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Second Win For England U21s At Junior EuroHockey

Following a Monday rest day in the men’s competition the brothers Gall were both in the starting line-up as England U21 made it two pool wins out of two at the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championships in Waterloo yesterday evening (Tuesday July 22, 18.45 CET – BST = 1 hr earlier) when they beat Poland 6-2.
After beating hosts Belgium 1-0 in the opening day’s main match (Sunday July 20, 17.15), England now lead pool A – with Belgium (+2) and France (-2) second and third respectively on goal difference – in one of the two four-nation “round-robin” all-play-all groups.
So England still have to beat France this evening (Wednesday July 23, 18.45) in their final pool game to ensure progressing – after another men’s tournament rest day on Thursday – to the semi-finals and finals (top two in each pool) which take place on Friday and Saturday (July 25/26).
The relegation play-off pool … read more

Good Start for Gall Brothers At Junior EuroHockey

Captained by Surbiton’s Jonathan Gall, England U21 got off to a winning start at the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championship in Waterloo yesterday evening (Sunday July 20) when they beat hosts Belgium 1-0 in the opening day’s main match (17.15).
Brother James, who has now signed for Beeston ahead of going up to Nottingham University this autumn, also was in the starting line-up while East Grinstead’s Luke Taylor got the only goal of the game from a 15th-minute penalty stroke.
After a tournament rest day today (Monday July 21), England U21 go on to meet Poland on Tuesday (July 22, 18.45) and France on Wednesday (July 23, 18.45) evenings. After another tournament rest day on Thursday, the relegation play-off pool (bottom two in each preliminary pool) and semi-finals and finals (top two in each) take place on Friday and Saturday (July 25/26).
The other competing nations in pool B are Austria, Germany, Netherlands and … read more

L1 Junior Girls Gain Experience At Five Nations Tournaments

Whilst the focus is currently on the Commonwealth Games, which start later this week in Glasgow; Surbiton’s junior internationals were in action in Nottingham last week.
Both England’s U16 and U18 Girls took part in Five Nations tournaments at Beeston HC: Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain providing the opposition for both squads.
The U16 Girls, including Surbiton’s Charlotte Calnan and Holly Munro, plus former Surbiton player, Meg Dowthwaite, now with Wimbledon, began with a 1-0 victory over Belgium in their opening match, but struggled in their next two matches, losing 4-0 to both Germany and the Netherlands; before going down 2-0 to Spain in their last game. Nevertheless, Head Coach, Marc Bourhill found positive aspects to talk about after the Dutch defeat: “It was an excellent first half and the girls were competitive throughout. We had to play with ten players for a time which left us exposed as they pushed forward. I feel the … read more

Gall Brothers At Junior European Championship

Two of Surbiton’s junior internationals, brothers James and Jonathan Gall, were finally selected last Friday (July 11) in the 18-strong England U21 squad for the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championship in Waterloo, Belgium. They are already out there at a pre-tournament training camp as from today (Tuesday July 15).
The tournament itself starts this Sunday (July 20) when England play hosts Belgium in the day’s main match (17.15). After a tournament rest day on Monday, they go on to meet Poland on Tuesday (July 22, 18.45) and France on Wednesday (July 23, 18.45) evenings. After another tournament rest day on Thursday the relegation play-off pool (bottom two in each preliminary pool) and semi-finals and finals (top two in each) take place on Friday and Saturday (July 25/26).
The other competing countries in pool B are Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.
In the run-up to the tournament England’s U21 Men (including both Galls in all … read more

L1 Quartet Win Investec London Cup With England

Surbiton’s England internationals, Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg, and Hollie Webb added Investec London Cup Gold medals to their collections after a hard fought 2-1 victory for England against South Africa in the women’s final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday evening.
Ansley, Twigg and Webb were all in the starting line-up as England won by a 2-1 scoreline for the third game running following the round-robin wins over South Africa on Thursday, and Scotland on Saturday. Haycroft was on the substitutes bench.
Nicola White gave England a third minute lead from a penalty corner, only for Jade Mayne to level for South Africa from open play in the 16th minute with a shot which rocketed into the top left corner of the goal.
After both teams had their chances in the second half, but nevertheless with the prospect of a penalty shuffle shootout looming, Sam Quek converted … read more

