Baku bronze for England
Chloe Rogers and Lisa Wooding are celebrating after helping England to third place at the AtaHolding Champions Challenge Hockey tournament . Chloe, from Barnston, helped England defeat the USA on Sunday in Baku to take the bronze medal and move them up to
Chloe Rogers and Lisa Wooding are celebrating after helping England to third place at the AtaHolding Champions Challenge Hockey tournament .
Chloe, from Barnston, helped England defeat the USA on Sunday in Baku to take the bronze medal and move them up to ninth in the world rankings, with former Canfield resident Lisa missing that clash due to injury.
"I was very pleased with third place as we were ranked fifth in the world of the teams in the tournament, so to finish above that and walk away with a medal was a good achievement," said 22-year-old Chloe.
"We were hoping to make the final before the competition, but China and Korea are very good teams and deserved to be there."
After a mixed start to the competition which saw England beat New Zealand, draw with the USA and suffer a defeat against Korea, they defeated hosts Azerbaijan 1-0 on Thursday, meaning a victory over China would give them a shot at the title.
However, the eventual tournament winners were too strong on Saturday taking a 4-1 victory.
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"China got better as the tournament went on and ended up beating a very good Korea side in the final," said Chloe.
"It was extremely hot (42 degrees) and they coped with it better than we did.
"We didn't play that badly though, they had four penalty corners and scored three of them. We had eight against the USA and didn't score any and that was the difference, they took their chances and we didn't.
"We had a good second half and won that 1-0, so we weren't too down after as we felt we had played reasonably well."
England made up for that defeat with an impressive display and 2-1 victory over the Americans.
England dominated the first half, but were made to pay for their missed opportunities when the USA took the lead just after half-time.
They hit back straight away however, when Chloe crossed for Cathy Gillat-Smith to fire home and just four minutes later, Rachel Walker put them ahead.
The USA scored a a late equaliser in the pool came between the two, but despite putting England under considerable pressure, they couldn't repeat the feat this time round and it was England who took the bronze medal and third place.
"We were in control for most of the game similar to the group match and they scored against the run of play," said Chelmsford player Chloe.
"We played very well and I just wish we had made more of our chances to make it easier for ourselves, but I was pleased we managed to hold out."
Next up for England is the European Cup in Manchester in August, with the top three teams qualifying for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.
Chloe is fully aware of its importance and is expecting a difficult time at the tournament.
"It will be tough as we have got Germany who are Olympic champions, Holland the world number one and Spain who have beaten us before," she said.
"It's going to be tight and very close for that final spot, but I'm looking forward to it.
"England haven't hosted a major hockey tournament for a long while and I'm sure they will put on a good show.