11th August: A round up of the games from 9th August:

Ukraine v Italy

In the first match of the day Ukraine took on Italy ad unfortunately for them were defeated 3-2 after some unfortunate errors made by Ukraine.

The first goal was scored within a minute of the second quarter; a result of a penalty corner and the first goal of the tournament from Yevheniya KERNOZ. Italy’s Valentina BRACONI followed suit shortly after with an equalising goal.

Both teams stood level at 2-2 just before the final quarter but one of the top goal scorers of the tournament so far Valentina BRACONI lead the team to victory with a goal in the 47th minute; ending 3-2 to Italy.

Russia v France

The first quarter of the match saw three missed opportunities for Russia to take lead; opportunities avoided from the second quarter onwards!

With a first skilful field goal from Alena DIAGILEVA helping Russia off the mark; further goals came thick and fast from Bogdana SADOVAIA (x2) and Victoria ZELENOVA.

During the 53rd minute of the game, Yohanna LHOPITAL managed a lucky goal for France; ending the match 4-1 to Russia; making them top of their table.

Austria v Poland

The first half offered up a few penalty corners for Austria; unfortunately for the team, none of which resulted in goals.

Just before the 2nd half Poland’s Weronika WESSOLOWSKA saw Poland off the mark with a 30th minute field goal. Within minutes of the game restarting after half time Magdalena ZAGAJSKA pushed through another field goal; putting Poland 2-0 ahead.

Throughout the second half Poland demonstrated strength and athleticism; offering little advantage to the younger Austrian team. The game ended 2-0 to Poland.

Belarus v Wales

Both teams began the game strong; setting the tone for the match. Wales displayed knowledge in their play that ending on a draw wouldn’t be enough to take them top of their pool.

A foot in the D sparking a penalty corner for Belarus resulted in a goal from Ryta BATURA; later levelled by Leah WILKINSON. Sviatlana BAHUSHEVICH ended the first half 2-1 to Belarus after a well delivered field goal.

Two minutes into the second half Eloise Laity helped Wales to level the game; drawing with Belarus 2-2; but not for long! A successful penalty corner, put past the keeper into the top corner saw Yuliya MIKHEICHYK put Belarus ahead again.

One disallowed goal from Wales kept the score 3-2 until during the final minute Natallia SHTSIN scored a final energetic goal for Belarus; ending the game 4-2.

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