Dêja Vu in Lee Valley for M1 Gaelic Quintet

The Investec London Men’s Cup concluded at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford today (Sunday July 13) with the same play-off results, though not the same scorelines, to what were coincidentally the previous day’s (Saturday July 12) identical third and final pool fixtures for the five Gaelic internationals in the Ireland and Scotland squads who either played for Surbiton Men’s 1st XI last season or will be doing so next.
World 25th-ranked Scotland ended up more clearly confirming their competition ranking of fourth than when losing 3-0 in a 9.45am start against world 12th-ranked South Africa compared to their previous morning’s (Saturday July 12, 9.45am) 3-2 defeat.
But once again they were without Surbiton’s two present Scottish players, still omitted for precautionary reasons after injuries sustained in Thursday evening’s (July 10, 5.15pm) 1-1 draw with Ireland – namely Alan Forsyth left thumb and … read more

England Women To Play South Africa At Investec London Cup Final

England’s women overcame a determined Scotland 2-1 in the last game on Saturday to earn a place in the Investec London Cup final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
On Sunday, England will defend their one hundred per cent tournament record against South Africa, who overwhelmed Wales 8-2, Surbiton’s Emma Batten scoring the Welsh squad’s first goal of the match and the tournament.
Tarryn Bright scored twice; Shelley Russell, Celia Evans, Jade Mayne, Illse Davids, Kathleen Taylor and Dirkie Chamberlain also on target for South Africa. Batten, who was in the starting line-up, converted the Welsh side’s second penalty corner in the 45th minute, with team-mate, Eloise Laity scoring a second consolation goal, also from a penalty corner, in added on time at the end of the match.
After the match, Batten said in spite of three heavy defeats, morale was still good in the Welsh camp, and that the tournament was … read more

A Bad Day at the Park for M1 Quintet on Investec Cup Third Day

The five Gaelic internationals who either played for Surbiton Men’s 1st XI last season or will be doing so next all lost with their two respective countries on the third day of the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford today (Saturday July 12).
And to make matters worse Surbiton’s two present Scottish players had to be omitted for precautionary reasons after injuries sustained in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Ireland – Alan Forsyth (left thumb) and Chris Grassick (right knee) – which left just one past – Nicholas Parkes – and one future – William Marshall – in their world 25th-ranked country’s opening (09.45am) final pool game, a 3-2 loss to world 12th-ranked South Africa despite a strong fight-back after being 3-0 down eight minutes into the second half.
Then in the second final pool game at 11.30am Michael Watt’s … read more

Jo Hunter Signs For Surbiton Ladies

Surbiton Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Jo Hunter has joined Surbiton Ladies from Leicester HC.
Hunter, 23 years old and able to play in either a midfield or forward role, comes to Sugden Road a month after helping Leicester to lift the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy at Loughborough University, where they beat Russian club, CSP Izmaylovo 2-1 in the final.
At Leicester, Hunter was a member of the squad which finished top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division in 2012-13, but were runners-up to league champions, Reading after losing 3-1 in the Championship final. She also played in the EuroHockey Champions Clubs Cup, Leicester having won the league championship in 2011-12.
Before joining Leicester, Hunter spent three seasons at Beeston, while studying chemistry at Nottingham University. In her final season  the Conference North champions narrowly missed out on promotion, losing 5-2 to Surbiton in their final match at the … read more

M1 Quintet End Up All Square on Investec Cup Second Day

The five full internationals who either played for Surbiton Men’s 1st XI last season or will be doing so next shared the points for their respective countries on the second day of the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford today (Thursday July 10).
In their 17.15 meeting Michael Watt’s world 15th-ranked country Ireland snatched a 1-1 draw against 25th-ranked Scotland with an equaliser 33 seconds from time.
Ulsterman Mickie, who has opted to play for Ireland and joined Surbiton from Dutch premier league club SCHC at the start of last season, failed to add to his three goals in two capped Tests against England in Dublin last week, one in their 3-2 loss last Friday (July 4) and then both in a 2-1 victory on Saturday (July 5), including the winner from a penalty corner three minutes from time.
Scotland, … read more

