England women’s squad named for Hockey World League Final in Argentina

Ahead of the Argentina Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucumán, England Head Coach Jason Lee has named his squad of 18 athletes who will compete from 30 November – 8 December.

England women celebrate their place in the 2013 EuroHockey Championship Final after beating the Dutch in a penalty shoot out (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

File Photo: England women during 2013 EuroHockey Championship (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

The squad contains only one change from that which brought home a European silver medal this summer. After recovering from a thumb injury, which kept her out of the European squad, forward Sophie Bray has been called back into the squad. Surbiton’s Sarah Haycroft is the athlete who misses out on this occasion. After suffering ligament damage to her ankle during the semi-final of the EuroHockey Championships Sally Walton is also named in the squad. Continue reading →

EuroHockey Gold for Germany, Netherlands beat England to take Bronze

Germany defeated hosts Belgium 3-1 in the final of 2013 TriFinance EuroHockey Champsionship to defend their Euro title successfully, while Netherlands clinched bronze medal with the win over England.

England and Netherlands players in action in the in the EuroHockey Championship bronze medal play-off (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England and Netherlands players in action in the in the EuroHockey Championship bronze medal play-off (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England’s men have come away from the EuroHockey Championships with fourth place after losing 3-2 against the Netherlands in their bronze medal match. England went into the break with a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Iain Lewers and Richard Smith, but they couldn’t hang on to their advantage in the second half as the Dutch scored twice in three minutes to turn the game around and claim the victory and the bronze medal. Continue reading →

China Women Get tickets to the Hague Hockey World Cup

After the completion of the women’s tournament at the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Boom, Belgium, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that China have qualified for the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup, the joint men’s and women’s event will be played at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands from 31st May to 15th June in 2014.

China – who just missed out on direct World Cup qualification by finishing fourth at the recent Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final in London, England – were promoted from first reserves to guaranteed participants courtesy of Germany’s success in the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships on Saturday. Continue reading →

EuroHockey Gold for Germany, beat England through Shoot-out

On the final day of the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, Germany won the title of European Champions title by defeating England and the Netherlands defeated hosts Belgium to take bronze medal. In the 5th-8th place play-off pool, Spain and Scotland defeated Belarus and Ireland respectively to stay in 2015 edition, while two latter teams will miss out the next edition of EuroHockey Championship.

Georgie Twigg sees her shot saved in the penalty shoot-out against Germany in the EuroHockey Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Georgie Twigg sees her shot saved in the penalty shoot-out against Germany in the EuroHockey Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

The 2013 EuroHockey Final between Germany and England was one that will go down in history. The first half saw seven goals in exhilarating end to end hockey. As the sides went in at half-time England trailed by one goal, but they found the equaliser with just four minutes to go. With four goals apiece at the end of full-time it went to a penalty shoot-out to decide the champions. After their shoot-out victory against the Netherlands on Thursday night there were high hopes for England, but Germany had other ideas and after scoring two from four and England failing to convert any of their chances the game was lost. It was a fantastic performance from England however and ranks as their best finish in a European Championship since 1991. Continue reading →

Belgium Vs Germany in EuroHockey Final, England face Netherlands for Bronze

With one goal before half-time and two in the second, the hosts Belgium side took the victory 3-0 against England and will play Germany in the TriFinance EuroHockey 2013 Final on Sunday. England will battle it out against the Netherlands for the bronze medal.

George Pinner is dejected after England lose to Belgium in their EuroHockey Semi-Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

George Pinner is dejected after England lose to Belgium in their EuroHockey Semi-Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Germany marched ahead with their 6th EuroHockey title, with a 5-3 win over their arch-rivals Netherlands in semi final, that too after going down twice in the match against their fellow London Olympics finalists.

The game was played at an incredible tempo as both sides pushed hard early on for a break through. Belgium have been the in-form team of 2013, despite their ranking of number 9 in the world, and they showed why as their attacking play threatened England at every opportunity. The hosts were rewarded for their smart play in the 20th minute when a great ball in from Florent van Aubel was expertly deflected past George Pinner by a diving Thomas Briels to make it 1-0. The remainder of the half continued to entertain the packed Belgium crowd as both sides played world class hockey. It was Belgium however, who went in to the break with the advantage. Continue reading →

England Face Germany in EuroHockey Final with Histortic Win over Dutch Women

It’s been 22 years in the waiting, but England’s women tonight earned themselves a place in the TriFinance EuroHockey Championship 2013 Final thanks to a historic win over the Netherlands. It had taken another penalty shoot-out, earlier in the night, for Germany to beat Belgium and seal their place in the final which takes place on Saturday in Antwerp.

England women celebrate their place in the 2013 EuroHockey Championship Final after beating the Dutch in a penalty shoot out (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England women celebrate their place in the 2013 EuroHockey Championship Final after beating the Dutch in a penalty shoot out (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

At full-time there was nothing to separate the two sides as the game finished in a 1-1 draw. An own goal from the Dutch and a piece of individual magic from Eva de Goade ensured the game would be decided by a penalty shoot-out. Holcombe’s Maddie Hinch was world class in England’s goal, saving four out of six Dutch efforts and the Reading duo of Helen Richardson and Alex Danson (2) both contributed to England’s tally to take the shoot-out 3-2.

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