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Women’s semi-finalists decided in Delhi

England 5 New Zealand 3 (m)
England 3 Malaysia 0 (w)
Pakistan 0 Australia 1 (m)
Australia 5 Scotland 2 (w)
New Zealand 3 Canada 1 (w)
Canada 2 Trinidad & Tobago 0 (m)
South Africa 1 India 3 (w)
India 4 Scotland 0 (m)

England will play Australia, and South Africa will play New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games women’s hockey semi finals. Australia’s men are also guaranteed a semi-final place with a game still to play.

England 5 New Zealand 3 (m)
England 3 Malaysia 0 (w)
Pakistan 0 Australia 1 (m)
Australia 5 Scotland 2 (w)
New Zealand 3 Canada 1 (w)
Canada 2 Trinidad & Tobago 0 (m)
South Africa 1 India 3 (w)
India 4 Scotland 0 (m)

England will play Australia, and South Africa will play New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games women’s hockey semi finals. Australia’s men are also guaranteed a semi-final place with a game still to play.
England booked their semi-final place with a comfortable win over Malaysia. It took the English a long time to break through – but a clever reverse finish from Nicola White, set up by a driving run from Alex Danson in the 33rd minute settled the nerves.
Danson added another fine reverse struck goal in the 40th and when Georgie Twigg deflected home a corner in the 46th minute – it was job done.
New Zealand’s expected win over Canada gave them first place in the pool and a semi final against pool B runner’s up South Africa.
Australia finished top of group A thanks to a win over Scotland and India’s defeat of the South Africans. India’s 3-1 winning margin was not enough to force the Springboks out of the semis on goal difference (India would have needed two more goals).
In the men’s hockey tournament, England returned to something like form knocking New Zealand off the top of group B with a 5-3 win. James Tindall was in typical hard-hitting form and produced a hat-trick just when England needed it most. Richard Mantell and Rob Moore added corner finishes.
The semi finalists in group B will now be two from England, South Africa and New Zealand. First place is all-important for sides wishing to dodge the almost certain winners of pool A, world champions Australia. The Kookaburras beat Pakistan 1-0 thanks to a 33rd minute corner from Chris Ciriello.
On Sunday, England play South Africa first up (7.30am UK, BBC red button satellite and cable). A win means England win the group, a draw opens the door for the Blacksticks to take first spot, while a South African win would propel them into the semis. New Zealand then play Canada (2pm) – a game the Blacksticks should win, and nail-down a semi-final spot in the process.
In pool A, Australia seem likely winners over Malaysia (start 5pm).
That leaves the India Pakistan clash at 7pm as deciding the other semi-final place from the pool. In case of a draw, Pakistan just have the edge on goal difference, despite India’s 4-0 defeat of Scotland on Saturday.

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