Twigg On Spot To Earn England Revenge Against South Africa

Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg scored from the penalty spot with just nine minutes remaining to give England’s women a 2-1 win over South Africa in their second match at the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and gain revenge for their 4-1 defeat at the Rabobank World Cup in The Hague.
On a wet day in East London, Alex Danson gave the crowd something to cheer underneath their umbrellas, the ball rocketing into the top left corner beyond South African goalkeeper, Anelle van Deventer’s reach a minute before half time.
England had struggled to create scoring chances in the first half, but ironically, having been more successful in the second half, were pegged back by Illse Davids’ open play effort twelve minutes after the break.
With both sides set to share the points, England were given the lifeline of a penalty stroke, Twigg … read more

Mixed Fortunes For M1′s Celtic Players At Investec London Cup

On Day One of the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, there were mixed fortunes for Surbiton’s M1 Celtic players.
Ireland, including Michael Watt in their starting line-up beat South Africa 4-2 in the opening game of the Men’s tournament after leading 2-1 at the interval.
Although Watt didn’t score, he was instrumental in forcing a first half penalty corner.
In the second game of the evening session, England proved too strong for Scotland, running out 6-0 winners, having led 4-0 at half time.  England took an early lead, Ashley Jackson converting a penalty corner in the second minute, with  Henry Weir, Mark Gleghorne, and Simon Mantell all adding further first half goals.
Scotland held out until ten minutes from time, but an open play goal from Phil Roper, and a second penalty corner drag-flick from Jackson gave England a convincing win.
Scotland’s captain, Chris Grassick, Alan Forsyth, who had … read more

Ansley Completes England’s Eight Goal Win Over Wales

Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley helped England’s women bounce back from the disappointment of finishing eleventh at the Rabobank World Cup in The Hague, as the hosts beat Wales 8-0 in their opening match at the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
Ansley, who returned to the squad after missing out on a World Cup place, converted a penalty corner with three minutes remaining as England (World Ranking 6), as expected, dominated Wales (WR 32) on the blue pitch at the Olympic legacy venue.
England had only needed 51 seconds to pierce the Welsh defence, Alex Danson, scoring the first of two goals. Former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray, doubled England’s lead in the tenth minute, and goals in the 25th and 29th minutes from Susannah Townsend and Laura Unsworth left Wales trailing 4-0 at half time.
Wales held out until the 53rd … read more

Calnan Double Helps England U16 To Series Win Over Belgium

Surbiton’s Charlotte Calnan scored the only goal in two of three games for England’s U16 Girls against Belgium in Antwerp, as England completed a clean sweep against their Belgian counterparts.
On Friday, an open goal with five minutes to play was enough to snatch a win in the opening game, Calnan’s excellent reverse-stick strike stunning the Belgium defence.
In the second game, Calnan once again won the match, this time with a sixth minute open play goal, after which England couldn’t add to their tally.
In the third game on Monday (7 July), former Surbiton player, Meg Dowthwaite, now with Wimbledon, opened the scoring from a penalty corner, England going on to win 2-1 after Belgium equalised before half time.
Colin Pike

Sarah Haycroft Added To England Women’s Investec London Cup Squad

Surbiton’s Sarah Haycroft will join club colleagues Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb at next week’s Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Haycroft, together with East Grinstead’s Kirsty Mackay has been added to the list of 16 athletes named for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, to increase England Women’s squad for the Investec London Cup to eighteen players.
England face Wales (World Ranking 32) on Wednesday 9 July; South Africa (WR 11) on Thursday; and after Friday’s rest day, Scotland ((WR 16) on Saturday; with the third/fourth matches and final being held on Sunday 13 July, when there will be live coverage on Sky Sports 1 from 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm.
Tickets are still available for the Investec London Cup at www.englandhockey.co.uk.
Colin Pike
 

