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Hockey: England win EuroHockey Indoor Nations Challenge

January 18, 2010

England won the EuroHockey Indoor Nations Challenge in Rouen on Sunday morning after defeating Turkey, who finish bottom of the division, by ten goals.  The result means that England has achieved its target or securing promotion to the 2011 Trophy division.

It was another commanding performance by the English whose goals were scored by six different scorers including a hat-trick from Beckie Herbert and one from 19 year old Georgie Twigg.

Chloe Rogers kept up her impressive scoring record at the tournament with a goal from the penalty spot after just four minutes, followed closely by goals from Leicester’s Herbert and Clifton’s Twigg to put England into an early lead.

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Herbert’s second, in the 17th minute, saw the 23 year old from Jersey netting a good finish from an acute angle and on the stroke of half time University of Birmingham midfielder Gilbert made it 5-0.

Such was England’s command of the first period, Goalkeeper Becky Duggan was not once called upon to make a save and she was replaced at the break by Kirsty Mackay who comfortably dealt with the few efforts on goal that Turkey mustered in the second half.

Herbert completed her hat-trick with her tenth indoor international goal five minutes into the second half sparking a quickfire goal scoring frenzy from England; Kerry Williams scored her first of the tournament a minute later, quickly followed by Susie Gilbert’s second.

In the final few minutes of the game Canterbury’s Natalie Seymour scored two penalty corners to take England to double figures and ensure they won promotion in style.

England Head Coach Nick Clark said afterwards that he felt the team had earned its reward after a series of consistent performances: “We’re delighted,” he said.  “The girls have thoroughly deserved this reward from the way they have played across the weekend.  The highlight of the weekend was probably beating France 7-0 on Friday, although as I said at the time it wasn’t really a 7-0 game.  The fact that we’ve only conceded three goals all tournament is particularly pleasing and reflects the strength of the team.  We will look forward to playing in the Trophy in two years time.”

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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