EuroHockey Championship II (Women)
Full Time Review
After seven days and 20 games we finally have a set of final standings, winners, losers and goals a plenty. The top two ranked teams coming into the tournament did in fact make the final, the lowest ranked and least experienced team at the start of the week came bottom. The big surprise came with third ranked side Czech Republic coming sixth and almost getting relegated to the third tier of European hockey.
Team of the Tournament
Amy Gibson (Scotland)
The former Great Britain international and winner of the Goalkeeper of the Tournament Award, is a full time athlete for German Bundesliga Champions Der Club An Der Alster. She has a good positional sense and has made some good saves for her side.
Chiara Tiddi (Italy)
The Italian captain is the focal point in defence for her country, playing sweeper and uses her range of passing to keep the Latin Europeans moving forward. She is also a key asst at set pieces, having scored two goals from penalty corners, in her three games so far.
Leah Wilkinson (Wales)
Another captain and another penalty corner specialist. She is generally a part of the Welsh routines and has scored one of her two goals from directly from a set piece.
Marleena Rybacha (Poland)
The Polish skipper, plies her trade for HC Oranje-Rood, in the Netherlands. She is also the most capped female player in the history of Poland Hockey. She played her 100th game in the first Pool match against Turkey. Her team has one of the best defences in the championship so far, and she is an ever present force within that set up. Rybacha won the Player of the Tournament Award.
Kareena Cuthbert (Scotland)
Captain Cuthbert is listed as a defender on the Scottish Hockey Website and she does sit deep within her team’s set up, but she would be equally comfortable in midfield. She generally is the player that sits in front of the sweeper, linking up with the centre half’s. She is also her team’s top the goal scorer charts at this tournament, with three goals from penalty corners and another from open play.
Jasbeer Singh (Italy)
She first came to my attention during last years World Cup in London. She’s come into this tournament and been in good form. She’s technically very comfortable on the ball, gets up and down the pitch well and interacts with her teams to help create attacking moves. She is currently playing for Royal Léopold Club, in Belgium.
Sarah Jones (Wales)
The Great Britain international had a decent Pro-League this year and has brought her experiences from that tournament into this championship. She is a great hussler and bustler, but has more than that to her game. You can see her intelligence from the way she plays and brings the best out of those around her.
Sarah Robertson (Scotland)
Another current Great Britain player. She plays over in England for Hampstead and Westminster. She’s physically strong, powerful when tackling, as well as moving forward with the ball. She brings others into the game, normally playing the pass for the goal, or the pass for the assist.
Giuliana Ruggieri (Italy)
An exciting attacking player who has two field goals to her name. She can play across the forward line, or as the attacking midfielder. Great fun to watch.
Magdalena Zagajska (Poland)
One of the joint top goalscorers in this competition, finished with three field goals and two from penalty corners. Zagajska has been labelled as one of the top players as in the Polish domestic league.
Louise Campbell (Scotland)
I love Louise Campbell. I saw her run the half the length of the pitch, in her first game, carrying the ball from pretty much her own 25 yard line, to the other, before laying on a good pass for a team mate. Ukrainians, literally, were bouncing off of her. Great to watch.
Nikki Cochrane (Scotland)
The alternate goalkeeper in the Scotland squad, has been rotating with Gibson, between the posts. The player, nicknamed Coco, by her teammates is in the Great Britain set up. She has made some important saves so far this tournament.
Celina Traverso (Italy)
A solid defender and a good passer of the ball and part of the team that won the silver medal. She helps her team attack the wide channels.
Jennifer Eadie (Scotland)
Looks great in the centre of midfield for the host nation.
Maryna Vynohradova (Italy)
The former Ukrainian international now plays for Italy. She’s been doing really well over the past few days. A good all round hockey player.
Emily Dark (Scotland)
The 18 year old is the winner of the Young Player of the Tournament Award and scored the opening goal in the semi final against Poland. This is her second international tournament and one to look out for in the future.
Charlotte Watson (Scotland)
The 21 year old has recently made her debut for Great Britain. She is another young and exciting prospect coming out of the Scottish team, having scored two goals over the course of the tournament.
Adela Lehovcova (Czech Republic)
She is one of the important players for her team. A lot of what the Czech’s did well in this tournament went through her. A good ball carrier, passer of the ball and she has an eye for goal, having scored two so far.