Surbiton U16 Girls Help England To Double Over Scotland

Surbiton’s Charlotte Calnan, Holly Munro and Lottie Ross were all in the England Under-16 Squad which travelled to Edinburgh to take on their Scottish counterparts in a two match series last weekend (28/29 June)
Munro was influential in defence on her debut in England colours on Saturday, England winning 3-2, holding on after a Scottish second half comeback, having fallen three goals behind after just fifteen minutes. On Sunday, defences were tighter, but Calnan snatched the victory for England, tipping the ball in for the only goal of the game, from team-mate, Lucy Millington’s shot in the penultimate minute of the match, to compensate for England’s first half disallowed goal.
England U16 Girls’ Head Coach, Marc Bourhill was pleased with the team’s performances over the weekend, but will work with the players to convert pressure in the circle into scoring opportunities.
Colin Pike

Danny Kerry To Coach England’s Women Until August

Danny Kerry, the former England Women’s Head Coach, and current England and Great Britain Performance Director, will coach England’s women again during the Investec London Cup and the Commonwealth Games this summer.
England Hockey have announced today that Jason Lee, who took over as England Women’s Head Coach after the 2012 Olympic Games, has left the role following a difficult World Cup tournament, and with the mutual consent of England Hockey.
Lee led England’s men to Gold at the European Championships in 2009. Whilst Women’s Head Coach, England won Silver at the EuroHockey Championships in 2013, as well as Bronze at the inaugural World League Final later in the year.
England Hockey’s Chief Executive, Sally Munday commented: “We would like to thank Jason for his hard work and dedication as coach of both national sides. He has made an outstanding contribution to England and Great Britain’s hockey teams over a coaching career of more … read more

Surbiton Colts Help Elmbridge To Surrey Youth Games Hockey Titles

On Saturday 21st June a number of Surbiton Hockey Club’s junior members, joined by other local players (many of whom were new to the sport) represented Elmbridge Borough in the Surrey Youth Games, held at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, finishing the season off with yet more silverware.

The girls’ team were up first, opening their account with a hard fought 0-0 draw against Woking. Shortly after, with the temperature starting to raise considerably, the ten-strong squad got into their stride with back-to-back victories (6-0 against Spelthorne and 2-0 against Waverley) to book their place in the semi final rounds where they would meet Surrey Heath. After a nervy start, two quick goals put them in the driving seat and they held on to set up a final clash against local rivals Epsom & Ewell. Despite the heat, both teams worked tirelessly to try and forge a lead, and the Elmbridge girls … read more

L1 Trio Selected For Commonwealth Games

Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have all been named in England’s sixteen player squad for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which takes place from 23 July to 3 August. The same sixteen players will also warm up for the Games, competing against South Africa, Scotland and Wales in the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 9-13 July. Tickets for the Investec London Cup can be booked via www.englandhockey.co.uk.
In Glasgow, England will face Scotland and Wales in Pool B, along with matches against Australia and Malaysia. Pool A consists of Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago.
England will go into the Investec London Cup as sixth ranked in the world, following their disappointing eleventh place finish at the Rabobank World Cup in The Hague. Ansley comes back into the England squad after … read more

M1 Players On International Duty This Summer

The next generation of Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s full international hopefuls were displaying their talents at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre on Wednesday last week (June 18).
Playing there in a designated “performance event”, which is a non-capped practice game with no official record sheet kept, was captain Ben Tibble.
Opposite him were the Gall brothers, Jonathan and James, in the red of the England U21 currently 28-strong training squad.
Also with Tibble in the white shirt of the England A squad was full-time “Road to Rio” Team GB centralised athlete David Beckett who, now that the new-season registration window has opened, will shortly be signed from NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division rivals Cannock.
England A “won” the three-25 minute-period game by 6-1 with Beckett scoring their fourth from a strong open-play shot.
This Tuesday (June 24), however, there was bad news nationally when it was confirmed that, as a result of this month’s … read more

