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Hockey - 22. January 2008.

EuroHockey Indoor Nations Challenge, England (Women) v Sweden

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield

Saturday, 19 January 2008


ENGLAND (Women)

9

(3)

-

0

(0)

SWEDEN

Cathy Gilliat-Smith 8,29,38,39 (F,F,F,F)





Emma Thomas 10 (PC)







Alex Scott 14 (F)







Sally Walton 23 (PC)







Sarah Page 27,40 (F,F)








England’s coach, Craig Parnham, made the most of the opportunity this game presented to effectively play two different squads during the course of the match swapping both at regular intervals.


Cathy Gilliat-Smith showed her top class credentials capping her performance with four goals, the last two being scored within thirty seconds of each other ably supported by two from Sarah Page and one each from Sally Walton and Alex Scott. All four of these players are joint top scorers in the tournament with five goals each.


Alex Scott shone during this match with a display of individual skills and good fast stickwork when under pressure highlighted by the delicate touch to deflect the ball the keeper’s legs for her goal.


England play their final match tomorrow when they face Denmark in the top two play-off to decide who will grab the one promotion place available. Sweden play Turkey in the 3rd/4th place play-off.


Speaking after the game, England Coach Craig Parnham was happy with the result, in particular the defensive aspects of the game: “It was really important to keep a clean sheet, as it’s one of the objectives we set ourselves and it’s always difficult to do.


“We’re really delighted with how the day has gone, the two games today have allowed us to get everyone on court and the forwards are in good form.”


Looking ahead to Sunday’s game Parnham was positive, saying: “The Danes are a good team, an experienced unit and difficult to break down, so it’ll be the same tomorrow”.


Four goal hero, Cathy Gilliat-Smith was happy with both her performance and that of the team saying: “It’s brilliant in our first year, we’ve got a new young team out there, a great team spirit and we’ve been training hard so it’s good to be putting everything into practice.”

“As one of the forwards you always want to get a few goals under your belt so it’s nice to

go out there and slot them away”.

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