Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Women’s Hockey World Cup diary: Goalkeepers, cards, cakes and anthems

The Hockey Paper’s regular diary of on and off field colour, tit bits, best quotes and happenings around the Women’s World Cup

Goalkeepers united

Anne Veenendaal, a reserve in Tokyo but switching as a sub with Josine Koning for the Netherlands’ pool matches, also had to contend with playing against her girlfriend in the defending champions’ opening match with Ireland.

Irish stopper Ayeisha McFerran and Veenendaal are partners who live in Utrecht together. “It’s always special to play against each other,” Veenendaal says. “That is extra special, even if it has happened quite often already.

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  1. Thought Chile were impressive against Germany – worked hard, defended well, just ran out of steam towards the end of the game. Certainly a positive performance against one of the tournament’s stronger teams.


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