27th July 2016: In the Girls Tournament, England, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands are the qualifiers for the semi-finals of the U18 EuroHockey Championships!
Russia 2 ( Borisova, Golubeva) England 4 ( Gooderham, Jefferson, Millington, Wolstenholme)
England U18 Girls booked their place in the semi finals of the U18 Eurohockey Championships with a 4-2 victory over Russia. The sides exchanged early goals in the opening 15 minutes and England looked the slightly better of the two sides in the early stages but Russia settled into the game and there was little between the two as the half time whistle rang out. England got off to the ideal start in the second half as Sophie Jefferson hit a sweet strike from the top of the circle after faking a pass and gave her side the lead. The sides again exchanged goals, this time within a minute of each other, but England secured their spot in the semi finals with a converted Penalty Corner by Lily Wolstenholme in the 62nd minute.
Germany 3 ( Maertens, Heyn, Boermans) Ireland 0
An impressive German side booked their spot in the Eurohockey Championship semi finals as they put 3 past a spirited Irish side. Credit must go to the Irish U18 girls who fought till the last and absorbed a large amount of pressure throughout. The Irish defence remained remarkably disciplined conceding just 1 green card the entire match. There was little Buckley could do in the Irish net for the first 2 goals as Germany swarmed in packs and were quickest to the rebound. Their precision saw them routinely shift the play from one end of the pitch to the other but Hannah McLoughlin did well to marshal the backline alongside Kerrie Burns. Ireland created several chances for themselves early in the second half, and the pace of both Niamh and Michelle Carey caught the German’s off guard. Irish effort was never in doubt as the Little Green Army chased down every ball and made every tackle for the entire 70 minutes. The victory for Germany see’s them into the semi finals while Ireland now move into Pool C alongside Russia, Poland and and Spain.
Spain 1 (A.Barba) Belgium 2 (A. t’Serstevens, M.Struijk)
This game has all the hallmarks and passion of a must win game. Spain opened the scoring with a precise strike in the second minute. A spell commanded by the midfield, with neither team making penetrations into the danger area, until a break away from A. t’Serstevens levelled the game in the 21st minute. Belgium went ahead again in the 31st minute with a goal mouth scramble via M.Struijk. The second half was dominated by Spain as waves of attack were fended off ably by the Belgian defence. Spain did put the ball in the back of the net from a corner midway through the second half but it was deemed a hit and too high by the umpire. In the final 2 minutes Spain resorted to a powerplay without their keeper, but the Spanish girls legs just couldn’t cope with anymore attacks and the score remained 2-1 to a delighted Belgium.
Belgian Coach John Goldberg was delighted with his girls performance “It was close game and we came here to achieve that but we knew it would be difficult.” He said he would allow his players to enjoy the win for one or two hours but then they have to prepare for the semi-finals! He added that it was an intense finish which possibly has given him a few grey hairs! But “the staff are more than pleased with these girls we are indeed very proud of them, not just today but over the 3 games.” He is now looking forward to the challenge of the semi-finals.
Netherlands 14 (J.Yansen 2, F.Albers, P.Dickie 2, C.Bosch 4, N. van der Marel, F. van der Elst 2, P.Jong) Poland 1 (N.Suszńska)
In a powerful display of talent, flair and an unstoppable tour de force the Dutch girls finished their pool games with 14-1 win over Poland. Having spoken to the Polish girls earlier in the day, they were aware of the Everest they had to climb and what lay ahead, but they are delighted to be a part of the Championship event. They have enjoyed watching and learning from the other teams. They were cognisant of the leap from the Championship II to I, which is enormous for many teams. However in the game they held their heads up and faced these incredible athletes as best they could, even scoring via an excellent PC in the 10th minute.
|Netherlands||2||8||JANSEN Yibbi||Field Goal||1 – 0|
|Netherlands||8||18||ALBERS Felice||Field Goal||2 – 0|
|Poland||10||10||SUSZYŃSKA Natasza||Penalty Corner||2 – 1|
|Netherlands||31||22||DICKE Pien||Field Goal||3 – 1|
|Netherlands||35||17||BOSCH Carmel||Field Goal||4 – 1|
|Netherlands||37||17||BOSCH Carmel||Field Goal||5 – 1|
|Netherlands||40||22||DICKE Pien||Field Goal||6 – 1|
|Netherlands||41||17||BOSCH Carmel||Field Goal||7 – 1|
|Netherlands||45||12||van der MAREL Nina||Field Goal||8 – 1|
|Netherlands||47||8||JANSEN Yibbi||Penalty Corner||9 – 1|
|Netherlands||50||17||BOSCH Carmel||Field Goal||10 – 1|
|Netherlands||55||17||BOSCH Carmel||Penalty Corner||11 – 1|
|Netherlands||60||2||van der ELST Fay||Field Goal||12 – 1|
|Netherlands||62||15||de JONG Paula||Field Goal||13 – 1|
|Netherlands||64||2||van der ELST Fay||Field Goal||14 – 1|
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