World Cup win for Bury St Edmunds hockey player
Bury St Edmunds Hockey Club now have England World Cup medal winners in their ranks.
Sharon Holton, Juliet Konrath and Katie Bedford competed for England in the EXIN Masters World Cup in Terrassa, near Barcelona, returning with medals.
The fourth edition of the competition, hosted by Club Egara, sees the best players aged 35 and above battle it out for age group titles.
About 135 teams competed over 11 age categories, both male and female, with around 2,000 individuals taking part, including former Olympic medalists such as Spanish silver medalist (Atlanta 1996) Juan Escarré.
Holton, representing England in the over-55 category, managed to hold off all competition as she claimed gold with an impressive performance.
She played an important part in helping the side reach the final unbeaten, before having a key role in beating finalists Australia.
After the final ended in a 1-1 draw, it became a penalty shootout with Holton lifting the ball over the advancing Australian goalkeeper to secure the gold medal. She took the third penalty to wrap up the 3-0 shootout win. She scored two goals in the tournament.
In the over-50s, Konrath and Bedford contributed to three wins and a draw prior to the semi-final, where England were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Australia.
This disappointment was put aside, however, as they came back to defeat Scotland 2-1 in the bronze medal match.
Konrath also returned having scored one penalty corner in the competition.
And club member Tony Bass also competed for his nation, Wales, in the Masters Hockey event.
He represented his nation in the over-55 category with mixed results, but helped his country claim two victories.
Club spokesman Tim Coe said: “This is a fantastic achievement, coming on the back of the recently reported success of the club’s men’s Masters who also returned three medals including a gold.”
It has been an impressive summer for the hockey club, as they prepare for a new season in the East Hockey League from September 22.
The men’s top team, who compete in Division 2N, will travel to Kettering for their first match while the women’s top team will host Norwich City II in Division 2NE.