Easter Weekend Results for Scottish Hockey
Scottish Hockey athletes saw serious competition this weekend: our senior women lost to Germany in Mannheim and Milne Craig Western managed to stay in Europe’s elite finishing fourth at the Cup Winners Cup in Paris.
See details from each event below from Scottish Hockey’s website, where weekend results can always be found:
Scotland's Senior Women Braved Germany
After the first set of matches in Mannheim were abandoned due snowy weather, Scotland’s senior women played well against European powerhouse Germany this Sunday but lost their test match at Heidelberg Hockey Club 4-2 while the men lost 11-0.
Scotland senior women’s coach Keith Joss said: “Although we lost this game I am very happy with the progress we appear to be making as a Squad.”
Scotland’s women started the match brightly with good linking play that forced Germany to concede a penalty corner in the sixth minute. Julie Mitchell dispatched the corner forcefully to the right of the goalkeeper to give Scotland the 1-0 lead.
Germany answered with a penalty corner in the 12th minute, as goalkeeper Carmin Dow, following a double save, was unable to stop the ball rebounding into the net. Germany kept momentum and netted two field goals in the 26th and 27th minute to take a deserved 3-1 lead into the second half.
Back on the pitch in the 53rd minute Julie Mitchell linked up with Julie Bryce down the right side of the field and a perfect pick-up eliminated the entire German defence. Ailsa Robertson took up good position at the far post while Julie Bryce slid the ball through the legs of the German goalkeeper to bring the score to 3-2.
This scoreline was short-lived as Germany’s Kerstin Hoyer completed a hat-trick off a deflected goal in the 54th minute following a cross from the right side. Scotland saw a few more chances in last ten minutes as Catriona Forrest, Louise Carroll and Emily Maguire made interceptions in the centre of the pitch then linked up with forwards.
Ailsa Robertson forced an excellent save from the German goalkeeper with nine minutes remaining while Linda Clement was unlucky to not be awarded a penalty corner following good play down the left with Emma Rochlin and Becky Ward.
Joss, positive after the match, said: “Germany is a quality team and we coped with most of what they threw at us. I was particularly pleased with the way we applied the tactics throughout the game, and I am pleased we created good chances.”
Scotland Senior Women’s v Germany Goal Scorers:
Kerstin Hoyer (12) PC Julie Mitchell (6) PC
Janine Beerman (26) FG Julie Bryce (53) FG
Kerstin Hoyer (27) FG, (54) FG
Milne Craig Western Remain in Europe’s Elite
The bronze medal eluded Milne Craig Western at this weekend’s Cup Winners Cup in Paris but the Glasgow outfit was able to maintain their spot in Europe’s elite with a fourth place finish.
Despite losing 3-1 to English side Slough in the opening pool match, Western reckoned they had a good chance for a medal. Manager Elaine Macara commented after the first match: "If we can play as well as this in our next two games, we can definitely challenge for a medal."
Medal prospects seemed to be back on the agenda for Milne Craig Western with 2-0 victory over Spain’s Terrassa Saturday. The Glasgow club relied entirely on the Walker clan, Abi Walker and Helen Walker, for a goal free first half.
A revitalised Western pushed after half time, with strikers Sam Judge, Laura Bartlett and Holly Cram creating chances. The opening goal came after Abi Walker spotted a weakness in Terrassa’s penalty corner defensive routine. This was duly exploited by Judge, who converted with a fierce volley to the goalkeeper’s right.
With another goal within 10 minutes, the Spanish scrambled to catch up which resulted in two yellow cards and saw them reduced to nine players as the clock ticked down. Macara conceded: “To be fair, Terrassa are a skilful side, we were lucky still to be level by the interval. But we took our goals well and deserved to win.”
Next against Kolos Borispol, a second-half goal by Ellie Cockburn, and a 2-2 draw between Slough and Terrassa, propelled Milne Craig Western into bronze medal contention. Western dominated play against the Ukrainians, as goalkeeper Abi Walker successfully fended off the occasional Kolos attack, and Sam Judge was unlucky to have a first-half goal dubiously disallowed.
Cockburn’s strike came after an initial shot by Cat Semple after a penalty corner rebounded to enable her to unleash a fierce volley from the top of the circle. Other missed chances passed by for Semple herself, Holly Cram, Sam Judge and Laura Bartlett with match finishing with the 2-2 draw.
Western then had to endure an anxious 80 minutes watching Slough and Terrassa battle it out, hoping that the latter could not force a victory by a margin of two goals, which would have consigned Western to the relegation group.
Luckily that game also ended in a 2-2 draw, allowing Western to compete for a bronze in the ranking finals, and a chance to emulate the bronze medal brought home by Bonagrass Grove in four years ago.
“It was an excellent team effort,” said Macara. “Our defence played well, but again we missed too many chances, although the Kolos keeper made some good saves.”
Challenging the Dutch for bronze, Western had their work cut out for them. Despite being down three goals by half time, the Glasgow team battled valiantly. Sam Judge, Holly Cram and Ellie Cockburn had their chances, while Laura Bartlett and goalkeeper Abi Walker clearly showed benefits of their Great Britain pedigree.
The bronze medal eluded Milne Craig Western as Amsterdam owned control of the third-place final with an score of 0-6 but Western Manager Macara said: “We achieved our main objective, to stay in the A division. Fourth place we would have taken happily before we started.”
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