This weekend, Unibet EuroHockey Championships concluded at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Hosts England won the title in women’s category, and the Netherlands outclassed Germany to win men’s competition.
England women were crowned champions of Europe after a dramatic shootout win over the Netherlands in the final of the Unibet EuroHockey Championships. After coming from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw, England won the shootout 3-1 thanks in part to the heroics of goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, who saved three times to condemn the Dutch to silver. Germany collected the bronze medal after a strong performance against Spain. A hat-trick from Charlotte Stapenhorst did the damage. Scotland women maintained their top flight status with a win over Poland, who were relegated to the second tier of European competition along with Italy.
In the men’s competition, The Netherlands produced a truly sensational first half display to win the Unibet EuroHockey Championships Final, claiming their first title since 2007 – the last time the competition was played in England. It was the Netherlands’ fourth continental championship and also the biggest ever victory (6-1) in the final match as they tore through the German defences in an uncharacteristically one-sided contest. Earlier in the day Ireland had made history by winning the bronze medal, their highest ever placing in this tournament. They beat England 4-2 in the 3rd-4th playoff.
There was some consolation for Germany men in the shape of Florian Fuchs who won the Unibet Player of the Tournament award. It was a double celebration for Ireland as their goalkeeper and Captain David Harte took the Goalkeeper of the Tournament Award. Tom Boon netted seven times to take the top scorer award with ten goals.
Player of the Tournament (Women) Alex Danson – ENG. The England star reached 50 goals for her country with a hat-trick against Germany and scored an important goal against Spain in the semi-final. The No15 terrorised defences all tournament and earned her award with a series of superb displays.
Goalkeeper of the Tournament (Women) Yvonne Frank – GER. Although Germany missed out on the final, there was not much more Yvonne Frank could do to help her side over the line. A string of world class saves against the Netherlands in the semi-final showed the best of the German No1 who had a splendid tournament.
Top goal scorer (Women) Caia van Maasakker – NED. Some consolation for the Dutch star, whose two goals in the final couldn’t bring home the title, but they did earn her the top scorer award. A threat from penalty corners, the No13 is feared by defences everywhere.