England U18 Girls face-off against Germany in three match series

England U18 Girls team photo
In preparation for the EuroHockey Championships later this month in Dublin, the England girls U18 squad set out to compete in a series of nine test matches against Ireland, Belgium and Germany.

In previous games Belgium proved to be very tough competition, resulting in a narrow 5-6 loss over three matches, whereas the Ireland matches seemed not quite as challenging for the girls. With a 5-2 win over the course of the games against Ireland, England went into their final matches against Germany with high hopes. Click here for more details v Belgium and click here for more details v Ireland.

On the 18th to the 20th of July, the U18 squad travelled to Lilleshall to play three matches against their toughest opposition yet; Germany. Despite their best efforts, the girls lost 2-8 to the German side after a landslide 6-1 win for the home team on the final day.*

Head Coach Andy Bradshaw had this to say; "The past 3 weeks  have been very intense for us but despite this, the players have responded well and we have made good progress in our build up to the European Championships. Although we lost  6-1 to Germany in our last game I am not concerned as there were factors in this game that didn't allow us to perform to the best of our abilities. Having had close score lines to both Germany and Belgium over the last 2 weeks, we can now go to the Euros knowing both of these teams are beatable."

*More details on the scores and scorers can be found below.

More about the EuroHockey Championships

The EuroHockey Youth Nations Championships is an annual tournament for national age group teams that takes place each summer. The U16 and U18 competitions alternate so that each takes place every second year.

The Girls EuroHockey U18 Championship will be held in Dublin, Ireland from July 29th- August 4th. The 8 teams are split in to two pools again; this time Pool A includes Ireland, Wales, France and the Netherlands and Pool B includes Germany, Belgium, Russia and England.

The Pool stage sees two pools of four teams. After each side has played each other once, the crossover matches begin. The top team in Pool A plays the second top side in Pool B in semi-final 1 while the top side in Pool B takes on the second team in Pool A in semi-final 2 with the winners of each contesting the final and the losers of each competing in the Bronze medal match.

For more information on the EuroHockey Championships, please Click Here.


Thursday 18th July
England (1) 1
Meg Crowson, 9, OP
Germany (1) 1
Michelle Strobel, 3, OP

Friday 19th July
England (0) 0
Germany (0) 1
Anne Winter, 46, OP

Saturday 20th July
England (1) 1
Pascale Massey, 3, PC
Germany (3) 6
Hannah Gablac, 11, OP
Alica Wahe, 13, OP
Lisa Schute, 13, OP
Hannah Gablac, 44, OP
Paula Velamans, 48, OP
Alicia Gablac, 66, OP