Netherlands win women's European championship
22 Aug 2005 08:28
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Netherlands scored twice in the first 10 minutes and held Germany scoreless in the second half to secure their fourth consecutive women’s European Nations Cup with a 2-1 victory in Dublin.
By winning Friday's semi finals, both teams had already ensured their qualification for the BDO Hockey World Cup in Madrid next year.
In a rematch of the Athens Olympic Final and 2004 BDO Hockey Champions Trophy final, Netherlands began brightly with two Ellen Hoog goals in the opening 10 minutes had elapsed to jump to a 2-0 lead.
Olympic champions Germany reduced the margin in the 23rd minute with a penalty corner goal to Natascha Keller, but were unable to add another as the Dutch took a 2-1 lead into half time.
Neither team could add to their goal tally in the second half as the Netherlands ensured their fourth consecutive European title.
In the other playoff matches, England thrashed Spain 4-0 to finish third, with Mel Clewlow, Alex Danson and Helen Grant all scoring early in the match to open a comfortable lead. England cruised to victory after half time and Tina Cullen added another near the end of the match to complete an emphatic bronze medal performance.
Home team Ireland were too good in a 4-1 defeated on Ukraine to finish fifth. Ukraine took a surprising lead in the 14thminute but Ireland drew level midway through the first half and then scored three quick goals after half time to coast to victory.
In the battle to avoid last place, Scotland were never troubled and recorded a 5-0 whitewash of France.
Netherlands 2 defeated Germany 1
Goals: NED – Ellen Hoog FG 7m PC 10m; GER – Natascha Keller PC 23m
3rd Place Playoff
England 4 defeated Spain 0
Goals: ENG – Mel Clewlow PC 8m, Alex Danson PC 12m, Helen Grant PC 25m, Tina Cullen FG 66m
5th Place Playoff
Ireland 4 defeated Ukraine 1
Goals: IRL – Ciara O’Brien PC 18m, Jill Orbinson PC 36m, Jenny Burke FG 41m, Lynsey McVicker FG 44m; UKR – Tetyana Salenko FG 15m
7th Place Playoff
Scotland 5 defeated France 0
Goals: SCO – Cheryl Valentine FG 4m, Rhona Simpson FG 21 FG 70m, Catriona Semple FG 59m, Holly Cram FG 64m