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Medal glory for our international hockey girls

Upper sixth pupils Lily Wolstenholme and Lauren Hunt were part of the England U18 Hockey team that secured third place at the European Youth Championships.

The girls, who started every game of the tournament, faced Germany, Russia and host nation Ireland in the group stages with Lily scoring in the victories over the latter two countries.

In the semi-final England came up against a strong Holland side and, unable to get the better of the Dutch girls, lost the match.

In the third place play-off match the girls went up against Belgium. After a closely contested encounter the game ended 1-1 and the tie went to penalties. England managed to hold their nerve and emerged victorious – with Lily gamely scoring with her attempt.

Speaking about her experience Lauren said: “The Championships were great as it gave us the chance to play against the best players in Europe. It was interesting to face teams that had different styles of play and as there was a language barrier it was even more important to read the game well. We had a lot of training and I was really happy when we collected our medals as it showed that all our hard work had paid off.”

Lily also had a great time at the Championships: “It was a great experience and I enjoyed every minute. To be able to grab a few goals was amazing and I was so happy that I managed to score my penalty in the play-off match. I was really nervous but to see everyone so happy and jumping for joy made it worth it!”

There was further good news for Lily after it was announced that she has been invited to the England U21 development squad.

The hockey girls have a packed season ahead with a raft of games organised until the end of the spring term. Click here for a look at their fixtures for 2016-2017.