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WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Australia take gold after dramatic final with England

Australia react after winning a penalty shoot out during the Women's Gold Medal against England

Australia react after winning a penalty shoot out during the Women's Gold Medal against England

England failed to make it a shoot-out double as Australia claimed Commonwealth Games hockey gold after a dramatic women’s final at Glasgow Green.

The English, who beat New Zealand in a shoot-out in the semi-finals, could not repeat their heroics though as Alex Danson, Susie Gilbert and Nicola White all failed to beat Aussie keeper Madonna Blyth as they lost 3-1.

England captain Kate Richardson-Walsh said: “I’m devastated. Taking it that close and losing is heartbreaking. I’ve played enough games to know about bloody last-minute equalisers.”

She is considering retirement, and added: “I have to go and take some time to consider what’s best for me and the team.”

Richardson-Walsh could still find positives to take away from Glasgow, saying: “It has honestly been amazing. The fans have been great. It’s one of the best pitches I’ve ever played on. Without a doubt before coming to the Games I knew Glasgow was going to be amazing.”

Australia forward Georgina Parker said: “We had all the shots and possession. They only had one from one so once we scored we knew we’d win.

“We’re pretty confident with our one-versus-ones and we’ve got the best goalkeeper in the world. We have a great videography team and studied the penalties. Anyone in our team could have taken a penalty really.”

 

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