England U18s take EuroHockey Bronze

England secured third spot in Holland at the EuroHockey Youth Nations Championships with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Ireland on Sunday.

Eng Girls U18s EuroChamps 2011

England Hockey U18 Girls narrowly missed out on a final spot after a 2-0 defeat by Holland in the semi-finals; Holland went on to beat Germany in the final 4-1 to retain their Gold medal.

It took England 34 minutes to breakthrough Ireland’s defence, but once ahead the girls didn’t look back and went into a three-goal lead just after half-time. Ireland got one back after 57 minutes, but England sealed their victory just a minute later with a goal from Sophie Crosley.

Bronze in Holland re-affirms the girls top three European ranking following the third place they won in Belgium last time the U18 Euro Hockey Youth Champs was held in 2009.
Final Standings
1. Netherlands (Champions)
2. Germany (Silver)
3. England (Bronze)
4. Ireland
5. France
6. Beglium
7. Scotland (relegated to Championship II in 2013)
8. Spain (relegated to Championship II in 2013)

To see all of the results and fixtures for the girls competition click here.

England Hockey U18 Boys faced rivals Ireland in their final game and came out 3-2 winners in a very closely fought match.  The team played the final minutes with 11 outfield players knowing that they had to beat the Irish if they were to remain in the First Division of the Euro Hockey Youth Nations Cup. The decision paid off, and with the last move of the Game Rob Farringdon slotted the ball home to secure victory for England.   

It has been a difficult week for the players with teammate Joe Sharp suffering an injury during England’s game against Belgium on Wednesday. But with news that Joe’s prognosis is good and 5th spot secured at the tournament the boys can be very proud of their efforts.
Final Standings
1. Belgium (Champions)
2. Spain (Silver)
3. Germany (Bronze)
4. Netherlands
5. England
6. France
7. Ireland (relegated to Championship II in 2013)
8. Russia (relegated to Championship II in 2013)

To see all of the results and fixtures for the boys competition click here.