EuroHockey Championships: England 0 Netherlands 1

PUBLISHED: 21:13 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 21:13 24 August 2017

England's women huddle before play (pic Frank Uijlenbroek/England Hockey)

England's women huddle before play (pic Frank Uijlenbroek/England Hockey)

WSP/Frank Uijlenbroek

A final quarter strike from Marloes Keetels guided the Netherlands to victory over England in their Rabo EuroHockey Championships semi-final clash.

It was a thrilling encounter between the sides with 10,000 fans filling the Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam and the action on the pitch matched the atmosphere in the stands.

The Dutch go on to face Belgium in the final while England will now play Germany for the bronze medal on Saturday at 4pm.

It was England who made the brighter start as, breaking down the right, Susannah Townsend made her way into the circle before unleashing a strike at goal, but Anne Veenendaal was able to kick away.

The Dutch responded strongly and some stunning defending from Shona McCallin on the line saw her hook away a fierce effort from a penalty corner before later blocking Frederique Matla’s effort before the first break.

A tighter and tense second quarter followed and the loud Dutch crowd were quietened as England ended the half strongly as captain Alex Danson spun and shot at goal before winning a penalty corner which was cleared.

Just before the break Zoe Shipperley fired a cross to Sophie Bray but her touch could only take the ball wide as the sides entered the break with the scoreline still blank.

The game continued to be played at a flying pace with the hosts settling into their rhythm and pinning England back.

However, stoic defending and tenacity from the English backline and two eye-catching tackles from Hollie Webb kept the Netherlands at bay.

Four minutes into the final quarter the deadlock was eventually broken as England lost possession in midfield allowing the Dutch to break.

Maddie Hinch made an initial save but Keetels collected the rebound and fired quickly into the goal with aplomb to put her side ahead.

There was to be no way back for the defending champions and as the clock ran down they removed Hinch for a kicking back in the closing minutes, but it could not change the outcome as the Dutch held on to their lead to reach the final.

England: Maddie Hinch, Hollie Webb, Anna Toman, Laura Unsworth, Giselle Ansley, Susannah Townsend, Shona McCallin, Hannah Martin, Lily Owsley, Alex Danson, Sophie Bray, Zoe Shipperley, Ellie Rayer, Jo Hunter, Sarah Haycroft, Emily Defroand, Ellie Watton. Unused: Amy Tennant.

Latest Romford Sports News


Alastair Cook admits it is a daily struggle to conquer the self-doubts which can constrain even his all-time record run-scoring habits.

Yesterday, 21:07

Raiders will bring a slender lead back to Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre for the second leg of their play-off with Bracknell after a topsy-turvy battle in Berkshire on Saturday.

Yesterday, 11:16

West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady has issued a public apology for the club’s problems on and off the pitch and said the board takes full responsbility for the Hammers’ predicament.

Fri, 17:00

Former Birmingham City youngster has become a regular fixture in starting XI for Daggers in recent weeks

Fri, 16:00

Romford boss Paul Martin is hoping busy fixture lists can play into their hands down the final stretch of the season, writes Jacob ranson.

Fri, 15:00

While Essex had representatives in the four corners of the cricket-playing world over the winter, the sensation of September, Sam Cook, stayed home and buried his head in books.

Fri, 14:00

Urchins assistant manager wants to win all nine of their remaining fixtures in the Bostik North this season

Fri, 13:00

With no competitive game now until March 31, West Ham United have headed off to Florida for some warm-weather training.


Many drivers will be heading to the showrooms in March looking to pick up a car bearing the shiny new 18 registration plate.

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now