Day One: The Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup

Ireland
With thousands of fans, a flyover from the Red Arrows and 15 goals the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup began with a bang!

There was plenty of drama on the pitch and a fantastic atmosphere in the stands throughout the day as the showpiece tournament go under way in London. 

The story of the day came as Ireland beat the USA 3-1 in their opening pool B game with Deidre Duke on target twice, much to the delight of the large Irish contingent in the stands.

Ireland are currently ranked sixteenth in the world while the USA sit in seventh, their victory puts them top of pool B ahead of their next fixture with India. 

Hosts England battled back to draw with India as Lily Owsley popped up with an equaliser six minutes from time as the venue erupted in delighted.

England finished the contest strongly and will hope their late momentum will hold them in good stead as they take on the USA on Wednesday night.

Germany

In pool D Australia and Japan played out a classic with the Hockeyroos running out 3-2 winners which included a stunning drag flick from Jodie Kenny. In pool C Germany began strongly beating South Africa 3-1 with a double from Viktoria Huse and a strike from Charlotte Stapenhorst.

Tomorrow sees the current holders enter the tournament as the Netherlands take on Korea while China face Italy as pool A gets under way.

Elsewhere world number three side Argentina begin their campaign against Spain in pool C and New Zealand and Belgium play in the final game of the day in pool D.

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