The women’s EuroHockey Indooer U21 Championship semi-final line-up was confirmed with Türkiye and Ukraine reaching the final four in dramatic fashion while Austria and the Czech Republic eased through.
** All of this competition’s games will be broadcast live on www.eurohockeytv.org with commentary from Nick Irvine.
Ukraine 6 (A Voievoda 3, V Vlasenko, D Shertsiuk, K Popova) Italy 4 (M Torbol 2, C di Bella 2)
Anastasiia Voievoda’s pair of final quarter goals propelled Ukraine into the semi-finals as they held off a big fight from Italy who end the group in fourth spot.
It was a fiery contest from the start with Vitalina Vlasenko opening the scoring in the first minute only for Chiara di Bella to equaliser moments later. Daria Shertsiuk put Ukraine in front for a second time but Maria Torbol’s corner made it 2-2 at half-time.
Di Bella added a stroke in Q3 to take the lead for the first time; again, the reply was quick as Kateryna Popova slotted in from the right of the circle for 3-3.
And it was level for a fourth time when Voievoda and Torbol traded goals at the end of Q3, making it 4-4. But Ukraine had the upper hand for most of the final quarter and took their chances with Voievoda ending up with a hat trick to spark big celebrations.
Austria 7 (K Proksch 3, I Klausbruckner 2, J Czech, K Bauer) Switzerland 1 (N Pöhler)
Austria confirmed their place at the top of the Pool A table with a big 7-1 win over Switzerland, ending the host’s chance of a medal at the Maihof Halle.
It took a while to break down the Swiss defence but once Katharina Proksch scored the first of her three goals, there was no looking back. She added two more before half-time while there was another from Isabella Klausbruckner for a 4-0 half-time advantage.
Switzerland got one back from Nele Pöhler but Austria added another couple to make the result safe.
Czech Republic 8 Croatia 0
The Czech Republic eased into the semi-finals as they proved too strong for Croatia in the opening game of day two with hat tricks from Katerina Topinkova and Kamila Kopecká.
Both scored in the first quarter to set the tone and they were out of sight by half-time at 4-0, Topinkova hitting the top corner while Natálie Hájková also chipped in.
Kopecká extended the lead to 5-0 in Q3 before bringing her tournament total to eight goals in the closing phase. Hájková and Topinkova also scored for a healthy win that set them up to top the Pool B table.
Türikiye 5 (S Erkoç 3, R Uysal, M Aslan) Poland 5 (O Krychniak, N Oles, M Plewa, M Czujewicz, M Drozda)
Türkiye fought back from two goals down twice to get the draw they needed to advance to the semi-finals following a rip-roaring encounter, packed with drama.
Poland – who needed a win to advance – got off to a dream start with Oliwia Krychniak putting them in front and Natalia Oles getting on the end of a counter-attack for a 2-0 lead in Q1.
Sila Erkoç ripped in a brilliant drag-flick to get the Turks back in the game and they were level at 2-2 when Rabia Uysal found the goal from a narrow angle.
But Małgorzata Plewa restored the Polish lead from a corner before half-time and a Marta Czujewicz stroke in the 24th minute had them 4-2 ahead. Again, Türkiye bounced back with Erkoç scored her second and third to make it 4-4 going into the final quarter.
Poland earned their second stroke of the game but this time it went wide, allowing Türkiye to go in front for the first time via Merve Aslan’s corner. It left Poland chasing the game but they got level courtesy of Maria Drozda’s smart finish.
It left five minutes to try and grab a winner but they could not convert from their third penalty stroke of the match with Arzu Öztürk making a glove save. It preserved the draw, sparking emotional scenes all round on the final whistle.