Maddie Hinch’s goalkeeping heroics see England through to Commonwealth Games hockey final

‘This is one thing I’ve been so desperately wanting my complete profession’: Maddie Hinch’s goalkeeping heroics see England via to Commonwealth Games hockey last after semi-final shootout win over holders New Zealand

  • Maddie Hinch made three saves in semi-final shootout in opposition to New Zealand
  • England will now face Australia within the Commonwealth Games hockey last 
  • The 33-year-old’s heroics helped Team GB seize Olympic gold in 2016

Of course Maddie Hinch was the hero. When England’s tense semi-final with defending champions New Zealand went to a shootout, all eyes turned to the goalkeeper within the ‘banana suit’.

And similar to within the Olympic last at Rio 2016, Hinch didn’t slip up.

Her 4 saves in opposition to the Netherlands in Brazil six years in the past gave Great Britain their first Olympic gold medal. And right here in Birmingham, she didn’t let a penalty previous her once more to maintain England on the right track to be champions of the Commonwealth for the primary time.

England won in the shootout after the game finished level at 0-0

England received within the shootout after the sport completed stage at 0-0 

The team's win sets up a clash with Australia in the Commonwealth final

The crew’s win units up a conflict with Australia within the Commonwealth last

‘I’m in direction of the again finish of my profession now and that is one thing I’ve been so desperately wanting my complete profession,’ stated 33-year-old Hinch. ‘I’ll by no means get used to being referred to as a hero. It’s very bizarre. I like to remain within the background. I believe it’s these banana fits!’

England misplaced to the Kiwis at this stage 4 years in the past however there was to be no repeat of that defeat final night time. After a goalless draw, Izzy Petter and Hannah Martin scored for the hosts and Hinch did the remaining in a 2-0 shootout win.

‘Maddie gives us such confidence,’ admitted Petter. ‘She stepped up again and she was unbelievable. We’ve acquired another recreation and we might make historical past. It’s actually thrilling.’

Their win stored alive the dream of an England ladies’s crew treble tomorrow. This morning, England’s cricketers face India of their semi-final at Edgbaston, earlier than the netballers tackle Australia at a sold-out NEC Arena in a last-four rematch of their 2018 last. Tomorrow, the hockey, cricket and netball finals are scheduled one after one other.

England's cricketers will earn a place in the Commonwealth final with a win over India

England’s cricketers will earn a spot within the Commonwealth last with a win over India

‘Something like this is brilliant for women’s sport,’ stated England and Warwickshire wicketkeeper Amy Jones, who grew up in Sutton Coldfield, simply half-hour north of Edgbaston. ‘Off the back of what the Lionesses achieved, there is a real hunger for women’s sport in the meanwhile.

‘We are really keen to carry on that momentum and keep the spotlight on women’s sport. If it evokes women to play sport or comply with England’s ladies’s groups that may be an enormous success.

‘Being the first team to win Commonwealth gold (in cricket) would be unbelievable. We have got all the motivation we need.’