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Women’s Super 6s: East Grinstead hold nerve to book ticket to Europe over rising Repton

East Grinstead women clinch third national indoor title in six editions against newbies Repton

COPPER BOX ARENA — When, with five minutes remaining, Chloe Brown carved a delicious backhand midway up the net for a 4-1 lead and three-goal cushion, an unbeaten season and European indoor hockey qualification for East Grinstead women seemed a formality.

“We all know what indoor is about and that it can change in a heartbeat,” Brown, nicknamed ‘Irish’, admitted afterwards. For Repton, the challengers and second to East Grinstead in their debut season, summoned a last-gasp riposte to take the women’s Super 6s finals down to the hooter. Two goals in a minute left a shoot-out in the offing before Repton were awarded a penalty corner with the final play of the game.

Amid the cacophony, a retake was awarded, reset when the buzzer announced the end of the final, before a scampering Laura Myers and the East Grinstead defence held firm to win 4-3. This was a third title in six editions for the now indoor women’s specialists. Luck was with ‘Irish’ and East Grinstead. “This is the highlight of my career,” Brown added afterwards.

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