Medals for England's youngsters

Four of England’s National Age Group Squads were in action over the Easter weekend with the under 16 and 18 boys winning medals at Lilleshall and the under 16 and 18 girls coming close to medals in Valencia.

England Under 16 Boys Team photoThe U16 boys did well to come from behind against the Netherlands to take the bronze medal with a 2-1 win having fallen behind to an eighth minute penalty corner.  Showing excellent determination, Devizes’ Tom Alsop netted from a well taken reverse stick shot and ten minutes from time Rugby & East Warwickshire's James Simpson gave England victory, scoring from close range.  Read the match report and see all the U16 boys’ scores from the weekend here.

England Under 18 Boys Team photoAlongside the U16 boys, the U18 boys were in action at Lilleshall where they narrowly missed out on the gold medal, having to settle for silver in a ten goal thriller against the Netherlands on Monday.  In front of the full banks of spectators, even a hat-trick from East Grinstead’s Luke Taylor could not prove enough as Milan Van Baal went one better netting four for the Dutch in their 6-4 victory.  Read the match report and see all the U18 boys’ scores from the weekend here.

In Valencia, where the England U16 and U18 girls were in action, the U16s missed out on a medal despite a strong performance against Germany on Monday.  England worked hard to get back into the match but some inexperience in and around the circle meant they could not claw back a goal after Denise Danne had given the Germans the lead after 12 minutes.  Read the match report and see all the U16 girls’ scores from the weekend here.

The U18 girls came even closer to winning the bronze medal as they came back from two goals behind against Spain to draw 4-4 but ultimately lost out on penalties.  Firebrands’ Jess Orret and Canterbury’s Lucy Hyams turned around an early deficit to give England a 2-1 lead but it was short lived as Spain roared back to lead 3-2 at half time. A fourth Spanish goal less than five minutes after the restart could have buried England but Havant’s Rebecca Van Berkel scored three minutes later to close the gap, before Alice Freeman’s 52nd minute goal levelled the scores to send the match to penalty strokes, where Spain held their nerve to win 3-1.  Read the match report and see all the U18 girls’ scores from the weekend here.