04:00PM, Thursday 07 November 2019
Great Britain Hockey
Maidenhead’s Maddie Hinch and Shona McCallin, now a coach with Maidenhead Hockey Club, have helped Great Britain’s women qualify for next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.
The women’s team will get a chance to defend their Olympic crown after beating Chile 5-1 on aggregate in a do-or-die qualifying play-off in London over the weekend.
After a 3-0 win in Saturday’s first leg, Mark Hager’s side secured a 2-1 victory on Sunday to claim a 5-1 win on aggregate.
The men’s team have also qualified after beating Malaysia 5-2 on Sunday following a 4-1 win in the first leg to take the tie 9-3 overall.
It was the final chance for both teams to qualify after disappointing results in recent tournaments.
Great Britain’s women won their first Olympic title with a thrilling shoot-out victory over the Netherlands at Rio 2016.
Seven of the Rio gold medallists are in the current squad which finished second bottom in the inaugural FIH Pro League season and outside of the medal places at the 2018 World Cup and 2019 European Championships.
Both the Marlow men’s 1st and 2nd teams ground out impressive wins this weekend, despite making numerous alterations to their line-ups.
The 1st team recovered from trailing 2-1 to Eastcote at half-time to easily beat them 7-3.
The goals were scored at regular intervals after the break with Pat Staal getting the pick of them with a reverse stick pile-driver. Chris Sewell bagged a hat-trick and further goals from Ollie Cadinouche, Matt Bilsland and Lewis Goodman completed a resounding victory.
The 2nd team made light of their makeshift defence to beat Wycombe 2nds 4-0 at Bisham Abbey. Their two young goalkeepers, who both played a half each, coped well when called into action while the goals were scored by James Ashburner, David Hand (two) and Dan Merrell.
There were mixed results for the rest of the men’s teams, with Marlow’s 3rd team losing 3-2 to Wallingford 2nds and their 4th team drawing 1-1 with Bicester 2nds. The 5ths beat Oxford Hawks 6ths 4-2 at home but the 6ths lost 3-2 away at Amersham & Chalfont 5ths.
The ladies 1st team got the better of local rivals Maidenhead 4-2 away from home to move up to sixth in the South League Division 1 table.
Maids had the edge in the early stages and led 2-1, but a penalty stroke from Natalie Riches brought the sides level at the interval. The visitors then took the lead through Jane Smith’s fine finish and went on to win 4-2. Kerri Smith was also on target for the visitors while Jane Smith added to her season’s tally.
Maidenhead Ladies 2nds softened the blow by beating Marlow Ladies 4ths 6-1 at the weekend.
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