Row and Annie play for England U18s
L1s players Row Hearn and Annie Denly spent the Easter weekend in Holland with England U18s. Their base was HC MOP near Den Bosch, a club Sophie Bray and Shona McCallin have played for - and a special chance for a chat with former GB keeper and London 2012 bronze medallist, Beth Storry, who came along to watch. Just the four astro pitches at MOP – a normal Dutch club…
It was the traditional meeting of the two countries at the start of the international season, which runs through to the end of July. This three-match series against the Oranje Hockey Meisjes, who train together each week, is always a tough start for the England girls. The first quarter of the first match didn’t go well, England swiftly finding themselves 3-0 down; however, the girls rallied well and got the psychological boost of a goal, the final score 5-1. The other two matches were much more evenly matched and very competitive, with some high quality, skilful hockey played. England led in the second match until half time (Annie close to scoring on the post to increase the lead), but ended as a creditable 2-1 loss. England played their best hockey in the final match, which was level at half-time, Row keeping the U18s in the running with a goal-line save from a PC; however, this match too ended with a 2-1 win for the Dutch. Much to learn from. A full report and team photo is on the England website here.
A great experience for Row and Annie, who now look forward to the prospect of matches against Wales, Scotland, Germany and Belgium before competing for squad places for the Europeans in Santander in July. Fantastic for Hawks to have youngsters from our club playing at this highest level – well done you two!