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It was ecstasy for the women’s team who took home the title for the first time in history. 

After coming through the group stages unbeaten they faced New Zealand in the semi-finals. When the clock struck 60 minutes, neither team had managed to get on the scoresheet, and it was into the dreaded penalties. 

With the best goalie in the world, Maddie ‘The Wall’ Hinch New Zealand failed to get past her, and England reached the final having won the shoot-out 2-0.

In the final, they faced the old foe, Australia and came storming out of the traps to take a 2-0 lead in the first half. They kept the Aussies at bay and, although the team in green and gold managed a last grasp goal, it wasn’t enough to stop the home team who were roared to gold by a sold-out crowd in the Birmingham sunshine.

For the men’s side, having gone 2-0 up, they were unable to hold of an incredible fight back from the Australian Hockeyroos and were defeated 3-2. 

They then faced South Africa in the bronze medal match on the final day of action. A high-scoring game saw the home side roared to victory winning 6-3. 

A notable mention goes to Brendan Creed who was injured during the tournament but remained as England’s biggest supporter cheering on his teammates and remaining a huge part of the squad effort. Phil Roper also came away with an incredible eight goals from the tournament.

Team England previous hockey medals

1
Gold
3
Silver
7
Bronze
11
Total

England v India, beautiful pace and Sophie Bray is one of the worlds best strikers. The scoreline is aggressive from England's point of view but this game is full of quality and scoring goals seems a bonus in this game, leaving England 6, India 0. 

You might need to know...

Teams will be drawn into two pools of five teams each with the top two in each group going head to head in the semi-finals for a chance to play in the gold medal match
Each win is worth three points; a draw is worth one point whilst there are no points for a defeat. Teams that are level on points are separated by the highest number of wins, goal difference and then goals scored
Hockey is played between two squads of 18 players on a water based pitch
Teams attempts to score goals in their opponent’s net and the team with the most goals at the end of the hour long game is declared the winner

Team Leader

Ed Barney

Ed Barney

Dr Ed Barney joined England Hockey in 2013 as the Head of Talent Development at Great Britain Hockey and has played a key role in the evolution of the nation’s hockey talent pathway. Before joining England Hockey Dr Barney was a Talent Identification Scientist for the England and Wales Cricket Board and, prior to this he was a world class sailing athlete who moved into coaching and worked as a Royal Yachting Association national sailing coach.

Dr Barney has a cutting-edge PHD in Talent Identification and Development, with an MSC in Sport Science attained at Loughborough University and a First Class Honours degree from Exeter University.

He is the performance director at England and Great Britain Hockey.

Ed Barney
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