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Inspired Hinch helps secure World League bronze

December 9, 2013 07:39 am

Maddie Hinch starred as England claimed bronze at the women's hockey World League finals following a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over hosts Argentina.

The goalkeeper was in inspired form after the sides could not be separated following a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Laura Unsworth scored her first international goal to give England a fourth minute lead but a second half Sally Walton own goal levelled the scores.

But Hinch saved from Delfina Merino and Julia Gomes Fantasia to secure a 4-2 shoot-out win against the world number one side, silencing the famously fanatical and 10,000 strong Las Leonas home support.

“Playing Argentina, in Argentina, has always been one of my favourite experiences across my career," said captain Helen Richardson-Walsh. 

"The atmosphere is just amazing and I’m very proud that we were able to stand up to that pressure and still play our game with that amount of noise going on.

"Every game against Argentina is an open game, there’s always lots of attacking chances for both sides. We were set a new tactical challenge by our coach and I think we took it on board well. 

"Picking yourself up after a defeat like yesterday’s [3-0 against Australia], both emotionally and physically, is so tough, but I’m really proud of how the team played. We are definitely learning and growing as a squad all the time.”

Meanwhile, the Netherlands powered past Australia 5-1 with a brilliant performance to take the gold medal.

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