HWC AWARDS - MONCHENGLADBACH
England Hockey Board President Simon Mason presented this year's Pollard and Moore Awards at the end of the Gant European Nations Cup tournament in Monchengladbach.
Marjorie Pollard Award Helen Richardson
Chris Moore Award Barry Middleton
The Awards were made to the best UK player in the two European events.
Both England teams were defeated in their semi-finals but won out in their bronze medal play-off matches.
England came through the pool stage with maximum points but then met Netherlands in the semi-final. Coach Danny Kerry described the England performance as "bitterly disappointing" as they went down to the Dutch to a goal in each half. However, in their final classification match, for the bronze medals, England's women came out intent on making an impact. Athough Spain scored first (47th minute) England fought back almost immediately through Helen Richardson. The same player sealed it for England with another goal two minutes from time.
The women's final was between Netherlands and Germany with the Dutch victors by 2-0.
Defending their European title, the men met Germany in their semi-final. It was a game seriously affected by the weather with a stoppage in the second half of more than an hour due to the pitch becoming flooded. Germany had scored their first goal in the 16th minute and there was no more scoring before the halt was called for the flooded pitch. On the return Germany added two more to see them through to the final.
England moved to the bronze medal match and met Belgium. It was a tight game with England taking the lead in the sixth minute and Belgium equalising after 43 minutes. It remained level at full time and extra time was called for. With five minutes of extra time gone Catlin's effort caused the Belgian goalkeeper to push the ball out which was picked up and netted by Tindall: a golden goal to end the game and give England the bronze medals.
The men's final saw Germany beat Netherlands by 4-2.
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