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Aug. 8, 2022 — Hard to fathom

The history of the Commonwealth Games has been one of frustration for the women of England.

Since field hockey became a medal sport at Kuala Lampur 1998, Team England has never failed to make the medal stand on the women’s side, but were winless in three trips to the final.

That is, until yesterday. England, with four debutantes filling in for Team GB members who left the team after Tokyo, played confident and skilled hockey in beating Australia 2-1.

For the most part, however, the game did not play out like a one-goal game. England kept the Hockeyroos at bay with possession, and goalie Maddie Hinch saw barely a shot through three-quarter time.

That allowed Holly Hunt and Tess Howard to net the game-winners in the second quarter only a few minutes apart.

The result is unprecedented, yet puzzling. England/Team GB has won a number of world trophies over the years, including the Rio Olympics. But the British Isles have never won an FIH World Cup. Indeed, after winning seven IFWHA championships through 1975, the Roses have seen their tournament luck run cold.

It’s an interesting time for women’s field hockey in England and Great Britain. With expectations at an all-time high for the national women’s soccer team after the recent Euro title, it will be interesting to see whether the best female athletes will be picking up a hockey stick as a first option.