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Loughts hockey pair do their duty as England take the silver medal.

PUBLISHED: 09:29 29 April 2011

Emily Defroand.

Emily Defroand.

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Old Loughts Emily Defroand featured for England over Easter

»Old Loughtonians pair George Lilley and Sam Spencer helped England under-18s boys to a silver medal in the International Four Nations tournament at Lilleshall NSC, Shropshire over the Easter weekend.

Lilley started all four of England’s matches, while Spencer made one start and two substitute appearances, sitting out the opener against Spain on Good Friday, where England ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.

Luke Taylor, David Goodfield and James Spain gave England a three-goal lead before half time and their scoring was complete on the hour when Tom Batchelor netted. Spain registered a consolation a minute later.

Batchelor was on target again in the second match, netting a dramatic late winner to edge out Germany 4-3 on Saturday.

Oliver Lobo opened the scoring and Taylor’s penalty stroke doubled England’s lead, but Germany hit back through Benedikt Swiatek before half time.

Taylor restored the two-goal cushion after the restart, but a Jan Christopher Ruhr double looked set to earn Germany a point, before Batchelor’s 69th minute goal sealed the win.

England took on Netherlands in their final group match on Easter Sunday, but limped to a disappointing 4-0 defeat.

However, they still finished as group winners and took on Netherlands in the gold medal match, while third placed Spain met fourth placed Germany to compete for bronze.

In a thrilling final, a hat-trick from Taylor could not prevent a 6-4 defeat for England.

Ben Mackey opened the scoring in the first minute, however Milan van Baal cored twice to edge Netherlands in front. Roderic Schwirtz extended Netherlands’ lead further, but Taylor’s double levelled the score at 3-3.

Van Baal then took his tally to four and Haje Meijer weighed in with a sixth, before Taylor completed his treble to reduce the arrears, but Netherlands clinched the gold.

Germany won bronze with a 6-3 win over Spain.

In the girl’s under-18s tournament, held in Valencia, Old Lought’s duo Emily Defroand and Elisa Filarmonico featured for England, who were denied a bronze medal with defeat to Spain on penalty strokes.

Defroand made three starts and one substitute appearance in England’s four matches over the long weekend, while Filarmonico made two starts and one appearance from the bench.

They began with a 4-1 defeat to Netherlands with Grace Balsdon netting England’s only goal.

The second match saw a battling performance against Spain, but England slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

England’s third group stage defeat, 3-1 to Germany, ensured they finished bottom of the pile and would compete with Spain for bronze.

Rebecca van Berkel netted England’s only goal with a penalty corner in the second half, but Germany’s three goals set up their gold medal match with group winners Netherlands, where they were edged out 4-3.

A thrilling bronze medal match saw England draw 4-4 with Spain in normal time, but suffer penalty heartbreak, sending them home empty-handed.

Spain took the lead through Magaz, but Jess Orrett and Lucy Hyams soon put England in front.

Goals from Andrea Guerra, Carola Salvatella and Celia Sanchez-Valverde followed and looked set to earn the hosts victory, but Van Berkel and Alice Freeman netted to send the game to penalty strokes, where Spain held their nerve to win 3-1.


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