Right so I’ve been watching the England women play hockey against the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships (EHC) which is held in Boom, Belgium.
If you were planning on watching the replay over on the BBC STOP READING NOW… Or just carry on. It’s very exciting.
England were up 1-0 after a own goal (yay!) then Eva de Goede scored a superb goal to equalise (I would boo but it was a pretty awesome goal).
The second half saw Sally Walton stretchered off from a very serious, nasty looking foot/ankle injury. She received gas and air and even through TV speakers you could hear her moan in pain. Watching the replay of her fall over from side stepping made everyone watching wince.
The 70 minutes ended at 1-1… So we went to penalties. England and penalties don’t usually mix but the last time we went to penalty shuttles (that’s hockey speak for penalty shot/strike) against the Dutch in 1991 we won. Alex Danson and Helen Richardson scored for us! But the Dutch equalized leaving it 2-2 out of 5. Sudden Death time *dun dun dunnn* All I really need to say is that the Dutch missed and Danson scored. TAKING US THROUGH TO SATURDAY’S FINAL!! Yes we beat the Euro and Olympic champions to get through to the final… ON PENALTIES. Take that football! I screamed a lot but it was very necessary.
I digress slightly. The hero of this match was the superb England goal keeper Maddie Hinch. She’s like Supergirl on the pitch but in protective clothing. Watch a replay. She’s very quick and agile. A force to be reckoned with, I’m just glad she’s on our side.
So on Saturday at 3pm I will be watching the Gold medal match against Germany because, lets face it, it’ll be a great match. Until then my thoughts are with Sally Walton in hoping her injury looked and sounded worse than it was and with our girls for playing brilliantly!