England Women rounded off the perfect Women’s U20 European Championships by defeating Czech Republic 12-3 in the final to take home the inaugural tournament title.
The girls led from early in the first quarter and the result never looked in doubt, with two shut-out quarters in the middle of the match, to finish off the tournament with a 100% record.
Cece Green top scored with four goals in the game, Lucy Devine ably supporting with another three as the firepower of England attack proved an unstoppable force throughout.
England went into the final in Katowice, Poland as the #1 seeds after finishing the group stages with a 5-0 record, and defeated Germany in the semi-final to set up the meeting with Czech Republic.
Czech Republic came through the semi-finals with a tight victory over Wales who themselves took the bronze medal earlier in the day.
Bella Bowater was named Defender of the Tournament, with Milly Home picking up the Best Attacker award, finishing with 35 points (24G 11A) for the Championships.
With just under a year to go until the 2019 FIL Women’s Under 19 Championships in Canada, the Euros has given the girls valuable tournament experience as they look to repeat the success of the bronze medal in 2015.
England Championship Results
v Germany – 15-6
v Poland – 20-0
v Israel – 20-0
v Wales – 17-2
v Czech Republic – 17-2
Semi-Final: Germany – 19-6
Final: Czech Republic – 12-3