Search

Vitality Hockey World Cup: England’s Unsworth excited by Dutch challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 August 2018

England's Laura Unsworth during the Vitality Women's Hockey World Cup (pic Paul Harding/PA)

England's Laura Unsworth during the Vitality Women's Hockey World Cup (pic Paul Harding/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

England’s Laura Unsworth is looking forward to facing the Netherlands in their Vitality World Cup quarter-final at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre tonight (Thursday, 8.15pm).

The hosts, having finished second in their group behind Ireland, booked their place in the last eight with a 2-0 win over South Korea in the crossover matches.

And Olympic champion Unsworth feels having played an extra match might work in their favour, saying: “I think playing this extra game does give us an advantage. Because we’re in a centralised programme playing this extra game is no different for us, so getting out there and getting an extra game under our belt we’ll keep on gaining momentum.

“We’ve had two draws and now two wins in our last two matches so morale is really high and we’re really excited going into Thursday’s match.”

Unsworth was part of the Great Britain team which beat the Dutch on penalty shuffles in the Rio 2016 Olympic final and added: “It’s always great playing the Dutch. They’re the world number ones and we’re the world number two, so to have us in the quarter-finals, you couldn’t ask for a better match.

“It was a tight match against them in the European semi-final last summer (which England lost), but we’ve had another year’s training behind us and we’ll be ready to go come Thursday evening.”

The winners will play Australia in the last four, after they beat Argentina on penalty shuffles on Wednesday night.

Spain upset Germany 1-0 in their tie and will meet the winners of the match between Ireland and India in the semi-finals.

Latest Kilburn & Brent Stories

Yesterday, 18:11

Middlesex captain Dawid Malan was pleased to see his side complete their 117-run win over Derbyshire at Lord’s on Friday.

Yesterday, 16:26

Tim Murtagh finished with 4-55 as Middlesex ran through the Derbyshire batting to secure a 117-run victory in their final home County Championship match of the season at Lord’s.

Yesterday, 16:00

Tomer Hemed, Nahki Wells and Geoff Cameron have all joined Rs on loan for the season

Yesterday, 14:00

Heavyweight world champion last fought at Brent venue in April 2017

Yesterday, 18:41

Tireless community campaigner and charity chief Dame Betty Asafu Adjaye has died.

Yesterday, 12:00

Sunday’s event hopes to raise funds for the Paul Daisley Trust

Yesterday, 13:21

Brondesbury Park’s longest serving and “most loved” councillor Carol Shaw has died aged 68.

Yesterday, 11:42

The car that was used to mow down pedestrians outside a mosque in Cricklewood has been found by police.

PROMOTED CONTENT

A new community centre, The Yellow, opens in Wembley Park in the heart of the Brent community. From October 1, the hub will offer a selection of arts and fitness classes, many of which will be free.

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Kilburn sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now