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Masters World Cup bronze for Chrissie

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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)

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.’

Jason Fox

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