EuroHockey Championship II (Women)
After four days of hockey, we’ve seen eight different teams play three games each, giving the local fans twelve games in total. Four teams played in Pool A and four teams played in Pool B. The top two teams go into the semi finals in a cross over with the opposite Pool. We’ll then have bronze and gold medal matches. The fixtures for that are shown later on in this article.
The bottom two teams drop down into a newly formed Pool C. As any given nation will have already played the other side from their first round Pool, the result of only that particular match carries over. For example, Wales beat Turkey by five goals to one. Therefore the Welsh enter Pool C already with three points for that win and a goal difference of one, whilst Turkey have zero points and a goal difference of minus one. This means that everybody still have to play the two other competiting nations that came from the opposite side of the draw.
Italy 3 – 1 Wales
Poland 6 – 0 Turkey
Wales 5 – 1 Turkey
Poland 0 – 0 Italy
Italy 10 – 1 Turkey
Wales 2 – 2 Poland
Scotland 7 – 0 Ukraine
Czech R. 2 – 2 Austria
Ukraine 1 – 2 Austria
Czech R. 2 – 3 Scotland
Ukraine 4 – 3 Czech R.
Scotland 3 – 0 Austria
10.15 Turkey vs. Czech Republic (Pool C)
12.30 Wales vs. Ukraine (Pool C)
14.45 Italy vs. Austria (Semi Final 1)
17.00 Scotland vs. Poland (Semi Final 2)
09.30 Wales vs. Czech Republic (Pool C)
11.45 Ukraine vs. Turkey (Pool C)
14.00 Loser Semi Final 1 vs. Loser Semi Final 2 (Bronze Medal Match)
16.15 Winner Semi Final 1 vs. Winner Semi Final 2 (Gold Medal Match)
Team of the First Round
Amy Gibson (Scotland)
The former Great Britain international, 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.
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 infront of the sweeper, linking up with the centre halfs. She is also leading the goal scoring charts at this tournament, with two 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 excting 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.
Nathalie Matousek (Austria)
The 19 year old is very exciting young talent. She had a good game against Ukraine, where she scored a field goal. Her movement off the ball is god and her enthusiasm for the game is palpable. She only had two appearences for her country coming into the tournament, but she looks comfortable within this environment.
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, 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.
Magdalena Zagajska (Poland)
One of the players in this competition, who has her sights set on the top goalscorer award. She currently has three goals, two from open play and one from a penalty corner.
Charlotte Watson (Scotland)
The 21 year old has recently made her debut for Great Britain. Another young and exciting prospect. It was six and half a dozen between her and the Austrian Nathalie Matousek in the team.
Adela Lehovcova (Czech Republic)
She is one of the important players for her team. Alot 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.