Women’s Hockey Returns To Cha Action With Two Games Against Syracuse – England won a dramatic penalty shoot-out to reach the Commonwealth Games final after a tense stalemate with New Zealand.
Maddie Hinch proved herself a winner again when she was in the sights of Team Great Britain in the 2016 Olympic final with a series of stunning saves in the shootout.
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New Zealand won the tie between the two at the same stage of the Games in Australia four years ago, but England exacted their revenge in the best possible way, largely thanks to marksman Hinch.
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In 60 minutes of normal time, the Blacks fought hard and managed to control the ball for long periods of time.
Although they failed to find a winner in normal time, Hinch went unbeaten in the duel to set up Sunday’s final against either Australia or India.
In the opening minutes at the sunny University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre, both sides went close to an early goal.
England were awarded a penalty minutes later, but Giselle Ansley’s strike was saved by the first runner.
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The Black Sticks also forced an early penalty but a smart block from Izzy Peter ensured his side navigated an early scare.
It was all the way but New Zealand’s Rose Tynan’s yellow card slowed the pace for the rest of the first quarter.
Giselle Ainslie saw green after the break as the ball was cleared after the whistle to further disrupt the flow, leaving both sides more confused.
England were able to muster a cohesive attack and almost opened the scoring when Sophie Hamilton chipped in New Zealand’s goal, only for the pacer to mistime the waiting Holly Hunt.
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Hope Ralph’s yellow card late in the third quarter seemed to change the momentum of the semi-final.
With the sell-out crowd roaring in Birmingham, the home side began to press, a penalty corner saw Ansley’s low drive hit the right-hand line.
Owsley then forced a double save from Grace O’Hanlon and Tess Jupp was forced off the goal line as England began to turn the screw.
Hamilton and Osley caused problems for the Black Sticks defense every time they got the ball, one smart layup by Hamilton gave Shona McCallen a good chance.
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His first shot went just wide and England had to settle for a penalty shootout.
Tess Howard also failed to get a corner as the shootout remained goalless, with Tynan and Osley failing to convert their second round of tries.
Hinch responded brilliantly to deny Katie Doerr and England took advantage when Izzy Peter coolly beat O’Hanlon to set up the opening goal.
England’s No.1 proved undaunted again as Hannon became the last Black Stick to be denied before Martin found the back of the net to send his side through to the final.
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The Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship, which was canceled for the second consecutive year less than two weeks ago, will be held at the end of August, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has confirmed.
Specific dates are August 20-31, although the host has yet to be confirmed. The IIHF said it is working with Hockey Canada to find a host city. Nova Scotia in Canada was originally scheduled to host the 10-province event from May 6 to 16, but it was canceled due to concerns about COVID-19. Nova Scotia has not said if it can host the championships.
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Although the participating countries – Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and the USA – preferred to compete in September, according to the president of the IIHF, Rene Fazel, the championship should be held in August to leave the latter. , four teams, still time to prepare for the Olympic qualifying tournament in November.
The previous decision to cancel was made at the last minute. According to ESPN, some players only need a few hours after boarding the plane to travel to Canada for pre-tournament quarantine. Many were very disappointed by the cancellation.
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“This is our Stanley Cup. Can you imagine going to the Stanley Cup Finals and before you get on the plane, [someone] says, ‘You know what, it’s canceled and we don’t know when or if.’ It’s devastating … I almost hope the young girls They won’t see it because I don’t want them to feel it,” USA captain Kendall Kevin Schofield told ESPN.
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“We’ve all been training very hard for two years for this opportunity. We thought there was no way we could pull it off. We all went through seven days of isolation before we got to Nova Scotia. After that, we were tested every day…we were robbed, one before the flight of the other teams. The day before, this It was simple, what was it? It was anger and frustration; why is this happening to us again? And there is no answer for us,” he said. Canadian defender Renata. Fast forward to ESPN.
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Ousted Olympic champions Great Britain beat the Netherlands on the pitch before a verbal barrage was unleashed, with the Dutch branding their opponents “arrogant” and the 2016 sole champions “pure luck”.
The Netherlands, the world No. 1 team, continued to defend their pre-competition favorites tag as they easily demolished their British semi-final opponents 5-1 to advance to their fifth straight Olympic final.
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The win not only added to the 1-0 group stage defeat they also inflicted on their opponents, but it was also sweet revenge for the penalty shootout defeat they suffered against the same Maddy Hinch-inspired side in Rio five years ago.
The Dutch are now unbeaten in 45 games and comments from British players before the game that their opponents will still worry about losing in Rio have rattled nerves.
“They might say it hurts, but it just gave me energy,” said Margot Van Geffen, who also played in Rio.
“I remember a lot of quarter-finals, semi-finals and other tournaments where we humiliated them. Take the 2019 European Championship for example, where we won 8-0 (against England). That hurts too, Don. Do you think? You can still see it Today: It was very lucky that they threw it away in Rio. It’s great to send them home like that today.”
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Dutch captain Eva de Goed skated straight ahead of her European rivals. “I think everyone has their own personal reason why we wanted to hurt them so badly,” he said. “We have the feeling that the girls always have a lot of anger, almost arrogance. We really wanted to show today that they didn’t really come at us. I’m happy that we were able to play our game and everyone came out. .
Felice Albers of the Netherlands celebrates her team’s fourth goal with Marlow’s Johanna Maria Kittles Credit: Dan Mullen/Getty Images AsiaPac
Having conceded just two goals in six games, scoring 21 in the process, the Dutch didn’t need much motivation until the semi-finals. The reigning world champions were brilliant and led 2-0 at halftime after two goals in a minute from Felice Albers and Marloas Kittles.
They had two more eight minutes after the restart, Marlois Versauer making a poor save from the penalty corner before Alves added the second.
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Gisele Ansley – one of seven players left in the Rio squad – scored the second from a penalty corner, but Frederik Matla rounded off an excellent performance from the Netherlands.
“It’s not the morning we planned for, we’re disappointed. Especially after the way we played against them in the pool,” said captain Holly Fern-Webb.
“We showed we can match them in big parts of the game