Game 1 v Wales
England U17s started their EU Nations campaign with a comprehensive 11-3 (2-0, 3-1, 4-1, 2-1) victory over Wales in Brno, Czech Republic.
An excellent and disciplined team performance from our junior women, who proved too strong for Wales in defence and attack.
Our goalscorers against Wales were Katie Bowater (4), Lucy Mills (3), Erin Andrew (2), Lilymay Girvin (1) & Imogen Smith (1).
Game 2 v The Czech Republic
England U17s stormed to their second victory of the day with an outstanding 18-0 (4-0, 3-0, 6-0, 5-0) win against the hosts Czech Republic II.
Another sensational performance from our junior women, who have taken firm command of Group B ahead of tomorrow’s final preliminary match against Denmark.
Game 3 v Denmark
England U17s produced another powerful performance at the EU Nations Junior Women’s Tournament with a sensational 18-3 (4-1, 5-0, 5-1, 4-1) triumph over Denmark.
The result maintained their 100% win record in Brno and sees England finish the preliminary stage top of Group B.
Game 4 v Germany
England U17s had a battling 9-5 (5-1, 2-0, 2-2, 0-2) defeat to Germany in the semi-finals.
Despite a slow start against the tough and physical Germans, England fought back hard and pushed their opponents right until the final whistle.
Game 5 v Denmark
BRONZE! England U17s won the bronze medal at the EU Nations Junior Women’s Tournament after an outstanding 16-3 (5-1, 2-1, 3-0, 6-1) victory over Denmark.
The podium finish was fully deserved as England performed superbly throughout this competition and only narrowly missed out on a place in the final.
Head coach Sarah Dunsbee looked on proudly as her talented youngsters collected their medals and told us that this has been an excellent experience for them all ahead of this year’s European Championships in Volos, Greece (1st-8th September)
“This has been a great tournament for us. The gap between the top three teams has been narrowed and our results show this,” said Sarah.
“Going forward, we need to play high level games and as soon as this year’s NAGs are finished, the team will be training hard and preparing fully for September.
“We will also be playing high quality games to bring the girls up to the level of European polo.”
Massive congratulations to all the squad and coaches and a huge thanks to all the travelling support here in the stands and back home!
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