England's women win bronze in Cape Town

England women celebrate winning the bronze medal at the 2013 Investec Challenge in Cape Town

Investec Challenge, Cape Town, South Africa

ENGLAND 2* (0)
Sophie Bray 44 (F)
Susie Gilbert 68 (PS)    
Fiona Boyce 10 (F)    
Kirstin Johnson 52 (F)

*England win 3-2 on penalties

England’s women won the bronze medal at the Investec Challenge in Cape Town on Sunday after fighting back twice to take Australia’s ‘Hockeyroos’ to a penalty shoot out. A 2-2 draw after 70 minutes sent the match to golden goal extra time but the deadlock remained and Leicester goalkeeper Maddie Hinch was England’s heroine, saving from Casey Eastham and Jodie Schulz. Prior to the shoot-out, England had rallied from being a goal behind at the break to equalise early in the second half through MOP’s Sophie Bray, only to find themselves behind again. But a well taken penalty stroke by Reading’s Susie Gilbert two minutes from full time sent the match all the way to its nail biting conclusion.

The game marked England’s best result of the tournament following defeats in the pool stage matches and to the Dutch in Saturday’s semi final and afterwards Team Leader Karen Brown said: “In patches today we played some really nice hockey and what was probably most pleasing is that we kept battling throughout the entire match.  It was hot today and physically demanding. I thought Hollie Webb, Laura Unsworth, Nic White, Sophie Bray and Beckie Herbert all played particularly well.”

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