The weather put paid to three quarters of the day’s play at the Volvo EuroHockey U-18 Championships as torrential rain left the main pitches unplayable after just one game in both the boys and girls competitions were completed.
It means Ireland’s respective semi-final bids have been pushed back to Friday afternoon with the boys playing at 1pm (Irish time) against Germany while the girls face Belgium at 3pm.
From the two games completed on the day, Belgium’s boys continued their charge in Group A to finish with a perfect record, beating France 3-2. It guarantees top spot with England and Spain battling for the second place.
In girl’s Group B, Germany swept into a 4-1 half-time lead against Spain, one which they carried to the final whistle, to complete their perfect record. It leaves a straight shoot-out between England and France for second place.
Boys Volvo European Championships:
Group B standings: 1. Netherlands 6pts (+4) 2. Germany 3pts (+2) 3. Ireland 3pts (0) 4. Russia 0pts (-6) Fixtures (all Irish time), Friday: Ireland v Germany, 1pm; Russia vs Netherlands, 3.05pm
Group A: Belgium 3 France 2 Fixtures, Friday: Spain vs England, 11.05pm Standings: 1. Belgium 3-9pts (+7) 2. Spain 2-3pts (+3) 3. France 3-1pt (-5) 4. England 2-1pt (-6)
Girls Volvo European U-18 Championships:
Group A, standings: 1. Netherlands 6pts (+15) 2. Ireland 3pts (-2) 3. Belgium 3pts (-8) 4. Scotland 0pts (-5) Fixtures, Friday: Ireland v Belgium, 3pm, Netherlands v Scotland, 1.05pm
Group B: England 1 Germany 3; France 3 Spain 2 Standings: 1. Germany 6pts (+8) 2. England 3pts (+3) 3. France 3pts (-5) 4. Spain 0pts (-3) Fixture, Friday: France vs England, 11am
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