Hundreds of hockey fans were in Reading last night to watch the England men's side take on Ireland in the Nations Cup. England were victorious by 3 goals to nil and as Mel Bloor reports, the game marks the start of preparations for an exciting summer of hockey.
The interviewees are: Simon Mantell, England & Reading Forward; Ashley Jackson England & East Grinstead Midfielder; and Bobby Crutchley, England Head Coach.
Evan MacCrill is a former Sussex student who has designed and patented a new type of hockey stick. Crown Hockey can reduce the vibrations that can travel up the stick making the sport much more enjoyable for players. He told our Sports Reporter Sarah Gomme where the inspiration came from.
England's women are through to the EuroHockey final for the first time in 22 years after a penalty shoot-out victory over Holland in Belgium.
The semi-final finished 1-1 after 70 minutes and the teams were level at 2-2 after five penalties each with Maddie Hinch making three saves to take the shootout to sudden death.
Reading's Helen Richardson and Eva de Goede both saw their penalties saved but Alex Danson, who also plays for Reading, netted and a further save from Hinch saw England through.
England's women are through to the finals of the EuroHockey Championships in Belgium after beating the Netherlands on penalties. Reading's Alex Danson scored the winning goal to take them through to their first European final since 1991.
Great Britain's hockey heroines have a lot to smile about. Last month they won bronze at the Olympics. And this weekend - they're back in League action.
Six of the women's squad play for Reading. And GB captain Kate Walsh, who broke her jaw during the games, takes on the role as assistant coach this year. Mel Bloor has been to see them.
Britain's women's hockey team, which is based in Reading, has won Olympic bronze by beating New Zealand 3-1.
The Team GB hockey team, which is based in Reading, has lost out on a place in the Olympic final.
They were beaten 2-1 by Argentina after scoring their only goal in the last 7 minutes of the semi-final match.
Britain's Nick Dempsey has won silver in the men's RS:X class. Holland's Dorian van Rijsselberge took the gold.
Reading diver Chris Mears has made it through to the men's 3m springboard final.
The teenager 19-year-old from Burghfield Common won his place in the final at the Aquatics Centre.
The teenager will compete against 12 other divers at 7pm.
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