FIH World League Final 3rd/4th Place Playoff: Argentina 1-1 England (2-4 after shootout.)

England held their nerve to clinch a bronze medal in the first-ever World League competition breaking the hosts’ hearts with a dramatic shootout victory. Not for the first time, goalkeeper Maddie Hinch was the hero with crucial saves from Delfina Merino and Julia Gomes Fantasia to give England a 4-2 win in the shootout after a 1-1 draw over the 70 minutes.  Continue reading

FIH World League Final: Semi Final England 0-3 Australia.

Australia repeated their 3-0 win over England from the final of World League 3 in London to march on to the final where they await the winner of Argentina and The Netherlands. Goals from Jodie Schulz, Georgie Parker and Karrie McMahon made the difference for the Hockeyroos who triumphed despite a splendid goalkeeping display from England’s Maddie Hinch.  Continue reading

FIH World League Final Pool A: England 6-2 Korea.

Two goals apiece from Kate Richardson-Walsh and teenager Lily Owsley helped England to come from behind to beat Korea by six goals to two in their opening FIH World League Final Pool Game. The Koreans raced into a two goal lead inside the opening 20 minutes, but an Alex Danson strike before half time kept England in contention before a five-goal second half blitz secured the three points.

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The Top of the D Meets: Lily Owsley.

Investec World League LeagueIf you speak to most sports fans, their childhood dream is to represent their country. Having made her debut against South Africa in the Investec World League, Lily Owsley is already living that dream. I caught up with the 18-year-old forward after the opening games of the Investec World League to find out how she’s taken to being an international athlete and how she’s fitting in with her new team mates. Continue reading

Investec World League Final: England 0-3 Australia.

Goals from Ashleigh Nelson, Kellie White and Emily Smith clinched this Investec World League competition for the Hockeyroos and sent a big crowd home disappointed, as England came up short in the face of a superb display from Adam Commens’ team.

Having overcome world number two Argentina 24 hours earlier, hopes were high for Jason Lee’s side, but Australia executed their plan to perfection and continued their excellent recent form to come out on top.  Continue reading

Investec World League 3rd/4th Place Playoff: Argentina 3-2 China.

Two goals from Argentina’s Carla Rebecchi, the second of which with just 24 seconds left on the clock gave Las Leonas the third place in this competition as they edged out China by three goals to two.

The game had looked set for a penalty shootout as goals from Meiyu Liang and Hongxia Li with her seventh of the competition had tied the game up at 2-2. However, Rebecchi had other ideas.
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Investec World League 5th/6th Playoff: USA 6-0 Italy.

Paige Selenski scored a fantastic hat-trick to give the USA 5th place in this competition as Italy were blitzed by a ruthless Stars and Stripes in their final game.

USA led 1-0 at half time but ran riot in the second period as Italy’s exertions from the earlier games this week, finally caught up with them and they just didn’t have enough.  Continue reading

Investec World League Semi Final: England 4-2 Argentina.

England set up a dream final with Australia with a superb performance against old foes Argentina, running out 4-2 winners in front of a packed house here in London.

Goals from Nicola White, Hannah MacLeod, Susannah Townsend and an own goal gave England their second win in 14 games against Las Leonas, bucking the recent trend of defeats.  Continue reading