Twigg looks forward to "rocking" Lee Valley

Georgie Twigg slots home a penalty stroke

Georgie Twigg is looking forward to a “rocking” Lee Valley stadium on Sunday when home favourites take on England in the final of the Unibet EuroHockey Championships.

Her side edged past Spain 2-1 on Friday evening in front a boisterous crowd to reach the continental final for the second successive competition and the Surbiton star is hoping for more of the same when her side meet the Netherlands at 4pm.

Speaking to reporter Sophie Randle, Twigg said the noise generated by the public so far has been an inspiring factor in England’s success so far.

“This venue here at Lee Valley is a fantastic for us. Its brilliant that so many people have come out to support us,” she said. “It’s definitely our 12th man and as we attack, the crowd starts to build and it really is having them behind us that spurs us on and I hope on Sunday, the stadium is packed and rocking.”

Reflecting on the semi-final win, Twigg admits it was scrappy at times but the most important thing at this stage in the competition is always the result.

“Firstly, we are absolutely thrilled to make it into the final. We didn’t make it easy on ourselves at times but Spain are always a notoriously tricky side to play against.

“We’ve played them quite a few times over the summer and we did know what to expect but are absolutely delighted today and looking forward to the final on Sunday.

“The next 24 hours are key. We’ll do all of our recovery and preparation for the Dutch. We know they are the best side in the world at the moment and we will look forward to that challenge. We haven’t played the Dutch very often recently and we will thrive on this setting.”

“They have very good individual skills and break down the play very easily. You know they are dangerous when they get into the D with good lifted skills and some nippy players.”

The tournament comes to its conclusion later today as England’s women take on Netherlands in the final of the Unibet EuroHockey Championships live on BBC 2, Sunday 30 August at 16:00.