England Women’s hockey team reached the final of a European Championships for the first time since 1991 on the weekend after beating Netherlands in the semi-final.
The final against Germany will go down in history for most goals scored in a final and it looked good for English women after going 1-0 up after just three minutes.
They faced a strong Germany side that were able to overcome a defiant England side and after the game went into a penalty shoot-out Germany won.
The final was a great advert for the game with the score at 4-3 to Germany up until just a few minutes before full-time when England claimed the equalizer.
With the football Premier League season, Formula 1 and England cricket team to contend with for coverage on the Saturday you can be forgiven for missing the match.
After hearing about the result of the women’s hockey team in a major final it should give sport enthusiasts that relief knowing that after a long summer of major sport tournaments, England did compete above expectations in one.
The players themselves were also proud in their achievements, with some knowing they’re development will only grow from this.
Defender Giselle Ansley said “Silver means so much to me. Today was the biggest game I’ve played in my life and I’m really pleased.”
It was the mix of youth and experience that had led England to getting past the strong favourites Netherlands in the semi-final, a result that has been challenging to come by in recent years.
One of the experienced players, striker Alex Danson, spoke of her belief in the youth coming through to take the one step further.
“I know it will come. You look at some of the talented youngsters coming through and they are pushing us along, all the way, they’ve been brilliant here.”
Speaking after the game England Head Coach Jason Lee said, “Well it was a brilliant game and I felt very privileged to be there with the girls. It was a great day and it’s been a great tournament and actually as a coach I feel quite optimistic as I know there’s lots of room for improvement for us as a team. I feel very upbeat about the future and what this squad can do.”
With the 2015 European Championships being held in London there is plenty of reason to be optimistic with a home crowd that will give England that extra boost they need.