the ball into the top right corner to stun the English defence. In the eleventh minute, England fell further behind, Niklas Wellen shooting from the edge of the circle, the shot deflecting off the inside of the left post into the bottom left corner. England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley had some stern words at the first quarter break and his team responded immediately when play resumed. Mark Gleghorne, who had scored twice against Poland on Sunday, scored his third goal of the tournament by smashing the ball into the goal after it was pulled back from the right backline. Three minutes before half time, Surbiton’s David Goodfield brought the ball out of defence as England continued their attacking intentions, but Germany still led 2-1 at the interval. Germany went close to extending their lead in the third quarter, Liam Sanford managing to prevent the ball creeping across the goalline behind goalkeeper, George Pinner, before England stunned Germany with two goals in as many minutes. In...

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England Women Lose 1-0 To Germany At Euros

Reigning champions, England women, lost their second pool game 1-0 to Germany on Sunday and now need to beat Scotland on Tuesday to reach the Rabo EuroHockey Championships semi-finals. England created many chances but couldn’t get the ball past German goalkeeper, Julia Ciupka. Germany threatened early, forcing what turned out to be the only penalty corner of the game in the third minute, but the deciding goal came in the fifth minute, Teresa Martin Pelegrina attacking along the right backline before pulling the ball back for Cecile Pieper to beat England goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch. In spite of this early setback, it only seemed a matter of time before England would be back on level terms, Surbiton’s Sarah Haycroft combining with Susannah Townsend in a scramble in the circle with Surbiton’s Emily Defroand not able to get the final touch in the eleventh minute. A minute later, former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray found England captain, Alex Danson, but Ciupka made a vital save. Within 22 seconds of the start of the second quarter, it seemed that Germany would be handicapped as Naomi Weyn had to be helped off the pitch with what appeared to be a knee injury but turned out to be an ankle injury which was treated and enabled her to subsequently return to the pitch. Danson had also been in the wars early in the first quarter...

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Scotland Women Held To Goalless Draw By Ireland

Scotland Women’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Rabo EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam suffered a setback when they were held to a goalless draw by Ireland on Sunday. With England and Germany due to meet on Sunday afternoon, the winners will book their semi-final place and if the match ends in a draw, Scotland will have to beat England and Ireland defeat Germany in their final matches to have any chance of progressing on goal difference. The likelihood is that both Celtic nations will be in the relegation pool, carrying forward a single point in their battle to avoid demotion to the second division. The Czech Republic are certainties to be relegation candidates, having followed up a 3-1 defeat by Belgium with a 7-1 hammering by Spain on Sunday morning. Scotland, ranked 17 in the world, faced an Ireland team one place above them in the world rankings and with a lot at stake, the match proved to be the predicted close battle. Ireland looked the better team in the first half, Deirdre Duke going close in the fourth minute, but Scotland had a better second half. Penalty Corners were the best bet of breaking the deadlock, with Ireland having four awards and Scotland two, but defences proved to be on top. Scotland went close to taking the lead from their second penalty corner with seven minutes to...

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England Men Hit Poland For Six At Euros In Amsterdam

England Men cruised to a 6-0 win over Poland at the Rabo EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam on Sunday morning. England, ranked seventh in the world faced unexpected early pressure from Poland (WR 20), conceding two penalty corner in the first four minutes, Jacek Kurowski forcing a save from George Pinner from the second award. In the sixth minute, England made the breakthrough from their first penalty corner, Mark Gleghorne sending a drag flick high into the top right corner beyond Polish goalkeeper, Maciej Pacanowski. Gleghorne forced a save in added on time at the end of the first quarter, England carrying their one goal lead into the second period. Five minutes into the second quarter, Gleghorne struck again, his drag flick this time ending up in the bottom left corner to double England’s lead. In the 25th minute, Chris Griffiths ran down the right wing, his cross turned into the goal by a Polish defender to give England a commanding 3-0 lead. Three minutes later, England’s penalty corner routine was effective once more, Sam Ward scoring courtesy of a deflection of a Polish defender’s stick as Poland, aiming to avoid relegation from the top flight, trailed 4-0 at half time. The scoring slowed in the second half, but the quality of goals were consistent, Ward and Roper combining to allow David Condon to score via a wicked angled deflection...

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