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Van Male praises brave Ireland after Dutch win World Cup.

There was to be no dream ending to Ireland’s fairytale Hockey Women’s World Cup as the Netherlands cruised to a record eighth title with a stunning 6-0 win. Graham Shaw’s side – the second-lowest ranked in the tournament defied the … Continue reading

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There’s something about Nidge

Every big tournament has a breakout star. A player who grabs the opportunity by the scruff of the neck and shows the world what they’re capable of on the biggest stage. If you’ve seen any of Ireland’s games in their … Continue reading

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England’s Ansley “absolutely gutted” by World Cup exit

Giselle Ansley was left “absolutely gutted” as England’s Hockey Women’s World Cup hopes were wrecked by a classy Netherlands side in the quarter-final. Goals from Lidweij Welten and Laurien Leurink were enough to continue the Oranje’s march towards the semi-finals … Continue reading

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Richardson-Walsh praises “exceptional” Danson

No one wants to follow a legend. Comparisons are inevitable and often not favourable. When it comes to Great Britain women’s hockey, following in the footsteps of Kate Richardson-Walsh is probably the hardest job of all.

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England vs Netherlands: “Anything can happen.”

“Games like this only come around a few times in a career and even fewer times on home soil in front of 10,000 fans.” Lily Owsley has fond memories of playing in front of the crowd in London against the … Continue reading

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England see off Korea to set up a date with the Dutch

England Head Coach Danny Kerry said he was “proud” of his players after England negotiated their way past a stubborn Korea side to set up a Hockey Women’s World Cup quarter final with old foes, the Netherlands. A goal from … Continue reading

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Kerry looks ahead to “awkward” Korea.

Danny Kerry was a relieved man in the aftermath of England’s first win at the 2018 Hockey Women’s World Cup. The England coach had continued to stress how well his side had played in their opening two games without getting … Continue reading

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Danson’s fairy-tale script dashed by the USA

“I can’t really ask for much more from them” said Danny Kerry after his England team were held to a 1-1 draw for the second consecutive Hockey Women’s World Cup match. Alex Danson’s goal – her 115th in international hockey had … Continue reading

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Kerry accentuates the positives from England’s World Cup opener

England Head Coach Danny Kerry declared himself “pleased” with his side’s performance as England came from behind to draw 1-1 with India in their opening game of the Hockey Women’s World Cup.

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Hockey Women’s World Cup: Hollie Pearne-Webb’s double life

As Hollie Pearne-Webb strode confidently forward to slot in the winner in the shootout in the Olympic Hockey Final in Rio, more than one person working for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) would’ve been looking at … Continue reading

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