06.07.2015, Brussels; in addition to the action in Mori which started yesterday, the EuroHockey Youth Championships II boys got underway in Calais and the III girls started in Sveti Ivan Zelina. 

Day 2 at the EuroHockey Youth Championships II, Girls, Mori, Italy 

In the second day of the Eurohockey U18  only the pool A teams were in action; at 16,30 started Lithuania vs Czech Republic: it was a very breath taking match, with over 35 degrees outside, and both teams showed their determination; but almost at the end of the first half Lithuania took the lead and won 1-0.

At 18,45 Ireland beated easily Poland 6-0, and with two matches won Ireland is the leading team in this pool.
Also tomorrow we will have only two matches, but with the teams of the other pool : so there will be on the pitch Wales – Ukraine and Italy – Austria

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EuroHockey Youth Championships II, Boys – Calais, France 

Pool A:
France and Italy battling hard. The winner could have gone either way. France scored a Fieldgoal in the first minutes, but Italy fought back and equalized in the second half with a Penalty corner. Italy scoring the winning goal just minutes before the end converting another Penalty Corner.
Wales vsTurkey: another close game with Turkey taking the lead early. Wales never gave up and equalized in the second half. A great goal by the Welsh Captain In the final minute of the game secured a top position in the Pool A.

Pool B:
Austria vs. Switzerland. A well deserved win by the Swiss Team at the opening match of the tournament. Austria attacking very well, but the Swiss Goalkeeper did lots of great saves. Great counterattack game by the Swiss ensured the extension of their lead.
Poland vs Czech Republic: another tight game especially in the first half with 2:1 lead fort he Polish Team. Second half was dominated by the Polish Team and the extended their lead with excellent passes.

Overall a great standard of play and Fairplay. No yellow cards have been given in the tournament so far.

Quote from the EHF Competitions Manager David Voskamp „Good weather – big crowd – well organized“

11:00

B
Austria – Switzerland0-4 (0-1)
13:15

B
Poland – Czech Republic4-2 (2-1)
15:30

A
Wales – Turkey2-1 (0-1)
17:45

A
France – Italy1-2 (1-0)

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EuroHockey Youth Championships III, Girls Sveti Ivan Zelina

“All girls are heroes for us”

The opening day of EuroHockey Youth Championship III, Girls, was very hot. Opening game, Turkey vs. Switzerland, was played on 35 °C degrees. Turkey won 3-0 (2-0). The Turkish goal in 2nd minute by captain Songul Gultekin shocked Swiss team. Team Switzerland try to score the goal, but Turkish team controlled the game in first half. Two minutes before the half time, Gultekin scored her second to extend a lead to 2-0.

In second half, game pace was very strong, despite very hard conditions. Swiss team have few good chance but turkish defence was very good. Eight minutes before the end, Meryem Oymak converted penalty stroke for 3-0.

In the second game of day 1, home nation beat Gibraltar 1-0 (1-0).  Only goal for Croatia was scored by Martina Bastalec, player from Sveti Ivan Zelina, two minutes before half-time. Game was very nervous, especially in a second half, when spectators see five yellow cards (and one in first half). After the hooter, we saw happy Croatian players and disappointed girls from Gibraltar.

Despite results, winners and losers, one old hockey player from Sveti Ivan Zelina told us who is, for him the winner of the first day:

“All girls are heroes for us. Playing under such conditions is not easy.”

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The top divisions of the Championships will take place in Santander 19th – 25th July.

Pictured: Croatia v Gibraltar in Sveti Ivan Zelina