M1 Not in Europe Next Season

First the bad news … as expected, Surbiton Men’s 1st XI will not after all be competing in the Euro Hockey League next season (2014/15). Having finished in the then third and final spot at the end the end-of-season qualifying English Championship play-offs at Reading HC in April, it was finally officially confirmed last Friday (June 20) that England (replaced by Spain) is the country to have its number of entrants reduced from three to two following their trio of clubs (including Surbiton) elimination in the KO16 this season at Eindhoven in May. But the good news, from the club treasurer’s point of view at least, is that for next season the EHL is asking qualified clubs “to take ownership of the cost of participation in EHL”, quantified as: “for Round 1 (now in one venue – Barcelona in October, where Surbiton would have gone as last season – for … read more

Busy Summer Ahead for Surbiton Internationals

Surbiton 1st XI players – both men and women – continue to be kept very busy on international duty this summer.
Seven of them have already been selected for their respective countries at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games hockey tournament which starts at the end of next month (July 24 – August 3).
Four of them – Alan Forsyth, Chris Grassick, Nicholas Parkes and William Marshall – are in the Scottish squad and another two – David Kettle and Lewis Prosser – are in the Welsh.
The seventh, Emma Batten, is in the Wales’ women’s squad. There will almost certainly be more, especially women, since England has yet to announce its two squads for the competition. Surbiton currently have four – Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb – in the 25-strong women’s centralised training squad – and one– Dave Beckett – in the men’s 26-strong centralised training squad, although only Twigg … read more

England’s Women Finish 11th After World Cup Penalty Shootout Win

England’s women finished eleventh at the Rabobank World Cup after coming out on top  2-1 in a penalty shootout over Belgium, having been denied a win in normal time by a Belgian penalty corner conversion in added on time after the final hooter, the score finishing 1-1.
Sophie Bray, who is joining East Grinstead next season from Dutch club MOP, gave England a sixteenth minute lead in Thursday’s early morning encounter. England still led 1-0 with just under four minutes remaining, when Stephanie De Groof replaced goalkeeper, Aisling D’Hooghe in the Belgian goal, De Groof donning a bib to act as a kicking back, giving Belgium an extra attacking option as they sought to force a penalty shootout. Ironically, it was De Groof herself who scored the equaliser at the other end, her shot agonisingly entering the goal via a deflection off England goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch, but Hinch was to be … read more

England’s Women To Play For 11th Place After Win Over Germany

In spite of winning their first match at the Rabobank World Cup at the fifth attempt in The Hague, with a 3-1 victory over Germany, England are destined to play for eleventh place against Belgium on Thursday morning (10 am push back BST).
South Africa, who headed England on goal difference after the pool stage, had lost earlier 4-2 to the United States, but England needed a four goal winning margin over the Germans to avoid finishing bottom of Group B.
After a goalless first half, England finally found their form, scoring three goals in eleven minutes to take control of the match. Nine minutes into the second half, Hannah Macleod, who is heading to St. Albans next season, broke the deadlock. Five minutes later, Reading’s Susie Gilbert scored from the edge of the circle. In the 55th minute, Susannah Townsend, who is due to return to Canterbury next season, added the … read more

England’s Women Suffer Late Argentine Heartbreak At World Cup

England’s women were denied a draw in their fourth group game of the Rabobank World Cup, Argentina snatching a 2-1 win with a penalty corner goal in added on time after the final hooter in The Hague on Sunday afternoon.
Las Leonas, ranked second in the world, had had a video referral upheld in the last minute, when they claimed a penalty corner for an offence in the circle, the ball appearing to make contact with Georgie Twigg’s knee.  The first corner resulted in a second award, with the injection started after the final hooter, but although third-ranked England desperately tried to clear, Carla Rebecchi scored from close range to send the Argentinian supporters into ecstasy.
Argentina had had to come from behind, after a much improved performance and optimistic outlook had seen England take the lead in the seventh minute through Alex Danson. England were the better team in the first half, … read more

