7th August: Yesterday the EuroHockey Championship II Women started in Cardiff:

Match 1: France v Ukraine

The first match of the 2017 Women’s EuroHockey Championship II got underway between France and Ukraine yesterday morning.
The match remained evenly played throughout; even after the first goal was scored by #11, Yuliia SHEVCHENKO.

Although a higher-ranking team than Ukraine, France were unable to push through the Ukrainian defence and level the game; walking away with a 1-0 defeat.

Match 2: Italy v Russia

The second match of the day saw a tense game between the highest ranked team of the tournament, Italy; who sit at 16; take on the lower ranked, Russia who reside at 29.

Rankings didn’t hold back Russia though with Alena DIAGILEVA #13 netting a goal in the 12th minute! The team also picked up a green and a yellow card but continued to push through, defending their score.

During the 45th minute Italy equalised thanks to #7 Valentina BRACONI; not long before the match ended with a 1-1 draw.

Match 3: Poland v Belarus

Another match that defied the world rankings of a team; with Belarus taking home a 2-0 win against higher ranked team Poland.

The first goal came from Elena SAZHINA #13 during the second quarter by way of a penalty corner. The second followed in the third thanks to Natallia SHTSIN #7.

Poland tried ferociously to pull back the result but it was not to be!

Match 4: Wales v Austria

The fourth and final match of the day saw Wales women convey a phenomenal result; handing a 6-1 defeat to Austria. With an opening goal from Tina EVANS #12 who also received recognition for her 100th cap this evening; the game went from strength to strength. Austria’s Stefanie PODPERA #18 managed to strike a field goal in; making the half time score at 4-1.

Tash MARKE-JONES #5 deposited two goals for the team; alongside her fellow goal scorers Lisa DALEY #9, Leah WILKINSON #17 and Danni JORDAN #13; no doubt offering a confident start to their game against Poland on Tuesday.

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