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Hockey - 22. January 2008.

EuroHockey Indoor Nations Challenge, England (women) v Turkey








Sally Walton 6,20,27 (PS,PC,F)

Emma Thomas 18,27,36 (F,F,PS)

Alex Scott 21,22,23 (F,PC,PC)

Sarah Page 32 (F)

England marked their first game since the year 2000 in the international indoor arena with an emphatic 10-0 win over Turkey. Sally Walton, Emma Thomas and Alex Scott all hit hat-tricks with Sarah Page chipping in to make it 10.

They started cautiously against their opponents – who were playing their first ever appearance in Europe – taking their time to settle and winning the first of their 13 penalty corners on the second minute. Sally Walton and Emma Thomas alternated the strikes with captain Walton scoring England’s first goal on six minutes.

After this it was all England with Gilliat-Smith, Thomas and Walton peppering the Turkey goal without reward before a solo effort from Thoas increased England’s lead. Walton scored her second and England’s third on the stroke of half time.

After the break, England came out firing on all cylinders with Scott scoring a hat-trick in three minutes, two field goals and one penalty corner, to put the game well beyond Turkey.

A penalty corner goal from Walton three minutes later and two more from Thoas at penalty corners, plus one from Page completed England’s excellent day,

England lead the women’s group on goal difference from Denmark who bear Sweden 3-1 earlier in the day which sets the scene as the two sides go head to head tomorrow in a game which will decide the group.

ENGLAND TEAM: Becky Duggan (GK), Kirsty Mackay, Heather Batten, Philippa Newton, Natalie Seymore, Harriet Cunningham, Alex Scott, Cathy Gilliat-Smith, Sarah Page
, Natasha Brennan, Sally Walton (C), Emma Thomas

TURKEY TEAM: Elif Balci (GK), Semra Kocamaz, Samiye Ozdemir (C), Meral Sahin, Cigdem Karan, Funda Ayse Gurbuz, Melisa Ozdemir, Melike Dogan, Leyla Ozturk, Merve Aydemir, Umran Akin, Derya Karaoglan (GK)

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