South Africa End England Women’s Faint World Cup Hopes

England’s women are out of the Rabobank World Cup with two group games remaining after South Africa inflicted their third successive defeat at the tournament, running out 4-1 winners in The Hague on Friday.
Although third ranked England were more adventurous in attack, it was eleventh ranked South Africa who took the lead in the 17th minute through Kathleen Taylor.  Three minutes before half time, Surbiton’s Hollie Webb was dispossessed just outside the circle by Sulette Damons, and although Webb tried to make amends, Damons, who was making her first tournament appearance after coming back from injury, quickly unleashed a devastating shot which eluded England goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch.
Knowing that a third defeat would end their World Cup ambitions, England tried to regroup at the start of the second half, but conceded two further goals whilst they had a player in the sin-bin. When Shelley Russell scored South Africa’s third goal, five minutes … read more

M1 Announce Two Further Key Signings

Surbiton are pleased to announce the arrival of Wales midfielder Lewis Prosser from La Gantoise in the Belgian premier league and Scottish International defender William Marshall from Sheffield Hallam. This takes the new signings at Sugden Road to 4 having previously announced the arrival of England and GB star David Beckett and NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference West top goal scorer Nick Cooper.
Please to announce I will be joining @SurbitonHC next season! #swarge
— Lewis Prosser (@LewisProsser) June 6, 2014

Looking forward to a new challenge @SurbitonHC this season. Big thank you to @sheffieldhc for the support over the last season.
— william marshall (@williammarshal4) June 6, 2014

Commenting on the latest signings, Head coach Todd Williams said “I’m really pleased that Lewis and William have chosen to join us at Surbiton. What’s even more impressive though is the desire these players have expressed to help us achieve our goals and to take their own … read more

M1 and L1 Both Home To Reading On League Opening Day

The NOW: Pensions Men’s, and Investec Women’s Hockey League 2014-15 fixtures were released today (Wednesday), with both Surbiton first teams due to host their Reading counterparts in a home doubleheader on 13 September.
A fortnight later, Beeston also feature in a doubleheader at Sugden Road (27 Sep); with both Canterbury teams due to visit Elmbridge over the weekend of 18/19 October. The reverse fixtures are at Canterbury (22/23 Nov); Reading (29/30 Nov); and Beeston (28 Feb/ 1 Mar 2015).
To allow for a slip date before the Men’s Championships, there will be a doubleheader of fixtures over the weekend of 28 Feb/ 1 Mar, when M1 host Southgate on 28 Feb before travelling to Nottingham the following day.
Fixtures: M1: 2014: 13 Sep: READING (H); 21 Sep: Southgate (a);
27 Sep: BEESTON (H); 5 Oct: East Grinstead (a);
11 Oct: HAMPSTEAD & WESTMINSTER (H); 19 Oct: CANTERBURY (H);
25 Oct: Brooklands Manchester University (a); 9 Nov: Cannock … read more

England Women’s World Cup Hopes All But Over

England Women suffered their second defeat at the Rabobank World Cup in the Hague on Tuesday afternoon, and saw their hopes of reaching the semi-finals all but disappear. After a goalless first half, three second half goals gave China a 3-0 win, to send them top of Group B, on goal difference from Germany, who had beaten South Africa 3-1 in the first match of the day. Argentina were held to a 2-2 draw by the USA on Tuesday afternoon, leaving the top four teams tied on four points and only separated by goal difference.
England will have to win all three of their remaining group games to have any chance of progressing, but with only a maximum of nine points available, England will be eliminated if two of the current top four teams win two of their three remaining matches, and finish on ten points.
England had dominated the first half, but fell behind in … read more

England’s Women Lose Rabobank World Cup Opener Against USA

England’s women made a disappointing start to their Rabobank World Cup campaign, going down 2-1 to the tenth-ranked United States, in the Hague on Sunday afternoon.
England were undone by a couple of well executed penalty corner routines in the first fifteen minutes. Caroline Nichols was at the heart of both penalty corner routines: Paige Selenski deflecting the ball past England goalkeeper Maddie Hinch at the left post in the third minute; with Kelsey Kolojejchick deflecting the ball high into the goal from the right of the circle on the quarter-hour.
Although England had several chances to score, the United States had goalkeeper, Jackie Kintzer to thank for making several fine saves, including one save from a penalty corner, when the ball was tipped over the bar. Hinch had also been kept busy in the England goal, making a vital double save, again from a penalty corner, three minutes before half time.
In a … read more

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