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England women's hockey team prepare for match

England's hockey teams are in action over the next few days hoping to prove they are world beaters.

The women's team take on two sides ranked in the top 3, while the men have World Cup qualifiers.

They were all training at Bisham Abbey on the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire border today.

Andrew Pate went along to see how preparations are going.

Andrew spoke to Olympic Gold medallists Alex Danson and Maddie Hinch. He also spoke to David Condon and Chris Griffiths from England & East Grinstead.

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England hockey match points to an exciting summer

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.

England's women reach EuroHockey final

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.


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