Jolly hockey six for Havant youngsters

Havant Hockey Club's England aces, left to right, Charlie Stubbings (15), Ollie Nail (14), Ben Mackey (17), Sam Hatherley (17),  Rebecca Van-Berkel (17), Daniel Faulkner (16) . Pic Mick Young
Havant Hockey Club's England aces, left to right, Charlie Stubbings (15), Ollie Nail (14), Ben Mackey (17), Sam Hatherley (17), Rebecca Van-Berkel (17), Daniel Faulkner (16) . Pic Mick Young
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Six of Havant Hockey Club’s starlets represented England in the 2011 European Four Nations, with five of them amongst the medals.

The boys’ tournaments at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall finished with Daniel Faulkner, Sam Hatherley and Ben Mackey securing silver with the under-18s.

Under-16 members Charlie Stubbings and Ollie Nail helped their team bag a bronze.

And Rebecca Van Berkel travelled to Valencia to take part in the girls’ under-18s event, but they agonisingly missed out on a medal finish.

Faulkner, Hatherley and Mackey played a huge part as their side impressively secured a place in the final, beating Spain and Germany in their opening two games.

Defeat to the Netherlands in the last match of the round-robin stage meant the two would face-off again in the final.

But despite Mackey putting England ahead, the Dutch fought back to win 6-4.

Stubbings and Nail also tasted success as they won the bronze medal final.

Having seen-off Spain in their first match, defeats to Germany and Holland meant they had to play the Dutch again for a shot at a medal.

England won it, battling their way to a 2-1 victory to make sure they left with a well-deserved reward for their efforts.

Van Berkel and the girls were less fortunate in the third-place finale, losing on penalty strokes after a brilliant 4-4 draw with Spain.

Having narrowly lost all three round-robin matches, where Van Berkel scored one of England’s two goals, the girls showed tremendous character to fight back from 4-2 down to take the contest to penalties, Van Berkel netting the team’s third.

However, the lottery of penalties didn’t end with England winning, the shoot-out finishing 3-1 to the Spaniards.