England finished their ERGO Hamburg Masters campaign with a 3-2 win over Ireland – a welcome confidence booster going into next week’s NOW: Pensions Nations Cup in Wakefield. The result left them with a third-place finish overall in the tournament. In the last match of the tournament hosts Germany held Netherlands for 2-2 draw to win the tournament.
Nick Catlin in action for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)
After England went into half time with a deserved 1-0 lead, Ireland twice equalised in the second half to leave the sides at 2-2 before Nick Catlin got the winner, to give England a much-needed win following defeats by the Netherlands and Germany. England will have learnt a lot from the tournament, which forms a major part of their preparation for the upcoming EuroHockey Championships in August. Continue reading →
ENGLAND 1-6 (0-2) GERMANY
For England: Barry Middleton 55 (FG)
For Germany: Oskar Deecke 9 (FG); Mats Grambusch 25 (PC); Florian Fuchs 39 (FG); Marco Miltkau 42, 58 (FG, FG); Pilt Arnold 66 (FG)
Captain Barry Middleton in acton for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)
After a disappointing loss yesterday England’s fortunes didn’t improve today with another 6-1 defeat, this time against hosts and world number one side, Germany. The defending Olympic champions were in fine form as they outplayed England for most of the game. The only goal for England came from captain Barry Middleton in the 55th minute, but with four goals already to their name, a German victory was inevitable. Continue reading →
Andrew Meredith’s Green Machine suffered their second defeat at the Hamburg Masters in Germany as they fell 4-0 to Olympic Silver Medallists Netherlands this afternoon.
Ireland though did put in an improved performance against Netherlands this afternoon. In the opening quarter Ireland had the best of possession and scoring opportunities but the final touch seemingly appeared elusive. On 15 minutes Netherlands caught Ireland with a quick counter attack, following a high press leaving Jonker with a 2-v-1 finish to open the score at 1-0. The game ebbed and flowed thereafter with the score line remaining until half time. Continue reading →