This was England’s first competitive win as a squad for a good number of years after the 2 draws and a defeat in Scotland just prior to Christmas. It was a positive start to the tournament although both Seymour and Brennan both missed strokes in the second half, which would have made the score even more emphatic.
Looking at the score, it looks like a thrashing but 5 of Austria’s goals came from basic mistakes, whereas England failed to punish the Austrians for their mistakes, which should have led to 4 goals. It was a harsh lesson from a country, which has a lot of experience at the indoor game and it is hoped that the squad can learn from the experience.
Having played late yesterday afternoon, England had an early start (7.30GMT) to face the Swiss, who had also won their first match. It was another useful game to improve their indoor technique although losing by the odd goal.
Unfortunately keeper Becky Duggan was unable to play being restricted to her room under the weather. This afternoon’s game was another useful match, during which the team put into practice things learnt during the morning game
In their last pool match, England lost a closely contested match to the form side of the group HC Wels, who will now contest the final with Scotland. England, like their male counterparts will play for 5th place but still wait to learn their actual opponents. The game was another worthwhile step towards the Europeans in an obviously stronger pool and showed again that they are learning to live with more experienced squads
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