Masters World Cup bronze for Chrissie

CHRISSIE HELMHOLT-KNEISEL collected a Masters World Cup bronze medal with England yesterday, following a last-gasp victory over Holland.

Les Quennevais Hockey. Local who has made the England squad, Chrissie Helmholt-Kneisel in the over 40's                                                             Picture: ROB CURRIE. (22200102)
Les Quennevais Hockey. Local who has made the England squad, Chrissie Helmholt-Kneisel in the over 40's Picture: ROB CURRIE. (22200102)

England women’s over-40s beat Holland 3-2 in the third/fourth place play-off in Spain to ensure they ended the campaign with silverware, although there was a tinge of disappointment within the camp after a 2-1 semi-final defeat to Australia on Saturday.

Helmholt-Kneisel’s side caught the Dutch on the counter in the final minute of their medal clash, having come from 2-0 down.

‘It was a brilliant ending,’ said Helmholt-Kneisel.

‘It was an end to end game and we scored the third goal in the last 30 seconds to win. They had a short corner which broke down and we went up the other end and scored.

‘We didn’t want to do shuffles [a shoot-out].’

She added: ‘We’re delighted to get bronze, but we could have gone all the way. We could have been in that final ... we should have beaten Australia so we’re a bit gutted about that. We had two errors at the back and they scored from them.

‘But as my son has said to me, bronze is better than nothing.’

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