Masters reach final showdowns at Euros in Tilburg

EuroHockey Masters Championships – day five and six round-up
The Irish women’s Over-55s bid for Euro Masters glory advanced on Thursday as they reached the final while the Over-40s are into the semis; on the men’s side, three sides will battle for fifth place.

On Wednesday on the men’s side, the Over-40s lost narrowly (0-1) in their quarter final against Germany. They did bounce back a day later with a big 7-2 win over France in their fifth to eighth place playoff tie with Jamie Steele and Jonny McMeekin scoring two goals each. They meet Scotland on Friday for fifth place.

The Irish Over-40s celebrate their shoot-out win over Spain

At Over-45s level, they had a rest day on Wednesday having finished their group stage on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over France courtesy of a Grattan Evans double.

On Thursday, they added a 4-0 win over Italy – under-pinned by Michel Pobloth’s hat trick – and will now play for fifth place on Friday.

The men’s Over-50s beat Wales on Wednesday with a great 3-1 result in their final group game with scorers Peter Richardson, Alastair Reilly and that man again Iain Getty.

In a recurring theme, they have a fifth place playoff to look forward to after a 4-1 success against Italy in their first classification match, Getty and Reilly scoring again, adding to two goals from Mark Murray – father of Irish senior international Sean.

The Over-55s men completed their campaign with a 1-0 loss against Wales on Thursday morning to end in seventh place.

On the women’s side, the 40s had a super scoreless draw against Spain in their quarter-final and came through a tense 4-2 shoot-out, going through to Friday’s semi-finals against the Dutch hosts.

As the match wore on, Ireland had numerous chances that were just unlucky not to make it over the Spanish goal line. The game finished scoreless so it was down to the shoot-out to settle the outcome.

Ireland took the first in which Gillian Garrett fired home for 1-0. Susan Byrne then saved for the Irish to keep them in front. Nikki McMullan was next up and unfortunately just ran out of time as she was about to shoot. Spain scored the next one, 1-1.

Norma Brady then calmly rounded the keeper to put Ireland 2-1 up but Spain then levelled it at 2-2.

Emma Glanville was up next for Ireland and was clattered by the Spanish keeper, this led to a penalty stroke being given, which, after dusting herself down, Emma coolly dispatched herself.
Spain then missed again as Susan delayed the attacker enough for her to run out of time before she could get her shot away.

This left Natalie Patterson with the chance to win it for Ireland. She stepped forward, running toward the net & as the keeper came out she calmly slotted it past her to send the Irish into the semifinals.

The 45s won their final group game against Spain on Thursday morning with Aishling Field and Ash Schutte scoring in a 2-0 result. They close out their campaign on Friday with a tie against Wales for third place.

A Jane Salter goal gave the ladies 50s a 1-1 draw against guest side Australia on Wednesday. The Irish Over-50s women complete their group stage on Friday against the Netherlands with a win putting them into Saturday’s final.

Tricia Lane and Carolyn Burns scored for Ireland’s Over-55s

The 55s, meanwhile, have a final to look forward to courtesy of their excellent 2-1 semi-final success against Scotland with goals from Tricia Lane and ex-international Carolyn Burns sealing the win.

Wednesday/Thursday results:
Women
Over-40s, quarter-final: Ireland 0 Spain 0, Ireland win shoot-out 4-2

Over-45s: Ireland 2 (A Field, A Schutte) Spain 0
Standings: 1. Netherlands 15pts (+16) 2. England 12pts (+8) 3. Ireland 9pts (+6) 4. Wales 4pts (-3) 5. Spain 4pts (-9) 6. France 0pts (-18)
Friday: 3rd place playoff – Ireland v Wales, 1.30pm

Over-50s: Australia 1 (J Slater) Ireland 1 (J Salter)
Standings (after four games): 1. England 10pts (+7) 2. Netherlands 9pts (+5) 3. Ireland 6pts (+5) 4. Wales 3pts (-6) 5. Australia 2pts (-4) 6. Scotland 6pts (-7)
Friday: Ireland v Netherlands, 9.15am

Over-55s semi-final: Ireland 2 (T Lane, C Burns) Scotland 1 (P Lindsay)
Final (Friday): England v Ireland, 12pm

Men
Over-40s, quarter-final: Germany 1 Ireland 0
5th-8th playoffs: Ireland 7 (J Steele 2, J McMeekin 2, P Carley, P Bland, J Enright) France 2
5th-6th playoff (Friday): Ireland v Scotland, 4.30pm

Over-45s: Ireland 2 (G Evans 2) France 0
Standings: 1. England 9pts (+17) 2. Germany 9pts (+2) 3. Ireland 6pts (-2) 4. Wales 3pts (-2) 5. France 0pts (-15)
5th-8th playoffs: Ireland 4 (M Pobloth 3, I Moore) Italy 0

Over-50s: Ireland 3 (P Richardson, A Reilly, I Getty) Wales 1 (A Rhys-Jones)
Standings: 1. England 10pts (+8) 2. Netherlands 9pts (+14) 3. Ireland 6pts (-10) 4. Spain 3pts (-3) 5. Wales 1pt (-9)
5th-8th playoffs: Ireland 4 (M Murray 2, I Getty, A Reilly) Italy 1
5th -6th playoffs: Ireland v Spain, 2.15pm

Over-55s: Wales 1 Ireland 0
Standings: 1. Germany 13pts (+16) 2. Netherlands 13pts (+15) 3. England 12pts (+14) 4. Wales 7pts (-9) 5. Scotland 3pts (-2) 6. Italy 2pts (16) 7. Ireland 1pt (-18)

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